There are a couple of airports to choose from — San Francisco (SFO) and Oakland (OAK). Both are about 20 minutes from downtown San Francisco. SFO is probably the best choice, as there are no tolls and ground transportation is more reliable. You can find good rates at your favorite flight aggregator, but keep in mind that you'll have to check Southwest and JetBlue directly.
Please consider not renting a car. It can be difficult to deal with the pedestrians, bikers, and hills (Texans: I'm talking to you). Parking is also hard to find, and most hotels charge upwards of $40 per night. Here are some alternatives:
- a car-for-hire app on your smartphone. This is often cheaper than a taxi and more reliable
- airport shuttles. Book in advance online or call 800-BLUE-VAN
- public transit. BART connects to both airports, and MUNI goes all over the city
- hail a cab
Keep in mind that some facilities may not have air conditioning. The mild weather means A/C isn't really necessary, but you may want to open your windows. San Francisco is a big city with street noise, so consider staying on a high floor if possible.
We have a room block at the Palomar Hotel for $220 a night. Please mention our name when you make your reservation. FYI, the block rate is no longer available for Thursday night.
Choose your own adventure
San Francisco has a lot to offer, so please feel free to explore! There are no special events at the Palomar, so you won't be left out.
- Trip Advisor is great for hotel reviews and will show prices from several booking websites
- Airbnb lets you book homes. You can choose a room or get whole properties for a great price
The wedding venue is not near many hotels — check above for hiring a car. Here are some recommended areas for your hotel hunt (avoid the red, it's a dodgy neighborhood). Union Square and SoMa both have lots to see and do in easy walking distance. Keep in mind that travel time through the city can be very slow, especially around tourist spots like Fisherman's Wharf.