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Diverse San Francisco loaded with landmarks
A few years ago, if you asked anyone what came to mind when they thought about San Francisco, it might have been the Tony Bennett song "I left my heart in San Francisco" along with cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge and Rice-a-roni. Today, such current topics as gay rights and the Silicon Valley may top the list.

Whatever your thoughts are, San Francisco retains a special place in the heart of most Californians because it so much epitomizes the state – its spectacular beauty, its breathtaking coastal and bay views, and its historic architecture. To be sure, it's an expensive place to live – perhaps the costliest place to live in California – but an incredibly diverse and entertaining place to visit.
San Francisco Bay Lodging
(For recommended restaurants and activities, please see below)
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Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel
55 Cyril Magnin Street
San Francisco, CA  94102

Welcome to the Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel a luxurious hotel just two blocks from Union Square in downtown San Francisco. Warmly appointed for business and leisure, our hotel affords unparalleled access to "everyone's favorite city". From sightseeing to dining, Alcatraz to Zuni Cafe our unique location provides effortless convenience to it all. Featuring 1,010 newly renovated guest rooms and 18 suites all with bay-style windows that showcase panoramic city views, our San Francisco hotel is at once a comfortable home away from home.
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Marriott Pleasanton
11950 Dublin Canyon Road
Pleasanton, CA  94588
Ph: 925-847-6000   Fx: 925-463-2585
At the newly renovated Pleasanton we have created a hotel that caters to the demands of our high tech business guests as well as our vacationers. We are a non-smoking hotel offering luxurious rooms that combine comfort and convenience, wonderful entertainment, and refreshment amenities. We have a business center that provides all the latest technology. For a great workout you can visit our exercise facility or take a dive in our beautiful swimming pool. Along with fine cuisine, we feature some of the best Regional wines from Livermore, Sonoma and Napa. We have everything you need for an enjoyable stay.
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Tri-Valley, California Convention and
Visitors Bureau
5075 Hopyard Road, Suite 240
Pleasanton, CA  94588
Ph: 925-846-8910   Fx: 925-846-9502
Email: info@trivalleycvb.com
Three valleys, two counties and five distinct cities make up the Tri-Valley region, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visitors can choose from historic downtowns to modern shopping centers - wine tasting to brew pubs - each of our communities has been shaped by it's own history, culture and values. Tri-Valley, California is comprised of three adjacent valleys - Amador, Livermore & San Ramon. These valleys are located on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay Hills and are home to the beautiful cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and the town of Danville.
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Prescott Hotel - Union Square
545 Post Street
San Francisco, CA  94102
Ph: 866-271-3632   
The Prescott Hotel located in the heart of Union Square is just steps from first class theaters, world-class shopping, gallery-hopping and people-watching. Enter the lobby and you will immediately see why the hotel was named one of the "Best Hotels in the World" for 2009 by Travel + Leisure. Our guestrooms offer a balance of comfort and design aimed at making your time in San Francisco unforgettable. With complimentary internet access for Kimpton InTouch Members, complimentary morning coffee and tea and our lively evening wine receptions, there isn't a moment of your stay with us that we haven't thought of.
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Holiday Inn Civic Center
50 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA  94103
Ph: 415-626-6103   Fx: 415-552-0184
Email: reservations-sfocc@ihg.com
Holiday Inn Civic Center in the SoMa District is a reflection of the modern city of San Francisco. Each guest room and suite features a private balcony and free high-speed Internet. Dine on-site, take a dip in our heated swimming pool or stick with your routine in our fitness center. Guests appreciate the urban chic décor throughout the property and the green initiatives we have woven into our everyday practices. Walk to the streetcar on Market, visit Great American Music Hall or the Castro.
