Choosing a gay hotel in San Francisco should be determined by your itinerary. For the historical and more mainstream experience, the Castro contains bars, trendy shops and a wealth of history. The area is also closest to Folsom Street Fair and the Pride Festival. For lodging, it's best known for its welcoming bed and breakfasts.
The South of Market Street Area (SoMa) is a trendy downtown neighborhood extending from Embarcadero to Eleventh Street, and is an alternative gay neighborhood to explore because of its fetish nightclubs and art galleries. The area has a number of hotels where gay travelers will feel comfortable.
Castro bed and breakfasts
The Parker Guest House is a 21-room bed and breakfast in the heart of the Castro. The historic hotel is made up of two mansions constructed in the early 1900s. Next to Dolores Park, the hotel is a perfect place to mosey on over to the gay section of the park on warm Sundays.
The eight-room Inn On Castro offers an even more personal experience, incredibly clean rooms and a cozy atmosphere.
Longer term travelers will find luxury apartments inside of Casa Luna, a hotel known for its eco-friendly focus, steps away from the de Young Museum. For a more affordable option, Beck’s Motor Lodge is an updated and well reviewed motel that provides guests a modern touch in a historic section of town.
Staying in SoMa
Near downtown, the W San Francisco offers everything a gay traveler needs to have a good time and stay healthy on the go, including a spa, gym, and DJ spun brunches.
Alternatively, close to the nightlife, the Good Hotel attracts younger guests and international travelers with a hipster aesthetic and moderately priced rooms for this less-than-cheap city!