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The St. Regis San Francisco

SoMa 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Impressive luxury and impeccable service await at this modern high-rise hotel in happening SoMa — The Telegraph

The latest in full-blown high-tech luxury is yours at this über-chic 40-story SoMa tower. — Frommer's

Staying here can feel a little like you've discovered how to control others with your mind: Your desires are often fulfilled before you knew you had them. — Concierge

The pinnacle of SoMa's museum district and a worthy rival to the nearby Four Seasons... now that it's here it has redefined luxury. — Time Out

If you have the deep pockets to cover the hefty bill and a taste for splash, this is definitely one of the places where you want to stay in San Francisco — goop

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Hotel Vitale, a Joie de Vivre hotel

SoMa 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In addition to its prime location... Hotel Vitale looks pretty darn chic... Excellent service from the well-trained staff. — Frommer's

With its waterfront location across from the San Francisco Ferry Building on the edge of downtown, the Hotel Vitale is an ideal launchpad to explore San Francisco — Afar Magazine

The stylish, 200-room Hotel Vitale has an ideal location on the Financial District's revitalized waterfront... a great luxury choice. — Oyster

Zen palace of reclaimed wood, with water views and a rooftop spa, a buzzy bar and market-fresh Italian fare. — Jetsetter

Situated right across the street from the Ferry Building, this super-holistic hotel has a full menu of spa treatments for both vacationing and business travelers in addition to plush... — goop

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from $268

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

SoMa 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

What makes this über-luxury hotel one of my favorites is its perfect combination of elegance, trendiness, and modern luxury. — Frommer's

The superluxurious Four Seasons San Francisco is a sanctuary so serene it's hard to believe it's in the heart of downtown. — Concierge

Tastefully modern halls of muted beige and blue tones, exotic African woods. Hushed, intimate feel of fifth-floor lobby offers womblike retreat from the clatter of Market Street. — BlackBook

Glam sleep in hip SoMa with a stellar art collection, inventive market-to-table dining and a hip spa — Jetsetter

If you want to sightsee by day and live in luxury by night, it’s hard to beat the Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco in the City by the Bay. — Forbes Travel Guide

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from $415

Fairmont San Francisco

Nob Hill 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Rooms... in the original building have high ceilings and a rich sense of place, but not all have views; rooms in the vintage-1961 tower have jaw-dropping vistas yet feel more generic. — Concierge

San Francisco socialites have long loved the Fairmont, and the Nob Hill legend gained national fame after a several year run as the St. Gregory on the TV series "Hotel". — Gayot

A whole lot of history converges at the Fairmont San Francisco—as do all of the city’s cable car lines, which offer easy transportation to the Financial District, Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf — Afar Magazine

High atop Nob Hill, the Fairmont is the grand dame of San Francisco hotels, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. — Time Out

Hilltop San Francisco landmark fresh off a renovation with a locavore restaurant and historical tiki bar. — Jetsetter

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from $195

Hotel Drisco

San Francisco 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Certain rooms and suites... boast spectacular city views, and overall the place feels a bit like a farmhouse dropped into the city. — Rough Guide

On one of the most sought-after blocks of residential property in all of San Francisco, the Drisco, built in 1903, is one of the city's best small hotels. — Frommer's

It might be yet another in the seemingly endless list of Joie de Vivre properties around town, but this hotel has actually been in business for over a century. — Time Out

Pacific Heights is the "gold coast" of San Francisco, a desirable address where colorful mansions both modern and old-school stand side by side. — Gayot

These elegant lodgings are perfectly poised on a hilltop in the Pacific Heights neighbourhood, a short walk from restaurants, boutiques and the Presidio parklands — The Telegraph

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The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

Chinatown 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco has been the benchmark for the city's luxury hotels since it opened in 1991. — Frommer's

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

A stunning tribute to beauty and attentive, professional service. — Fodor's

Everything you'd expect from a Ritz... all in the ritziest of San Francisco neighborhoods. — Oyster

Even the most blasé traveler would have to be impressed by this stately mansion atop Nob Hill. — Forbes Travel Guide

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from $349

Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel

Fisherman’s Wharf 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Drop anchor at this "nautical-themed" "secret" (part of the Kimpton chain), which offers a "breath of fresh air" thanks to "nice-sized" quarters with Frette linens and in-room spa treatments. — Zagat

Built into a historic fruit-packing warehouse, this beautiful luxury hotel is the best in the area by far. — Time Out

Surprisingly quiet, given its tourist-stampeded location. — Rough Guide

Set in Fisherman's Wharf, this Kimpton Group hotel goes for broke with its maritime theme. — Gayot

Its rooms are whimsically decorated to emulate a luxury cruise ship in cheerful nautical colors. — Frommer's

