Last Updated August 27, 2020 8/27/2020

San Francisco’s 14 Finest Luxury Hotels

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The stunning City by the Bay boasts a sparkling bay, sloping hills and unique architecture—offering endless scenery for a memorable vacation getaway.  After you’ve visited San Francisco’s top attractions, retreat to one of these top hotels with luxe perks and facilities.

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The St. Regis San Francisco, SoMa
The St Regis San Francisco

The St. Regis San Francisco, SoMa

A popular Marriot hotel in San Francisco, the St. Regis offers the utmost in modern luxury, grace and style. Guests enjoy especially attentive, personalized service, including a 24-hour butler staff, ready to attend guests’ every need. Indulge and unwind at the spa, then dine on contemporary American cuisine at the Grill at St. Regis. You’ll love the artsy SoMa surroundings as well as the hotel’s modern glass building and impressive contemporary art collection. The chic rooms and suites are all equipped with city views and flat-screen TVs, while suites add soaking tubs, living rooms and butler services.

Fairmont San Francisco, Nob Hill
Fairmont San Francisco

Fairmont San Francisco, Nob Hill

The Fairmont offers the best of the best of hotel stays, located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in San Francisco in Nob Hill, looking over the city like a mountain-topped castle. This historic 1907 property is worth visiting even if you don’t plan to stay the night. Just step into the lobby and gaze at the ginormous marble Corinthian columns, wraparound staircase and plush velvet chairs. Lavish rooms feature high ceilings, designer toiletries, Keurig coffee makers and flat-screen TVs. Many also offer spectacular city and/or bay views. The Fairmont has been hosting the rich and famous for decades – including every U.S. president since William Taft.

Argonaut Hotel, Fisherman's Wharf
Room at the Argonaut Hotel, San Francisco

Argonaut Hotel, Fisherman's Wharf

Walk into this luxury boutique hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf, near popular attractions like Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square, and you’ll feel as if you’ve just stepped onto a cruise ship. Decorated in nautical style, rooms feature artifacts like sand dollars and compasses as well as featuring impressive views of San Francisco Bay. Housed in a historic building, you’ll also find elegant touches like exposed beams and weathered brick walls along with exceptional 4-diamond service. The in-house restaurant, Blue Mermaid, is a locals’ favorite, renowned for its delicious seafood served among fun, flashy colors and quirky furnishings. Guests also enjoy a number of perks, like complimentary wine receptions each evening.

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, SoMa
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, SoMa

The Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco is an absolutely stunning hotel, set on the 5th to 17th floors of one of SoMa’s skyscrapers, with its elevators serving as a discreet portal that leads from the busy downtown area to an urban oasis. Guests not only enjoy fresh California cuisine at MKT Restaurant and twice-daily housekeeping service, but also access to the popular Sports Club/LA, with a wide array of spa treatments and fitness classes along with an Olympic-size swimming pool. This five-star hotel features sleek rooms with marble bathrooms and deep-soaking tubs, flat-screen TVs, down bedding and floor-to-ceiling windows affording outstanding views of the bay, city or Yerba Buena Gardens. Service meets gold standards with 24-hour room service and 24-hour concierge.

Hotel Vitale, Embarcadero
Hotel Vitale

Hotel Vitale, Embarcadero

Hotel Vitale sits on the Embarcadero across from what’s become a foodie mecca, the Ferry Building Marketplace. Offering new-school luxury hospitality in an unpretentious boutique style hotel with a rooftop spa and gorgeous bay views, it houses stylish rooms stocked with desirable amenities like flat-screen TVs an especially soothing atmosphere created with earthy, neutral tones. Rooms are bright and airy, with full-length windows, most of which look out over the bay, the bridge and Alcatraz. If that isn’t enough, guests can relax and unwind at the on-site spa, with an extensive menu of relaxing treatments. Its Americano restaurant serves up Northern California cuisine with Italian influences, all fresh from local sources, including the Ferry Building’s farmer’s market.

Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square
Interior space at Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square

Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square

A top pick for couples looking for romance, Fairmont Heritage Place offers the city’s best residence-style lodging in a luxury vacation rental meets upscale hotel. This polished gem in one of the San Francisco’s oldest landmarks, Ghirardelli Square, a former chocolate factory built in the late 19th century, features one, two and three-bedroom units with full gourmet kitchens, as well as large living rooms with flat-screen televisions and fireplaces. A luxury house car service, pre-arrival itinerary planning, pre-arrival grocery shopping and in-suite washer and dryers set this hotel apart from others. Feeling sluggish after sightseeing? Book a pampering in-room massage or have fitness apparel delivered to your room.

Taj Campton Place, Union Square
Taj Campton Place

Taj Campton Place, Union Square

Taj Campton Place is housed in two adjoining century-old buildings in the heart of San Francisco’s most colorful neighborhood, Union Square, known for its high-end shopping and close proximity to the city’s best museums. This luxury boutique hotel presides over the area, offering the chance to watch the activity of the square from top-floor rooms. Though it’s earned a long list of accolades as one of the world’s greatest places to stay, it has a surprisingly cozy feel with friendly service and an intimate lobby filled with fresh-cut flowers and paintings by local artists. The hotel boasts a wide array of services, as well as premium in-room amenities, like king-sized beds topped with premium bedding. Campton Place, its onsite restaurant is a renowned institution in its own right, with a master sommelier and a wine cellar with more than 1,500 labels. Having opened over a century ago, the hotel has long been a preferred spot for business executives, though today, many extend their stay and bring their families to enjoy the central location and serene atmosphere.

