Introducing San Francisco

From the Gold Rush to the Beat Generation, San Francisco has always been at the front of cultural change. Stay at a hand-picked luxury hotel and discover world famous landmarks and global icons. Ride a cable car up steep, Victorian streets for stunning ocean views, and take time to savour renowned international cuisine. Enjoy your San Francisco experience staying at Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, a grand 19th century residence with beautiful sea views in the lovely bayside setting of Sausalito, just a few minutes from the centre of the city.

Things to do

You easily fill a city break visiting San Francisco’s many museums and cultural attractions. For cutting-edge creativity, head to the striking Museum of Modern Art, or catch a 1930s film in the art deco Castro Theatre. The Castro district itself, with its chic boutiques and bustling cafés, is the centre of the city’s famous celebratory gay culture, and not to be missed.

One landmark can be seen from almost anywhere in San Francisco – the Golden Gate Bridge. Walk or cycle across this stunning architectural feat and explore the nearby Golden Gate Park – a beautiful expanse of green spaces, Japanese gardens, a golf course and even a Dutch windmill.

San Francisco is fast becoming known as North America’s foodie hotspot. As the city overlooks the pacific and has the largest Chinese population outside China, expect plenty of Asian flavour influences. With Californian Wine Country nearby, the city’s bars have no shortage of fine vintages to sip.  

Top Tip from SLH

For an inspiring view of the city, take an early morning walk over the Golden Gate Bridge to see the mist rolling over the hills.