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.

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.

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

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

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.