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Hospitality Industry

Welcome to LodgingGuide's hospitality industry listings the San Francisco area.

Mark Twain said, "The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco." Although the winters here are relatively mild, warmed and kept humid by the abundance of surrounding water, the summers are drier, windier and in some of the microclimates created by the hilly terrain juxtaposed against the sea, can be quite chilly. San Francisco shares this rare "Etesian" type weather pattern only with southwestern coastal Africa, west coast Australia, west coast Chile and the Mediterranean. Perhaps this unusual climate creates the feeling that you are in a special, world-class city, but there is a magical spirit here which, despite the harshness of the environment, as Tony Bennett's famous song suggests, will haunt you until you return. A lot of the streets here present too arduous a challenge for the uninitiated walker, but the public transportation system of subways and buses thankfully is one of the finest in the world. Everyone has seen clips of passengers and passersby helping the gripman physically reversing the direction of streetcars at turntables on the bottom and tops of hills. There are only three street car lines remaining, kept going largely because of resident sentimentality and tourist demand, but in the days of horse-drawn carriages, before gasoline powered engines, the steam driven cable car was essential in negotiating the hills of this town. Important things to do here that will make lasting memories are: cruising to Alcatraz from Pier 41 on Fisherman's Wharf, sampling Dim Sum in Chinatown, and visiting the corner of Haight and Ashbury where you can still enjoy the unrehearsed gathering of crowds to hear a special speaker or enjoy an impromptu event in the park where the Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead put this town on a different kind of map. Those who long ago came to the Haight area as kids wearing flowers in their hair will be taken aback now at the relative squalor and deterioration of many remembered quarters, but a few hippie-style cafes and shops still dot the area, and maybe, if only for just a second, it will all come back to you.

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· Downtown San Francisco · Financial District
Lodging in San Francisco's central downtown area, surrounded by San Francisco's Financial District, Civic Center, and Nob Hill. Lodging options just north of central downtown, in San Francisco's financial center, including the neighborhoods of Chinatown, Japantown, South of Market, The Embarcadero and the offshore communities of Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island.
· Civic Center · Union Square
Lodging options southwest of central downtown, in and around the neighborhood of San Francisco's 5-acre City Hall plaza, bordered by Van Ness, McAllister, Goodlett Place and Grove. Hotels around Union Square, in the heart of the downtown area, including accommodations in the Theatre District.
· Fisherman's Wharf · Marina District
Lodging near the ferry to Alcatraz and Ghirardelli Square, including accommodations along the Northern Waterfront. Lodging options west of Fisherman's Wharf, in the historic Marina District neighborhood between Lyon Street and Van Ness Avenue, including accommodations along scenic Lombard Street and in Cow Hollow.
· The Castro · Nob Hill
Lodging options south of downtown in The Castro district. Lodging options northwest of the downtown area, in and around Nob Hill, including the neighborhoods of Pacific Heights and the Western Addition.
· San Francisco Airport · Mission District
Lodging near the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and in communities south of San Francisco, including Millbrae, Burlingame, and others. Lodging options south of the downtown area, in and around the Mission District neighborhood, including the nearby community of Haight-Ashbury.
· Menlo Park · San Mateo - San Carlos
Lodging options further south of the airport area, in the communities of Menlo Park, Redwood City and others. Lodging south of the airport area, in the communities of San Mateo, San Carlos, Belmont and others.
· Marin County · Pacifica - Half Moon Bay
Lodging north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, including the communities of Sausalito, San Rafael, Mill Valley and others. Lodging options north of Monterey Bay, southwest of San Francisco, in and around Pacifica, Moss Beach, Half Moon Bay and other communities.
· Napa Valley Metro · San Jose, California - Silicon Valley Metro
Lodging options north of San Francisco, in California's premier grape growing and wine production region, at the northeastern tip of the San Pablo Bay. Lodging in California's high-tech capital, southeast of the greater San Francisco area, on the south side of San Francisco Bay.
· Oakland Metro
Lodging options in Oakland, Berkeley and other communities sit across the San Francisco and Richardson Bays via the Oakland and Golden Gate Bridges.

Area Facts: Streets in San Francisco generally run from east to west. The numbered avenues, on the other hand, usually run north to south, and are all located in the residential area of the city, on the western side.

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