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The best budget hotels in San Francisco... inspected and approved.

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Queen Anne, San Francisco

This splurge-worthy three-star Queen Anne Hotel may be over the top for some, but if you’re looking for a frilly and luxurious taste of history, it’s just the place for you.

7.8 Guest Rating

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Casa Loma Hotel, San Francisco

Perched on a hill near Alamo Square, the one-star Casa Loma Hotel, which bills itself as a “European-style hotel,” gave us a sense of what happens when a hostel grows up.

7.1 Guest Rating

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HI - San Francisco - Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

With a woodsy setting, to-die-for views, a historic building and tons of fun extras, the HI Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the coolest hostels we’ve ever seen.

8.6 Guest Rating

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Hotel Des Arts, San Francisco

Part art gallery, part hotel and all magnifique, the Hotel des Arts offers great cheapo rates and a central location with pizazz, to boot.

7.6 Guest Rating

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Encore Express, San Francisco

With a central location, well-appointed guestrooms and rates starting at $39, the Encore Express may just be the best value in town.

7.5 Guest Rating

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Good Hotel, San Francisco

The two-star Good Hotel offers 117 cheery rooms and a philanthropic bent in the heart of the artsy SoMa district.

7.2 Guest Rating

Carriage Inn, San Francisco

Gush alert: Artsy "types" will swoon for the literary-themed Best Western Carriage Inn, with its hip neighborhood, eclectic décor and celebration of San Francisco's favorite characters.

8.2 Guest Rating

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San Remo Hotel, San Francisco

Offering 64 simple rooms with shared baths, the sweet San Remo Hotel is a San Franciscan treasure that's been providing affordable haven to merchant seamen, penniless artists and many a traveler since 1906.

8.2 Guest Rating


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Who are we? EuroCheapo is a guide to cheap hotels in Europe... and in San Francisco! Our hotel editors hunted down and inspected hotels that were central, clean and affordable. And do we have some hot recommendations to pass along to you!

We decided to create a San Francisco hotel guide because the city offers small, interesting and budget-friendly hotels that are similar to those included in our European guides. Many of San Francisco’s hotel proprietors have made an extra effort to make their places special, often with fun little extras and a healthy dose of character.

Getting started: To find the right hotel for your trip, we recommend clicking through our list of recommended budget hotels. If you’d like a little guidance on choosing the right part of town to sleep in, be sure to read through our neighborhood overview. For additional ways to reduce your trip budget, check out the list of articles below.

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