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- Looking for a last-minute solo stay in San Francisco, I selected Le Méridien San Francisco for its combination of location, comfort, and relatively cheap price.
- Le Méridien is a renowned luxury brand within the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, offering the chance to stay at a hotel that can typically be quite expensive while earning loyalty points.
- Despite my last minute booking, I was able to snag a huge corner room with a view of the Bay Bridge for $149, making Le Méridien in the Financial District surprisingly affordable.
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As a former resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, I often bunk with one of my friends in town when visiting. But on one recent visit, my plans changed at the last minute. At 6 p.m. on my only night in the city, my lodging fell through. My only options were to either crash on another friend’s couch in an open-plan apartment or find a hotel when it was already dinnertime.
As a sensitive sleeper, I chose the latter. I started searching online with the goal of a four-star property in a reasonably accessible part of town that was comfortable, clean, safe, and welcoming.
I settled on Le Méridien San Francisco in the Financial District after I saw it advertised online for $149. It seemed like an exceptionally good price for a global chain with a luxury reputation (might as well earn those Marriott Bonvoy points), with zero advance planning, in a bustling and walkable part of town. Though I was able to snag an exceptional last-minute deal, it typically starts at the still reasonable price of $209 per night.
While procrastinating doesn’t always work out, this last-minute choice certainly hit the sweet spot between budget and comfort. Of course, prices are subject to change and highly dependent on the time of year and season, which can impact pricing. You won’t always see this price, but at the time of publication, it was indeed offered for a same-day booking. Two months out, it looks much pricier.
Here’s why I would stay at Le Méridien San Francisco again, and next time, even plan it in advance.
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