Hotel Spero Staff Picks

Peruse our monthly Staff Picks to discover exciting area attractions, upcoming events, and in-the-know advice on how to make the most of your time in San Francisco. 


Updated 12/27/2019


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  • san francisco sea lions

    Celebrating 30 Years of Sea Lions

    March 02

    “Arp, arp, arp”, bark the sea lions. Nowadays, it’s hard to remember a time when the docks of Pier 39 weren’t filled with sunning, barking sea lions. No one knows quite why they migrated to the docks. 

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  • red lanterns in chinatown san francisco

    Chinatown, Our Chinatown

    February 03

    Although San Francisco offers our guests a myriad of beloved tourism destinations, Chinatown continues to rank as one of the city’s most celebrated and crowd-pleasing attractions.

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  • colorful mosaic stairway in san francisco

    Step Up to Mosaic Art

    January 06

    Many of our guests are often surprised to learn that some of the most beautiful places in the city can be found right under their feet. San Francisco is home to an array of beautifully tiled steps, all with different themes, and created by a variety of artists, groups, and community organizations.

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  • christmas in union square san francisco

    A Most Wonderful Time

    December 02

    The holiday season in San Francisco offers a multitude of magical performances and fabulously fun activities. Here at Hotel Spero and our sister property, The Marker San Francisco, we look forward to all the exciting new events along with those that have become cherished traditions.

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    San Francisco's Top Holiday Events

    November 04

    One of the best things about being in San Francisco during the holiday season is having such a fabulous array of events at your fingertips. Listed here are some of our favorites.

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  • haunted house

    The Spirits of San Francisco

    October 07

    A whisper drifts past your ear or a dark figure lingers just outside your vision. Just as any storied city, San Francisco is full of landmarks whose lore extends beyond the physical realm. This month, we at Hotel Spero and our sister property The Marker Hotel would like to pay tribute to those numerous spirits who remain among us, and to the places below where they continue to make their presence known.

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  • mini golf

    Groove on Mini-Golf

    September 02

    Tee up at San Francisco-themed obstacle courses, play a few rounds of glow-in-the-dark golf, and test your skills at an amazing arcade—all while indulging in a delightful assortment of food and drink. Check out these three mini-golf locations for 18 holes of fabulous, family-style fun!

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  • hike with ocean view

    Hit the High Spots with a Hike

    August 05

    One of the best features of San Francisco is that you don’t need to travel very far to leave the city behind.

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  • couple in front of the golden gate bridge

    Hot Fun in the City

    July 01

    Summertime is prime vacation time, and the city of San Francisco is jam-packed with both indoor and outdoor activities, all of which offer an amazing array of ways to have fun.

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  • People on the streets during a Pride Parade

    Summertime Fun in San Francisco

    June 03

    Summertime means fun time, and, although the city of San Francisco offers a myriad of fun-tastic events all year long, the summer season naturally offers the best outdoor activities, and a few of our favorites are listed here.

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  • man with dog in park

    Celebrate National Pet Month this May at Hotel Spero

    May 06

    Here at Hotel Spero, we recognize how difficult carefree travel can be if you’re thinking about the fluffy family members who had to stay behind.

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  • hands holding heart shaped greens

    Two Reasons to Celebrate in April

    April 01

    Each April 22, we at Hotel Spero celebrate two occasions: Earth Day, and our birthday!

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  • group of women

    A Celebration of Notable Women

    March 04

    Lillie Hitchcock Coit, Elizabeth Snyder Glide, Maya Angelou, and Alice Waters – these four women are responsible for some of the most distinctive contributions to our city, and as March is Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8; we are proud to have the opportunity to honor them. 

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  • tulips

    Eight Romantic Ideas for a Memorable San Francisco Day

    February 04

    This month, why not make everyday Valentine's Day? San Francisco has plenty of activities all year long. For inspiration, here are a few excellent ideas to rekindle the romance: 

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  • woman doing yoga

    New Year. Same Resolution. Excellent Results.

    January 07

    Each January, many of us make shiny new resolutions and are discouraged when we fall short. This year, why not try something new? By taking our original goals and refining them to include the new and unique, we not only enhance the experience but also increase the chance that we’ll stick with it. For example, one of our most commonly shared resolutions is getting or staying in shape.

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  • couple looking for christmas gifts

    How to Make Merry and Bright

    December 03

    Nostalgic for the holidays of yesteryear? We’ve got you covered! This December, turn your San Francisco staycation into one of your merriest and brightest holidays with a selection of the activities, events, shows, and restaurants listed below.

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  • two girls ice skating

    An Old-Fashioned Holiday in an Urban Setting

    November 05

    The sound of skates clashing on holiday ice rinks and carolers singing, the sight of beautifully lit trees, and the enticing aromas of mulled cider and hot chocolate are a few of our favorite things. This time of year brings holiday pleasures and treasures, along with a yearning for an old-fashioned, nostalgic holiday season.

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  • Vineyard with fall foilage

    Season of Harvest: Bay Area Day Trips

    October 10

    The fruity aroma of apples fresh off the tree, the glorious autumn-orange shades of pumpkins, and the grape harvest events offered by California’s wine country – all of these, and more, present ideal opportunities for fun, fabulous, and family-friendly day trips. 

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  • orchids

    Creative Learning Outside the Classroom

    September 11

    Hands-on mochi pounding, storytelling accompanied by fine artwork, and exhibits that arouse curiosity and stimulate the senses.

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  • baseball player

    Summer Outdoor Fun in San Francisco

    August 15

    Time to pull out your calendars and get ready for some serious scheduling. We’ve rounded up some of the top outdoor activities to squeeze in before summer ends.

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  • girl holding two ice cream cones

    Family Vacation: Best Spots for Ice Cream

    July 07

    The weather in San Francisco is warming up making it splendid for an ice cream break. We suggest treating the family to something everyone can enjoy. With artisanal shops popping up all over the city, it may be hard to pick just one--that’s why we’ve narrowed it down to our top three. 

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  • couple eating chocolates

    Couples Getaway: Three Summertime Date Night Ideas

    June 06

    Traveling to San Francisco this summer? Lucky you! Sultry summertime vibes make date night a breeze. We’ve rounded up some foolproof ideas on how to wow your beloved.

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  • two girls laughing on ground

    3 Most Instagrammable Spots in SF for Best Friends

    May 08

    San Francisco is photogenic all year long, but in spring The Golden City seems to sparkle brighter. Honor the Instagram tradition by taking a quick pic before drinking that perfect latte or giggling over the edge of a cliff. The “Gram” was invented in San Fran, creating a visual platform where to share and like each other's photos.

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    Bay to Breakers, San Fran’s Foot Race

    April 05

    Visiting San Francisco this spring? Sign up to be part of Bay to Breakers, San Francisco’s premier footrace and one of the wildest events in the city. Although it’s technically a race, it’s more like a moving party--imagine 80,000 participants, many wearing costumes, celebrating over 12k of scenery. 

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