San Francisco

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.

Opened in 1913 as the Keystone Hotel, the Mosser—purchased by composer Charles W. Mosser in 1981—still retains its Victorian style in the lobby with marble floors, wrought-iron banisters, and rich wood paneling.

Formerly Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa

The hostel style of the Hotel des Arts does not draw customers with its luxury or amenities; instead, people come for the location and avant-garde art.

Situated in SoMa, the InterContinental San Francisco hotel is housed in a 32-story blue glass tower just down the street from Moscone Center. Inside, the lobby is simple but stylish, with marble floors, large white columns, and plush gray furniture.

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.