Meet Skittles! Golden Gate’s New Fur Baby

If you haven’t heard yet, Golden Gate Hotel has a new fur baby! Some of our previous guests might remember him fondly. We miss Pip loads. He was a legend and brought plenty of smiles and joy to a lot of our guests, but we really wanted to get a new rescue cat again. It was about time, so we did! 

Meet Skittles! Golden Gate’s New Fur Baby

We’re so excited to have Skittles as a part of the Golden Gate family. She’s been living here since December, and she’s already made quite the impression on the other staff members and guests alike. 

Skittles is a sweet and charming 3-year-old tabby cat adopted from the San Francisco SPCA. 

Last December, we did a giveaway on Instagram to help decide her name, and @jodi_goatcher won the giveaway! She was treated to a 2-night stay with complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon tea and cookies for two at our hotel for her tremendous help! It’s not easy finding your fur baby a name, and we wanted our guests to be a part of the experience. 

Skittles has settled right into her new home with us here at the hotel. We absolutely love her, and she’s already grown to become a very important member of our family. She’s been spreading so much happiness around, and she’s been a big part of making our guests feel at home.


A Little History

We’ve long been known as a pet-friendly hotel in San Francisco and we’ve always had a cat. They were always a part of what made our hotel place special. Our guests love having them around to cuddle, and play with their own fur babies too. 

Our first cat was a rescue named Captain Nemo. After he passed, we got a new rescue again, and through a contest with hotel guests, we called him Pip! 

Pip was an institution himself here at Golden Gate Hotel. He was a massive part of the Golden Gate family. We even have guests from around the world who always stay with us because they can’t get enough of Pip, and new guests coming to stay too because they’ve heard of him. 

He was very special to all of us at Golden Gate. 

He was just the sweetest! He would accompany guests for breakfast and tea… help give them a tour of their rooms… and greet them with kisses, too!

Sadly, Pip passed a few years ago. We know that some of you have been asking about the cats lately and why there hasn’t been one roaming around anymore. It’s because we’ve been trying to look for the right time to adopt again. It’s not an easy task. But now we’ve made the move and we have Skittles. <3


Learn more about San Francisco SPCA

We worked with the San Francisco SPCA to make adopting a new cat happen. Why buy when there’s plenty of animals out there who need love and shelter? We absolutely love what the organization does and support their causes. We also can’t thank them enough for helping us match with Skittles.

The San Francisco SPCA is a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to improve the lives of animals in need. Their mission is “to ensure every companion animal has access to quality medical care, compassionate shelter, and a loving home,” and they do this by providing a safe haven for homeless animals, as well as high-quality veterinary care and adoption services. They are also a huge advocate for animal welfare laws, and they help educate the public on responsible pet ownership. 

If you’re looking to add a furry friend to your family and, or if you’d like to make sure your current pet is well taken care of, make sure to check out their website to know more about what they do, how you can adopt from SF SPCFA and avail of their veterinary services.


Golden Gate hotel is a pet-friendly hotel in San Francisco

At the Golden Gate hotel, we love pets as much as you do. When you stay with us, you can bring your four-legged friend along with you—and they’ll be treated like royalty, just like Skittles! We know how much you love your furry friends, and we want to make sure they have a home away from home while you’re in San Francisco.

Built in 1913, our historic property is one of the oldest and best hotels in San Francisco. It has been renovated to maintain its original charm while adding modern touches like Wi-Fi and LCD TVs. The hotel exudes a retro vibe decor with antique furnishings and distinctive artwork, plus a vintage bird-cage elevator.

All our 23 guest rooms also have their own distinctive design and décor. No two rooms are alike in our hotel in San Francisco Union Square! From adjoined family rooms with shared bathrooms to private European-style rooms with en-suite bathrooms (many of which have original claw-foot tubs), our family and pet friendly hotel in San Francisco guarantees a restful sleep for you and your loved ones. 

Centrally located up the hill from San Francisco Union Square, between Nob Hill and just a few blocks from Chinatown, our  location is perfect for exploring all of San Francisco’s attractions.


If you come to stay at the Golden Gate Hotel, make sure you meet Skittles and bring your fur babies with you!

