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.

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.

This 19-story hotel was constructed in 1926 on the same site as the preexisting mansion of Mark Hopkins, a tycoon who created the Central Pacific Railroad.

The 48-room Inn at the Opera brings a reverence for the arts to the city's Hayes Valley area. Within walking distance from the Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House, the Inn celebrates its history as the place where out-of-town performers have stayed while in town.

Ideal for first-time visitors, this four-story hotel is within walking distance of the wharf and less than two miles from the Embarcadero and Union Square. Originally built in the mid 1970’s, the hotel was extensively renovated in 2009, introducing a tasteful beach theme.

In 2001, Ian Schrager took over this 1915 Theater District landmark (it’s also close to the not-so-scenic Tenderloin), and the entire city agonized over what he might do to the beloved Redwood Room.

This grande dame of San Francisco hotels survived some significant shake-ups (including the city’s catastrophic earthquake of 1906) before architect Julia Morgan turned it into the ornate, sumptuous palace it is today.

Fresh from a makeover (good-bye chintz, hello earth-toned geometric patterns), today’s Ritz, near Nob Hill, still has doting service.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was filmed at this lower Nob Hill landmark, formerly the York Hotel.

With only 30 rooms, this narrow, six-story inn provides personalized service as well as a convenient location less than a mile from high-end Union Square shops, Moscone Center, and the theater district.