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from $269

The Scarlet Huntington

Nob Hill 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Stars from Bogart and Bacall to Picasso and Pavarotti have stayed in this venerable ivy-covered hotel famed for its gracious personal service and spacious rooms and suites. — Fodor's

The Huntington Hotel is one of the city's small luxury gems and epitome of quiet, understated elegance. — Insight Guides

Built at dawn of Roaring ’20s as luxury apartments by Central Pacific Line railroad barons, still oozes posh sophistication. — BlackBook

Each of the spacious rooms is individually decorated – many have a wet bar, and some have kitchens. Indulge yourself at the world-famous Nob Hill Spa, located on the upper floors of the hotel. — DK Eyewitness

Its common areas are old-money elegant... the rooms themselves are large, if unexciting. — Rough Guide

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from $265

Taj Campton Place

Union Square 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This luxurious, 110-room boutique one block from Union Square is an enclave of posh rooms and pampering service in a dense city. — Oyster

Upscale and understated hotel that provides utter seclusion despite being located in the heart of Union Square. — Rough Guide

When the honchos from LVMH and Neiman Marcus come to town, the 110-room Campton Place is where they stay. — Travel + Leisure

With "one of the best locations", right on Union Square, this Downtown classic provides a "fantastic place to stay", with "cozy" tasteful quarters luxuriously stocked with "excellent" beds. — Zagat

A historic landmark for 100 years, Campton Place is to the San Francisco hotel scene as the Transamerica Pyramid is to the city skyline. — Gayot

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from $280

Inn at the Presidio

San Francisco 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Nestled in the green parklands of the Presidio, this gorgeous historic inn inhabits a National Historic Landmark — The Telegraph

A brick facade, porches with rocking chairs, and an outdoor fire pit set the backdrop for this idyllic hotel at the base of numerous hiking and biking trails in the Presidio. — Fodor's

A renovated 22-room Georgian Revival barracks house in the heart of the Presidio—a former Army base (now a national park) 15 minutes from downtown. — Condé Nast Traveler

The Inn at the Presidio is a mid-range property situated in a former military barracks in Golden Gate National Recreation Area — Oyster

The rare opportunity to overnight in a national park, in the Presidio of San Francisco, comes with an expensive price tag but promises exceptional views. — Zagat

Loews Regency San Francisco

Financial District 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"On the top floors of a skyscraper", this "sophisticated" Downtown "standout" is "close to heaven", with "exquisite" quarters featuring "gorgeous" marble bathrooms. — Zagat

No hotel combines better ultraluxury digs with incredible views than this gem. — Frommer's

This hotel opened with a bang as the Mandarin Oriental in 1987, and today, as a Loews Regency, it continues to compete with its luxury counterparts in the area of distinction — Gayot

Few hotels in the world can boast such extraordinary views, or such decadent means of enjoying them, as the Mandarin Oriental. — Time Out

With astounding views from elegant, spacious rooms high up in a Financial District skyscraper and the best in pampering service, this Mandarin Oriental lives up to its luxury reputation. — Oyster

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from $319

Parker Guest House

The Castro 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This 1909 Edwardian is a popular, gay-friendly, 21-room hotel in the heart of San Francisco's Castro District. — Gayot

Two yellow 1909 Edwardian houses enchant travelers wanting an authentic San Francisco experience. — Fodor's

Gay-friendly guesthouse at edge of Castro, one block from Dolores Park. — BlackBook

This is the best B&B option in the Castro, and one of the best in the entire city. — Frommer's

Parker Guest House is a gay-friendly San Francisco hotel offering a genteel atmosphere, exceptionally friendly service, contemporary design and surrounding gardens, in the Mission... — The Telegraph

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from $189

Hotel Zetta San Francisco

SoMa 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sleek, masculine, and trendy with an L.A. sensibility, this hotel embodies San Francisco’s young professionals’ “work hard, play hard” motto. — Frommer's

A uniquely crafted hip refuge that’s close to Union Square, with a decor of cool repurposed furnishings, a funky recreational room with games and on-site restaurant. — Oyster

With a playful lobby lounge accented in splashes of acid yellow... and slick tech-friendly rooms, Hotel Zetta has boldly announced itself on the hotel scene. — Fodor's

At over 100 guest rooms, Zetta is a pretty big operation (it’s a member of the Viceroy family, so expect a certain level of sceney-ness), but thanks to so many welcoming touches and... — goop

A hotspot for hotel hoppers, the Hotel Zetta San Francisco emphasizes interactivity with its services. — Gayot

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from $199

Orchard Garden Hotel

Chinatown 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Best of all, this Union Square hotel saves not only the planet but also your wallet. — Concierge