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Novato Chamber
807 Delong Ave.
Novato, CA  94945
Ph: 415-897-1164   Fx: 415-898-9097
Email: info@novatochamber.com
Novato is the bay Area's smartest tourist destination. Why? Because it provides proximity to world-class hot spots while letting you get away from it all. We're just 20 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco, ten minutes from world-class wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties, and a hop, skip and a jump from some of California's premier State Parks and National Recreation Areas. Our family-oriented atmosphere means that there's something here for everyone. Enjoy our friendly downtown! There's always something to see or do in the San Francisco Bay Area... Novato is where the fun starts!
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Hilton - San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA  94108

The Hilton San Francisco Financial District is located in the center of the most exciting, bustling, and culturally diverse area of the city. Experience this brand-new Hilton centered at the crossroads of Chinatown, the Financial District, and North Beach, with an unparalleled backdrop of the Transamerica Building. Soaring 27 floors over the City by the Bay, this downtown San Francisco hotel offers stunning panoramic views of the skyline and San Francisco Bay. Following our spectacular $40 million renovation, we invite you to explore this dramatic new destination with modern interior decor and a casual, residential feel.<BR><BR> The all-new Hilton San Francisco
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Hotel Durant, A Joie De Vivre Hotel
2600 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94704
Ph: 510-845-8981   Fx: 510-486-8336
Berkeley's only full service, boutique hotel, Hotel Durant, is a unique blend of classic Spanish Mediterranean architecture and modern conveniences. Steps away from the U.C. Berkeley campus and Telegraph Avenue, the Hotel Durant infuses the formal university setting with the bohemian spirit that Berkeley is known for, making it an ideal destination for alumni, students' families and friends, sports fans and academic groups. Guests of the Hotel Durant will enjoy the on-site full service restaurant and bar, Henry's, a casual and relaxed gathering place. The Hotel Durant is green certified.
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Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, CA  94010
Ph: 650-347-1234   Fx: 650-696-2669
Delight in the unexpected when you select Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. This luxurious AAA Four-Diamond hotel near San Francisco airport surpasses every standard with a pampering array of amenities and services. Perfectly located on San Francisco Bay - between the excitement of downtown San Francisco and technology corridor of Silicon Valley - you'll enjoy easy access to all the attractions surrounding this airport hotel in San Francisco. Sample fine wines in our lush 10-story atrium, filled with soft natural light and cascading waterfalls. We're the refreshing choice for every traveler.
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Point Reyes Seashore Lodge
10021 Coastal Highway 1
Olema, CA  94950
Ph: 415-663-9000   Fx: 415-663-9030
Email: lodgekeeper@pointreyesseashore.com
An elegant country inn adjoining the Point Reyes National Seashore the Lodge is an ideal location to begin exploring miles and miles of some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Featuring two acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the 21 room Lodge and Casa Olema Retreat offer a scenic and restful setting. Behind the lodge a rolling lawn slopes to a meandering creek, while flowers and pathways trace the grounds and connect the Lodge to Casa Olema. The grounds are suitable for special events if scheduled ahead of time.
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Fairmont San Francisco
950 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA  94108
Ph: 415-772-5000   Fx: 415-772-5013
Email: sanfrancisco@fairmont.com
Central to the Financial District, Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf, The Fairmont San Francisco is located at the only spot in San Francisco where each of the City's cable car lines meet. In addition to its 591 guestrooms and suites, the hotel also offers two fabulous restaurants and lounges, as well as 55,000 square feet of spectacular function space. With a panoramic view of the City and the Bay from high atop Nob Hill, The Fairmont San Francisco holds an unmatched blend of elegance and superb service for an unforgettable stay.
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White Swan Inn, A Joie De Vivre Hotel
845 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA  94108
Ph: 415-775-1755   Fx: 415-775-5717
Bed & Breakfast lovers flock to this famed small inn not far from Union Square, Nob Hill, and Chinatown. With a strong English flavor - including all kinds of British collectibles - you'll swear you've landed in London. One of the favorite pastimes of guests is to linger after the abundant homemade gourmet breakfast in the living room or parlour reading a book, leisurely sharing stories with other guests, or enjoying a complimentary glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres. Each of our guest rooms has its own fireplace and a quaint elegance that is rarely found in modern boutique hotels.
