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San Francisco is a magical city. Every year thousands of tourists and business travelers make the most of their trip by seeing the sights. The sheer number of things to do in San Francisco can be overwhelming. We’ve created this blog to share some insider info with you and hope that it will help you maximize your stay with us here at the Serrano Hotel. What are the best things to do in San Francisco? You’re about to find out.

Enjoy San Francisco!

Traveling with Pets in San Francisco

Traveling with Pets in San Francisco - Pet Friendly Hotel Serrano Hotel Union SquareTraveling with Pets and Pet Friendly Hotels – Serrano Hotel

As one of the top pet-friendly hotels in San Francisco, Serrano Hotel will make both you and your pet feel at home. We understand that pets are part of the family which is why we think they deserve some perks of their own. Pets that stay at Serrano receive: (more…)

Charles Dickens Fair


It is the best of times, it is the best of times. Join the world of Charles Dickens for the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair, Nov 19th– Dec 18th. Victorian London never looked so good with street vendors, holiday carolers, and chestnuts roasted on an open fire just inside. Feast yourself on the London-ish food as you make your way down to the Dickens’ Family Parlor. (more…)



Locals Guide to Union Square Holiday Events 2016 at Serrano Hotel Union Square

Holidays & Union Square go together like Jimmy Stuart and Donna Reed, and if you live in San Francisco there’s no excuse for not making a visit to Union Square a staple holiday tradition. It’s the closest rendition of a winter wonderland you’ll find in a coastal city– enough lights, Christmas trees, decorated store fronts and Santa visits to make up for any lack of snow. If you don’t already have a visit to Union Square on the calendar, use our holiday guide to find the best events of the season. (more…)



Join LEAP for the annual Sandcastle Contest, October 15th, 2016 - Serrano HotelIf you didn’t think hauling, digging and scooping was on your “fun list”, think again. Join more than 3,000 others who show up at San Francisco’s LEAP’S annual sandcastle contest and get your toes sandy as they help in the epic building. Perfect for families, cyclists and fans of California’s beaches, everyone is welcome to the 33rd annual LEAP contest— where bigger is definitely better! (more…)

Raise Your Spirits at San Francisco’s Fleet Week 2016

San Francisco Fleet Week is October 3 – 10, 2016

San Francisco Fleet Week 2016 is Serrano Hotel!

San Francisco’s Fleet Week has long been a SF favorite, an event where water and wings meet for a duo show of patriotism at Pier 39. Begin your day with a tour inside the great ships which have carried thousands of our nation’s service men and women around the world, and then see the thrilling Blue Angel’s air show, colorful military bands, fireworks, and for the first time ever in the Bay Area, the Breitling Jet Team from France air show.

This year, everyone has the chance to show their patriotism and “Buy a Burger” for a Sailor, Blue Angel, Marine, or Coastie! The donations run from $8 a burger, $20 for a squad of burgers, $50 for a battalion…all the way up to a Fleet of burgers for $150. Find out how to donate here.

It’s time to put on your red, white and blue and join the festivities to honor our great nation and the brave men and women who have served our country. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, come aboard Fleet Week, October 3rd– 10th.


Oktoberfest by the Bay 2016

Best Things to Do in San Francisco Fall 2016 – Oktoberfest by the Bay 2016

Oktoberfest by the Bay 2016-Serrano HotelThink beer. Think bratwurst. And think Oompah music. All that’s great about German culture comes together at Pier 48 this year for the 2016 Oktoberfest by the Bay festival, which of course includes the 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band and Deutscher Musikverein.

Fill your beer stein to the top and feast on sausage, dinner rolls, potato salad and heaps of sauerkraut as you celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese, back in 1810. This German festival is a must-do any fall, but when you combine it with the aromatic and gold-colored Spaten beer, you’ve almost made a National holiday. (more…)

San Francisco Festival of the Sea

San Francisco Festival of the Sea - Serrano Hotel Near Union SquareYour Ultimate Guide to the 2016 Festival of the Sea

Hyde Street Pier has long been a SF favorite, a piece of transportation history set in the midst of the Maritime National Historical Park. Tourists and locals come to walk, enjoy the shoreline and set foot in the oldest ships in the bay. This month, there’s an even better reason to visit: the 2016 Festival of the Sea, August 20th. The festival is best known for free family activities and reenactments, and demonstrations of what maritime life was like in San Francisco’s early years. (more…)

Top 5 Things to Do in San Francisco This Summer

Your Top 5 Things to Do in San Francisco This Summer

Don’t let the summer heat keep you inside! San Francisco is a goldmine of things to do, but here are the city’s top 5 picks. Grab some friends and plan on taking advantage of FREE events all summer long – Top 5 Things to Do in San Francisco

Top 5 Things to Do in San Francisco This Summer - Serrano Hotel Union Square


SHAPE AT&T Tech Expo 2016

San Francisco SHAPE AT&T Tech Expo 2016 - Serrano HotelSan Francisco SHAPE AT&T Tech Expo 2016

Guide to the San Francisco SHAPE Expo, July 15-16th 2016

Don’t let the absence of Star Trek at the 2016 Shape Tech Expo fool you. A community of genius IT professionals have taken over AT&T park, showcasing a next-gen technology that has even Gene Roddenberry re-thinking the future. (more…)

San Francisco Giants Schedule 2016

San Francisco Giants Schedule 2016 - Serrano Hotel Union SquareVisit AT&T Park to See The San Francisco Giants Play!

San Francisco may be home to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, but it’s true claim to fame is the SF Giants! With 3 World Series titles under their belt, the Giants give fans something worth bragging about! If you haven’t already memorized the 2016 schedule (like the rest of San Francisco!), then check out the lineup below and make plans to spend a few hours at the beautiful, AT&T Park—home of the legends. (more…)