Cheap hotels in Civic Center & the Tenderloin, San Francisco
Stretching north of Market Street and bordering busy Union Square, tony Nob Hill and chic Hayes Valley, San Francisco’s heart of high culture teeters on the border of glitz and grit. The Civic Center ‘hood is named for an opulent complex of Beaux Arts buildings, including the glorious gold-domed City Hall and the equally impressive Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall. Just beyond these reside grand theaters and the decadent restaurants that feed their visitors.
In the midst of all this art and architecture, though, is the notoriously seedy Tenderloin, where the city’s most destitute roam. Yes, these mean streets can be sketchy, but for those who don’t mind a little grime (or babbling strangers) there are treasures to be found in the ‘Loin. It’s home to some rockin’ music venues, like the Great American Music Hall and the Warfield. And in between grubby liquor stores and strip clubs also hide funky dive bars and tasty, cheap restaurants. All you need is your sense of adventure (and street smarts).