Cheap hotels in Castro, San Francisco
Tucked at the base of Twin Peaks, between stroller-strewn Noe Valley and the free-lovin’ Haight, the Castro earned its stripes as America’s most famous gay neighborhood during the political activism of the 1960s and ‘70s. These days, the district that started out as a sleepy suburb called “Eureka Valley” is a beating political and cultural heart—and one of San Francisco’s sassiest and most welcoming ‘hoods. Here, stylish shops and hip eateries keep company with racy window displays and a bustling nightlife scene.
A must-see stop is the Castro Theater, famous for its Moorish-meets-art-deco design and “Mighty Wurlitzer Organ” that provides the soundtrack to many a lively sing-a-long. But amid the action, the neighborhood somehow maintains a bit of an old-fashioned feel. The historic “F-line” streetcars begin their journey here, and just off the buzzing main drags are surprisingly hushed side streets, lined with trees and some of the city’s most striking Victorian homes.
Address 24 Henry Street (Castro)
Offering five simple rooms and friendly service, 24 Henry feels more like a friend's house than a guesthouse in the heart of the Castro.
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