Union Square and Nob Hill
In and around Union Square and Nob Hill, you’ll find about a zillion different hotels. As a rule, those closest to the top of the Hill or to Union Square proper are the most expensive.
For a one- or two-block walk, you get more personality and genuine San Francisco experience for less money and less prestige. There’s little cheap in these areas; hostels run down in the direction of the Tenderloin, where safety becomes an issue after dark.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition