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San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport (SFO), USA

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Money

ATMs are available in all terminals, including the departure areas. There is a full service bank before the security area of Terminal 3. Bureaux de change and automated currency exchange machines are located throughout the International Terminal, with an additional kiosk in Terminal 3 in the departure area.

Communications

Free wireless internet is available in all public spaces. Telephones with data ports can be found throughout the terminals. Mobile telephones can be hired. Post boxes are located immediately outside the terminals.

Food

There are numerous bars, cafés and restaurants in each terminal. These include American-style restaurants in Terminals 1 and 2, Mexican and Japanese eateries in Terminal 2 and the International Terminal, and a pub serving speciality beer in Terminal 3.

Shopping

A good selection of duty-free shops can be found in the International Terminal, while an additional duty-free kiosk is located in Terminal 1, boarding area B. Other shops include gift shops, newsagents, bookshops, clothing and accessories stores, sweet shops, toy retailers and cosmetic outlets.

Luggage

There is a lost property office in the baggage reclaim area of Terminal 1 (tel: (650) 821 7014). Trolleys are available for a fee throughout the terminals. Left-luggage services are provided at the Airport Travel Agency in the International Terminal.

Other

Other facilities at San Francisco International Airport include a medical centre (International Terminal), nurseries, showers, hair salon, shoeshine services and spas. Those looking to fill time before flights can visit the aquarium in Terminal 1 and exhibitions at various points within the terminals. Special children’s play areas are located in the departure lounges of Terminals 2 and 3. San Francisco Airport has also introduced a new service titled, ‘wag brigade’, where trained dogs are brought into the terminal to make passengers journeys more enjoyable.

Conference & Business

The Airport Travel Agency in the International Terminal provides fax and photocopying services. Basic business services and mobile phone rental is offered at TripTel in the main concourse of the International Terminal. There are also workstations where laptops can be charged. Meeting and conference facilities are available at the nearby South San Francisco Conference Centre (tel: (650) 877 8787; www.ssfconf.com), and at a number of local hotels, notably the Holiday Inn San Francisco Airport (tel: (650) 873 3550; www.ihg.com).

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    Accessibility

    San Francisco International Airport is fully accessible to disabled passengers – passengers requiring wheelchairs should contact their airline prior to travel. There are TDD/TTY phones throughout the airport for hearing-impaired travellers. Disabled car parking (tel: (650) 821 7111) is available for all car parks. The shuttle bus from the long-term car park is equipped with a lift, while taxis, SamTrans buses and Caltrain shuttles are wheelchair accessible.

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    General information

    Airportcode: SFO

    Number of Terminals: 4

    Information

    Airport information booths are located in the arrival areas of all terminals. Computerised information kiosks are available at the desks, 24 hours a day. Travelers Aid kiosks are located in the departure areas of all terminals – these are open daily, from 0800 to 2000.

    Transfer between Terminals

    The 24-hour AirTrain light rail service links the terminals, parking garages, BART station and car hire centre.

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    Hotels in San Francisco

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    San Francisco gave the world some of its first boutique hotels, and some of the city’s most comfortable bedrooms have serious designer credentials.

    Hotels range from cute, family-friendly places in Victorian houses to lavish five-star chains.

    Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

    222 Sansome Street
    CA 94104 San Francisco
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    Five-star and fabulous, the Mandarin Oriental offers every conceivable mod-con, and swoon-inducing views over the Financial District.

    Argonaut

    495 Jefferson Street
    CA 94109 San Francisco
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    Right in the thick of things on Fisherman’s Wharf, the Argonaut is a tribute to San Francisco’s seafaring past, down to the astrolabes and ships’ wheels on the walls.

    Hotel Monaco

    501 Geary Street
    CA 94102 San Francisco
    USA
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    Category: Moderate

    Lavish stripes and art deco light fittings set the scene in this achingly stylish design hotel, with a handy downtown location.

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