It’s a quick, non-stop flight from San Diego to San Francisco, which makes it an ideal trip for a weekend getaway.
SoCal and NorCal are worlds apart in the eyes of Californians. San Diego has warm, sunny skies with a beach attitude, while San Francisco has a busier, more metropolitan vibe with hilly, but walkable streets.
For San Diegans, a trip up north is just over an hour-long plane ride or a beautiful, extended road trip, if you choose to drive up the coast instead. But if you’re looking for a mini-vacation or a last-minute adventure, then you can usually find an inexpensive ticket to the City by the Bay.
Similar to San Diego, San Francisco is a city made up of neighborhoods, each with its own personality and quirks. One of its central areas is Union Square, which is home to fashion’s heavy hitters, but also a few blocks away from Chinatown and the city’s Tenderloin district.
To stay centralized and near public transportation, a reservation at Parc 55 is an ideal choice. You’ll see it as soon as you step out of BART, which is an inexpensive way to get to the heart of the city from the airport. Parc 55 takes up an entire block and has amenities suited best for business travelers. Their suites offer multiple views of the city and come equipped with a living area, plenty of outlets, and other necessary accommodations for a comfortable, extended visit.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel
A few blocks away is its sister property, Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel, which has a buzzier vibe than the one at Parc 55. Where Parc 55 is more subdued, sleek, and a little on the quieter side, Hilton Union Square is full of palpable energy and activity as soon as you walk through the door.
The hotel bar is located right in the lobby, in front of the registration desks, which isn’t a bad place to be if you’re waiting to check-in for the day. To the left is a market full of pre-made sandwiches, pastries, and other snacks and bottled drinks to stock up for your stay.
The hotel is an expansive property that seems rowdy, but when you’re whisked away to the guest rooms, it becomes quieter from above. Reserve a guest room with a balcony, so you can get a stunning, bird’s eye view of the city. Because San Francisco is a place to be seen.
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Travel Tip: If you plan to make this short trip from SoCal to San Francisco, staying near public transportation will help you cut the cost of a rental car. Also, by opting for the Bed & Breakfast package at either of these hotels, it’s easier to budget your meals for the rest of the day.
The full breakfast buffet at both Parc 55 and Hilton Union Square San Francisco includes hot and cold items, such as waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, pastries, cereals, fruit, and more to satisfy you for hours while you’re taking in the city.
CityScape on the 46th Floor
However, even if you don’t opt for the upgraded accommodations, you can still be whisked up to this property’s newest addition.
Once the doors open, you’ll enter a sultry lounge with a breathtaking view, or views, to be more specific. Take the opportunity to walk around the place in its entirety. Floor-to-ceiling windows will give you a panoramic view of San Francisco, while you enjoy a cocktail or light bites to get your night started or wind down after a long day. Happy viewing!