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Galleria Park Hotel, A Joie De Vivre Hotel
191 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA  94104
Ph: 415-781-3060   Fx: 415-433-4409
Whether you've been negotiating a deal downtown or negotiating the shoppers at the fine boutiques and department stores in the neighborhood, you can come home to a complimentary evening wine hour and a comfortable hotel room with interesting art that feels like your own pied-a-terre. While most downtown hotels are rather stuffy and many boutique hotels are tragically hip, the Galleria Park is a perfect oasis that is stylish yet friendly. Experience beautifully-appointed guestroom and suite accommodations, three meeting rooms, and convenient location.
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Hotel Kabuki, A Joie De Vivre Hotel
1625 Post Street
San Francisco, CA  94115
Ph: 415-922-3200   Fx: 415-614-5498
With its prime Japantown location and unique blend of Eastern and Western influences, Hotel Kabuki offers a calm and serene ambiance. Recently renovated in 2007, the new décor elegantly balances the refined beauty of East and West, with traditional Japanese-style deep soaking tubs in most rooms. Guests will experience a sense of place that reflects both historic and worldly Japantown as well as the pulse of San Francisco. The location is central to shopping, dining, university and medical center businesses and entertainment, including a new Sundance film theater complex and a choice of music venues within walking distance.
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Hotel Rex, A Joie De Vivre Hotel
562 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA  94102
Ph: 415-433-4434   Fx: 415-433-3695
The Hotel Rex in Union Square was inspired by the San Francisco art and literary salons of the 1920's and 30's. Vibrant and alive, the clubby lobby surrounds guests with distinctive period furnishings, walls of antiquarian books, and an exceptional collection of exotic objects, original portraits and murals. Literary events regularly unfold in the lobby bar, and the hotel's Café is an enchanting blend of a Northern California cafe and authentic French bistro. Our guestrooms are decorated in a palate of Provencal colors and feature the work of local artisans.
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Petite Auberge, A Joie De Vivre Hotel
863 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA  94108
Ph: 415-928-6000   Fx: 415-673-7214
Some people love big landmark hotels with enormous lobbies and gold chandeliers. Those people don't stay at the Petite Auberge. This great little inn is one of those classic "small finds" that you might discover on an alley in Paris or down a tree-lined street in Prague. This French country inn is perfect for those looking to snuggle and experience all the European splendor that can be found in San Francisco. With a big gourmet complimentary breakfast, you'll almost feel like you've spent the night at grandma's home. Yet within three blocks, are Union Square, Nob Hill, and Chinatown.
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Sheraton Fishermans Wharf Hotel
2500 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA  94133
Ph: 415-362-5500   Fx: 415-956-5275
Email: Sheratonsf@ihrco.com
Experience a feeling of welcome unlike any other at the newly-renovated Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel. Having just completed a $33 million renovation, this amazing hotel has unveiled a whole new look. Centrally located in one of San Francisco's most popular neighborhoods, we are close to all the major attractions such as Pier 39, Ghiradelli Square, Alcatraz Island, and much more. Enjoy the light-hearted, yet sophisticated ambiance and colorful, yet peaceful décor. Relax with a cocktail in our outdoor living room, complete with fire pits. Take a swim in the outdoor pool or work out in the fitness room.
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Hotel Valencia Santana Row
355 Santana Row
San Jose, CA  95128
Ph: 866-842-0100   Fx: 408-551-0550
Email: santanarow@valenciagroup.com
Luxury and style have a new address at this 212 room chic contemporary hotel. Elegant old world European style meets sleek modern design to create the ultimate in cosmopolitan sophistication. Our focus on comfort and luxury is evident throughout, from the architectural craftsmanship to the exquisite plush finishes. Whether your stay in San Jose is for business or pleasure, we commit to making your experience the one you desire. "Go to www.hotelvalencia.com and enter Promotional code PROWEC when you make a reservation to receive an exclusive rate available only to californiaweekend.com readers."
