For San Francisco hotel guests who prefer to prepare their own meals (and want to stave off restaurant dining morning, noon and night) the City by the Bay has kitchen suites to suit various tastes. The quest for kitchens is a popular one, and offerings range from downtown studio digs with microwaves and more, to fully equipped long- or short-term lodging that is surprisingly affordable.
Marina District/Pacific Heights
The stylish Laurel Inn rocks a '60s apartment-like vibe, with updated standout features to delight all members of the family (four-legged furry ones are also welcome). Eating in poses no challenge for the 18 kitchenette rooms, each of which includes a mini-fridge, electric stove top, oven, toaster, microwave, silverware and pots and pans. Laurel Inn's residential location is ideal for grocery shopping, too. Stocking that kitchen is made all the easier with a nearby Trader Joe's and other walkable food markets in the area.
With just 49 modern rooms, this property boasts a chic Pacific Heights location, just minutes from the Presidio, away from the heart of the city's Lombard Street hubbub. As part of the boutique Joie de Vivre Hospitality chain, expect top amenities like in-room Blu-Ray and CD players, and thoughtful touches like afternoon cookies and lemonade in the lobby.
- Location: 444 Presidio Avenue
- Phone: (415) 567-8467
- Website: Laurel Inn
- Rates: Rooms with kitchenettes start at 269 per night. Special discounts are available for seniors age 55+ and AAA members.
Word may be out on Marina Motel, the website for which features the tagline "San Francisco's best kept secret." Half of the 39 units feature kitchens with a gas-range oven, full-size refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, dishes, cooking utensils, bistro dining table and chairs.
Featured in Sacramento Magazine for its dog friendliness, Marina Motel has been climbing the ranks in TripAdvisor too with nearly all 'excellent' and 'very good' reviews. Bougainvilleas fill the cobblestone courtyard of this Mediterranean-inspired property, and the quaint accommodations can be just the ticket for guests seeking cozy charm in the heart of the Marina District. The family-run motel offers unique villa-style lodging with free Wi-Fi. Each unit sits atop its own enclosed garage, giving each guest coveted free private parking for one vehicle.
- Location: 2576 Lombard Street
- Phone: (415) 921-3430
- Website: Marina Motel
- Rates: Fully equipped kitchen units start at $189 per night. Extended stays from one week to 28 days on select rooms are available during San Francisco's non-peak tourist season of November to April.
Union Square/Financial District
Beresford Arms Hotel
The name says it all at the Suites at Fisherman's Wharf, where guests can settle into one of the 24 spacious units outfitted with all the comforts of home. As part of the Shell Vacations Hospitality group servicing the timeshare market, the company makes it their business to know families and leisure travelers' needs best. Each suite features a fully equipped kitchen, including dishwasher, full-size fridge, microwave, coffee/tea maker, stove top, toaster and cookware.
Guests need not be a club member or owner; anyone can book available one- or two-bedroom suites directly from the property's website. Free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and DVD players are nice, but the panoramic view from the roof deck is also an amenity worth mentioning. The apartment-like property is just two blocks from the Wharf in the midst of all the action and right on the cable car line.
- Location: 2655 Hyde Street
- Phone: (415) 771-0200
- Website: Suites at Fisherman's Wharf
- Rates: One-bedroom suites start at $259 per night. Special discounts for AARP and AAA members are available.
Beyond Room Service
If eating-in is a priority, visitors to San Francisco aren't limited to just standard hotel rooms. With a little bit of research, you'll find that spacious options with the kitchen equipment you need abound. Kitchen comforts can help travelers save time and money, whether you're visiting the city for a work trip for one or an extended family vacation.