Not to rain on anyone's parade, but that foggy Bay Area winter is already rolling in. The warm weather's waning, people are digging out their fleece, and vacation plans are beginning to switch from hiking to skiing. Maybe it's time to plan a staycation instead? Whether it's sightseeing in your own city or allowing yourself the ultimate indulgence, there's a ton in the Bay Area to choose from.
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We've partnered up with travel experts at Expedia.com for a look at some amazing hotels of every kind in the Gothamist Network. Here are a few in San Francisco that might be just what you need to keep the vacation going.
Come for: The vibe. It's so relaxed here, it's no real surprise this hotel's seen the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam over the years.
Stay for: The year-round heated pool. That's no small amenity in a town (read: climate) like this.
What else? The amenities won't blow you away, but you'll have everything the Tenderloin has to offer (if you're into that kind of thing), plus guests get a free pass to the nearby Kabuki Springs and Spa.
Come for: The Starlight Room. It's gorgeous, has great views and was recently renovated for maximum glam. Check out the Drag Brunch on Sundays.
Stay for: In-room spa treatments. There's no in-hotel spa, but that doesn't matter if someone comes to your door, right?
What else? Being a Kimpton, this hotel is pet-friendly and comes with tons of perks like free bike rentals, complimentary yoga accessories, luxurious-but-not-over-the-top design, and nice room service.
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Come for: A landmark building with plenty of old-world grandeur.
Stay for: The pool, the steam room, the sauna, the patio, the spa...
What else? The service here is next-level great, plus you have all the views lofty Nob Hill is known for, in addition to the old-man mystique of the famous Big 4 Restaurant.
Come for: The ambience. This Japantown hotel is tastefully appointed with Japanese influence, much more than you can say for a lot of "Asian" inspired establishments. Warm woods, stately furniture and gorgeous art bring a lot of personality.
Stay for: The culture. Some would say Japantown doesn't have a lot to offer, but if that's your jam, it has a ton to offer. Karaoke and great restaurants abound, including one the neighborhood's favorites right downstairs at Mums.
What else? Unpretentious attitude, spacious rooms and service that isn't fussy make this a must-stay.
Come for: The neighborhood. Bet you didn't see staying at a hotel in Pacific Heights in your future, but you were wrong.
Stay for: The neighborhood. Art galleries, boutiques, and a very short walk to Golden Gate Park make for a pretty enchanting weekend away from the apartment.
What else? At varying times of the day you'll find free coffee, tea, lemonade and cookies, wine and more either in the lobby or the lounge next door.
Come for: The luxury. The hotel's restaurant, Luce, has its own Michelin Star, and it's well deserved. Add that to spacious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and a beautiful spa and you're officially ready to treat yourself.
Stay for: The price. Surprise! With all these amenities, The InterContinental is still quite affordable.
What else? Take advantage of the Downtown location and be a tourist in your own city by exploring the Embarcadero, Ferry Terminal, Exploratorium and more.
This post is a collaboration between Expedia.com and Gothamist staff.