5 Overnight Trips from San Francisco

While there is plenty to do in San Francisco, sometimes it is nice to get out of the city and discover the other beautiful places in Northern California. With its location, there are many overnight trips from San Francisco that make for a quick, yet relaxing, escape. So, pack your bags and plan for an overnight getaway to these nearby locations.


Home to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey is just under two hours from the Golden Gate Hotel and is one of the best overnight trips from San Francisco. This small coastal town is also home to several wineries, plenty of scenic views, whale watching, and the famous historic Cannery Row. Visit the Monterey peninsula’s south side and explore the artful Carmel-by-the-Sea. Stroll white sandy beaches, wind-carved bluffs, and Point Lobos State Park, plus visit a piece of history at the Carmel Mission. Both Monterey and Carmel offer a variety of restaurants, shops, and galleries.


No trip to California’s northern region is complete without a visit to wine country. Between Napa and Sonoma Valley, you have what seems to be an endless supply of wineries and tasting rooms. Both Napa and Sonoma Valley are home to just over 400 wineries. Napa Valley is a bit more touristy and more expensive. Sonoma Valley cares less about tourism and more about wine and tends to be less expensive, overall. Napa is two hours from San Francisco, and Sonoma is slightly under two hours from San Francisco.


For those who seek the outdoors and are looking to soak up a bit of mother nature during their vacation, then a visit to Yosemite National Park is a must. Right at three hours, the trip to Yosemite National Park is one of our favorite overnight trips from San Francisco. Discover ancient sequoia trees, the massive Bridalveil Falls, and the impressive granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. Plus, be sure to stop in at the Yosemite Museum and Ansel Adams Gallery, where a collection of Ansel Adam’s photographs are displayed.


For some of the greatest unspoiled beaches in Northern California, visit Point Reyes National Seashore. Discover natural beauty less than an hour outside of San Francisco. With 11 miles of rough coastline free of buildings and no development, all you will find is just beach and ocean. Be sure to visit the Point Reyes Lighthouse, Drakes Beach that features sheer, white cliffs that tower over the Pacific, and the Cypress Tree Tunnel – one of our San Francisco bucket list items.


Enjoy the surf, old carnival rides, and one-of-a-kind vintage shopping in the quiet beach town of Santa Cruz. With wide, flat sandy beaches and a beautiful surf, Santa Cruz makes for a great beach destination away from the city. Due to its decent surf, the shoreline of Santa Cruz is often a great place to spot local surfers catching a wave. Be sure to also spend some time along the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. The mile-long boardwalk offers shops, restaurants, carnival games, and an amusement park. Santa Cruz is about a 90-minute drive from San Francisco.


Make the Golden Gate Hotel your home base for exploring the city and these overnight trips from San Francisco. Choose from 23 cozy and comfortable guest rooms that are uniquely decorated with antiques, original art, and welcoming hospitality. Guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast every morning, afternoon tea, convenient parking, and more amenities to make your stay the best it can be. Start planning your getaway and book your stay with us today!

Top Scenic Viewpoints in San Francisco

In a city defined by its hills, panoramic vista points, city lights, and oceanic landscapes, San Francisco paints the backdrop to many scenic viewpoints. While at most any corner or street you find yourself on, there is a beautiful scene laid out before you, but there are certain places within the city that provide some of the best views around. We’ve gathered up a few of our favorite scenic viewpoints in San Francisco to enjoy during your next visit to the Bay area.


With 360-degree views, one of the highest scenic viewpoints in San Francisco is the summit at Twin Peaks. Named for a pair of peaks that rest in a remote residential area of the city, Twin Peaks is a popular spot for hiking, dog walking and taking in beautiful views of the city. A 64-acre grassy park sits at the top, ideal for a day at the park. Access the summit either by driving to the top or hiking one of the several trails leading to the summit.


Hawk Hill is a 923-foot peak that rests in the Marin Headlands, north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Located within the Golden Gate National Park Recreation Area, Hawk Hill features a series of lookouts providing some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Not only is this one of the best scenic viewpoints in San Francisco, but it is also the best place to see the fall raptor migration.


