Downtown San Francisco hosts the lion’s share of the city’s hotels. The less corporate, decidedly hip Mission neighborhood is a destination known more for restaurants and funky bars, but these six excellent hotels perfectly match the area’s artistic, punky vibe.
Inn San Francisco
Bed and Breakfast
Inn San Francisco | Courtesy of Inn San Francisco / Booking.com
Built in the 1870s, this 27-room bed and breakfast evokes the Victorian Age in San Francisco. Marble fireplaces and built-in, late 19th-century furniture adds warmth – there’s even one room with a four-poster bed. But the real draws here are the sunny back patio and hot tub, surely an addition from a later, less restrained era in San Francisco’s history.
A recently renovated former motor lodge, this low-slung accommodation on Mission’s southern end edges onto the Castro neighborhood. Free on-site parking is a big plus, as is access to the regular trolley service along Market Street. Modern touches, such as deep-tub sinks in the private bathrooms and flat-screen TVs in the amply proportioned rooms are sweet. One of the rooms even has a built-in, working fireplace.
Noe’s Nest, San Francisco | Courtesy of Noe’s Nest / Booking.com
With classic Victorian details inside and out, this bed and breakfast situated on the edge of the Mission near the Noe Valley neighborhood offers the best of both worlds: easy access to the Mission and a quiet, comfortable place to rest your head. One room even opens directly onto the well-maintained garden.
Union Hotel, San Francisco | Courtesy of Union Hotel / Booking.com
Located within a half-block of the 16th street BART station, the Union Hotel is designed for economy and convenience, its single rooms and shared bathroom spaces clean and efficient. The Mission meets you at the door with colorful characters and the bustle of a busy community converging nearby.
Renovated in 2014, this petite hotel is as modern as they come with eco-toiletries, sustainably sourced towels, and locally made bagels at breakfast. Exposed brick and wood finishes add pizzazz to hallways and rooms. Shared bathroom spaces have rainforest showers. White noise machines are provided in each room to dampen the energetic musings of the neighborhood’s nightlife, a feature of the hotel’s proximity to the 16th street BART.
Housed in a former movie theatre, the exterior edifice of this efficiency hotel is decked out in the curlicues and waves that is one part Art Deco, one part Mexican Baroque. More well-priced hostel than hotel (some rooms share bathroom facilities), prices are budget-friendly and amenities are minimal.