San Francisco

Hotels in San Francisco

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.

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.

All signs of kitsch are gone from this property (previously the anime-themed Hotel Tomo). Now, San Francisco's newest boutique hotel shines like a chic, urban apartment thanks to smart flourishes by local designer Nicole Hollis.

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.