Bernal Heights Park is a hillside park that offers plenty of green space, towering trees, hiking trails, and a beautiful viewpoint that provides one of the best spots to enjoy a sunrise in San Francisco. This park’s views stretch across the sprawling suburbs in the foreground and the skyline of the Financial District and the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Bernal Heights Park is a great alternative to Twin Peaks with its similar views and fewer crowds.


Both the Golden Gate Overlook and the Pacific Overlook were built in 2012 to celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary. Each of the overlooks provides the most iconic vantage points of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean, and a stunning landscape that makes up the city’s coastline.


Located in the Corona Heights and Castro neighborhoods, Corona Heights Park boasts a hilly landscape, a signature red rock, which makes for the perfect spot to take in scenic views of San Francisco. This park features a nearby museum, grassy park, tennis courts, dog park, playground, and more – ideal for a family day at the park.


A bit of a hidden vantage point, Tank Hill captures much of the city’s views as the popular Twin Peaks does but without the crowds. Tank Hill is located near the intersection of Clayton Street and Twin Peaks Boulevard. The rock outcropping doesn’t offer a 360-degree view but does provide scenes of downtown San Francisco, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Access the top of Tank Hill via a wooden staircase or a dirt path.


As the highest natural point in San Francisco at 928-feet, Mount Davidson is found in the center of the city, which provides stunning 360-degree views that can’t be beaten. The 40-acre mountain-top park provides ample hiking trails all within the middle of the city and is also a great place to see Twin Peaks, Sutro Tower, and downtown skyline.


Take in these scenic viewpoints in San Francisco and complete your experience with a stay at the Golden Gate Hotel. Located near San Francisco’s Union Square, our hotel offers an excellent location for exploring the city, coupled with old-world charm with friendly surroundings. Choose from our 23 boutique-style rooms that provide a charming atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else in the city. And to top it off, guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea-time to complete your relaxing vacation. Start planning your San Francisco vacation and book your stay at Golden Gate Hotel today!

Your San Francisco Bucket List

Can’t decide on what to do when you visit San Francisco? With so much to do and see, it can be a bit overwhelming to cram it all in when you are on limited vacation. To help, we’ve created a San Francisco Bucket List for you to use when planning your trip.


The San Francisco cable cars are one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Whether you use them for your mode of transportation or for a fun afternoon activity, they are an enjoyable way to get around the city.

Read here for more about the history of the cable car.


Less than half a mile from the Golden Gate Hotel is the Ice Cream Museum. This immersive art experience features imaginative, multi-sensory installations all centered around ice cream and its universal power to connect us all.


Visit the Point Reyes National Seashore and take a walk through the Cypress Tree Tunnel. It’s like something out of a fairytale.


Walk amongst green space and an urban oasis atop the Sales Force Transit Center. The 5.4-acre park features trees, gardens, and a walking path. There is also a gondola that will take visitors from street level to the rooftop garden.


The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic landmark of San Francisco. Gain a different perspective of the bridge by walking or biking across to get a better understanding of what makes this bridge so special and unique.


While a visit to Chinatown during your stay in San Francisco is a must, eating dim sum is one of the best ways to experience the culture and food of Chinatown. Check out the Dim Sum Bistro or Hang Ah Dim Sum Tea House to start your dim sum journey.


Named as the “crookedest street in the world,” Lombard Street is one of the most photographed streets in America and is an iconic San Francisco attraction. The street is famous for its steep, one-block section that challenges drivers with eight tight turns. The original design was intended to reduce the steep grade of the hill, which was originally too steep for most vehicles to drive.


Designated a historical landmark, the colorful homes of Alamo Square’s famous “postcard row” is a beautiful representation of Victorian homes from the Queen Anne era. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the square and admire the details of what makes these homes so unique.


As part of Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 is a must-add to your San Francisco bucket list. Home to the famous barking sea lions, Pier 39 is also home to restaurants, shops, and other activities – making for a great afternoon outing.


A San Francisco tradition, Bob’s Donuts is open 24 hours a day, every day, so grab a donut anytime.


For those rainy, foggy San Francisco days, curl up with a book at the quaint bookstore; City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.