Feel virtuous and eco-friendly by staying at the first San Francisco hotel built to environmentally stringent LEED specifications. — Fodor's

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. — Travel + Leisure

This 86-room hotel’s eco-friendliness scored a hallowed LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, one of only a handful of U.S. hotels to receive one. — Condé Nast Traveler

SF's first all-green-practices hotel has soothingly quiet rooms with luxe touches, like Egyptian-cotton sheets, plus an organic rooftop garden. — Lonely Planet

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from $188

Palace Hotel

SoMa 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The original 1875 Palace was one of the world's largest and most luxurious hotels, and every time you walk through the doors here, you'll be reminded how incredibly majestic old luxury really is. — Frommer's

Kings and presidents have slept at this grand dowager, and the luxurious Old World atmosphere makes it easy to see why. — Gayot

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who's the grandest of them all? Why, the Palace, of course. This grande dame proudly shows off her old-world refinement. — Michelin Guide

The cushy (if staid) accommodations cater to expense-account travelers, but prices drop weekends. — Lonely Planet

Early in the 20th century the Palace was one of the most famous hotels in the world, hosting royalty and heads of state, including President Harding, who died here in his sleep in 1923. — DK Eyewitness

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from $235

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Union Square 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The renovation was just what this ole gal needed, injecting her with new life and energy. — Fodor's

All have great beds... pop into the top-floor, touristy-swank Starlight Room for cocktails. — Lonely Planet

Now under the Kimpton Hotels umbrella, this property is one of San Francisco'€™s better-known landmark hotels. — Gayot

A long-established Union Square hotel, the Sir Francis Drake glows in Art Deco splendor. — DK Eyewitness

This San Francisco landmark is all prince and no pauper. — Michelin Guide

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The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

Union Square 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In addition to being an elegant and charming remnant of San Francisco life circa 1904, there’s also some freaky glass elevators attached to the outside of the hotel. The cool thing is... — Not For Tourists

One of San Francisco's most famous grand old hotels, this property is a destination unto itself. — Gayot

“You can’t beat the location” of this Union Square “landmark”, an “elegant” 1,000-plus room property that mixes “old-fashioned charm with modern amenities.”. — Zagat

This landmark hotel boasts an extravagant lobby, four restaurants and lounges, a fitness centre and spa. — Rough Guide

The St. Francis combines the history, decor, and traditions of a turn-of-the-20th-century grand old dame with the amenities, modernity, and corporate-dominated clientele of a large chain property. — Oyster

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Hotel Zelos

SoMa 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Favored by celebrities, this hotel on the top five floors of the green-tile 1908 Pacific Place Building offers a luxurious oasis above the busiest part of town. — Fodor's

Proof Hotel Palomar does things differently? A dog named Maverick with a permanent position as the hotel’s Director of Pet Relations (he even has his very own Facebook page). Funky, bold,... — Afar Magazine

Tailored lines and rich textures throughout lend a sophisticated, fresh aspect to the overall air of elegance. — Frommer's

A chic, neo-Nouveau bolthole in the commercial heart of the city. — Rough Guide

Want the shopping and dining of Union Square, proximity to the businesses of the Financial District, and a front-row seat to the action of the thriving SoMa district? Look no further than the Palomar. — Michelin Guide

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from $152

Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre hotel

Union Square 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Joie de Vivre (JDV), the most creative hotel group in the city, is the brains behind this cleverly restored historic building... In a great location. — Frommer's

This pleasant hotel has with rooms painted in rich colors and the walls embellished with the works of local artists. — DK Eyewitness

Literati, take note. Modeled after New York's famous Algonquin, this salon-style hotel from Joie de Vivre gets its inspiration from literary salons of the 1920s and '30s. — Gayot

Taking a page from 1920s literary salons, this "charmingly" vintage Downtown boutique is known for "lovely", "eccentric" touches. — Zagat

Despite their compact size, rooms feel inviting for their sunny colors, hand-painted lampshades and works by local artists. — Lonely Planet

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from $143

Hotel Boheme

North Beach / Telegraph Hill 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

First set up after the 1906 earthquake by an Italian immigrant family and reopened as the Hotel Bohème in 1995, this hotel positively brims with North Beach Beat-era history. — Time Out

Rooms are sparse at the three-story Hotel Boheme, but, considering the property€'s name, that'€™s the whole idea. — Gayot

Smack dab in the heart of North Beach, San Francisco's Little Italy, the Hotel Bohème nods to the neighborhood's Beat era heyday. — Concierge

This small hotel in historic North Beach takes you back in time with cast-iron beds, large mirrored armoires, and memorabilia recalling the Beat generation. — Fodor's

Romance awaits at the intimate Hotel Bohème. — Frommer's

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from $176
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