I have reviewed a number of hotel search sites on my blog, and have my clear favorites – but on a recent search for a visit home to San Francisco, I used a site I didn’t really consider for hotel stays before – Travelzoo! While I have looked at their weekly Top 20 lists before and the many packages it offers, they also offer great hotel deals worth checking out. See what I found for San Francisco!
We are visiting San Francisco, the city I fell in love with, again in June this year and I started looking for hotels early. Weekday rates in San Francisco can be over $300/night, even at mid-scale hotels and even reward stays can be excruciatingly expensive, for example 60,000 points at the very good InterContinental San Francisco!
So, I was excited when I saw a deal at the Hotel Diva, a stylish boutique hotel near Union Square, for only $119/night – when regular rates at the time were $249 (deal since expired). Travelzoo even waives the “resort fee” at the hotel, an additional $17 saving!
Shortly after, I added two nights at the Union Square Hotel, also for $119, just around the corner – also a hotel that cost over $200 on other booking sites at the same time (deal still available for stays through June here).
And, having completed those bookings, an even cheaper deal came up – for only $99 at the Hotel Tilden, which is recently renovated, equally stylish and well reviewed (deal still available here)! The best available rates for a date I compared on any other site was $199 – or twice the amount!
But you have to be quick – the Top20 deals are advertised widely and sell out quickly. And always compare on my favorite hotel comparison sites (review here) before you book. One of the current deals is the uber-chick Hotel Clift with rates from $149 – but it was available elsewhere for lower rates on dates I checked! Check out other current Travelzoo Deals San Francisco! The search interface makes it easy to look in other cities or for flexible dates with their price calendar!
Travelzoo also has rates for many other cities in the US. If you are planning a trip to an expensive destination, like San Francisco or New York, I recommend to get on the Travelzoo emails and check their hotels regularly for the deals. It works best, if you are flexible with your hotel needs and don’t mind staying at independent hotels!
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