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Visitors enjoy watching the sea lions at San Francisco's Pier 39 with Alcatraz in the background.
updated 9/19/2008 11:59:35 AM ET 2008-09-19T15:59:35

Book by: ASAP (October 10, 2008)
Travel by: Various dates through 2008

The deal
San Francisco. Whether you’ve been there or not, mere mention of the name conjures iconic images — near vertical streets, cable cars, rows of delightfully painted Victorian house, the Golden Gate Bridge stretching across the glistening bay. Of course, we recommend a visit — sooner rather than later — to frolic in the Pacific Ocean, wander the myriad neighborhoods and soak up the unique flavor of this world-class city. Even if you leave your heart in San Francisco, this cross section of hotels deals will make sure you keep some money in your pockets. Nightly rates start at $135.

Save 20 percent at Omni San Francisco with AmEx
If you’re an American Express cardholder you can nab a family weekend getaway at the Omni San Francisco from $135.20 a night. Valid only on two-night minimum weekend stays through December 31, 2008, the American Express Family package saves as much as 20 percent off regular deluxe room rates. In addition, milk and cookies will be delivered to your room nightly and children get an Omni Kids bag at check in. The Nob Hill hotel, located right off the cable car line, offers guided walking tours of the city every Saturday at 10 a.m. Note: To seal the deal, accommodations must be pre-paid with your AmEx card.

Two free nights at Hotel Fusion
Heading to San Francisco for business? Why not stick around an extra couple of days to take in some of the sights? With Hotel Fusion’s Stay for Seven Nights, Pay for Five offer, you really have no reason not to. The 124-guestroom non-smoking property is centrally located near Union Square, two blocks from the Powell St. BART station — convenient for downtown meetings, as well as traipsing around the city. Internet access and daily continental breakfast are complimentary. We found nightly rates starting at $159 for a twin room. For more information on the seven-night offer, call the hotel, 415-568-2525. 

Hotel Nikko
Now through October 13, you can save 20 percent on a four-night stay and 15 percent on a three-night stay at the Hotel Nikko when booking through Expedia. We priced four nights checking in on September 29 and found discounted rates starting at $175 a night for a petite queen room. The luxurious Union Square neighborhood hotel, just north of Market Street, is within walking distance of theaters, museums, the financial district and Chinatown. Whether you’re visiting on business or pleasure, guestroom amenities, such as Frette linens, down comforters and flat screen TVs, will keep you pampered. The hotel also features a 24-hour health club, weekday-staffed business center and lobby Starbucks.

The dollars
Rates are based on double occupancy. Taxes and other fees not included.

The catch
You have to pack strategically for San Francisco’s weather.

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Photos: City by the Bay

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  1. City view

    The Transamerica Pyramid building is seen through the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge on June 20, 2007. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Cable cars

    A cable car makes its way up a steep hill on California Street in San Francisco on Oct. 8, 2008. The California cable car line is the least-crowded of the three working lines and is the one most often used by locals. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Alcatraz

    Seagulls fly over San Francisco Bay with Alcatraz Island in the background on April 24, 2007. The former federal penitentiary is a popular San Francisco tourist attraction. (Eric Risberg / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Cell block walk

    Visitors tour a cell block on Alcatraz Island. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. The scenic route

    A car makes its way along the 49-Mile Scenic Drive on March 25, 2005, in San Francisco. San Francisco's 49-Mile Scenic Drive was opened in 1939 as a guide for visitors to The City's 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition. The route includes most of San Francisco's major sights as well as winding through many of the city's colorful neighborhoods, giving visitors a look into the diversity and beauty of the area. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Chinatown

    A pedestrian walks by the Ma-Tsu temple in San Francisco's Chinatown district on February 3, 2011. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. California Academy of Sciences

    The flooded rain forest exhibit is shown at the new California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco on Sept. 18, 2008. On the ground floor of the exhibit, tropical fish swim in the flooded roots of trees. Then an elevator takes visitors up into the canopy where birds fly free in a giant glass dome. (Paul Sakuma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Sea lions

    A group of sea lions rest on a dock at Pier 39 on December 12, 2007, in San Francisco. The boisterous and playful mammals are a huge hit with tourists. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Victorian architecture

    The famous row of homes known as the "Painted Ladies" are seen from Alamo Square Park on Feb. 2, 2009, in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Surf's up

    A surfer walks out of the water at Ocean Beach on December 5, 2006, in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Palace of Fine Arts

    Birds fly in front of the Palace of Fine Arts. The building is one of many sites on San Francisco's 49-Mile Scenic Drive. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Lombard Street

    A single car drives down Lombard Street, San Francisco's most crooked street, on April 29, 2003. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Golden Gate Park

    A family rows a boat on Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park on June 21, 2011, in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Fisherman's Wharf

    Pedestrians walk through the typically crowded Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco’s most popular tourist attraction, known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, unique shopping and more. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Choose your dinner

    Tourists pick out their dinner at a local restaurant. San Francisco salutes the Dungeness Crab with its annual Crab Festival in February. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Ghirardelli Square

    San Francisco's landmark Ghirardelli Square is seen on May 12, 2003. The square was originally a chocolate factory but now houses retail shops and restaurants. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Angel Island

    A group of visitors take a segway tour on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay on June 3, 2009. Once known as the "Ellis Island of the West," the Angel Island immigration station, a historic site, was designed to control the flow of Chinese immigrants to the United States. (Jeff Chiu / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Japanese Tea House and Garden

    The Japanese Tea House and Garden is an attraction in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Today, 75,000 people visit the park on an average weekend. (Philip H. Coblentz / SFCVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Coit Tower

    The moon rises next to Coit Tower on September 22, 2010, in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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