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Vacation rental apartments in San Francisco

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Top-rated apartments in San Francisco

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Private room · South of Market
Relax in a Luxury Master Suite - Private Bathroom
Walk to Blue Bottle Coffee, then kick back on leather chairs and soak up the sun at a crisp, white home with bold red accents. Smooth quartz worktops and cool marble combine with abstract art for a modern look. Perfect for business/tourists, enjoy walking distance to Whole Foods and Trader Joe's in SoMa. Room has large desk and office chair - perfect for work from home. I'm in my early 20s and healthy and looking forward to providing a comfortable and safe stay! Note: only one person allowed or else reservation will be canceled with no refund.
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Private room · Nob Hill
(929 #B) private bedroom + private bathroom
1 private bedroom & 1 ensuite private bathroom located in the heart of SF - close to Chinatown, Nob Hill, North Beach, Russian Hill, and Fidi. Available for stays of 30 nights or more. W/D onsite, modern kitchen, weekly cleaning of shared areas.
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Entire rental unit · Civic Center
Civic Center Views from a Contemporary City Pad and Parking
**Please contact us for availability before booking** Scroll down and click on Contact Host. There are rare cases in which certain check-in dates are not possible. If you instant book before inquiring, you will be responsible for Airbnb fees if the studio is not available. The Civic Center dome view is slightly covered by a new building but still a great view. The rug has been removed. Our parking spot has size limitations. Please check with us to see if your car would fit before booking. Please note that guests are responsible for Gas and Electric charges over $100.

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Where to stay in San Francisco

Locals share their top neighborhood recommendations to help you find the one to call home for your trip.

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Twin PeaksWhat locals sayQuiet · Residential · Busy
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Fisherman's WharfWhat locals sayHistoric · Classic
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Alamo SquareWhat locals sayHip · Historic · Quiet
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ChinatownWhat locals sayHistoric · Vibrant · Quiet
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Haight-AshburyWhat locals sayBohemian · Classic · Historic
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Mission DistrictWhat locals sayIndustrial · Bohemian · Hip

Stay near San Francisco's top sights

Golden Gate Bridge
Bridge · 380 locals recommend
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The bridge never gets old, even for longtime residents. It is spectacular, and is best experienced by bike. It’s two miles long and takes 20 minutes to cross. For a great ride, rent a Mission Bicycle, take the Wiggle to Golden Gate Park, and then cross the Presidio to the bridge and ride into Sausalito. From Sausalito, catch the ferry back to SF. The western walkway is open to cyclists only, so you get across more quickly. Tourists tend to mob the eastern, pedestrian side. At night, the bridge is closed to pedestrians but not to cyclists. You push a button and an unseen guard buzzes you in.

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    Private room · Outer Richmond
    Bedroom with patio near Golden Gate Park
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    Private room · Outer Richmond
    28th ave room 2
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    Private room · Outer Sunset
    Palm Trees private room near Ocean Beach Zoo GGPK
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    Entire guesthouse · Mill Valley
    Immaculate Vintage Airstream in Mill Valley
Fisherman's Wharf
Neighborhood · 282 locals recommend
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One of the most popular destinations for tourists -- there are attractions such as museums, souvenir stores, historical buildings and piers, and scenic vistas over the Bay. Bring a jacket!

Tim· SF, CA
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    Private room · Marina District
    Spacious Private Room with Bathroom & Balcony
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    Entire rental unit · Fishermans Wharf
    Suites at Fisherman's Wharf
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    Hotel room · Marina District
    Quiet Marina District Garden Oasis Free Parking
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    Hotel room · North Beach
    Motel in the heart of SF; Single King
Golden Gate Park
Park · 810 locals recommend
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What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.

Kate· SF, CA
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    Entire home · Outer Richmond
    Private 1BR/1BA one block near Golden Gate park
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    Private room · Outer Sunset
    Private cozy room 1
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    Entire guest suite · Outer Richmond
    Studio steps from the ocean
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    Private room · Outer Sunset
    5912- Master Suite with Bath near Golden Gate Park

Tips from San Francisco locals

Get advice about the city from the people who know it best. Local hosts share their tips and recommendations for travelers like you.

What should I pack

Bring a jacket & layers San francisco is cold especially in june/july. please be prepared by bringing the layers. water & fog keeps san francisco cool most of the year.

SatishLives in San Francisco

Always have some extra layers as sf can go from a sunny summer to a foggy winter in minutes. Wind breakers and scarfs sell well here...

Kevin & Esther
Kevin & EstherLives in San Francisco

What's the best way to get around

Getting around takes time Even though sf is a small city, it takes time to get around. going 2 miles can take upto 40 minutes especially if you are taking the muni - budget that into your day plans for moving between places.

VibhaLives in San Francisco

What's the local culture like

Don't leave luggage in your car (especially rental cars) when parking in sf. Car break-ins are a big problem in sf and tourists who leave their luggage in their cars are a prime target.

YelenaLives in San Francisco

Your guide to San Francisco

All about San Francisco

Surrounded on three sides by glittering water, punctuated by comically high hills, festooned with verdant public parks, and alternately enshrouded in mysterious fog and blazing sunshine, San Francisco is one of the prettiest places on earth. The city has long attracted iconoclasts and fortune seekers, in the shape of Gold Rush hopefuls, immigrants who fought to build thriving communities, and queer people seeking a home and civil rights. It’s a city of glorious contrasts: storybook Victorians and soaring skyscrapers; the bright, pinging amusements of Fisherman’s Wharf and the austere beauty of Ocean Beach. Like the rest of the Bay Area — which includes Oakland to the east, Marin to the north, and San Jose to the south — San Francisco continues to transform. But its scruffy, proudly independent roots are never far from the surface.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in San Francisco?

San Francisco has a legendarily capricious climate — hot, sunny days can turn chilly on a dime, so no matter what time of year you book one of the city’s vacation rentals, pack layers. March through June typically ushers in temperatures in the low-to-mid-60 degrees Fahrenheit. July through October is generally warmer, with temperatures in the high 60s or low 70s. Fall is often considered this city’s summer. November through February is brisk, with temperatures dipping into the 50s. Expect some fog and wind year round.

What are the top things to do in San Francisco?

Golden Gate Park

Opened in 1870, this park’s 1,017 acres are the undisputed jewel of the park system (and that’s saying a lot). Visit close to 2,000 species of rare, tropical, and aquatic plants inside the stately Conservatory of Flowers. Explore an indoor rainforest at the California Academy of Sciences, and surround yourself with world-class art at the de Young Museum. Ride a carousel, paddle a boat around Stow Lake, or stroll through the Japanese Tea Garden. Just don’t expect to do it all in one day.


This tiny island in the bay, now a National Park, has a complicated and fascinating history. Best known as the home of an (almost) inescapable federal prison populated by notorious criminals, Alcatraz is also the site of a historically significant protest led by Native American activists, who occupied the island for nineteen months starting in 1969 to protest the US government's failure to surrender federal land owed to the tribes who once lived there. A trip to Alcatraz to learn about its many lives is well worth it. Tickets go fast, so plan ahead and book your voyage early.

Golden Gate Bridge

Completed in 1937, this gorgeous 1.7-mile-long Art Deco wonder is renowned for its hue — a color so distinct it has its own name: International Orange. Walking, biking, or driving are all wonderful ways to experience this architectural marvel, and on the Marin side you’ll find a rest stop with bathrooms and breathtaking views of the bridge and bay. One thing to note: If you walk or bike, wear layers, as it can get very windy crossing the bridge.