10 Best San Francisco Hotels Fit For a Tight Budget

San Francisco's reputation as an expensive city - for both resident and tourist - is only going up and up and up.

This is a town that lives on "boom and bust" cycles of nearby Silicon Valley, and the Valley is driving this latest boom to unheard of and dizzying heights. The result for the common person who wants to either live in or visit the beautiful City by the Bay? Pricier restaurants, pricier attractions and, of course, pricier hotels. (This is definitely not news to anyone who has tried to book a hotel room during the many tech conferences hosted in San Francisco.)

But, don't despair. Although the ups and downs of Silicon Valley definitely affect San Francisco's economy, it hasn't yet replaced San Francisco's number one moneymaker: tourism. And it doesn't take a brilliant techie to realize if you want people to visit your city, you have to have some affordable places for them to stay.

We've combed the famous hills of San Francisco and come up with a list that we believe won't bust your wallet or jeopardize your sense of personal hygiene. Many of these hotels, including Comfort Inn by the Bay, are situated close to San Francisco's top tourist attractions like Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park.

If you simply want simple accommodations so you can spend most of your money on all the amazing experiences San Francisco has to offer, check out our list of the best San Francisco budget hotels.



Although Nob Hill is notoriously expensive, the Nob Hill Hotel - for the area - actually offer some excellent deals. Established in 1906 and fully restored to its original grandeur in 1998, this hotel featrues marble flooring, stained glass...  Read More



Friendly and knowledgeable owners give Pacific Heights Inn an edge ��" they know San Francisco as well as, or better than, any concierge at a big chain hotel. It's an asset that not every budget hotel can offer, that's for sure. A...  Read More

Hotel Emblem San Francisco
Photo courtesy of Hotel Rex San Francisco


Inspired by the intimate 1930s Bohemian-style hotels of Paris, Joie de Vivre Hotels acquired this property in 1997 and thoroughly recreated the Hotel Rex. The result? A space where strangers simply feel like people you haven't met yet. Ina...  Read More

San Remo Hotel


San Remo Hotel shines among budget hotels in San Francisco, California for multiple reasons, the primary being its location in the heart of North Beach. Brass, iron, oak, maple, pine or wicker furniture and pedestal sinks recall...  Read More

The Tenderloin
Tilden Hotel
Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy


Previously known as the Mark Twain Hotel, this hotspot in the ever-evolving Tenderloin area underwent a stunning multi-million dollar makeover in 2017. Perfectly situated on the edge of the Tenderloin and within a quick walk of Union Square,...  Read More



Searching for cheap hotels in San Francisco doesn't mean you have to settle for substandard service. Hayes Valley Inn has long been dedicated to making sure each visitor feels like a welcomed guest. Hayes Valley Inn is a budget hotel that can...  Read More



The family-owned hotel is located two blocks from Union Square. It's conveniently located near the Moscone Center, theaters, shops and China Town. Rooms are nicely appointed and include refrigerator, honor bar, and complimentary newspaper....  Read More



Cheap hotels in San Francisco can be difficult to find, but this 1910 hotel brings real value and a little bit of Paris to California, complete with French art. Originally built in 1910, Cornell Hotel de France has been owned and operated by the...  Read More



If you're looking for the full "tourist" experience of San francisco, you'd be hard-pressed to find a hotel with a better price and location than Comfort Inn by the Bay. This family-oriented hotel is located five blocks from Ghirardelli...  Read More



If a handy downtown location isn't enough to recommend this as one of the best budget hotels in San Francisco, California, the Hotel des Arts also offers a variety of stylish rooms, many designed and painted by emerging artists. The result is...  Read More


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