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Where to Stay in SF-Impress a NY'er (challenge)

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Where to Stay in SF-Impress a NY'er (challenge)

So I've seen the posts about Chinatown, Saks/Macy's, Union Square, wharves, public transportation, Cheesecake Factory (!Really?!) etc. etc. As a native NY-er, I'm not interested in seeing the Left Coast's copy of what we already have. (WINK WINK-NO HATE POSTS PLEASE!)

So, since SF public transportation should be a snap when compared to the NYC subway, we need to know where to stay that'll get us to the things we DON'T have: Golden Gate, Alcatraz, beach. We're flying into San Jose and can stay anywhere from there to SF b/c we'll have a car for 2 days. We'd prefer a SF hotel where we could roll out of bed in the morning and grab a coffee/bagel (or Cali version of one:), hit the trolley or walk around. But, since we have the car, we could also just drive up and back for 2 days.

Who is Destination Expert enough to meet this challenge?:)

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1. Re: Where to Stay in SF-Impress a NY'er (challenge)

Stay at the Four Seasons SF as it is in the heart of the city and you can roll out of bed and cab it to either the Ferry Building for breakfast or to the Dolores and 18th and Tartine for its amazing almond croissant. Rent Bikes to go down to Crissy Field and then you can bike the GG bridge as well. ride the muni from the Embarcadero to Fisherman's wharf. Take a segway or Go tour as an alternative to public transportation. Go down Polk street to swan oyster depot and try some of our west coast sea food. If you are here on a weekend evening go to off the grid at fort mason to try our food carts - I still love that chicken and rice outside the NYTimes place but I think that is gone - Take your car to go North on 101 to check out stinson beach, muir woods -- a real jungle of real trees unlike NYC wink wink

As an alternative to the FS, stay in a boutique hotel - not in those high rises which just like NYC (rooms are bigger -- wink wink). I would not recommend staying outside the city -- it is like living in Jersey and take the train to downtown daily -- not the same thing.

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not sure if you have a Four Seasons budget, but you can definitely have a good time, eat well and get around rapidly using public transit if you stay in Union Square because it is very central for public transit

-- Look at these two:

The Orchard Garden theorchardgardenhotel.com/san-francisco-attr…

Inn at Union Square www.greystonehotels.com/unionsquare/rooms.php

use http://transit.google.com to map your public transit use

The beaches are not so great, depending on what you expect to do; sometimes beaches are a bit too windy, cold and foggy. What time of year will you be here? September and the 1st half of October are good months for warmer weather.

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Stay in San Jose and drive up to San Francisco to sightsee and explore each day??? Eeek.

You did say you wanted to be impressed, right? The way to be impressed is to be in the midst of the City and drown in its local ambience and flavor. Unless you really like commuting, don't stay elsewhere, not even in a metropolis like San Jose, which is an hour away in non-commuter periods.

** "We'd prefer a SF hotel where we could roll out of bed in the morning and grab a coffee/bagel (or Cali version of one:), hit the trolley or walk around." **

This shows you actually do get it. We locals wish more prospective visitors did. You might consider a higher floor in a downtown hotel and ask for a room with a view of the Bay or Golden Gate. Or a hotel on the Embarcadero where you could walk to the Ferry Building, which has a fabulous marketplace of gourmet and other specialty shops and you won't be limited to Noah's Bagels. There are enough restaurants that you'd never have to go anywhere else, and you can enjoy the Bay promenade day or night.


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Hotel Vitale Embarcadero


Fairmont Fisherman's Wharf


Edited: 06 July 2011, 02:05
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5. Re: Where to Stay in SF-Impress a NY'er (challenge)

I used to live in NYC. You should stay in SF, although you car will be more of a hindrance than a help. A car in SF is as useful as a car in Manhattan.

Except for the hills and cable cars, Union Square looks and feels just like Manhattan. I'm thinking that the Embarcadero might be a little less New Yawkish, if that's what you're trying to avoid.

SF doesn't do coffee and bagels. We do organic, herbal tea and biscotti.

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6. Re: Where to Stay in SF-Impress a NY'er (challenge)

I recommend you stay in a B&B rather than a hotel. That way, you get to know a particular neighborhood, eat where locals eat, talk with people who live/work in The City - and can complain about public transit with everyone else.

Make sure the B&B has reasonable access to public transportation, without being on top of a streetcar line or bus route. Sleeping in counts when you're on holiday. =)

P.S. No need to impress. You'll see when you get here.

Edited: 06 July 2011, 02:26
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