InterContinental Mark Hopkins, Nob Hill
InterContinental Mark Hopkins

InterContinental Mark Hopkins, Nob Hill

The legendary InterContinental Mark Hopkins is world-renowned as one of San Francisco’s finest hotels, set at the crest of Nob Hill and at the crossing of three cable car lines, and is just minutes from Chinatown, Union Square, the Theater and Financial Districts. It artfully blends historic charm with modern technology to provide an experience like no other, along with amazing views of the city from its famous in-house restaurant, Top of the Mark. The Top of the Mark’s sky lounge is not only known for its panoramic vistas, but for some of the best live entertainment in the Bay Area and the 100 Martini’s menu. Guests also enjoy an on-site fitness center, pillow menus, Keurig coffee makers and more stunning vistas in all rooms.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, Nob Hill
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, Nob Hill

The glamorous The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco occupies a distinguished location halfway up Nob Hill, as an imposing palace with the utmost in elegance and sophistication, close to Union Square and Chinatown. As one would expect, it offers spectacular views, with its elegant rooms and suites set within a stately century-old building resembling the U.S. Supreme Court building. Decorated with museum-quality art, including traditional oil paintings, along with fresh orchids, marble throughout and practically an endless number of chandeliers. Browse the seasonal menu at Parallel 37 or enjoy city skyline views with a cocktails at The Lounge, which also offers a signature Afternoon Tea and live music on select evenings. It also features a luxury spa considered a destination unto itself, a lavish indoor pool and Jacuzzi – both rare finds in San Francisco.

The Orchard Hotel, Union Square
The Orchard Hotel

The Orchard Hotel, Union Square

Just steps away from Union Square, The Orchard Hotel offers an ideal location along with luxurious accommodations close to high-end shops and theaters in a classically decorated boutique with stylish rooms and suites. Moscone Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Asian Art Museum, Chinatown and cable cars are all just a short stroll away. Each room offers an especially calming feel, decorated in natural wood tones with soothing light fabrics and fresh colors. Named one of the top eco-friendly hotels in the U.S. the hotel offers an environmentally-friendly experience and was one of the first hotels in California to be LEED-certified. Nothing beats its personalized services, prime location and fresh seasonal (and healthy) cuisine served at Daffodil Restaurant.

Le Meridien San Francisco, Financial District
Le Meridien San Francisco

Le Meridien San Francisco, Financial District

Located in the heart of the Financial District near the Embarcadero Center as well as the waterfront and cable car lines, Le Meridien San Francisco is a 24-story modern hotel that offers top-notch service and outstanding city views. It features spacious, stylish rooms with high-end features like ultra-comfy beds, plush robes, a mini-bar, Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Ask for a room on a higher floor for views of the Bay Bridge. The in-house Park Grill is popular with foodies for its excellent upscale California cuisine for breakfast and lunch, while Bar 333 & Bistro offers a Mediterranean bistro menu in the evening with an excellent wine list.

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco, Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco, Union Square

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco is a legendary 1904 hotel located across from Union Square. It’s one of San Francisco’s top luxury hotels, known for its magnificent lobby with crystal chandeliers, a historic Magneta Grandfather Clock and marble columns. Its location is unbeatable, but it also offers unparalleled customer services, award-winning dining, a state-of-the-art fitness center, spa services and more. Taking a ride to the top floor in the famous glass elevator is always a highlight, as is sipping a drink in the romantic Clock Bar. Room amenities include revolutionary Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Baths, while each Tower Building room features a large bay window, some with commanding skyline views.

Omni San Francisco Hotel, Nob Hill
Beautiful lobby at Omni San Francisco Hotel

Omni San Francisco Hotel, Nob Hill

Omni San Francisco Hotel is a historic hotel housed in a former bank building. It dates back to the 1920s with a lobby that features marble floors, rich fabrics and Austrian crystal chandeliers, and offers a unique combination of old-world charm and modern day allure. Its chic rooms and suites include amenities like flat-screen TVs, individual climate control and Wi-Fi. The Omni is conveniently located at the foot of Nob Hill, near North Beach, Chinatown, the Financial District and cable car lines. Its onsite restaurant, Bob’s Steak & Chop House serves up especially outstanding prime cuts.

Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco, SoMa
Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco

Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco, SoMa

Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco is just one block from the Financial District and three blocks from Union Square. It was built in 1875 and was reputedly the largest, most luxurious and costly hotel in the world at the time. It’s been completely restored, but still exhibits glamour of a by-gone era. The on-site restaurants are highly acclaimed and feature California cuisine, with weekend high tea taking place under The Garden Court’s beautiful stained-glass dome, while the Pied Piper Bar offers live jazz music. The luxe rooms and suites feature soaring 14-foot ceilings, original architectural details, opulent bedding and traditional furnishings.

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