Hosting out-of-towners, or a visitor to San Francisco yourself?
With its sunny disposition and rainbow flags—not to mention its LGBTQ history, diverse food scene and thriving nightlife—the Castro is a desirable home base for visitors looking to explore the city.
The neighborhood will soon welcome the boutique Hotel Castro on 18th Street, which is in the early stages of planning and development. But there are still plenty of local inns that have rooms available if you’re looking to book a trip now, or are a Castro resident seeking a spot for visitors to stay nearby.
Parker Guest House
If you’d prefer to stay in a traditional bed and breakfast, check out Parker Guest House. It's located on the 500 block of Church Street, near where the J-Church Muni line stops. The 21-room inn is within walking distance of both the Castro and the Mission districts, and just a block away from Dolores Park.
The hotel's amenities include a front parlor, a library (with a fireplace), a sunroom and a back garden. Prices range from $229 per night and up, and breakfast and an evening "wine social" are included. Parking is also available for an extra fee.
The Willows Inn
Budget-minded travelers are in luck: the Willows Inn starts at just $140 a night, despite a convenient location near the intersection of 14th, Church and Market streets. It's just steps from Verve Coffee, local cocktail go-to Blackbird, and neighborhood eatery Woodhouse Fish Company.
This European-style bed and breakfast has 12 rooms, each with its own vanity sink, and four bathrooms and four separate shower facilities are located down the hall (bathrobes are provided). The wifi is free, and a continental breakfast and complimentary evening cocktails are included in the price.
Beck’s Motor Lodge
As San Francisco’s self-identifying “Castro Hotel,” Beck’s has been a neighborhood fixture since 1958. Located on Market Street, the city's main drag, it’s close to major transit lines, including the Castro and Church Muni stations and the historic F-Market streetcar line.
Beck's rooms have recently been renovated, and patrons get free parking, access to the sundeck and, depending on the room, use of a wall-mounted fireplace. Rooms begin at $179 a night.
Twin Peaks Hotel
With prices starting at $75 a night, the Castro’s cheapest hotel accommodations are at the Twin Peaks Hotel, located on Market Street between Sanchez and 15th streets. Ideal for backpackers and travelers on a tight budget, Twin Peaks’ rooms have sinks, but bathrooms and showers are communal.
Located a block away from the Church Street Muni station, the inn is also next door to dive bar Lucky 13 and across the street from the Myriad market hall. Hop on an F-Market streetcar and be downtown, at the Ferry Building or walking around Fisherman's Wharf in no time.
Casa Luna San Francisco
The Castro’s most luxurious hotel option is located just steps away from Market Street, on a quieter stretch of 17th Street. Casa Luna's upscale, homey vacation apartments are fully furnished, and amenities include high-speed internet, onsite laundry and a full soaking tub with jacuzzi jets.
Like the other hotels on or near Market, it boasts close proximity to dozens of eateries, shops and bars. But it also offers a rear garden, complete with a slate patio and deck, to retreat from the hubbub of one of San Francisco’s most vibrant neighborhoods. The shortest available reservation, for three nights, will cost you $1,172, or about $390 per night.
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