San Francisco: A guide to short-term rentals

San Francisco sparkles: from the beautiful hilltops, down along the bustling waterfront, to its world famous Golden Gate Bridge. Kasa's short-term rentals get you close to all of it.

Kasa's short-term rentals in San Francisco

Our centrally-located short-term rentals and hotel rooms make all of San Francisco's treasures accessible--without paying the city's typically steep rates.

  • Total rating: 4.39 based on 1423 reviews.

    Kasa La Monarca San Francisco

    • City center
    • Community room
    • Pets allowed

    In the heart of downtown San Francisco, La Monarca is a Kasa Living™ original within walking distance of Union Square, Market Street, and Chinatown. Built in 1915, this historic hotel in the Nob Hill neighborhood is surrounded by Victorian architecture and upscale dining. Experience the City by the Bay the right way! Our tech-enabled rooms offer self check-in at 4pm, 24/7 guest support by text, phone, or chat, and a Virtual Front Desk accessed via mobile device.

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  • Total rating: 4.39 based on 1423 reviews.

    Kasa La Monarca Residential San Francisco

    • City center
    • Community room
    • Pets allowed

    In the heart of downtown San Francisco, La Monarca is a Kasa original within walking distance of Union Square, Market Street, and Chinatown. Built in 1915, this historic property in the Nob Hill neighborhood is surrounded by Victorian architecture and upscale dining. Experience the City by the Bay the right way! Our tech-enabled rooms offer self check-in at 4pm, 24/7 guest support by text, phone, or chat, and a Virtual Front Desk accessed via mobile device.

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  • Total rating: 4.8 based on 77 reviews.

    Kasa The Addison San Francisco

    • City center
    • Kitchenette
    • Washer/dryer
    • Space to work

    Have an unforgettable experience living like a local at our Kasa. Our Pacific Heights property offers amenities such as a kitchenette, stovetop, and refrigerator, making it an ideal space to call home. Within our area is Japantown, and CPMC Pacific Heights Outpatient Center, and you have easy access to restaurants and popular attractions. Our tech-enabled apartments offer self check-in at 4 pm, 24/7 guest support by text, phone, or chat, and a Virtual Front Desk accessed via mobile device.

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  • Total rating: 4.37 based on 322 reviews.

    The Hotel Castro San Francisco

    • City center
    • AC

    For a truly unforgettable experience in San Francisco's iconic Castro District, there's no better place to stay than The Hotel Castro. Thoughtfully designed mini suites with modern amenities offer an intimate escape for travelers. Plus, each room showcases a unique mural of a historic LGBTQ+ hero, making your stay both stylish and meaningful. Our tech-enabled hotel offers self check-in at 4pm, 24/7 guest support by text, phone, or chat, and a Virtual Front Desk accessed via mobile device. This virtual service hotel offers 24/7 guest support by text or phone.

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Discover San Francisco

After booking your short-term rental in San Francisco, here's everything you need to know for your trip.

San Francisco is a sprawling city, covering almost 50 square miles, and even at that size, is still the second most densely populated city in the United States, only behind New York. It is located about a third of the way down California’s coast, on the San Francisco Peninsula, which separates the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. Its surrounding cities and suburbs—including Berkeley, and Oakland across the Bay, Marin County to the north, and San Jose to the south—collectively make up the San Francisco Bay Area, also just called the “Bay Area” for short.

Originally founded by Spanish colonists in 1776, the small, largely uninhabitable town of San Francisco came briefly under Mexican control, and at the end of the Mexican-American war in 1848, was officially established as part of the U.S. In 1849, the California Gold Rush marked the beginning of San Francisco’s first real wave of citizens, expanding the population 20-fold in just one year. 1850 brought California its statehood, and the appeal of wealth buried in the mountains, as well as the Pacific Railroad’s completion in 1869, brought even more Americans out to San Francisco and the west coast. An influx of Chinese immigrants also settled in San Francisco in the mid-1800s, creating the country’s first Chinatown neighborhood; today it is home to the largest population of Chinese people outside of Asia.

San Francisco—also known by Frisco, S.F., and San Fran-—is famous for its hilly streets covered in colorful Victorian homes, many of which were originally constructed during this period of wealth in the late 1800s. In 1906, however, a massive earthquake struck the city, destroying 75% of the young city’s buildings and killing more than 3,000 people. It remains the deadliest natural disaster in California’s history. It was during the decades following this disaster, as San Francisco was forced to rebuild, that the city as we know it today began to take shape. Reservoirs and aqueducts gave the city vital water infrastructure, tunnels, railways, and bridges allowed for ease of transportation, and one of those structures, completed in 1937, went on to become one of the most recognizable architectural achievements in the world-—the Golden Gate Bridge. Around this time, Alcatraz Island, formerly a military fort, became a maximum security federal prison, housing such infamous criminals as Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly.

Beginning in the 1950s, San Francisco became a hub for the American counterculture. Beat Generation writers, hippies, and hundreds of LGBTQ people called the city home, and it became a critical center for the gay liberation movement of the 1970s and beyond. In the late 1990s, the dot-com boom (and later the social media boom) brought a wave of technology and information start-ups to the San Francisco Bay area, giving rise to the region known as Silicon Valley, which is still host to giant technology companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook. The tech industry dominates the Bay Area today, as well as banking institutions and renowned educational institutions. Stunning coastlines, forests, hiking trails, beaches, and parks surround the city, making it a playground for outdoor-lovers who use grab a short-term rental in the city as their home base.