Haight-Ashbury

San Francisco
Haight-Ashbury showing a house, heritage architecture and street scenes

Home of the Summer of Love, flower power and the Grateful Dead in the ’60s, this neighborhood is still a San Francisco landmark rich with history. 

Haight Ashbury was the epicenter of 1960s flowered-power fueled counterculture, a refuge for rebellious teens, society dropouts and peace-loving dreamers. Janis Joplin and The Grateful Dead are long-gone, but many remnants of the tie-dye wearing, incense-burning, love-not-war generation are still evident in this bohemian neighborhood. Students and other local young people, as well as tourists, hang out in the coffee houses and music clubs, book stores, boutiques and shops selling ethnic clothes and smoking paraphernalia.

If you want to get in touch with your inner flower child and sample some of the history of the Haight, you can still find Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane records (actual vinyl!) in a few of the music stores and “hippie” relics in the souvenir shops. But the neighborhood is considerably more gentrified than in its ’60s heyday. Expensive clothing boutiques, hip restaurants and internet cafes all add to the eclectic vibe.

In the ’70s, most of the hippies moved out and the yuppies moved in, snapping up the colorful Victorian row houses, “painted ladies,” that draw tourists from all over the world. Some of these “painted ladies,” a term for Edwardian and Victorian homes painted in three or more colors—typically pink, purple, lemon and lavender—to embellish the intricate architectural details, date back to the mid-1800’s. The entire district is unique in that it survived the 1906 earthquake that destroyed more than 80 percent of the city.

The best way to enjoy and discover this laid-back yet lively neighborhood is by strolling the streets with a camera. Consider finishing your day at historic Buena Vista Park, the oldest park in the city, which covers 37 acres (nearly 15 hectares) along a steep hillside with amazing views of the city and the ocean. This is a great vantage point to watch the sun go down over the Golden Gate Bridge.


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Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $151 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferry Building, Lombard Street, and Pier 39. Oracle Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also ...
3.8/5Good! (3,081 reviews)
"This is my third stay here and I love this place."

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2021

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
The Metro Hotel
The Metro Hotel
2.5 out of 5
319 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $226 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Haight-Ashbury, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Haight Street and Fillmore Auditorium. Mission Dolores Park and De Young Museum are also within ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Very clean and comfortable. Friendly staff, great location."

Reviewed on Sep. 10, 2021

The Metro Hotel
Stanyan Park Hotel
Stanyan Park Hotel
3 out of 5
750 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $284 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Golden Gate Park and University of California San ...
4.3/5Excellent! (858 reviews)
"Wish we’d discovered Stanyan Park Hotel years ago. Easy access to UCSF Medical, comfortable rooms and helpful staff."

Reviewed on Sep. 10, 2021

Stanyan Park Hotel
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $216 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 16
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Westfield San Francisco Centre, Warfield Theater, and Grace Cathedral. San ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,841 reviews)
"very nice"

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2021

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $176 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (3,007 reviews)
"The beds were super comfortable and the location was perfect in conjunction with good and shopping at pier 39 and Alcatraz ferry at pier 33. All in walking distance."

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $220 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moscone Convention Center, Ferry Building, and Oracle Park. Chase Center and Pier 39 are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,290 reviews)
"Outstanding quality. Great staff. Good downtown location."

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2021

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
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