Visit the Presidio and enjoy an enchanting and relaxing walk through Lover’s Lane. As the oldest footpath through the Presidio, dating back to the 18th century, today it is filled with joggers, walkers, bird watchers, and those seeking a bit of peace and quiet away from the city.


Golden Gate Park is home to two windmills within the park grounds. The 115-year-old Dutch windmill and the 15-year-old Murphy Windmill are located at the western end of the park.


The infamous Alcatraz prison is one San Francisco attraction that is best experienced with a tour. Take a ferry ride over to Angel Island and discover the secrets of this once maximum security prison. Find out more about tour information here.


Get your exercise and view beautiful artwork all at the same time. The 16th Ave. steps are famous for their colorful tiled steps that make a stunning pattern of shapes and symbols. The Lincoln park stairs are another great option for a colorful walk.


No need to leave the city for a trip to the tropics. Stop in at the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar for a Mai Tai or your favorite tropical drink, all while you enjoy the sounds of a rainstorm at the tiki bar.


The Labyrinth is a beautiful display of rocks set in a maze-like pattern just off Mile Rock Beach. The walk is about a mile long and offers beautiful waterfront views.


Spend the day shopping at your favorite stores at San Francisco’s Union Square. Home to the classic Macy’s flagship store and plenty of high-end retailers, Union Square also offers restaurants and other activities to complete your shopping experience.


Complete your San Francisco bucket list with a stay at the Golden Gate Hotel. Located just a few blocks from Union Square, our boutique hotel is conveniently located to many San Francisco area attractions. Our 23 guest rooms are uniquely decorated with antiques, original art, and comfortable surroundings. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast every morning, afternoon tea, and modern amenities to complete your stay. Start planning your San Francisco getaway and book your stay with us today!

A Guide to Shopping in San Francisco Union Square

Shopping in San Francisco Union Square offers some of the top things to do in San Francisco. With hundreds of stores to choose from, plenty of restaurants, and other area attractions, San Francisco Union Square and surrounding area is a top destination for holiday shopping, really any time of year. To help navigate, use our guide below to shopping in San Francisco Union Square.


Union Square itself is only four blocks, but within this small space, they pack in a lot of stores. Here is where you will find your luxury shopping options, including Tiffany’s, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton. This is also where you will find the Macy’s flagship store, which is host to the famous Christmas tree that greets Union Square every holiday season.


Powell Street nearby also offers plenty of shopping opportunities. Here you will find name brands for all including H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Express.

Talk a walk on Maiden Lane

This pedestrian-only street was once a former section of the city’s red-light district and is now filled with boutiques, art galleries, and luxury shops, all waiting to be explored. Also, be sure to stop by and see the city’s only Frank Lloyd Wright building.


Across from Union Square is the Westfield Shopping Center. This shopping mall offers larger retailers including Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom’s, and the Banana Republic.


Looking for discounted theater tickets? Check out the TIX Booth in Union Square. The booth is open seven days a week and offers both full-price and discounted tickets to almost any cultural event in San Francisco.


Union Square is one of the best neighborhoods to stay in for your San Francisco vacation. With its central location and convenience to public transportation, a stay near Union Square is perfect for getting around the city. Beyond just shopping in San Francisco Union Square, there are plenty of dining options, museums, unique landmarks and buildings that make it a great starting point for your San Francisco vacation.

Need a place to stay? Discover the Golden Gate Hotel. Located just steps away from Union Square, our bed and breakfast offers old-world charm in an elegant and friendly surrounding. Our 23 guest rooms are delightfully decorated with antiques, original art, and original features that make a stay with us truly unique. Enjoy a morning breakfast, afternoon tea, and a warm friendly staff during your stay. So, relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city with a stay at the Golden Gate Hotel.

Celebrate Christmas at Union Square San Francisco

Maybe one of the most popular gathering spots for the holidays is at Union Square in San Francisco. With their eye-catching decorations, special events, and activities there is plenty to keep you busy this holiday season. Come celebrate Christmas at Union Square San Francisco!


