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Hotel recommendation - San Fran

Duncan74

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I've a business trip to SF (and LA/Huntington) in a couple of weeks. Due to flight schedules I'm arriving in SF on Saturday lunch so get the weekend to explore SF (never been before). Has anyone recommendations for hotels or even the area that as a city visitor would be ideal.

Somewhere that I can head out for a run (not sure, but if there is a run path by the bay then somewhere not too far from that), somewhere with some cafes / restaurants to grab some food (I hate eating in hotel restaurants on my own, so soul-less.

Thanks in advance.


(P.S. LA accommodation sorted)
 

Aspychata

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The nice thing about Hotel Union Square is that you are right near everything, shops, cable car lines, shopping, restaurants.
 

Aspychata

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I'm from the other end of the spectrum.
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It might pay to get some local up to date info about recent storms and storm damage. News reports I've been reading say they've been hit pretty hard.
 

Judge

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Find the Powell Street cable cars and go north up Powell Street until you're almost on the water. From there you can go right towards Pier 39 (lots of interesting retail shops). Keep going right eastward towards Pier 31 and you might be able to take a tour of Alcatraz. Conversely if you go left and westward along the water you'll find endless tourist attractions and restaurants all the way to Ghirardelli Square. Keeping moving westward along Marina Blvd. and you can see places like the Marina District and the Palace of Fine Arts- not too far from the Presidio and Golden Gate Bridge. But whew....that's a lot of walking.
 
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Duncan74

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When I was visiting my wife in Singapore (she was working there for 5 months) I was walking 15 miles + a day, and that was with an ankle I'd torn the ligaments in the week before (operation 6 months later). So I'm used to walking loads as a tourist, and same with my running, I run up to 50 miles a week, up to 20 miles a time, a bit less at the moment due to recovering from injury. So I'm happy to 'wander' ;-)

Just never been or looked at SF and this has come at short notice, so really appreciating the tips from locals/people that have been there.

Union square is liking like a great place to base myself.
 

Aspychata

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At Union Square, you can hop a cable car to pier 39, a fun place to walk around, but you have to walk a couple of blocks. Just ask where to catch a cable car back to Union Square. Chinatown is NW of Union Square and has excellent restaurants which might be walkable. Market Street is south of Union Square has good and bad parts, so just be alert in that area.
 

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