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Discover San Francisco’s Famous Neighborhoods at the Holiday Inn

Affordable Lodging near Union Square and Much More

The Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel is centrally located in downtown San Francisco, offering our guests easy access to the many neighborhoods of SF. Ride the trolley car, hail a cab, or use those legs and discover the hipster area of Haight-Ashbury, the Chinese culture of Chinatown, or the rainbow flags of the Castro District. We’re one of the top hotels near Union Square and so much more.

Union Square – 8 blocks away

Shop, dine, and see a show!

The Holiday Inn Golden Gateway is just a few blocks from the heart of San Francisco – Union Square. Here you’ll discover one of the most visited neighborhoods of SF, where you’ll discover a collection of theaters, clubs, cocktail lounges, restaurants, shops, and other surprises. Enjoy a day of shopping, savor a delicious meal, or catch a play – all in one place! And when you stay at one of the most affordable hotels near Union Square San Francisco, the Holiday Inn saves you extra money that you can play with!

Nob Hill – ½ mile away

Some of the Best Views of the San Francisco Bay!

Nob Hill is a wealthy district, home to many upper-class families and young professionals. Although it’s a dense neighborhood of homes, there are several parks within Nob Hill, where residents and visitors can relax and enjoy the outdoors. Some parts of this San Francisco neighborhood feels frozen in time with its vintage barber shops, coffee shops, and cocktail lounges from past decades. Nob Hill has also been home to some iconic San Francisco characters, including legendary columnist Herb Caen and the famous “San Francisco twins” Marian and Vivian Brown. Nob Hill boasts some of the best views of San Francisco Bay, especially when observed from a California Street cable car.

Chinatown – 1 mile away

The Oldest Chinatown in North America

San Francisco’s Chinatown is located on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street and is the oldest Chinatown in North America. This enclave continues to maintain its own customs, languages, places of worship, and social clubs. Holiday Inn visitors can easily become immersed in this SF neighborhood, filled with herbal shops, temples, pagoda roofs, and dragon parades. On Saturday afternoons, the produce and live markets along Stockton Street make it the busiest day of the week. Some of the top attractions of Chinatown include the Chinatown Gate, the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, Waverly Place, and the Chinese Historical Society of America. Chinatown is a major tourist attraction in San Francisco, drawing more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge!

Japantown – 1 mile away 

Cultural Performances, Events, and Shopping

San Francisco’s Japantown is one of only three Japantowns remaining in the US today. It’s the cultural heart of the Japanese community in San Francisco, situated in the middle of the city between downtown and the City’s western neighborhoods. Japantown continues to attract people from all over the Bay Area to participate in community events, watch cultural performances, and shop. The area is home to Japanese restaurants, supermarkets, indoor shopping malls, and the Pika Pika, a rising business that involves taking Japanese sticker pictures that can be decorated and written on. Japantown celebrates two major festivals every year: The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival (held for two weekends every April) and the Nihonmachi Street Fair, held one weekend in the month of August.

Financial District – Less than 2 miles

The City’s Power Center

San Francisco’s Financial District is a power center of banks, financial institutions, law firms, and corporate headquarters. However, this district offers more than its name would imply. With some of the city’s best restaurants and walking tours, visitors can enjoy its many attractions. In addition, there are several shopping malls in the area too, including the Crocker Galleria, the Embarcadero Center, the Ferry Building Marketplace, and the Rincon Center Complex.

North Beach – 2 miles away

Little Italy Anyone? 

North Beach is best known as San Francisco’s Little Italy, with its many ristorantes, cafes, and Old World delicatessens. Whether you’re looking for historic landmarks, sipping espressos, or chowing down, you’ll find North Beach has plenty to offer for both a leisurely afternoon visit and a night on the town. North Park’s most popular attractions include Washington Square Park, Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Coit Tower & Pioneer Park, Filbert Steps, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Columbus Tower/Sentinel Building, Beat Museum, Lyle Tuttle’s Tattoo Museum, and the North Beach Museum. Tip – avoid driving if possible, and try taking one of the three major bus lines (#15, #30 and #45) or two Cable Car lines that pass through the neighborhood.

The Castro District – Less than 3 miles

Gay-Friendly in the City!

Today, the Castro District’s gay identity is itself a tourist attraction, attracting tons of people from all over the world. It bustles all day long, but at night it really comes alive, as the bars fill up and the Castro Theatre’s neon marquee lights up the main street. For fun events, the Castro Street Fair, the city’s longest-running street fair, occurs in late October and features booming music on multiple stages, crafts, drag shows, comedy, food, and plenty of drinks. Or, visit during San Francisco Pride Month during the last Sunday in June, when Market Street draws a powerful crowd for this annual display of LGBT power.

Haight-Ashbury – 3 miles away 

A 1960’s Paradise 

The Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco is famous for its 1960’s hippie culture. Memories of this flower power, peace, and love era can be found throughout Haight-Ashbury’s exclusive boutiques, vintage shops, Internet cafés, and hip restaurants. For Holiday Inn guests visiting this famous San Francisco neighborhood, the attire is casual – perfect for relaxing in cafés, bookstores, or shopping. Weekends can get quite crowded in Haight-Ashbury with shoppers, brunch goers, and clubbers at night.

The Presidio – Less than 4 miles away

A beautiful park full of charms…

Both a national treasure and a city jewel, the Presidio of San Francisco invites visitors to experience nature, history through preserved buildings, and to enjoy a picnic, a concert, or a contemplative walk in the woods. The Presidio is located at the Golden Gate and is both a distinctive National Park and a National Historic Landmark District. Guests can explore the Presidio Nursery, the Golden Gate Bridge, walking trails, and plenty more – all year long.

 

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1500 Van Ness Avenue,
San Fransisco, CA 94109

(415) 441-4000