In its 30th year this year, the Union Square Christmas tree lighting will take place the day after Thanksgiving and kick off the Christmas season here in the Bay area. The tree lighting will take place across from the Macy’s in Union Square Park between Sutter & Geary Streets and Powell & Stockton Streets. Festivities include a meeting with Santa, walk the festive Holiday Lane on the seventh floor of Macy’s Union Square for even more holiday decorations and fun.


Ice skate at Union Square with the Macy’s Christmas tree set as your backdrop. The classic activity is open to the public and is available from November 6, 2019, through January 20, 2020.


What Christmas is complete without a visit to see Santa? You can do just that at Macy’s iconic seventh floor. Visit with Santa and tell him your holiday wishes from November 23 through December 24. Visit Santa’s schedule here.


Watch, or participate, as hundreds of Santas take over the streets of Union Square and the city. But it’s not just Santas the run through the streets, Mrs. Clauses, elves, reindeer, and even grinches steal the show. The event is open and free to the public (21 and older) and is held on December 7, 2019. While the event is free, they do ask you to bring a toy for donation for the San Francisco Fire Department toy drive.


Begin the new year with the Polar Bear skate on January 1, 2020. Putting a California-twist on an old tradition, watch as ice skaters, dressed in their bathing suits and beach apparel, skate around the Union Square ice rink. Skaters are encouraged to come wearing the best beach attire for a chance to win one of the many prizes offered.


Stay near Union Square San Francisco and don’t miss any of the fun with a stay at the Golden Gate Hotel. Our historic hotel offers an ideal location, just blocks from Union Square, for celebrating Christmas at Union Square San Francisco. Our rooms are delightfully dressed with antiques, decorative artwork, and original details that make a stay here a truly special San Francisco experience.

Plus we put a bit of Christmas cheer throughout our bed and breakfast with festive decorations inside and out. ring in the spirit of the season and book your holiday vacation with the Golden Gate Hotel and

12 Haunted Places to Visit in San Francisco

Get into the spirit this season and visit some of the most haunted places in San Francisco. They’re creepy, they’re spooky, and they will all send a chill down your spine. Of course, most of these hauntings and ghost stories are just rumors. So, you will need to plan your trip and add these haunted places to visit in San Francisco to your list to confirm or deny the stories!


It goes without saying that one of the most haunted places to visit in San Francisco is Alcatraz. From the infamous inmates that used to call Alcatraz home to the things that happened inside its famed walls, Alcatraz has been known to give visitors a bit of a spook. Everything from voices being heard to footsteps following visitors (with no one behind them) there are plenty of ghostly feels at this iconic landmark.


One of the best-known ghostly sightings at Golden Gate Park is the “white lady” at Stow Lake. The story goes that more than 100 years ago a woman lost her baby in the lake and went in after it, only to not return. At night there have been reporting’s of her and her baby.


The large dome building has been used as a burial site since 1898 for people to house their loved ones’ ashes. There are claims of a small hand brushing up against visitors, as well as seeing the ghosts of a young girl whose ashes are buried within the building.


Believed to be built atop a graveyard, the San Francisco Art Institute is said to be haunted with those buried below it. With reports of screams, footsteps, and ghostly sightings.


As one of the world’s largest indoor swimming pools in 1896, the Sutro Baths were a top travel destination for San Francisco travelers. Now after having burned down in 1966, all that seems to linger are its ghostly guests.


Back in 1933, the ticket taker at the theatre was robbed and killed on-site. Today guests have reported seeing him lingering in the lobby, we think he’s just waiting to take your ticket.


The hauntings of the Manrow House began the first day the family moved in in 1851. The hauntings scared the owners so much so that they held a séance to get rid of the ghosts. But it only drew in more horrifying figures, dubbing this the “the house of demons.”


San Francisco’s original city hall was burned down in the 1906 earthquake with its current structure built in 1915. Since then the city hall has seen its share of hauntings and disturbing events. One of which includes the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. Since then, people have reported hearing strange noises in the Hall when there doesn’t seem to anyone around.


Originally built in the 1890s at The Mary Lake School for Girls, the Queen Anne Hotel is a historic Victorian mansion that is said to be haunted by some of San Francisco’s friendliest ghosts. The headmistress of the school is said to still linger in room 410 with her picking up items that have fallen, tucking guests in at night, and helping guests unpack.


