Hotels in San Francisco
Hotels in San Francisco range from budget motels and hostels to charming bed & breakfasts, to over-the-top luxurious suites. The city is also the birthplace of the popular rooms rental startup Airbnb, so when it comes to finding accommodations, visitors are not just limited to San Francisco hotels – they can also pursue Airbnb’s website and rent out a room or apartment from a local resident.
Those looking for the ultimate over-the-top extravagant San Francisco experience should consider checking into the Fairmont Heritage Place. Considered to be one of the best hotels in San Francisco, this swanky establishment is located steps away from the city’s famous Ghiradelli Square and Maritime National Historical Park. The hotel’s amenities include a full-service spa, childcare, shopping and a first-rate bar and lounge.
Visitors in search of more affordable hotels in San Francisco should consider staying at the Orchard Garden hotel, a sustainable establishment located in Chinatown or Hotel Boheme, located in North Beach.
Zoom up 32 stories in one of the glass-walled elevator cars for one of the best views in the city—you can even spot Alcatraz Island.
Located near popular San Francisco destinations like Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, and Golden Gate Park, the Queen Anne Hotel on Sutter Street is from the days of large Painted Lady Victorian mansions.
Housed in the 1907 Haslett Warehouse, the Argonaut is the only hotel located in the Maritime National Historical Park. As such, the hotel overlooks the bay, a fleet of historic ships, and the Cannery.
When the honchos from LVMH and Neiman Marcus come to town, the 110-room Campton Place is where they stay. The hotel is on the preferred (i.e., east) side of Union Square, convenient to their SF stores yet insulated from tourists and the dodgy Tenderloin.
Set in San Francisco’s tiny, unofficial French Quarter, the Orchard Garden feels exactly like a spiffy little Left Bank hotel—one that’s LEED certified.
First built as a bank in 1926, this 17-story Nob Hill hotel retains much of its original Renaissance-style architecture. Behind a red-brick and stone façade, the cavernous lobby is designed with an Italian marble floor, Austrian crystal chandeliers, and rich mahogany paneling.
Set in an 1872 mansion, the 21-room property brims with authentic Victorian details—ornate woodwork; marble fireplaces; featherbeds—minus the chintz (not a weathered doily in sight). Don’t miss the rooftop deck with 360-degree views of the city.
Hotel Diva is a flashy with its contemporary design: a fluid glass-wall entry marks the lobby, while guest rooms boast cobalt blue carpet, leather furniture, and stainless steel sculpted headboards.
A head-to-toe renovation in 2009 perked up this plush high-rise; rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, black granite credenzas, and Eames chairs.
Location, location, location…the 199-room Vitale has it in spades. Not only is the hotel right on the Embarcadero—three minutes’ walk from the Ferry Building and facing the bay—but it sits all alone on its own block.
Named after the Japanese word for “friend,” Hotel Tomo is a colorful, anime-themed boutique property located in Japantown. Inside, the light wood lobby contains a plush blue island, a pop art—inspired ceiling mural, and vending machines that dispense Giant Robot T-shirts and stuffed animals.
Meet friends or colleagues at the Westin St. Francis’ famous 1907 Magneta grandfather clock. The hotel’s 1904 Landmark building and 32-story 1971 Tower building overlook San Francisco’s Union Square.
Situated on a private dock in Rainbow Harbor, this unusual bed-and-breakfast rents six furnished yachts for overnight stays.
Housed in a 1917 building within a mile of Union Square, Moscone Center, and the Powell Street cable cars, this Kimpton hotel combines a convenient location with a multitude of little extras—from complimentary umbrellas and yoga equipment to welcome gifts and child-sized animal print robes for ki
Opened in 1911, this eight-floor Art Nouveau hotel is located between the financial district and Moscone Convention Center, just a six-minute walk from Union Square. Inside, the lobby is designed with vintage furniture, original skylights, and a huge handcrafted fireplace.