You don't often see the word 'budget' sharing a sentence with 'San Francisco', thanks to a growing population of well-paid tech workers. But frugal travellers shouldn't despair. Bargain hunters are rewarded with some of the city's most charming stays: from b&bs in painted Victorians, to a quirky boutique serving cocktails from a secret speakeasy. Thriftier stays are often found in residential areas – serving a taste of local life – but there are finds in famous locations like Fisherman’s Wharf, too. Plus, in this city, the best things really are free: walking its streets reveals breath-stealing views around every corner.
Contributions from Laura Chubb, Dana Rebmann & Sara Benson
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