First of all, thanks to all who contribute to this forum - I've already learned so much!
Planning a trip to San Francisco for May 24-28. We currently have a hotel (Bay Landing) booked near the airport that includes free parking, free internet and free wi-fi for a great rate ($550 for 4 nights, including taxes). We booked this on Saturday and we were so excited to be done with it and move forward in our planning. The hotel looks great and has great reviews. We do have a free cancellation option.
Now that I've started planning our activities, I'm worried we'll either A) spend a lot of time and money trying to find parking around the city and at all the attractions or B)spend hours on public transit just to get downtown. I've recently done a lot of research on the BART and realized that we'll be paying a lot to use it to get around because we'll be farther away, not to mention how much time we'll spend on it, which does not sound like fun. The MUNI sounds like a much better option, but would obviously be better if we were centrally located.
Are we better off staying more centrally located, or can we manage to drive into the city every day? Is it worth it to pay for parking at a nicer, union square area hotel? I would love the option to just take the MUNI everywhere...
We'll be driving from Phoenix to SF (we're staying overnight and splitting up the drive) and then continuing on a vacation down to southern Cali for the next week.
We are a late 20s married couple, no kids, and it will be our first visit to SF. I should also add that SF is going to be a totally different experience from where we live and what we are used to. I'm good with directions and research and planning, so I think I could figure out how to get around by car - But I love the idea of all the downtown culture, the ability to walk everywhere, and all the unique attractions. I must admit, I am a little nervous about getting around and staying within our budget.
We know we'll get what we pay for, so we want to stay in at least a 3 star hotel. A clean room and feeling safe is a must. We are not nightlife party people, but do enjoy being out at night (romantic dinner, fancy dessert place, living music). We like to be busy during the day - attractions, events, activities, etc. and have a nice place to come back for a break in the afternoon before heading out for the evening.