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Hotel Vitale, a Joie de Vivre hotel

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

"Chic" and "ultramodern", this "gorgeous" Embarcadero oasis is a "favorite" for "special occasions" and "staycations" thanks to its "luxurious", "gorgeous" rooms. — Zagat

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

For earthy types, lavender-scented hallways are lit by leaf-patterned panels that suggest forest canopies, and complimentary yoga classes are held in the penthouse studio. — Condé Nast Traveler

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 amenities. — goop

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

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from $204

The St. Regis San Francisco

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

Though this may be the most luxurious hotel in the city, guests often remark that it's hipper and more modern than other hotels in the St. Regis chain. — Fodor's

The pinnacle of luxury, the St Regis is one of SF's three five-star hotels. — Lonely Planet

Art and style come together in this luxe hotel on the border of SoMa, Union Square and the Financial District. — Jetsetter

Unlike its predecessor in NYC, this St. Regis is modern—Jean-Michel Frank modern, that is. — Travel + Leisure

This temple of sophistication is a perfect example of why SoMa is so hot. — Michelin Guide

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from $455

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 Four Seasons is huge, confident and very corporate, and one of San Francisco's best posh hotels. — Lonely Planet

The Four Seasons' huge, well-outfitted rooms and attentive service are among the city's best, but the 277-room property falls a bit short of expectations. — Oyster

This luxury hotel facing Market Street in the Financial District towers over the city. Superior facilities immerse guests in contemporary elegance and refined details. — Gayot

Nobody does modern luxury quite like this straight-away winner. — Michelin Guide

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from $374

Fairmont San Francisco

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

Rooms sport traditional business-class furnishings, but lack the finer details of a top-end luxury hotel. — Lonely Planet

Famous for its gorgeous lobby and opulent public rooms, the Fairmont is the grandest of all the grand hotels at the top of Nob Hill. — DK Eyewitness

You are greeted by a warm welcome, and an elegant atmosphere extends throughout, except perhaps at the tropical-themed Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar. — Insight Guides

Quite possibly the most popular wedding venue in all of San Francisco, the Fairmont is kind of an essential stop, even if it’s just to take in the lobby in all its candy-colored, chintzy glory. — goop

The most famous of Nob Hill’s landmark hotels... fantastic views from the rooms. — Rough Guide

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from $161

Hotel Drisco

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

Pretend you're a resident of one of the wealthiest residential neighborhoods in San Francisco at this understated, elegant 1903 Edwardian hotel. — Fodor's

Guests returning to this hotel, located at Broderick, one block east of Divisadero and two blocks west of the Presidio, jealously guard what is perhaps the best-kept secret in the... — Star Service

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

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

Hotel Drisco is the preferred choice for travelers who want to leave the crowded spots behind and sample a taste of how the other half lives. — Michelin Guide

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from $370

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 →

Former fruit cannery turned stylish, maritime stay just a stone's throw from Fisherman’s Wharf. — Jetsetter

This historic 1907 San Francisco building is now home to a maritime-themed boutique hotel. — DK Eyewitness

An unrivaled location... As if that's not enough to whet your appetite, the coveted hotel looks straight across to the sparkling San Francisco Bay and the Park's fleet of historic ships. — Michelin Guide

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

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from $249

The Scarlet Huntington

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

True to its name, the Scarlet Huntington makes use of sumptuous reds throughout the hotel, from its brick facade to its Passion Suite decorated in shades of ruby. — Afar Magazine

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 former Huntington Hotel has reemerged in fine form as The Scarlet Huntington following a massive $15 million renovation. — Gayot

Old luxury hotel reminiscent of a bygone era of San Francisco. — Not For Tourists

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

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from $235

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

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

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

Restored with European charm, your home-away-from-home here comes with a featherbed and down comforter, a cozy robe and soft slippers, and a marble bath with a rain showerhead. — Michelin Guide

Expensive hotels usually look it, but the Ritz-Carlton is off the charts. With its palatial, white-columned demeanor, it more closely resembles a city hall or a Greco-Roman monument. — Lonely Planet

It’s the Ritz: What more needs to be said? Monolithic pillared 1909 structure high stop Snob Hill slightly resembling the White House. — BlackBook

This stately and majestic property was built in 1909 and occupies a full square block. — Gayot

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from $349

Palace Hotel

SoMa 87 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

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

Hushed, opulent landmark building... Stay here for snob value, above all. — Rough Guide

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

Located at the edge of SOMA at Market Street, three blocks east of Union Square and six blocks west of the Embarcadero, once the largest hotel in the world, this aptly named San Francisco... — Star Service

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from $225

Taj Campton Place

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

A stay here is as soothing as a cup of hot chocolate and as serene as a weekend at a country house, thanks to insulated glass windows that block out urban noise. — Concierge

This luxury boutique hotel offers some of the most exclusive accommodations in town -- not to mention the most expensive. — Frommer's

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

Refined décor, impeccable service, and one of the country’s best Indian chefs in the heart of Union Square. — Jetsetter