How could a National cemetery, historic buildings, and an old army base not be haunted? At The Presidio, sightings vary from ghostly figures and army men who still perform their routine duties on the ground. The Letterman Digital Arts Center is said to be the center for most of the paranormal activity on-site.


Built in 1887, the Chambers Mansion is a Victorian-style home whose owner, once deceased, passed the house onto his nieces. The nieces did not get along, and soon to find one of them cut in half inside the house. Psychics have claimed that the ghost of the niece still roams the house, particularly blinking lights from the upstairs window.


Rumor is that the Whittier Mansion housed German spies during WWII. The ghosts of these German spies are believed to still roam the mansion to this day. Visitors have also said they have seen a bald butler roaming the hallways and the ghost of an old lady sitting in a chair.


While the Golden Gate Hotel isn’t haunted, we do offer a unique historic hotel in the heart of San Francisco. Our Inn was built in 1913 and provides a beautiful historical look and feel that you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Our rooms offer both style and comfort, along with convenient amenities such as our daily breakfast. Discover the best of San Francisco with a stay at the Golden Gate Hotel!

6 Reasons to Stay in a Bed and Breakfast Near Union Square SF

Whether you are planning a weekend getaway or a business trip to San Francisco, booking your stay at a bed and breakfast near Union Square SF is the best way to go! Create your home away from home by staying in a cozy bed and breakfast, like the Golden Gate Hotel.


For travelers in town for business, conventions, or just leisure, the Golden Gate Hotel is a lovely alternative to other San Francisco hotels. Located in Nob Hill, we are within walking distance to Moscone Center, the largest convention center in San Francisco and a five-minute walk to Union Square.


One of the many perks you can expect from a bed and breakfast is a delicious breakfast included in your stay. Typically, a home-cooked meal from the innkeepers is provided to all guests each morning. Golden Gate Hotel serves a continental breakfast every morning and afternoon tea. It’s the perfect way to start your day, whether you are site seeing are heading out to a business conference at the Moscone Center.


If you’ve seen one Holiday Inn, you’ve seen them all! Not like a bed and breakfast, where charm and character offer a unique experience. Most bed and breakfasts have unique rooms, none like the other. Here at the Golden Gate Hotel our 23 historic rooms are individually decorated with antique furnishings, unique features like claw-foot tubs and “Pillbox” commodes, plus unique artwork that makes for a charming and cozy retreat in the heart of San Francisco near Union Square. Browse our accommodations today!


Everyone wants personal attention when they travel to make their vacation that much more special. When you stay at a Bed and Breakfast, personal attention is typically the number one focus for innkeepers. Everyone here at the Golden Gate Hotel, even Pip the cat, is here to welcome our guests to make sure they have the best experience with us. Feel like family as soon as you enter through our doors with generous hospitality and impeccable service.


It’s always the special amenities and little extras that can make a memorable vacation. When you stay at a bed and breakfast you will find a lot of little extras you won’t get at a basic hotel. Some leave out warm fresh baked cookies or offer champagne and chocolate packages for romantic weekends. Our amenities at the Golden Gate Hotel include complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, plush linens, and luxurious toiletries.


There are few hotels in San Francisco Union Square area that offer old-world charm and friendly atmosphere, all in an excellent location like the Golden Gate Hotel. Our location is not only ideal for leisure travelers but also for business travelers with our hotel just steps away from the Moscone Convention Center. With our prime location, you won’t find a better bed and breakfast in San Francisco! Browse our accommodations and find which room is right for you!

History of the San Francisco Cable Car

There are many iconic features unique to San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, and of course the cable car. A trip to San Francisco really isn’t complete without a ride on one of the city’s most treasured landmarks. Discover below the history of the San Francisco cable car and why it has become such as the beloved icon of the Bay area.


