Published 8/1/2007

Where to stay in San Francisco

From boutique hotels to majestic palaces, AAOS members have access to accommodations throughout the city. Individual hotel descriptions will be available when member-only housing opens on Aug. 16, but here is a sneak preview of the areas where hotels are located and the AAOS negotiated rates.

Civic Center
(Room rates: $146 – $257)

San Francisco’s widest street, Van Ness Avenue, runs straight down the middle of the Civic Center. It’s also the location of the city’s symphony, opera, and ballet venues, as well as the War Memorial Opera House and the Asian Art Museum.

Financial District
(Room rate: $276)

Ranked as one of the top four financial centers in the nation, San Francisco’s Financial District begins at Montgomery Street and extends east toward the Embarcadero. At the Embarcadero Center, you can find eight blocks of shops and restaurants.

Fisherman’s Wharf
(Room rates: $192 – $286)

Waterfront marketplaces include The Anchorage, The Cannery, Ghirardelli Square, and PIER 39. A fleet of historic ships berth at Hyde Street Pier; Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge are nearby.

The Embarcadero
(Room rates: $232 – $302)

East of Fisherman’s Wharf stretches the Embarcadero, where miles of deep water piers shelter ships of all flags. Nearby is the Ferry Building, filled with high-end retailers, a food hall, restaurants, and a farmers market.

(Room rate: $186)

At the heart of Japantown is Japan Center, a five-acre complex of hotels, shops, theaters, sushi bars, and restaurants, and the shop-lined Nihonmachi Mall, designed to imitate a traditional Japanese village.

South of Market
(Room rates: $173 – $466)

The South of Market area is two square miles of nightclubs, restaurants, experimental theaters, discount shopping, and art galleries. It’s home to AT&T Park, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the African Diaspora, Cartoon Art Museum, California Historical Society, and the Telephone Pioneer Communications Museum.

Union Square
(Room rates: $132 – $395)

Originally set aside as a park in 1850, Union Square is currently the third-largest shopping area in the United States. It’s known for its many restaurants, specialty shops, and art galleries.