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

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Hotel Zetta San Francisco

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

SoMa district whose tech savvy aesthetic, “found art,” and evening cocktails and Ping-Pong attracts a hip young crowd. — Jetsetter

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

Take San Francisco’s defining features—its booming tech industry, its creative heart, its killer restaurant scene—and squeeze them into a 100-year-old building. — Afar Magazine

Aptly situated in San Francisco’s techie South of Market hub, Hotel Zetta conforms to its environment, with wired amenities (plasma TVs and in-room Nespresso machines, to name a couple). — Travel + Leisure

Thanks to so many welcoming touches and one-of-a-kind local art sprinkled throughout, it feels totally boutique. — goop

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from $189

Inn at the Presidio

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

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

A former army barracks that is now a 22-room Georgian revival-style inn with relaxed country-chic rooms. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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

Loews Regency San Francisco

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

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

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

Pamper yourself with luxurious Egyptian-cotton sheets, two kinds of robes (terry and waffle-weave), and cozy slippers. — Fodor's

Top-of-the-world views, and the rooms are ranked in price accordingly. — Travel + Leisure

A total makeover of the first Mandarin Oriental property in the United States (opened in 1987), with 158 redesigned rooms and lobby, a brand-new spa, and a reimagined restaurant. — Condé Nast Traveler

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Parker Guest House

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

The Castro's most stately gay digs occupy two side-by-side 100-year-old Edwardian mansions. — Lonely Planet

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

This 21- room converted mansion is set in beautiful gardens and features ample common areas, a sunny breakfast room and a sauna; rooms are decorated in flower prints with down comforters. — Rough Guide

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

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

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from $189

Orchard Garden Hotel

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

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

This groundbreaking hotel is a leader in energy-efficient environmental design... the hotel has much going for it, including a full slate of electronics and organic bath products in each room. — Rough Guide

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

Elegant lobby, restaurant and spacious uber-insulated guest rooms decorated in soothing colors and fabrics. — BlackBook

The first green hotel in SF...or so they say. — Not For Tourists

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from $179

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

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

The Beefeater doormen, grand lobby, and Harry Denton's Starlight Room are among retro flourishes that make this Union Square hotel a San Francisco treasure. — Oyster

One of San Francisco’s most storied hotels, the Drake has a prime position near Union Square. — The Telegraph

The Sir Francis Drake’s lobby is a hallucinogenic evocation of all things heraldic... the Sir Francis Drake’s lobby is a hallucinogenic evocation of all things heraldic. — Rough Guide

This landmark hotel is one of San Francisco's grand dames, operating continuously since 1928 in the heart of Union Square. — Frommer's

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

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from $175

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

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

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

. — Not For Tourists

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

The best rooms have views of Union Square and the Michael Minna restaurant is one of the city’s best. — DK Eyewitness

The Westin St. Francis offers four restaurants, the St. Francis Renewal & Westin Workout facility, and event space, and is close to the Financial District. — Travel + Leisure

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Golden Gate Hotel

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

One of the city’s most highly rated B&Bs offers bargain rates for such a prime location near Nob Hill, Union Square and Chinatown. — The Telegraph

The cozy, family-owned hotel is best suited to adult travelers, couples, and families with older children. — Oyster

This 1913 Edwardian hotel is a real charmer; a little creaky in places, certainly, but generally delightful. — Time Out

This family-operated hotel is a feast for the eyes – and a smart bargain as well. — Rough Guide

Hosts John and Renate run the friendliest hotel in town (more of a B&B really): a 4-story 1913 Edwardian charmer that’s bedecked with antiques, wicker and old photographs. — BlackBook

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from $150

Omni San Francisco Hotel

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

The Omni San Francisco’s central location in the Financial District makes it a popular destination among business travelers. — Afar Magazine

Although the lobby's glittering crystal chandeliers... may hark back to an old-fashioned gentility, this 1926 redbrick-and-stone building... is now home to a modern luxury hotel. — Fodor's

The 362-room Omni has spacious standard rooms and terrific service that's on par with some of San Francisco's best (and most expensive) hotels. — Oyster

This 1926 Florentine Renaissance-style landmark building boasts classic decor, ornate crown moldings and public areas dominated by excellent city views. — Gayot

First built as a bank in 1926, this 17-story Nob Hill hotel retains much of its original Renaissance-style architecture. — Travel + Leisure

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from $195

Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre hotel

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

Hotel Kabuki offers the ultimate chic cultural immersion... The uncluttered, clean look of the lobby instantly calms mind, body, and soul. — Michelin Guide

Off-the-beaten-path in Japantown, the 218-room Hotel Kabuki is a low-key alternative to the crowds and noise of downtown. — Oyster

Striking a sophisticated, streamlined look in architecturally drab Japantown. — Rough Guide

In this hotel (towering over Japantown), guests can find Japanese comfort and tranquility without leaving the country. — Gayot

Hotel Kabuki offers a calm and serene experience, complete with traditional, Japanese-style soaking tubs and a free pass for the Kabuki Springs and Spa. — DK Eyewitness

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from $189
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