Gay San Francisco · Mid-range Hotels

Gay San Francisco · Mid-range Hotels

San Francisco is a compact city with a huge gay scene. There are some great-value hotels near the Castro gay district, Union Square shopping area and transport links.


South of Market district or SoMa, is one of the liveliest and most colourful parts of San Francisco. This area is also home to many gay cultural spots, such as the LGBTQ and Leather Cultural District.

There’s an enormous gay leather community here, and many gay bars such as The Stud (the US’ oldest leather bar) and Powerhouse. In September, Folsom Street turns into huge street parties.

SoMa has something for everyone: the home of The Giants for sports fans, the San Francisco MoMA gallery for art lovers, and several upscale restaurants and nightclubs.

Why this hotel?: Great location. Stylish rooms. Near BART station, shops and gay scene.

Proper Hotel offers stylish rooms in San Francisco city centre, just 1-minute walk from the Civic Center BART Station, and the trendy dining and shopping area in SoMa.

Housed in a unique historic building, guest rooms feature free are tailored to fit the demands of modern travel. With bed’s that promise a Proper night’s sleep, the finest baths and walk-in showers and postcard views, the Proper hotel is a perfect stay for your time in San Francisco.

The hotel has its own restaurant & bar, although Midnight Sun and SF Eagle gay bar are nearby. The Proper’s stylish design and great location make it a popular choice with gay travellers.


bar, cafe, restaurant, shop, free wi-fi

1100 Market St, San Francisco


Based on 194 votes

Why this hotel?: Central location. Near the metro, shopping area, gay nightlife.

Located near San Francisco’s famous Union Square, Hotel Zelos is a great choice for gay travellers and couples, being a stone’s throw away from SoMa, noted for its gay club scene. The hotel is only a 25 minute walk from San Fran fav The Stud!

Zelos boasts sleek interiors, friendly staff and trendy rooms with modern comforts. Breakfast is available each morning and can be delivered to your room.

Some of the best shopping areas are at your doorstep on the high streets of Market St, and you can easily get on the metro (muni) to get to other parts of the city.


restaurant, massage, free wi-fi

12, 4th St, San Francisco


Based on 3517 votes

Why this hotel?: Rooftop pool. Modern rooms. Close to gay scene and Folsom St.

Nestled between San Francisco’s most bustling areas is the Plus Americania, with The Castro on one side and SoMa on the other, you’ll be surrounded by nightlife, restaurants, and Powerhouse gay cruise club on Folsom Street.

Bright, contemporary guest rooms blend a retro, mid-century design with playful bursts of colour. The hotel has a fabulous rooftop pool with amazing views over the city skyline from the SoMa district.


rooftop pool, gym, bar, restaurant, free wi-fi

121 7th St, San Francisco

Very Good

Based on 3384 votes

Why this hotel?: Walk to Union Square. Gym onsite. Excellent breakfast.

Conveniently located in downtown San Francisco, the Hampton Inn offers great-value rooms with amenities such as a gym, a rooftop terrace and a stellar hotel breakfast.

Each modern, comfortable guest room has a private bathroom, cable TV, refrigerator, seating area. Some rooms offer city views from the SoMa district. Excellent breakfast is included.

Union Square and public transport links are an easy walk away. Gay scene-wise, The Stud and Powerhouse gay club can be reached in just 10 minutes. The Theatre District and Westfield Shopping Centre are also nearby.


bar, cafe, gym, free wi-fi

942 Mission Street, San Francisco

Very Good

Based on 1769 votes

The Castro

The Castro District is the heart of San Francisco’s gay community in which you can discover Harvey Milk’s inspiring mission to create a haven for LGBT people.

This spot is an absolute must-see when visiting San Francisco, and there’s plenty to keep you entertained: the Castro Theatre, the US’s first gay bar, the LGBT walk of fame and much, much more.

Why this hotel?: Walk to gay bars. In The Castro. Budget choice.

Beck’s Motor Lodge offers great-value rooms in the vibrant Castro District, San Francisco’s centre of gay culture and nightlife. Q BarThe Cafe and other gay bars are all within walking distance.

Guests rooms are modern and comfortable, each with a small fridge, cable TV, private bathroom. The rooms offer views over the tree-lined Castro Street or a sun-soaked courtyard.

Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square and other famous landmarks are easily accessible via the nearby cable car lines.


free wi-fi

2222 Market St, San Francisco


Based on 403 votes

Why this hotel?: Budget choice. Near The Castro. Walk to gay bars.

Budget hotel in The Castro gay district. The 2-star Twin Peaks Hotel is located just a short walk to Q BarOasis, The Cafe, restaurants other gay venues in the area.

Guest rooms are simply furnished, non-smoking and include a flat screen TV, free WiFi, private or shared bathroom. There’s a 24-hour reception and daily housekeeping.

Great value for money and close to all the action.


free wi-fi

2160 Market St, San Francisco


Based on 103 votes

near Chinatown / Embarcadero

Have a wander through the oldest Chinatown in the Western Hemisphere and try a classic Mai Tai in Li Po’s. Catch a boat to the infamous Alcatraz Island from the Embarcadero.

Our favourite hotels in Northern San Francisco are a short taxi journey to the Golden Gate Bridge, the global icon of the city. Some of these hotels offer incredible panoramic views over it.

Why this hotel?: Near Union Square. In-house gym. Easy access to gay bars.

A popular choice with gay guests. The well-reviewed Marriott hotel is located in downtown San Francisco, just one block away from Union Square.

Guest rooms are smartly designed, many offer great view of the city. Breakfast is available (extra charge). There’s a gym onsite so you can work out before heading to the gay bars in The Castro.

The Market Street & 4th Street cable car stop and metro station are a short walk away, making it easy to get around the city.


restaurant, bar, gym

480 Sutter St, San Francisco


Based on 6715 votes

Why this hotel?: Central location. Great for shopping, sightseeing, gay scene.

Located in Union Square, Hotel Abri is great for gay travellers and gay couples who love to shop, with leading department stores, boutique shops and cafes all around. Market St is particularly good for shopping.

Gay bars in the Castro are within easy reach. The cable cars are also nearby, as is the port if you’re planning to take a ferry to Alcatraz.

This historical hotel combines old-school charm with modern amenities. Free WiFi throughout.


bar, restaurant, free wi-fi

127 Ellis St , San Francisco


Based on 6365 votes

Why this hotel?: Panoramic views. Easy access to gay scene. Great value.

The popular Comfort Inn has a great oceanfront location, with spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, just 3 blocks from the famous zigzag Lombard Street, and also close to a cable car station.

The famous gay scene in the Castro District is a short bus or cable ride away. The famous Fisherman’s Wharf and the Alcatraz ferries are within a mile away.

Here, you’ll find the basics done to a high standard and good prices in an otherwise expensive city. There’s free WiFi and coffee, too.


free wi-fi, complimentary coffee

2775 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

Very Good

Based on 4211 votes

Bay Area/Fishermans Wharf

One of the most popular tourist areas in San Francisco. It’s where you’ll find Pier 39 and many other attractions. You’ll find many museums and restaurants in the area.

Why this hotel?: Gay-Friendly Hotel. Located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf.

Hotel Zephyr is a gay-friendly hotel located in the heart of the Fisherman’s Wharf neighbourhood of San Francisco. The hotel is ‘ship-yard chic’ in its design and uses recycled cargo containers and upcycled nautical goods in its design to perfectly fit into its surroundings, with breathtaking views of the bay area, Pier 39 and Golden Gate bridge in its nearby location. The hotel is also within easy access of transport to other neighbourhoods of the city.

Rooms all give the feel of staying in the Captains Suite and come in deluxe and premium options with bay, waterfront or city views. Amenities include a 50″ HDTV, free wifi, power chargers, safe, coffee and tea maker, mini fridge, iron and are pet-friendly. All guests also have complimentary access to the on site fitness centre. Hotel Zephyr also has a meeting space/events gallery facility.

Zephyr Walk near the Hotel has a variety of food options for meals during your stay such as Starbucks, I-Hop and a variety of quick serve or sit down restaurants as well as a variety of shops.

Hotel Zephyr also has unique outdoor and indoor games facilities to enjoy, including giant connect 4, shuffle board, ping pong, firepits, pool tables and San Francisco’s largest periscope to take a closer look across the bay!

Please check out the official hotel website for further enquiries and booking information.


nautical theme, bay area location, games, fitness cenre

250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA

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