The Best Hotels in Cow Hollow, San Francisco, for Every Traveler

The steep rolling hills of San Francisco
The steep rolling hills of San Francisco | © agefotostock / Alamy Stock Photo
Frank Lopez

Writer

San Francisco’s Cow Hollow district is best discovered on foot. Whether you wish to hike into the Presidio for views of the Pacific, head down to the Marina District to try the modern cuisine, discover Russian Hill’s independent stores, or stay in the exclusive Pacific Heights, this is the place to make your base camp. Here’s our guide to the best hotels that Cow Hollow has to offer.

1. Cow Hollow Inn

Inn

80194212
 Courtesy of Cow Hollow Inn and Suites / Booking.com

Close to some of San Francisco’s finest sights along the water, Cow Hollow Inn is comfortable and well placed for day trips; it’s walking distance to the Marina District and the grounds of the famous Palace of Fine Arts. Rooms are bright and traditional with great views of the neighbourhood and feature well-lit work areas, for anyone who needs to catch up on emails during their stay.

2. Chelsea Inn

Hotel, Inn

43eae003.jpg
 Courtesy of Chelsea Inn / Expedia

Located beside the vibrant Marina District, and within walking distance of the delightful Crissy Field, is the Chelsea Inn. Anyone wanting to be in the heart of the action will love this Tudor style hotel; it’s in a bicycle friendly neighbourhood only a few miles to the Golden Gate Bridge, and the inn allows you to rent bikes to cycle there within 20 minutes. Free parking is a massive bonus.

3. Infinity Hotel SF, Ascend Hotel Collection

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

f303afa5.jpg
 Courtesy of Infinity Hotel SF, Ascend Hotel Collection / Expedia

Infinity Hotel brings comfort and function on the Lombard Street drag of Cow Hollow’s main strip. The patio on the roof is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast while admiring a great view of the surrounding area. The modern bathrooms and no-nonsense design give this hotel a solid contemporary feel.

5. Comfort Inn by the Bay

Chain Hotel

52ef7b89.jpg
 Courtesy of Comfort Inn by the Bay / Expedia

If you’re looking for cozy accommodation with easy access to the city, look no further. Conveniently near the highway as well as the centre of town, Comfort Inn is walking distance to the attractions of the Marina District but far enough away to avoid the noise of the bars on Lombard street. If you are lucky enough to get a room on the top floors of this building, the sweeping views of the city and the bay will keep you happy. There is a free breakfast with famous waffles and as much free coffee as you can handle.

6. Castle Inn

Motel, Inn

1075cbe8.jpg
 Courtesy of Castle Inn / Expedia

In residential Russian Hill, Castle Inn has close access to the best old-school boutiques and restaurants of the neighbourhood, and is only a short walk to the iconic cable cars that offer some jaw dropping views for their passengers. All guestrooms come with their own full-size bathtub with massage showerhead. On a major bus route, it is easy to get anywhere you could possibly want to go, and friendly staff will happily give you a map of the area to help you explore after your complimentary breakfast.

7. Hotel Drisco

Hotel

471b1061.jpg
 Courtesy of Hotel Drisco / Expedia

If you’re heading to San Francisco for history and elegance, this hotel in the upmarket Pacific Heights should be on your list. Both the hotel itself and the neighborhood in which it’s based feel like they’ve been dropped straight out of the movies, with old elegance and exciting new contemporary design to be found. This hotel goes beyond expectations with its service, offering a 24-hour tea and coffee, an evening wine reception, overnight shoeshine and morning newspapers delivered straight to your room. The gourmet breakfast and fitness centre sets up your day; this is life at the top of the hill.

8. Jackson Court

Hotel

bc8a6b34.jpg
 Courtesy of Jackson Court / Expedia

This converted brownstone mansion from the early 1900s offers a bed and breakfast service in Pacific Heights, with ten unique rooms decorated with eye-catching antique decor and fireplaces. There is a serious sense of history here; you’ll feel more like you’re visiting family than a business.

9. Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco

Motel, Chain Hotel

e3f2b32f.jpg
 Courtesy of Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco / Expedia

Hikers wanting access to the Presidio will find this excellent Travelodge ideally placed on the edge of the park, meaning what this chain hotel may lack in character, it certainly makes up for in location. In less than 45 minutes, guests can walk through the park and find themselves at the world famous Golden Gate Bridge and its unmissable views. Heading in the opposite direction to Fisherman’s Wharf, through the Marina District, is an absolute pleasure also, especially if you get to sample the local fare.

10. Marina Motel

Motel

265557352
 Courtesy of Marina Motel / booking.com

The Marina Motel was built in 1939 by the son of a gold-rush miner to celebrate the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, and to this day is still run by the same family. A wide range of rooms mostly open onto a flower-filled courtyard that is enchanting in springtime. Since its conception as a motel, each room also has its own free garage for guests to safely enjoy.

landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

X
Edit article