San Francisco is one of the most exciting and picturesque cities in the world, with many iconic attractions and scenic points to explore. Surrounding our hotel in the trendy SoMa neighborhood, you'll discover incredible restaurants and bars, diverse people and fascinating things to see and experience. The SoMa district is a walkable neighborhood, lined with restaurants, bars and attractions. Pick up a complimentary San Francisco map at the hotel front desk, put on some comfortable shoes and go explore our beautiful city. Here are some helpful Francisco travel tips for tourists.
A San Francisco International Airport is 12 miles south of San Francisco and it's easy to get to via shuttle, BART, or taxi. From our hotel, walk 3.5 blocks to BART, which costs $9-10 one way per person to SFO. Taxis are convenient and quick, but cost $45-80 depending on traffic. City Center Inn & Suites can arrange a shuttle to the airport, which is costs $15-17 one way, per person and drops you off right at our doorstep. Book your departing shuttle on the day you arrive to ensure availability and times.
A The weather in San Francisco is generally mild with an average year-round temperature of about 62 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the city can get quite chilly in the evenings even during the summer, with breezes coming off San Francisco Bay. We recommend packing a sweater or light coat in the spring and summer and a warm jacket, gloves and a scarf during the cooler fall and winter months.
A San Francisco is a walkable city with great public transportation, including the BART and Cable Cars, so there's no need to rent a car. Bring comfortable walking shoes, or hop on the BART - a few blocks from our hotel - and easily get around San Francisco. You can ride the Cable Cars from Union Square and near Fisherman's Wharf, minutes away, for only $5 each way. If you need to rent a car, do so on the last evening of your stay or the morning of your departure as parking is limited and expensive.
A ATO truly experiences San Francisco, plan to stay a minimum of 3 to 5 days. San Francisco is a destination packed with eclectic neighborhoods, museums, parks, theaters and landmark attractions, from the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf to the SF Museum of Modern Art and the colorful alleys of Chinatown. San Francisco also boasts many cultural events, concerts, and performances, including the Symphony and Opera, and many venues offer half-priced tickets on the day of the show.
A Yes. We can book your San Francisco tours and bay cruises directly from the hotel. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to guide you for your entire visit to San Francisco and can offer great SF tourism tips. The Alcatraz Tour is one of most famous things to do in San Francisco and we highly recommend it. During peak days and weekends, you will need to book 3 months prior to your visit. You can call the hotel in advance at 415-861-6469 to book this tour and many others.
A Yes. Located in the pedestrian friendly SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco, our hotel is 3 walking blocks to the Moscone Center. After a long day at your event or conference, take the short and economical taxi ride to the corner of 7th Street and Howard Street, as going around the corner with all the one-way streets in San Francisco can double the fare. A San Francisco map is available at the hotel.
A The water quality in San Francisco is one of the best in the country! San Francisco water is piped in from the valley just outside of the Yosemite National Park and the snow melt from the Sierra Nevada mountain range via the Hetch Hetchy pipeline, so it's clean and refreshing to drink. Bring a water bottle and fill it up in your guestroom faucet before heading out to explore the city. And your hair will be silky smooth too.
A San Francisco is a strict non-smoking city. Smoking is prohibited in buildings, restaurants, parks, and farmers' markets. You may smoke on the streets, but must be 120 feet in all directions from public buildings, establishments and spaces. You cannot even smoke in Union Square. City Center Inn & Suites does not allow smoking and will require you to step 120 feet away to light up. We ask that our guests be respectful of these policies so we can all enjoy fresh, clean air while visiting San Francisco.
A San Francisco is a small, pedestrian friendly and very diverse urban city. Most neighborhoods are safe, friendly and walkable, but be prepared to encounter interesting communities and homeless people. Like any large metropolis, be careful in certain neighborhoods at night and make sure you know where you are going. We suggest taking a city map with you and planning your route before you explore.