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From barking sea lions by Fisherman’s Wharf to cannolis in the cafes of Little Italy, North Beach gives visitors plenty of reasons to get excited. Some of San Fran’s most notable sights are found here: Coit Tower, Pier 39 and the famous City Lights Bookstore, to name a few. Base yourself at one of the neighborhood’s best hotels for easy access, maximum comfort and postcard-worthy bayside views.
Hotel Zoe is a freshly remodeled boutique hotel between Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach, with two main cable car lines stopping in front. The hotel trattoria, Pescatore, is a welcoming sidewalk cafe that serves classic Italian dishes, and the hotel lobby features a full-service bar, Bar Zoe, with live music on Saturdays. The soothing neutral color schemes and high-tech amenities make Hotel Zoe a solid choice for travelers staying in North Beach.
Located right outside North Beach in the adjacent Ghirardelli Square, the all-suite, residential-style Fairmont Heritage Place is found in what used to be the Ghirardelli chocolate factory. This modern waterfront property features exposed brick details throughout. Each suite includes a private bedroom with en-suite bathroom, fireplace, full kitchen, living room and dining area. Terrace patios include firepits for staying warm while taking in sweeping views of San Francisco Bay.
The whimsical, cheerfully decorated Hotel Zephyr prides itself on being unique, with an irreverent style and thoughtful amenities throughout, such as work and docking stations, guest rooms equipped with darts and backgammon and an outdoor terrace and firepit. Situated right by Pier 39, the hotel’s 361 rooms offer views of the waterfront, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Zephyr also includes a typical San Francisco bonus: a huge yard complete with a camper van food truck that serves locally sourced, quick-serve cuisine.
Located a block away from Washington Square Park, Hotel Bohème captures the spirit of San Francisco in the late 1950s, with eclectic decor from the beatnik era and a bright, cheerful color scheme. What this intimate hotel lacks in flashy amenities, it makes up for with charm, comfort and an unbeatable location. Take a curated walking tour designed by the hotel for a comprehensive overview of North Beach.
Sam Murray contributed additional reporting to this article.