Updated: May 21, 2015
Best Hotels near Fisherman's Wharf:When you travel to San Francisco and want to stay near Fisherman's Wharf there are plenty of options available. I grew up in the South Bay and when I return with my wife and kids we like to do the tourist things which usually take us closer to Fisherman's Wharf than anywhere else. Picking a hotel at Fisherman's Wharf is easy since almost all the ones I researched are within an easy walk to the wharf, Pier 39, the crab pots, ferry boats, cable car lines, Ghiradelli Square, and the Embarcadero. In past years I have stayed at the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf which is off of Taylor and North Point. The Hyatt is better than most of the other hotels in this area, although it can often be overpriced. This time I went with the Marriott Courtyard Fisherman's Wharf since I found a great weekend rate of just $119/night. The hotel is next to the Anchorage parking structure and just a few blocks from the waterfront with all the action.
A nice boutique hotel near Fisherman's Wharf is the Argonaut Hotel which is right across the street from the Powell & Hyde cable car line. Walk out the front door of the Argonaut Hotel and you are near Hyde Street Pier and only a few minutes from The Embarcadero and Fisherman's Wharf. Other popular hotels include the Hilton Fisherman's Wharf and the Tuscan Inn which are both between North Point St and Bay St. The Sheraton is right along the F Line on Beach Street between Powell and Mason. The best rates are often available by checking travel websites like Expedia or Orbitz where you can compare each hotel against the competition. I also like to go directly to the official website of each hotel to see if they are running specials or have discount rates that are not available on the larger travel sites. Rates are typically $150 to $200 a night for any hotel room near Fisherman's Wharf. I was lucky to find the promotional rate at the Courtyard Hotel because I haven't seen any nightly rate that low since. If you go off peak season perhaps you can get a better deal on the weeknights in this area since tourism does drop off come September and the winter months. Parking is often an issue around this area and no hotel that I could find offered it for FREE. Most charge upwards of $25/night if you have a car and the Courtyard Marriott charged me $30/night to park out vehicle. It was convenient, safe, and well worth the expense given the garage is right next door to the hotel and we had easy access to come and go as we pleased. Driving around the city is not easy and if you are not familiar with the one way streets and neighborhoods, stick with public transportation like the cable cars, trolleys, buses, taxis, or even BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). Walking to almost all the popular tourists spots is really quite easy. See the map we have listed below for a good idea of how far things are from the hotel you choose.
Fisherman's Wharf Map:The best way to get an idea of where all the streets are and which hotels are located where is to view a good map of the Fisherman's Wharf region. Every hotel that we have listed above is within walking distance to all the attractions, so don't be concerned as to which one you end up choosing. I went with the Courtyard Marriott location on Beach St. since I am a Marriott rewards member and the rates are very reasonable at $120/night for a Friday night stay. You can see an excellent Fisherman's Wharf Map HERE. The main streets per the map are Beach, Jefferson, North Point Street, and Bay Street. The map shows you exactly where the main hotels are along with Pier 39 and the cable car lines.
Best Fisherman's Wharf Hotel:Courtyard San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf - One of our favorites for this area, you have easy access to the wharf, cable cars, and Ghiradelli Square. The rooms are large and there are 123 rooms total with 4 suites. There was coffee in the lobby area and a computer with Internet access. We used our laptop in the room to get on the Internet which was very convenient (it's free). Parking was $30/night but many hotels charge even more. The staff was friendly and let us check-in early and check-out late so we could get in all the activities we had planned
Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf - located right at 555 North Point Street in San Francisco it's hard to be in a better spot. The Hyatt features 313 rooms with pillow top mattresses and the bathrooms are some of the best you will find. Although the Hyatt brand is better known as a business hotel, we found this location to be well suited for families or couples on vacation. They offer wi-fi service throughout the hotel and the cable car line is literally across the street. I like the fact they have an outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi, although with the weather being so unpredictable in San Francisco we didn't get a chance to use it while we were in town.
Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel - With over 500 newly renovated rooms, the Sheraton is a good choice for families, couples, or those on business. The entrance is on Mason St., but you are just 1 block from the main attractions at Fisherman's Wharf. Rates have been down to $119/night at this location so check their website for details and promo rates. I had a chance to walk into the lobby and it looked amazing. Parking at the hotel is over $40/night so be sure to consider that when researching room rates as compared to other hotels in this area.