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Castro District

This historic LGBTQ neighborhood has something for everyone, with its iconic rainbow colors decorating flags, banners, storefronts and even crosswalks. 

Visit the Castro District, the heart of San Francisco’s LGBTQ community, home to young professionals, families, artists and more. Enjoy its striking bay views, fantastic food scene, historic theater and plenty of double-entendre business names.

Learn about Harvey Milk, “Mayor of Castro Street,” and California’s first openly gay elected official. Since his assassination in 1978, the neighborhood has paid homage in countless ways, from the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts and the exceptional Harvey Milk Photo Center to the annual Castro Street Fair, celebrating local creativity.

Discover more at the GLBT Historical Society and Museum, with an insightful main exhibit, Queer Past Becomes Present. Follow the Rainbow Honor Walk on Castro Street, noting inlaid plaques depicting important men and women in the LGBTQ community.

Sample food from all over the world throughout the Castro, including Spanish, Middle Eastern, Asian and French flavors. The dining scene is hot, whether you’re enjoying a Michelin-starred meal or sidewalk café selections. 

Visit a major historic landmark, the 1922 art deco Castro Theatre. On many nights before curtain, the hall fills with the sounds of show tunes featuring its famous organ. The theater hosts movies, both new and more obscure, filmmaker screenings and fun musical sing-alongs.

For the best views of the city, climb or drive to the summit of the two hills known as Twin Peaks. The summit is 925 feet (282 meters) above the geographical center of San Francisco. Look closely to glimpse the rare Mission butterfly.

Stay out late, walking from one of The Castro’s ubiquitous bars to the next. Look for the huge saltwater fish tank above the bar at Moby Dick or attend one of the many theme nights at Midnight Sun.

Travel to the Castro District via streetcar or Muni. Several buses pass through the Castro. From here, it’s easy to get to Haight-Ashbury, the Mission District, Downtown and Union Square. For history, food and fun, include this lively gay neighborhood in your San Francisco visit. 


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Becks Motor Lodge $139
Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020
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Becks Motor Lodge

Becks Motor Lodge

2222 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
     
    4.4 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    We had a very nice stay during the Covid-19 shutdown. The office was not open but communication through text was great. Easy walk and felt safe in the area. Free parking in the city is a major plus!

    Parker Guest House San Francisco $179
    Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020
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    Parker Guest House San Francisco

    Parker Guest House San Francisco

    520 Church Street, San Francisco, CA
       
      4.7 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Great location, very accommodating and friendly staff. Room was clean and comfortable. Off street parking is a great plus. We will definitely stay here again!

      Perramont Hotel $99
      Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019
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      Perramont Hotel

      Perramont Hotel

      2162 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
         
        3.3 of 5
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Close to all the locations and establishments I needed

        InterContinental San Francisco $113
        Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020
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        InterContinental San Francisco

        InterContinental San Francisco

        888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
           
          4.4 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Pros. Nice room with city view and clean. Cons. No parking available at the hotel. Park on streets or at 5th and Mission parking garage.

          Holiday Inn Golden Gateway $138
          Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020
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          Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

          Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

          1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
             
            4.1 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Room was quite, clean and perfect temperature. My only criticism is they do not Ofer black out curtains in the room.

            Hilton San Francisco Financial District $110
            Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020
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            Hilton San Francisco Financial District

            Hilton San Francisco Financial District

            750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
               
              3.9 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The staff are very friendly. We had a great view of the Coit Tower and the water but the windows are dirty. The sliding door handle in the restroom is missing . The bed is not that comfortable. The sheets are coean and pillows are good. The bath towels are excellent

              La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport N $81
              Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020
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              La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport N

              La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport N

              20 Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA
                 
                4.1 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Clean and close hotel but even if it's corona time they could have serve somthing for breakfast and open the gym at night

                Grand Hyatt at SFO $179
                Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020
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                Grand Hyatt at SFO

                Grand Hyatt at SFO

                55 S McDonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA
                   
                  4.8 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Good choice when you want something closer to airport

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                  Castro District

                  This historic LGBTQ neighborhood has something for everyone, with its iconic rainbow colors decorating flags, banners, storefronts and even crosswalks. 

                  Visit the Castro District, the heart of San Francisco’s LGBTQ community, home to young professionals, families, artists and more. Enjoy its striking bay views, fantastic food scene, historic theater and plenty of double-entendre business names.

                  Learn about Harvey Milk, “Mayor of Castro Street,” and California’s first openly gay elected official. Since his assassination in 1978, the neighborhood has paid homage in countless ways, from the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts and the exceptional Harvey Milk Photo Center to the annual Castro Street Fair, celebrating local creativity.

                  Discover more at the GLBT Historical Society and Museum, with an insightful main exhibit, Queer Past Becomes Present. Follow the Rainbow Honor Walk on Castro Street, noting inlaid plaques depicting important men and women in the LGBTQ community.

                  Sample food from all over the world throughout the Castro, including Spanish, Middle Eastern, Asian and French flavors. The dining scene is hot, whether you’re enjoying a Michelin-starred meal or sidewalk café selections. 

                  Visit a major historic landmark, the 1922 art deco Castro Theatre. On many nights before curtain, the hall fills with the sounds of show tunes featuring its famous organ. The theater hosts movies, both new and more obscure, filmmaker screenings and fun musical sing-alongs.

                  For the best views of the city, climb or drive to the summit of the two hills known as Twin Peaks. The summit is 925 feet (282 meters) above the geographical center of San Francisco. Look closely to glimpse the rare Mission butterfly.

                  Stay out late, walking from one of The Castro’s ubiquitous bars to the next. Look for the huge saltwater fish tank above the bar at Moby Dick or attend one of the many theme nights at Midnight Sun.

                  Travel to the Castro District via streetcar or Muni. Several buses pass through the Castro. From here, it’s easy to get to Haight-Ashbury, the Mission District, Downtown and Union Square. For history, food and fun, include this lively gay neighborhood in your San Francisco visit.

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