The history of the cable car began right here in San Francisco with its invention by Andrew Smith Hallidie in 1873. For more than 30 years it was the city’s main transportation system and was sturdy enough to survive the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

In 1947 the cable cars almost saw their extinction. Due to other cheaper modes of transportation, there was a movement to get rid of all cable car lines. In response to this, a committee was formed to Save the Cable Cars. Today the San Francisco cable cars are recognized as a National Landmark and are a protected part of the city’s history.


San Francisco’s cable cars run on two different systems.

The California Street Cable Car line uses 12 large cars that offer open seating and a closed section in the middle. These cars are operational from either end, with a turnaround operated by a simple switch.

The Powell Street lines, on the other hand, are smaller cable cars and operate from only one end. This requires a physical turntable to reverse the direction of the car at the end of the line. The cable car turnaround is located at the corner of Market Street and Powell Street. Visitors can watch as the operators leap out the car and slowly turn the car atop a revolving wooden platform.


To learn more about the history of the San Francisco cable car visit the Cable Car Museum in Nob Hill. Learn more about the historical impact the cars have had on the city. View old photographs of some of the original lines and cars and even watch the actual cables turn, as they keep the cars moving up the hilly streets of San Francisco.


Experience the San Francisco cable car with a stay at Golden Gate Hotel. Our boutique hotel near Union Square sits in front of one of the cable cars stops, making us an ideal location for exploring nearby neighborhoods and attractions such as Nob Hill, Fisherman’s Wharf, and North Beach.  We are just six blocks from the cable car turnaround and the Powell/Market St. Station. Plus, our historic hotel offers the perfect way to experience the best of San Francisco. With unique features like our birdcage elevator, clawfoot tubs, bay windows, and decorative features, a stay at the Golden Gate Hotel is unlike anything else in the city.

Discover our boutique hotel and book your stay with us today!

Top Things to do in Nob Hill

Enjoy a taste of the luxurious life with a day spent exploring the San Francisco neighborhood of Nob Hill. From delicious restaurants and eclectic shops to beautiful parks and notable landmarks, here are our top seven things to do in Nob Hill.



As one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks, the Grace Cathedral Episcopal Church is a prime example of Gothic European architecture and is the third-largest Episcopal cathedral in the nation.

Take the time to admire the church’s beautiful stained glass, towering cathedrals all of which were inspired by the Notre Dame and others. Inside visitors will see a wide nave, narrow piers, and noticeable gothic features. The cathedral is open most days from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM for visits.



What better way to appreciate the history of the cable car than with a visit to The Cable Car Museum? Learn more about the historical impact the cable cars had on San Francisco and view old photographs of when the cars and lines were first built. Be sure to also watch as the actual cables turn, keeping the cars moving up the hilly streets of San Francisco.



Put on your fancy attire and head to the Top of the Mark for an evening cocktail and beautiful views of the city. Located on the top floor of The Mark Hopkins Hotel, the bar offers patrons with some of the best views in the city. Whether you are there for the drinks or the views, a stop at this famous San Francisco bar is a must when visiting Nob Hill.



After your day of exploring all the things to do in Nob Hill, rest and relax with a stay at the Golden Gate Hotel. Ideally located in the heart of San Francisco, we are located up the hill from Union Square, between Nob Hill and Chinatown.


One of the more popular things to do in Nob Hill, and anywhere in San Francisco, is to ride the cable cars. The California Cable Car line that runs from the Financial District to the western edge of Nob Hill is a fun way to see the city and the neighborhood of Nob Hill.

With a convenient stop at our corner of the Golden Gate Hotel, a stay with us makes for a great way to explore all of the things to do in Nob Hill.



Known as an institution here in San Francisco, the Argonaut Bookstore is a specialized bookseller that only focuses on California history and the American West. Browse fine and rare books plus early printed books from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Established in 1941, Argonaut Bookstore is a great way to explore the history of California without having to step foot in a museum.



Maybe one of the most unique concert venues, the Masonic Theatre is an intimate concert hall that brings the love of music alive in a historical setting. This iconic landmark originally opened in 1958 and has since been hosting musical and other theatrical talents for locals and tourists alike.


A stay at the Golden Gate Hotel puts you in the center of all the action but at an affordable price in the city. As a true San Francisco treat, a stay in one of our European-style rooms is a great way to enjoy your San Francisco vacation.