THINGS TO DO

San Francisco is a very visitor-friendly city: easy to get around, and relatively compact. Mid-Market is a great base from which to explore the city, and at YOTEL you are never far from some of the best things to see and do in San Francisco.

San Francisco Union Square

Union Square

Turn right on Market as you leave YOTEL and you’ll quickly find yourself in San Francisco’s premium shopping district, starting with Westfield San ...

Union Square

Turn right on Market as you leave YOTEL and you’ll quickly find yourself in San Francisco’s premium shopping district, starting with Westfield San Francisco (for Bloomingdales) and then up Powell Street (for Macy’s) and on to Union Square, where you’ll find Apple’s flagship store, as well luxury retailers including Chanel, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, and Bulgari.

San Francisco View

Cable cars and trams

Cable cars were invented (in 1873) specifically to climb the hills of San Francisco, and today there are three lines: two of them...

Cable cars and trams

Cable cars were invented (in 1873) specifically to climb the hills of San Francisco, and today there are three lines: two of them start at Powell and Market, a 10-minute walk from YOTEL. The city also has the world’s most diverse collection of historic trams (or streetcars) and includes the F line, which stops just outside the hotel. With a Clipper Card, you can hop on and off both cable cars and streetcars as you explore the city.

Hotel San Francisco Trams

Painted ladies

A 30-minute walk down McAllister Street takes you to Alamo Square, famous for its row of Victorian painted ladies at 710-720 Steiner Street. The fashion for painting the exteriors in multiple colours, “say[s] more about the tas...

Painted ladies

A 30-minute walk down McAllister Street takes you to Alamo Square, famous for its row of Victorian painted ladies at 710-720 Steiner Street. The fashion for painting the exteriors in multiple colours, “say[s] more about the taste of the 1970s and 1980s than… the 1870s and 1880s,” wrote a local San Francisco historian in 1987. Today, though, these photogenic homes are as much as part of San Francisco’s heritage as Alcatraz or the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco Painted Ladies Houses

Mission District

The Mission is one of the city’s most culturally rich neighbourhoods: start off in Dolores Park, then head out to explore Mission, Valencia and Guerro Streets between (roughly) 17th and 25th. Highlights in...

Mission District

The Mission is one of the city’s most culturally rich neighbourhoods: start off in Dolores Park, then head out to explore Mission, Valencia and Guerro Streets between (roughly) 17th and 25th. Highlights include the Tartine Bakery, Paxton Gate, Dog-Eared Books, and Valencia Pirate Supply Store. Don’t go home without grabbing a Mission-style burrito from Taqueria La Cumbre or enjoying seasonal California cuisine at Foreign Cinema.

San Francisco Haight and Ashbury

Haight-Ashbury

Fifty years after the “Summer of Love” – when about 100,000 hippies converged on this charming neighbourhood – Haight-Ashbury remains a counter-cultural destination. From vintage clothing and record stores to skateboarding empo...

Haight-Ashbury

Fifty years after the “Summer of Love” – when about 100,000 hippies converged on this charming neighbourhood – Haight-Ashbury remains a counter-cultural destination. From vintage clothing and record stores to skateboarding emporia and the so-called Grateful Dead House (where all five band members lived during the 1960s) the area retains a thriving spirit of independence.

San Francisco Ferry Building

Ferry Building

Opened in 1898, the Ferry Building along San Francisco’s Embarcadero today provides a marketplace for some of the Bay Area's best independent food makers and growers, with an additional farmers’ market on Tuesdays, Thursdays an...

Ferry Building

Opened in 1898, the Ferry Building along San Francisco’s Embarcadero today provides a marketplace for some of the Bay Area's best independent food makers and growers, with an additional farmers’ market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  You can also catch ferry services across the Bay to Sausalito and Tiburon.

San Francisco Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island

Home to the oldest working lighthouse on the west coast of the USA as well as to colonies of nesting seabirds, Alcatraz Island is best known for its huge concrete cell block. The prison was completed in 1912 for military use, a...

Alcatraz Island

Home to the oldest working lighthouse on the west coast of the USA as well as to colonies of nesting seabirds, Alcatraz Island is best known for its huge concrete cell block. The prison was completed in 1912 for military use, and served as a federal prison from 1934 until 1963 – a year after three prisoners successfully escaped, although whether they drowned or successfully fled to South America remains a topic of hot dispute. Official tours depart Pier 33 throughout the day.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, Market street

Golden Gate Bridge

One of the most iconic bridges in the world, the Golden Gate is open to pedestrians between the hours of sunrise and sunset. Start off at the Welcome Center, and then walk the 1.7 miles (2.7km) across the suspension. It can be ...

