With the ever-increasing cost of living, dorm-style living has officially hit San Francisco, with developers creating micro-units and co-living spaces in transformed one-star hotels, office buildings and garages.
Not looking to relive your college glory days? (We don't blame you!) For something a little more grown up, and for roughly the same cost, you can also live in a hotel—like, a real one, in uber-central locations throughout the city.
Enter Anyplace, a new kind of rental platform that allows millennials (and everyone else) to live comfortably sans their greatest fear—commitment. There's no need to set up utilities, figure out how to connect your router, or even buy furniture—and you can move out whenever you want. Getting a rental is as easy as booking online, just as you would a hotel.
Simply select your city (Anyplace is currently operating in SF, New York, and L.A.), choose from nearby available rooms, and then check into your new home—local listings rangi from about $1,000 to $6,000 per month with utilities, WiFi, and weekly housekeeping included.
No long-term lease plus room service? If it sounds too good to be true, check out the best of SF's Anyplace stays for every budget.
Budget Stay: Balmoral Hotel
The most affordable and modest of the bunch is Balmoral Hotel, where you get a simple, 70 square-foot room with a single bed in three variations—with a shared bath ($1,094/mo.); remodeled with a shared bath ($1,314/mo.); and remodeled with a private bath ($1,644/mo.). Though minimalist, the place appears to be clean and comes with a TV and cable, a desk, a mini-fridge, and a sink. There's also access to a shared kitchen. Plus, you'll be right in FiDi, so getting to work will be a breeze. // 640 Clay St. (FiDi), anyplace.com
Middle Class: Hotel Des Arts
In the heart of Union Square, Hotel Des Arts couldn't be better located for fashion-y types FiDi worker bees and art lovers—the mid-level contemporary hotel has a modish, artistic feel with graffiti-style art swathed on bedroom walls and in the hallways. Queen rooms range from $1,600 a month (for 140 sq. ft. and a shared bath) to $2,500 a month (for 300 sq. ft. with a living room and private bath); or you can get two double beds (350 sq. ft.) with living space and a private bath ($2,700/mo.). You can enjoy complimentary breakfast from the comfort of your crisp white linens, or stock your mini fridge with Greek yogurt and reheat your coffee in your very own microwave. Or, step out to neighborhood eateries including La Boulangerie and Cafe de la Presse. You'll also get weekly housekeeping—bonus! // 447 Bush St. (Union Square), anyplace.com
Deluxe Accommodations: Laurel Inn
Move into this Joie de Vivre boutique stay and have all the luxuries of a small apartment plus the amenities and furniture of a posh hotel. For $6,000 a month, you can cozy up in a king or queen room (roughly 325 sq. ft.), have your own bathroom, and even bring your fur baby. Of course you'll have all the standard stuff, too—weekly housekeeping, WiFi, a microwave and mini fridge—as well as a few extras including a shared kitchen, laundry facility, fitness center, free breakfast, and public parking. Plus, they underwent a remodel last spring with brand new bathrooms, windows, and more. In the lobby, take advantage of the endless supply of brewed coffee and 3pm cookies. Bonus points for sweeping city views from your window. // 444 Presidio Ave. (Presidio Heights), anyplace.com