The Mission’s historical status as San Francisco’s oldest district is cemented in its architecture, characterized by its neat rows of stately Victorian townhouses. The Mission is also the epicenter of the city’s unique art and culture scene. Discover 10 great places to stay in SF’s trendy Mission District, steps away from the city’s best boutique shops, taquerías, art centers and more.
Clean and Modern Mission Cottage
Visitors to this Mission cottage are greeted by a stunning mural by local street artist Ian Ross. Amidst the swirling, organic forms, guests enter into a quiet courtyard. Built just after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake that devastated the city, this classic holiday home is the perfect Bay Area retreat. The cosy open plan cottage apartment makes superb use of space, with a mix of vintage furnishing and modern amenities. Brightly lit by a sunroof and with direct access to a serene garden, visitors are steps away from the heart of the Mission’s numerous boutique shops, restaurants and cafes.
Price: Around £90 per night
Spacious Designer Flat, Mission Gem
A classic example of contemporary Bay Area design, the Mission Gem blends Old World aesthetics and California style to glamorous effect. Sunlight streams in from nearly floor-to-ceiling windows in every room; this saturation is countered by brilliant pops of colour and contrast — the predominant blues alongside coral and warm yellows, oranges and reds — that add warmth and personality. Wicker and woven details add a hint of coastal vigour.
Price: Around £179 – 271 per night
Exquisitely Modern and Victorian
Tall and narrow with characteristic bay windows, this meticulously maintained Victorian townhouse is flawlessly designed. The interior of the flat showcases sleek, clean lines that serve as a backdrop for the host of unique artwork, including an attention-grabbing textile taxidermic mounted deer’s head. We particularly love the mismatched pendant lighting fixtures by Tom Dixon that illuminate the gallery-like dining space.
Price: Around £361-376 per night
With its pristine design inspired by the simple, unadorned lines of Scandinavian aesthetics and touches of homegrown influences, the ‘Mission Dolores Modern Design’ house is the perfect marriage of California chic and international style. British designer Tom Dixon’s brass pendant lights with black patinated exterior are a particular highlight. To top it all off, the house offers a spectacular panoramic view over San Francisco, including the prominent peaks of Mount Diablo.
Price: Around £175 per night
Stunning Home on Liberty St With Views
This stately townhouse, built in the Edwardian style that predominated in San Francisco during the turn of the century, is a graceful reminder of San Francisco’s past as the ‘Paris of the West’. Inside, the décor preserves San Francisco’s characteristically relaxed style with neutral tones, pastels and understated tastefulness. Well-worn tables and benches add a rustic farmhouse aesthetic. The charming breakfast nook is an ideal spot to enjoy a locally-sourced breakfast, or, better yet, visitors can bask in the Mission’s renowned sunny climate on the split-level back porch.
Price: Around £331-361 per night
Beautiful Sunny Mission Apartment
This masterpiece of mid-century design is the perfect Mission hideaway. Luscious furs and luxuriant textiles are coupled with teak wood accents for a cosy den-like vibe. The apartment also boasts of a plush collection of vintage finds. We adore the designer desk + shelving unit in the living room, as well as the Kai Kristiansen-inspired teak chairs. The guest room features a rotating Eames desk chair and an Action Office desk by iconic American industrial designer George Nelson.
Price: Around £301-361 per night
Beautiful Victorian in Mission
Built in 1878, this classic Victorian townhouse showcases the best of the Mission’s historical architecture. Timeless on the outside with its elegantly elongated form and bay windows, inside, the house is fresh and contemporary. Amidst an all-American take on modern furniture, discover a chair unmistakably inspired by the iconic Wassily Chair designed by Marcel Breuer. Settle in with a book, or treat yourself to a relaxing soak in the black-and-white claw foot tub.
Price: Around £302 per night
Spacious Mission Home with Garden
The Mission’s historical status as San Francisco’s oldest district is cemented in its distinctive architecture, ranging from 19th century Italianate to early 20th century Edwardian. Built in 1912, this home occupies the first two floors of a Victorian house, an architectural style particularly prominent in the Mission.
Price: Around £329 per night
3 Bed Mission Charmer With Parking
Casa Quixote, a stunning 106 year old home, is testament to the Mission’s long and storied history as San Francisco’s oldest neighbourhood, yet, in spite of its heritage, this 3-bedroom home feels astonishingly fresh and modern. Stepping inside, one is struck by the prevalence of the original woodwork throughout, all of which has been lovingly restored to its original grandeur. Period elements include exposed ceiling beams and stained glass clerestory windows. These are complemented by vintage finds including a working claw foot bathtub, gas stove and old school rotary telephone as well as artwork and artefacts from around the world.
Price: Around £108-169 per night
Modern Luxury – 4bed + Studio
This renovated Victorian home straddles past and present. The home’s classic frame is elegantly integrated, including restored wainscotting and delicate interior arches. Its sleek and modern aesthetic, however, firmly exudes San Francisco’s present reinvention as a hotspot for contemporary design. Polished metal-topped fixtures and furnishings throughout the house give the space a clean, industrial edge. A glass wall opens out onto a private deck on which visitors can soak up the sultry California sun.
Price: Around £693 per night
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