Golden Gate Bridge

One of the most iconic bridges in the world, the Golden Gate is open to pedestrians between the hours of sunrise and sunset. Start off at the Welcome Center, and then walk the 1.7 miles (2.7km) across the suspension. It can be chilly, so bring layers and refreshments. You can stop off at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, or walk another 3 miles (5km) along the coast to Sausalito, where regular ferries run to Embarcadero.

San Francisco Neighbourhood

The Presidio

Take a walk through San Francisco's military past at The Presidio, a post that has been in operation over 218 years. See the Letterman Army Hospital, the National Cemetery, the Pet Cemetery and the Officer's Club. There is also...

The Presidio

Take a walk through San Francisco's military past at The Presidio, a post that has been in operation over 218 years. See the Letterman Army Hospital, the National Cemetery, the Pet Cemetery and the Officer's Club. There is also the mile-long Lover's Lane, one of San Francisco’s oldest routes, on which soldiers journeyed to visit their loved ones in the city.

San Francisco City

Fisherman's Wharf

This popular tourist attraction covers most of the northern waterfront of San Francisco, spanning Ghirardelli Square to Pier 35. In the 1800s, this area was filled with fishermen selling their wares, and is still home to San Fr...

Fisherman's Wharf

This popular tourist attraction covers most of the northern waterfront of San Francisco, spanning Ghirardelli Square to Pier 35. In the 1800s, this area was filled with fishermen selling their wares, and is still home to San Francisco’s fishing fleet. Try the famed fresh seafood at the local restaurants, see the sea lion colony near Pier 39 and see decommissioned submarines and cargo ships. Fisherman's Wharf is an 11-minute drive from YOTEL San Francisco.

San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco Giants

This National League Baseball team plays at San Francisco’s Oracle Park, one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country and overlooking the Bay Bridge. The Giants have won the World Series Championship three times since 201...

San Francisco Giants

This National League Baseball team plays at San Francisco’s Oracle Park, one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country and overlooking the Bay Bridge. The Giants have won the World Series Championship three times since 2010, and home game occur regularly between April and September.

San Francisco Baseball

SFMOMA

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art re-opened in 2016 after an extensive renovation, to create 170,000 square feet of new and renovated galleries. The extension enables SFMOMA to display more of its outstanding collection of...

SFMOMA

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art re-opened in 2016 after an extensive renovation, to create 170,000 square feet of new and renovated galleries. The extension enables SFMOMA to display more of its outstanding collection of more than 32,000 modern and contemporary artworks by Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Richard Diebenkorn, Frida Kahlo and Louise Bourgeois, among others.

San Francisco City Hall

City Hall

Just five minutes from YOTEL, the City Hall is one of the United States’ most magnificent Beaux-Arts buildings. The City Hall’s iconic dome is the fifth largest in the world, and public tours are provided Monday to Friday. At n...

City Hall

Just five minutes from YOTEL, the City Hall is one of the United States’ most magnificent Beaux-Arts buildings. The City Hall’s iconic dome is the fifth largest in the world, and public tours are provided Monday to Friday. At night, the City Hall dome and its façade are illuminated by a computer-controlled LED lighting system.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Views

Golden Gate Park

Larger by 20%than Central Park in New York, Golden Gate Park stretches over 1,000 acres (400 hectares) to include a Japanese Tea Garden, oak woodlands, and botanical garden. The Park is also home to the Show more

Golden Gate Park

Larger by 20%than Central Park in New York, Golden Gate Park stretches over 1,000 acres (400 hectares) to include a Japanese Tea Garden, oak woodlands, and botanical garden. The Park is also home to the California Academy of Sciences (aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum) and the De Young fine arts museum. stretch of nature has many gardens and museums to enjoy. See fine art at the de Young Museum or make a scientific discover at the California Academy of Sciences both located within the park. Find tranquillity at the Japanese Tea Garden or Conservatory of Flowers to escape the urban chaos of the city.

San Francisco Promenade

War Memorial Opera House

The War Memorial Opera House is a landmark building in San Francisco, built in the beautiful Beaux-Arts style by architect Arthur Brown Jr. It opened in 1932 and is home to both San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet.