San Francisco is going to be flooded with more than 170K+ Trailblazers from all over the world in September for Dreamforce 2018. Chances are, the Dreamforce hotels will be fully booked by August end. First to get fully booked will be the Official Dreamforce Hotels, then the Airbnbs and VBROs, other local accommodations, and hotels you find on Expedia, Kayak, etc.
To make it easier to find a place to stay during this super busy time, here’s a guide to the Dreamforce Hotels and Accommodations.
Before we start with the guide here are few things that you should keep in your mind –
1. Proximity is the key to a comfortable Dreamforce experience. The closer you get to the Dreamforce 2018 dates, the slimmer your chances are to get Dreamforce conference hotels nearby the campus.
Also, make sure you register for Dreamforce well in advance. (like right about NOW)
2. Dreamforce has a large footprint in downtown SF. That includes Moscone Center in the center featuring the expo, then other events happening across downtown SF at Marriott Marquis, InterContinental, the Palace Hotel, Hilton Union Square, the Park Central, and the Westin St. Francisco. So, make sure you find your Dreamforce accommodation according to which events you’re attending at Dreamforce.
When you’re registering, you must have stumbled upon the Dreamforce Accommodation section. Here you can find the Official Dreamforce Hotels that Salesforce has contracts with. So, there is a likely chance that you’ll get discounted rates for hotels, plus transportation like Dreamforce hotel shuttles to the Moscone, conference venues and complimentary internet access.
These hotels near Dreamforce can be booked during the registration process and are available on first come, first served and real-time availability basis. So if you haven’t as yet, then book your accommodation right away.
Airbnb, VRBO, and Hotel Planner have listed a wide range of local accommodations in San Francisco. These could be hotel rooms, shared rooms, apartments, or even villas which might be comfortable and suitable for your needs.
You can also keep an eye on all the available Dreamforce hotels and AirBnbs via AllTheRooms.
Travel websites may be the best bet to find an affordable place and book with ease. With a lot of websites like Expedia, Kayak, Hotwire, etc., offering package deals with discounts, this could be a viable option if you are traveling a long distance to San Francisco.
Expert tip: Trans-Atlantic flights are busier in the period before and after Dreamforce. If you are traveling from Europe, the best is to get your tickets done asap.
The SF Travel Association offers housing services for conventions. For Dreamforce, they have partnered with Booking.com to help the attendees. They specialize in booking and tracking hotel rooms after cutoff dates.
The BART line, Bay Area Rapid Transit – aka the metro is your savior if your Plan A, B, and C are booked! It provides quick public transportation to Dreamforce. So, if you cannot find a room in San Francisco, hotels along the BART line are a great backup option (and probably cheaper!). Also, if you have the time here’s a guide that tells you what all you can do. For comprehensive information on the wide variety of public transportation options in the Bay Area, you can also visit 511.org or BART.gov
Tip: It’s best to get a Clipper Card which is like a pass that works for BART and other local transportation.
SFDC Community has a lot of groups with Dreamforce veterans and like-minded attendees, who can give you great ideas. This also is a place where you may find roommates for the 4-day conference. Join groups like All Dreamforce and New To Dreamforce to keep track of all the things happening in there.
It’s likely that you will get all confounded with the Dreamforce hotel cost and availability hunt. So, here’s a handy map from last year with the hotels of the Bay Àrea that will help once you decide on your Dreamforce accommodation.
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