The Golden Gate Bridge, one of the world's most recognizable structures and San Francisco's icon par excellence, is turning 75 years old on May 27th! San Francisco is honoring its oldie with several different celebrations, including fireworks, tours, and photo exhibitions. Tens of thousands of locals and tourists are expected to flock to the city to mark this special occasion, so check out our favorite packages to jump on this weekend before they book up! »
The sexy Hotel Palomar is celebrating the anniversary in style, with two great options for different budgets. If you don’t mind shelling a bunch of greens for this special occasion, you can book the Golden Gate Suite, which features creations honoring the Golden Gate by local artists, as well as furniture made out of reclaimed steel from the bridge itself. The package includes a cocktail, a chocolate turndown treat, a book about the history of the bridge, and special luggage tags. The somewhat more affordable Golden Gate Bridge Package includes all those, but not the gorgeous suite.
Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf
The stylish Hyatt is known for offering more bang for the buck than other properties in the area, and it’s no different this time despite the expected crowds of tourists flocking to the Wharf to get a close-up of the iconic bridge. For under $300, guests get accommodation in a Standard King Room, daily American breakfast for two, and two adult tickets for Red and White Fleet Bridge 2 Bridge tour.
JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square
Valid through September 3, 2012, this upscale hotel offers rates as low as $239 per night to celebrate the Bridge’s 75th birthday. The Golden Gate Anniversary Package includes accommodation in one of the hotel’s super comfy rooms, a cocktail, and a book detailing the history of the Golden Gate Bridge. The hotel’s location, a block from Union Square, is also a plus for those who want to shop, dine out, and be within walking distance to other major tourist attractions.
Renaissance Stanford Court Hotel
For a fun and romantic weekend, the Stanford Court has one of the best offers in town. The Golden Gate Package includes a picnic backpack for two packed with treats such as wine, artisanal sandwiches and salads made to order, and two bike rentals per stay. Rates start at $229 and are valid through May 27th. While décor is somewhat bland and there’s a fee for Wi-Fi, the hotel is located in posh Nob Hill, near cable cars and attractions.
The Westin St. Francis
Chosen by the City of San Francisco in 1962 to host a civic luncheon on the occasion of the bridge’s 25th anniversary, the St. Francis is gearing up to celebrating this special occasion again. This time it comes in the shape of a hotel package, which includes accommodation, champagne and strawberries delivered to the room upon arrival. Don’t forget to check out the gorgeous panoramic views as you ride up to your room in the glass elevators.