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What you should know about Financial District

The Financial District & Ferry Building area is where the West Coast's first sky-scrapers rose toward the clouds, and where the Wall Street of the West grew up. Now this expanding cluster of iconic high-rise towers at the north-east end of San Francisco is a major global financial and business hub. But it's not just about turning a coin here—this neighborhood is home to some of San Francisco's most iconic and much-loved buildings, and some of its most fascinating history.

Hotels in Financial District & Ferry Building

The hotels of the Financial District really belong in their own special class. The decades' long boom in this neighborhood has left it with the grandest and most opulent of hotels. Many of these claim to be at the pinnacle, but the 5-star luxury penthouse hotel Loews Regency stands head and shoulders above the rest. It occupies the top 10 stories of a 48-story building, boasting fabulous views and excellent reviews. Similar mega-hotels, like the luxurious Hyatt Regency San Francisco, can be found throughout the district. But affordable hotels can be unearthed here. The tiny-yet-stylish Green Tortoise Hostel is one of the most budget-friendly Financial District hotels, lying just on its northern edge.

Things to see in Financial District & Ferry Building

Of all the buildings that thrust into the Financial District skyline, the one that has come to define the city is the long slender spike of the Transamerica Pyramid. This was the 8th tallest building in the world when it was built. But the neighborhood has other notable buildings, many dating back to the early days of sky-scrapers in the early 20th century. Maybe the best-loved building, though, is the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero (the eastern waterfront). This elegant Beaux Arts building was built in 1898 and its clock tower still looks over the occasional ferry. Today, it also hosts the city's well known farmers’ market. There's something for cultural buffs in the Financial District & Ferry Building too—the Pacific Heritage Museum. It holds exhibits on the culture of peoples all around the Pacific. And another museum covers the race to bring rail to the Pacific—the San Francisco Railway Museum.

Good for business travelers

Given its status as the beating heart of San Francisco's corporate and global finance world, this district is perfect as a stay-over for the high-flying business person. The accommodation in the Financial District is firmly molded around the needs of the corporate traveler, with superb meeting and conferencing facilities. But luxury hotels in the Financial District also make a fabulous base for the well-heeled visitor. Not only is the area centrally located, with great connections to the rest of the city, its hotels are of the highest quality—while the best restaurants and stores are just around the block.

How to get to Financial District & Ferry Building

For those coming into San Francisco International Airport, the Financial District & Ferry area is best reached using the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). Take the Pittsburg/Baypoint line, getting off at Powell Street. From here you can catch either a Cable Car or a MUNI Streetcar to your hotel. For those who want to drive in central San Francisco, be prepared to pay for parking. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge on the 101 from the north (Santa Rosa), the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge if you're coming from the east, or zip up the 101 if you're coming from the south (San Jose).

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