Planning to stop off in San Francisco during your road trip? Many tourists like to keep their car with them during their holiday, but free hotel parking is practically unheard of in this city, usually coming at a premium and requiring some serious research or very good luck. Luckily, our guide will help you easily find the rare hotels that do offer free parking, perfect for when you want to keep your ride with you on your visit to the City by the Bay.
The Phoenix Hotel was born in 1987 from the idea that visiting bands needed a boutique hotel with space to park the tour bus at night. In that vein, it offers one complimentary parking space per room. Rooms surround the private courtyard overlooking the heated pool, and weekend brunch can be taken on the poolside patio. The dimly lit Chambers Restaurant is open for dinner and is also a popular spot for cocktails. Be aware the hotel is for intrepid travelers, being located in the famously gritty Tenderloin neighborhood.
This modest Howard Johnson Hotel is conveniently located on Route 101, five minutes’ drive from Fisherman’s Wharf and 10 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. Free parking is available on a limited basis. This hotel’s amenities include coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, free wifi, and a Rise and Dine continental breakfast. Upgrading to a suite adds a microwave and fridge.
The Coventry Inn is within easy walking distance of several great restaurants and shops, as well as public transport, in the pretty Marina District. Driving to the Golden Gate Bridge takes less than 10 minutes. The generous traditional rooms with dark wood features include comfortable Tempur-Pedic mattresses, LCD TVs, wifi and a seating and work area. The parking in the covered lot is complimentary.
The first thing noticeable about the Francisco Bay Inn is the unique cylindrical glass elevator along the side of the building. Like the other Marina District hotels on this list, it sits on the busier section of the famous Lombard Street, but it’s just a 10-minute walk (uphill) to the flower-blanketed “crookedest street in the world.” A stay includes amenities such as complimentary coffee, a simple continental breakfast, a mini-fridge and microwave, and free covered parking underneath the hotel.
This comfortable hotel is an excellent deal in terms of location, not to mention that it is the only hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf to provide free parking. One parking spot is provided per room on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rooms are generous and perfect for families, with some having pull-out couches or balconies. The mini-suite can accommodate five with a living room and two sofa beds. The two-bedroom Penthouse Suite has a full kitchen, lounge, dining room and an outdoor patio overlooking bustling Fisherman’s Wharf.
Cow Hollow Inn is named after the prosperous Cow Hollow neighborhood in which it resides. The Inn offers affordable, comfortable rooms with flat-screen TVs, a workspace area, free wifi and Serta iComfort beds. Covered parking is available and complimentary. An easy 15-minute walk leads to the Palace of Fine Arts.
This vibrant LGBTQ-friendly hotel in the lively Castro offers friendly service in playful, bright surroundings. The welcoming, homey rooms include free parking, Wi-Fi, mini-fridges and coffeemakers. View Rooms come with large windows and views over Market Street and the street cars that run along it. The Fireplace Room comes with, well, a wall-mounted fireplace. The Rooftop Sundeck comes with a unique touch – beehives. The hives are part of a movement to sustain the local bee population, and the honey produced is used in food and drinks.