Where to stay in San Francisco

I had an interesting reference question recently: was there the equivalent of AirBnB in the 19th century? and How did San Francisco cope with the tourist industry? The person who asked the question wasn’t exactly sure what she was after in terms of an answer but it led me on an illuminating romp through the old city directories and historic newspapers. Hotels were built in the San Francisco area as early as the mid 1840’s (then it was called Yerba Buena). One of the first known hotels was called the City Hotel, ironically because there was no City yet (!) opened by William Leidesdorff.  Another one that claims to be the first was the Portsmouth House, opened by a fellow named Brown in 1846. After the declaration of war with Mexico in mid 1846, more...