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Moorpark Hotel, A Joie De Vivre Hotel
4241 Moorpark Avenue
San Jose, CA  95129
Ph: 408-864-0300   Fx: 408-864-0350
Work hard, play hard. That's the motto of this stylish Silicon Valley hotel that has everything you'd expect from a spectacular business hotel that doesn't forget about the rest of your life. The Moorpark features a large fitness room, a swimming pool and hot tub with cabanas, a billiards loft, a small restaurant and bar with constant sports on the tube, and a VIP club level of the hotel. The Moorpark feels like a small private club with the rich wood details in the lobby and the comfortable, friendly ambience. For business or pleasure, the Moorpark is right for you.
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Silicon Valley Hotel - San Jose Airport
1355 North Fourth Street
San Jose, CA  95112
Ph: 800-453-5340   
Email: sales@clarionsj.com
The Clarion Hotel San Jose Airport is a resort-style property with business amenities located one mile east of the San Jose International Airport. We are perfect for vacationers and business travelers alike! Clarion Hotel San Jose Airport is not only located close to the airport but also right next to highways 101 and 880. You'll also enjoy being within walking distance of the San Jose Light Rail system, unique restaurants, and recreational facilities. The Clarion Hotel San Jose Airport offers contemporary guest rooms with all the modern conveniences of home.
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Marin County Convention and Visitors Bureau
One Mitchell Boulevard, Suite B
San Rafael, CA  94903
Ph: 866-925-2060   
Email: info@visitmarin.org
Marin County is located between San Francisco and the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country. Our warm, sunny climate makes it possible to enjoy an incredible array of outdoor attractions year 'round. Surrounded by water on three sides, visitors can explore scenic beaches, go sailing and windsurfing in San Francisco Bay, and marvel at the ancient redwood forest on legendary Mt. Tamalpais. Music, art, film festivals, wine tasting, antique shopping and historical and cultural venues like the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Civic Center attract people from all over the world.
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Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa
801 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA  94965
Ph: 800-288-0502   Fx: 415-332-2537
Email: generalmgr@casamadrona.com
Nestled into a hillside overlooking San Francisco Bay, Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa is a luxury Sausalito hotel that seamlessly combines vintage architecture with modern hospitality and Golden Gate charm. Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa guest rooms and suites are located in three distinct areas on our hillside property overlooking Sausalito and Richard's Bay. Each is located either in the Victorian Mansion, among the Historic Individual Mini-Casitas, or within the Hotel Style Contemporary Room structures. Bay-view rooms boast private balconies and the famed Spa At Casa Madrona is on property.
Recommended Activities
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Napa Valley Wine Train
1275 McKinstry Street
Napa, CA  94559
Ph: 800-427-4124   Fx: 707-251-5264
The Napa Valley Wine Train is one of Napa's most distinctive restaurants. Enjoy gourmet dining, exclusive Napa Valley winery tours, and special wine events all aboard beautifully restored antique rail cars. Lunch trains leave at 11:30 am and return at 2:30 pm. Dinner trains leave at 6:30 pm and return at 9:30 pm. The Napa Valley Wine Train provides a relaxing 3-hour, 36 mile round-trip from Napa, passing through the towns of Yountville, Oakville, and Rutherford on its journey through one of the world's most well known wine valleys to the quaint village of St. Helena, and back.
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cityhouse - Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel
55 Cyril Magnin Street
San Francisco, CA  94102
Ph: 415-392-8000   
Offering inventive new takes on American classics, cityhouse fuses modern techniques with fresh ingredients, creating an original style of cuisine unique among restaurants in San Francisco. Start your morning with a bountiful breakfast buffet, or opt for a lighter à la carte selection. Lunchtime brings an opportunity to savor carvery sandwiches, homemade soups and fresh pastas, while dinner offers a raw bar, fresh, regional seafood, and of course, succulent steaks and chops. Enjoy our extensive wine and microbrew list, made up almost exclusively from local labels. Discover the latest hotspot in San Francisco dining, and reserve your table today.
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