Thinking of making San Francisco your summer vacation destination and in need of a hotel room?
The City by the Bay has seen a drop in nightly hotel rates, according to a recent survey by CheapHotels.org.
The survey examined 30 popular destinations in California and the average price for the cheapest available double room from July 1 to Aug. 31, 2023.
“With an average rate of just $115 per night, San Francisco in northern California emerged as the cheapest destination recorded in the survey—a 30% decrease compared with 2019,” the survey said.
San Francisco’s price contrasted with Carmel-by-the-Sea, which was the most expensive nightly rate at $305 per night.
The Standard perused various hotel booking websites—Expedia, Trivago, Hotels.com, Booking.com and Priceline—finding a number of options for $100 or less per night near Downtown San Francisco on Friday, Aug. 3.
Right in the heart of the Little Saigon neighborhood, rates for the Alexis Park Hotel showed $90 per night on Expedia, Trivago and Hotels.com.
An Alexis Park manager who spoke to The Standard said the location of the hotel is just minutes from Union Square and the Financial District.
“We only have about 25 rooms here, so they go fast,” he said.
Rates varied on different sites for the Warfield Hotel, with a $90 per night stay on Expedia, $78 per night on Trivago and as low as $71 per night on Booking.com.
The Warfield did not respond to a request for comment by publication time.
Just blocks from Oracle Park and San Francisco’s South Beach Harbor, a nightly stay at the Utah Inn will cost you $89 per night on both Expedia and Trivago, while Priceline shows the going rate for the first Friday in August at $80 per night.
The Utah Inn did not respond to a request for comment by publication time.
The cheapest hotel The Standard could find online was located right in the center of the often-maligned Tenderloin neighborhood. Although Google reviews by patrons admit the hotel is around homelessness, it is praised as being centrally located for those looking to spend a night in San Francisco but who don’t want to break the bank. Rates for the Adrian showed $82 per night on Expedia, $80 a night on Hotels.com and as low as $60 a night on Trivago.
The Adrian Hotel did not respond to requests for comment by publication time.
Of course, there are still plenty of hotel rooms in San Francisco available for more than $100. Hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 5 Embarcadero Center were available for $189 per night on Expedia, Booking.com and Hotels.com when The Standard checked on Saturday. One room at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis at 780 Mission St. was listed at $179 per night.
Both the Hyatt Regency Hotel San Francisco and the Marriott Marquis did not respond to requests for comment by publication time.
Joel Umanzor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org