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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 →

Modern and stylish, the boutique Hotel Vitale is poised by the waterfront on the Embarcadero, within easy reach of the Financial District and the arty, hip SoMa neighbourhood. — The Telegraph

Situated along the Embarcadero, it has all the advantages of a destination resort, in the heart of the city. — DK Eyewitness

The ugly exterior disguises a fashion-forward hotel, with echoes of mid-century-modern design enhanced by up-to-the-minute luxuries. — Lonely Planet

The Vitale promotes California-style serenity with free daily yoga classes—often held in the penthouse studio—and private soaking tubs in the spa's rooftop garden. — Concierge

This 199-room, Joie de Vivre property brings classy, boutique style to the Embarcadero --- an area infamous for its big, less-than-personal hotels. — Gayot

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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 →

Vacation or work in high-tech luxury at this 40-story SOMA tower, where contemporary rooms feature such upscale touches as leather-covered walls. — Zagat

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

A "delicious urban oasis" awaits guests at this 40-story building with hotel rooms and private residences near the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Union Square. — Condé Nast Traveler

In the pristine lobby of the St. Regis, elegant design features such as Italian travertine flooring and handsomely-striped Zebrano wood complement contemporary art pieces and crisp furnishings. — Afar Magazine

Built in 2005, the St. Regis offers the best in luxury. — Oyster

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from $455

Fairmont San Francisco

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

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

This queen of the city retains a traditional charm. — Michelin Guide

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

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

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

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Hotel Drisco

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

Perched at the top of the glamorous Pacific Heights neighborhood, Hotel Drisco offers stately accomodation, perfect for business travelers and tourists. — DK Eyewitness

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

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

We love the architecture, attentive service and fresh, spiffy rooms, with their elegantly simple decor... for a real boutique hotel, it's hard to beat. — Lonely Planet

This property has an upscale, refined vibe that fits in nicely with its location in Pacific Heights, one of the most affluent neighborhoods in San Francisco. — Oyster

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from $370

The Scarlet Huntington

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

Nob Hill's beacon of classic luxury with stellar city views, an indoor pool and a swish spa. — Jetsetter

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

This landmark hotel atop Nob Hill has been reborn as the Scarlet Huntington, where old-fashioned San Francisco style meets bold, brilliantly coloured Asian design. — The Telegraph

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

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

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

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

This elegant and airy space right in the middle of downtown San Francisco is ideally situated for walking around the heart of the city. — goop

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

Two blocks from Union Square and the Museum of Modern Art, Four Seasons San Francisco is a sleek high-rise in the Yerba Buena cultural district. — Andrew Harper

"Pampered luxury" awaits at this "grand old dame" in SoMa, where a "lovely", "responsive" staff whisks you through an art-laden lobby to "gorgeous" quarters. — Zagat

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from $374

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

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

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

The Ritz-Carlton has been the de facto choice for dignitaries and heads of state for years. — Time Out

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

"Expensive but totally worth the money" rave fans of this "luxurious" Nob Hill property offering "fantastic", "well-appointed" digs outfitted with Asian- and European-influenced furnishings. — Zagat

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

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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 →

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

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

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

Though the amenities are of an upper-end hotel... some rooms are tiny and get limited sunlight. — Lonely Planet

Housed in the 1907 Haslett Warehouse, the Argonaut is the only hotel located in the Maritime National Historical Park. — Travel + Leisure

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from $249

Taj Campton Place

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

Situated mid-hill, Taj Campton Place fits into the rolling cityscape of San Francisco and is just one block away from Union Square. — Forbes Travel Guide

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

Although it sits just half a block from Union Square, this refined hotel attracts a very discreet and wealthy following. — Time Out

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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from $280

Inn at the Presidio

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

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

Historic boutique hotel in the heart of the Presidio national park. — Time Out

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

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

Hidden on protected forested parkland within the city of San Francisco, the Inn at the Presidio hotel gives guests a sense of what old California must have been like — Mr & Mrs Smith

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

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

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

While geared toward to gay travelers, everyone is made to feel welcome at this three-pearl property. — Oyster

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

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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

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

Particularly convenient for business travelers, Mandarin Oriental is first class in every respect. — DK Eyewitness

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

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from $349

Hotel Zetta San Francisco

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

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

The Milano boasts some of the best-value rooms in Downtown, and one of the best locations. — Time Out

Modern design mixes with hi-tech at this hip boutique hotel in SoMa, conveniently near public transport. — The Telegraph

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

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Orchard Garden Hotel

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

Opened in 2006, this 86-room hotel was built from the ground up following environmentally sensitive building practices. — Gayot

Opened in 2007, the Orchard Garden was only the fourth hotel in the world to win LEED... certification, meaning it was designed according to strict environmental standards. — Time Out

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

Its green practices, including a reliance on recycled materials, appeal to environmentally-conscious and discerning travelers alike. — Oyster

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

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from $179

Palace Hotel

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

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

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

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

"Majestic" is the word that best sums up this landmark hotel, which was the world's largest and most luxurious when it opened in 1875. — Fodor's

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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

"Nothing beats the Beefeater opening the front door" of this "classic landmark" Kimpton, which oozes "amazing style and attitude". — Zagat

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from $175

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

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

“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

Hollywood fan or not, everyone can appreciate the panache of this grand dame property. — Fodor's

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Though Westin beds set the industry standard for comfort, service is decidedly business-class, not first. — Lonely Planet

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

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from $175

Golden Gate Hotel

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

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

San Francisco's stock of small hotels in historic turn-of-the-20th-century buildings includes some real gems -- the Golden Gate Hotel is one of them. — Frommer's

This 1913 Edwardian hotel near Union Square is full of century-old nostalgia, such as claw-foot tubs, a bird cage elevator and antique furniture. — Gayot

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

Budget seekers looking for accommodations in the Union Square area will delight in this homey, family-run B&B. — Fodor's

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from $150

Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre hotel

San Francisco 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

As the Radisson Miyako, this efficient Japantown hotel was a favourite of Japanese business travellers. — Time Out

If you want accommodations a little east of center, and you don't mind being out of the downtown loop, the Kabuki is a solid choice. — Frommer's

Best details: deep Japanese soaking tubs with adjoining showers, and free weekday passes to Kabuki Springs & Spa. — Lonely Planet

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

Elegant hotel in the Japanese style. — Not For Tourists

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from $189

Hotel Zelos

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

The sexy Palomar is decked out with crocodile-print carpets, stripy persimmon-red chairs, chocolate-brown wood and cheetah-print robes in the closet. — Lonely Planet

"Real old SF charm" and "enthusiastic", "welcoming" service lures "the young and fabulous" to this "high-end Kimpton" historic boutique in SoMa. — Zagat

Playful boutique San Francisco stay with rooftop firepits and a buzzy restaurant-cocktail lounge. — Jetsetter

This Union Square boutique hotel brings whimsical flair to the circa-1908 building it inhabits. — Gayot

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

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from $189
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