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The Unofficial Guide to San Francisco Paperback – Apr 26 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 7 edition (April 26 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470533269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470533260
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,640,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher

The renowned Unofficial Guides are trusted by millions of readers. No other series offers such candid evaluations; every hotel and attraction is rated and ranked by a team of unbiased inspectors, so readers can be sure they're spending their time and money wisely.

Each guide features detailed descriptions of a wide range of hotels and restaurants in all price categories, with all the details pulled out so they're extremely easy to scan. Readers love the rating system used to objectively evaluate attractions, hotels, and restaurants. Handy charts demonstrate how each place stacks up against the competition. There's a wealth of information -- enough to satisfy even the most compulsive planner.

Each Unofficial Guide is tailored to provide convenience and insider advice on the destination it covers, and addresses the needs of everyone from families to business travelers. Also included are accurate maps, plus detailed information on shopping, nightlife, sports, and more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From the publishers of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

"A Tourist's Best Friend!"
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Five Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide:

  1. Hotels, motels, and inns ranked and rated for value and quality—plus proven strategies for getting the best deals

  2. Detailed restaurant reviews, including the best of Chinatown

  3. Driving and walking tours of the city's top neighborhoods

  4. The straight truth on all the attractions, from Alcatraz to the Golden Gate Bridge

  5. The best day trips in the surrounding Bay Area and beyond, including the Wine Country

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f276594) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f601408) out of 5 stars The best travel guides by far! Jan. 17 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've bought several of the Unofficial Guides and they are my first choice in travel books. The rating system for hotels, restaurants, and attractions makes it very easy to compare one to the other and choose whatever is appropriate for your needs. More importantly, they are upfront about what to avoid. We all know about the "best" things to see and do from the other travel guides. The Unofficial Guides let you know what's a waste of time and/or money, as well as giving you tips on how to get the best out of the "best". I buy the Unofficial Guides to get the nitty gritty on areas of town to avoid due to high crime, lack of public transportation, etc. This helps me pick a hotel in a decent area and time my sightseeing trips accordingly. Very straight forward and easy to read. I hope the authors someday write Unofficial Guides to European cities as well!!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f601870) out of 5 stars It has major selling points, and should be used in pre-trip planning, but this is no end-all guide July 4 2006
By Jessica Lux - Published on
Format: Paperback
The title of this book baffles me. Is there some Governing Board of Guides to Cities which can issue the "official" label? Is this guide unauthorized by the city of San Francisco for revealing super-secret insider information and tips?

Sadly, no. This is a pretty basic, no-frills guide to the city. The worst part about it is that it uses thick paper, a large font, and rambling paragraphs to present information. It comes in twice as thick as other guidebooks, and offers no extra information for that extra bulk. However, there is some good information in here, including some background and travel tips I didn't find in other guides.

As a general rule, I don't believe that there is one-size-fits all guidebook, and when I travel, I get an arsenal of books and select the top three to use on the road. This guide should be a part of your pre-trip planning, but it is not a good choice for the one book you tuck in your purse or backpack for a week in the city. The book follows a pretty standard format, opening with history, times of year to visit, accommodation selection, and then tips on getting around. Bonus sections not found in other guidebooks include details for business travelers, the most detail on public transportation that I have found in any book, and an extensive section on excursions to locales in the surrounding area outside the city proper.

The book is heavy on restaurant profiles and reviews, almost at the expense of details on attractions and entertainment. Most guidebooks have the opposite split--heavy on attractions, light on the restaurants--so this actually makes a good companion to a book such as the Lonely Planet guide to San Francisco.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f601894) out of 5 stars Very useful travel guide March 6 2003
By Joseph Boone - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a complete guide to visiting the city of San Francisco. The book is well written, very clear, and has a tremendous amount of information. It covers hotels, restaurants, attractions, etc. The authors provide several possible itineraries depending on what kind of trip you want and how long you intend to stay. In short, the book is an excellent tool to help you plan your entire trip.
The only drawback is that there are no pictures at all and SF is a visually exciting and diverse city. When deciding what you want to visit, a picture or two could go a long way in deciding what is a must see and what is not. For example, I had never heard of the Palace of Fine Arts but when I saw a picture of it in another book I knew I had to go there. This is an excellent book but it would be better still if they could add some color photos in the next edition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f60187c) out of 5 stars I love these books! Oct. 28 2008
By S. Ngai - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love the "Unofficial Guide" books! I had to go to San Francisco on a business trip with my husband. I would be on my own during the day and then we had to cram the "tourist" stuff in around his schedule. I had never been to California before and was a little nervous about finding things to do on my own. This book absolutely made my trip. I was able to make lists of different things to do, it helped me watch out for things to avoid and I had a great sense of the layout of the city. I got there prepared for how to get around on the bus and street cars, so I never had a problem with transportation. These books are thorough, well researched and very informative. I have since bought their book on Disneyland and Washington DC and had great trips there too!
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f601948) out of 5 stars the right information and well organized Jan. 15 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Good advice about attractions. I like the way it divides SF into neighborhoods, and filters down to just the essential info, very practical for a single trip. We were pleased with the restaurant advice as well.

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