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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 →

"Luxury, naturally," the theme of this eight-story terraced bay-front hotel, is apparent in every thoughtful detail. — Fodor's

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

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

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

Embarcadero waterfront hotel that neighbors the Ferry Building. — Bon Appétit

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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 →

Directly adjacent to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this hotel is the true epitome of luxury – their butler service brings “any request and whim to realization.” — DK Eyewitness

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

St. Regis San Francisco harbors public space and guest rooms on the first 20 floors, and floors 22 and above anchor some of the city's most expensive "sky-homes." — Star Service

For those times when you have friends in town on business and are stuck entertaining them downtown, the new St Regis hotel in the landmark Williams Building next door to the Museum of... — Not For Tourists

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

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from $455

Palace Hotel

SoMa 90 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

San Francisco's most historic hotel offers luxurious lodgings downtown — The Telegraph

The elegantly furnished rooms and modern bathrooms are small, but ceilings are high - and none higher than the soaring glass of the Garden Court restaurant, a popular breakfast destination. — Time Out

When the Palace Hotel was built on New Montgomery Street in 1875, it was thought to be the largest and costliest luxury hotel in the world. — Travel + Leisure

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

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from $225

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

SoMa 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

This exclusive, award-winning hotel is sandwiched between multimillion-dollar condos, elite shops, and a premier sports-and-fitness complex. — Fodor's

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

The place to stay if you win the lottery (or someone else is paying), this ultra-luxe hotel on Market St affords spectacular views across the city. Its plush rooms are the ultimate indulgence. — Rough Guide

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

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from $374

Fairmont San Francisco

Nob Hill 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

The 591 guest rooms here are old-school elegant, with overstuffed chairs, damask drapes, and dark-wood furnishings. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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

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from $161

Hotel Drisco

San Francisco 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Nestled amid Pacific Heights mansions, this "beautiful", "warm", "artisanal" hotel from 1903 "looks and feels like an old home". — Zagat

Mad dogs, Englishmen, Ashley Judd and notable variety of upper-crusts make 1903 Drisco their home-away-from-mansion. — BlackBook

There’s nothing particularly hip or design-y about this old school Pacific Heights hotel, but it’s classic, comfortable, and centrally located (grab a bike and explore on two wheels). — goop

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

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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from $370

Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel

Fisherman’s Wharf 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The spacious rooms, many with a sofa bed in the sitting area, have recently been redesigned but still spotlight exposed-brick walls and wood-beam ceilings. — Fodor's

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of the kings of Nob Hill, the stately Huntington Hotel has long been a favorite retreat for Hollywood stars and political VIPs who desire privacy and security. — Frommer's

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

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from $235

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

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

It is housed in an historic Beaux Arts building in an entire block along California Street, near the top of Nob Hill. — DK Eyewitness

"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

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

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from $349

Taj Campton Place

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

Located in a prized position eyeing the holiday ice rink on Union Square, this small deluxe-leaning property has one of the most unusual blends for a hotel of its ilk. Here Taj Hotels'... — Star Service

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

Refined and intimate, this jewel in the crown of the exclusive Taj hotel chain has sleek rooms with... Egyptian cotton sheets on fluffy beds. — Lonely Planet

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

The small and elegant Campton Place is situated just off Union Square. It offers plush, well-appointed rooms, good service, and sumptuous public areas. — DK Eyewitness

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from $280

Orchard Garden Hotel

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

86 eco-friendly rooms in certified "green" building; in-room recycling, organic bath products, rooftop garden; just off Union Square. — National Geographic

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 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

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

The city’s first LEED-certified hotel attracts both leisure and business travellers with straightforward lodgings and solid-gold service — The Telegraph

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from $179

Inn at the Presidio

San Francisco 88 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

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

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

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

Built in 1903 as bachelor quarters for army officers, this three-story red-brick building in the Presidio was transformed in 2012 into a spiffy national-park lodge. — Lonely Planet

Loews Regency San Francisco

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

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

The hotel's superlative contemporary design, reputable dining and soigne service are San Francisco treats. — Star Service

It’s no secret San Francisco has some of the world’s most stunning vistas and guests at Loews Regency San Francisco Hotel will certainly get an eyeful. — Forbes Travel Guide

On the top 11 floors of SF's third-tallest building, Loews offers sweeping, bird's-eye views from every room. — Lonely Planet

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

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from $349

Hotel Zetta San Francisco

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

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

Union Square hotel with a playful feel—literally. — Bon Appétit

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

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

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from $189

Omni San Francisco Hotel

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

Italian marble, crystal chandeliers, and rich wood paneling in the lobby set the elegant tone in this award-winning hotel that beckons the business traveler. — Frommer's

Located on the corner of Montgomery Street, this celebrated second-tier corporate house is in a 17-story circa-1926 former bank headquarters with a cable-car stop just outside the door. — Star Service

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

A renovated bank building-turned-hotel brings a Renaissance Florence feel to the Financial District. — Jetsetter

With a great central location right on the cable car line, this business-friendly hotel is relatively new, but feels as though it's been part of the landscape for years. — Time Out

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from $195

Hotel Zelos

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

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

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

Formerly Hotel PalomarHotel Zelos brims with understated luxury. Rooms are kitted out with on-demand movies and music, in-room spa services upon request, and a complimentary honor bar... — Afar Magazine

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

Grandiose Victorian-era pistachio-green brick building with classic white granite flourishes. — BlackBook

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from $189

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

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

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

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

n its prestigious Powell Street perch just above Union Square, the venerable Sir Francis Drake Hotel, built in 1928, has something to offer just about everyone. — Time Out

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

This is a colorful San Francisco treat with a reputation as one of the more interesting and engaging boutique-style hotels. — Star Service

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from $175

Clift Hotel San Francisco

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

Located in the heart of the city and next to the Curran Theater, across the street from Marriott's Hotel Adagio, this hotel may bear a name closely associated with San Francisco's old... — Star Service

Art Deco glamour by way of Philippe Starck modernism, with a buzzing bar and market-fresh fare. — Jetsetter

A dimly lit lobby littered with art furniture, lavender-hued corridors, and guest rooms done in restful beiges, grays, and more lavender. — Travel + Leisure

This year, this gem is celebrating its 100th birthday (it did receive a Philippe Starcke makeover in the interim) making it particularly good time to book a stay. — goop

“Everything you’d expect” from Ian Schrager, this Downtown “landmark” redesigned by Philippe Starck has “sexy”, “stylish” rooms. — Zagat

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from $169

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

Union Square 85 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

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

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

Don't settle for residing "near" Union Square when you can be right on it-the Westin St. Francis is Union Square... Cherished among the corporate crowd. — Michelin Guide

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from $175

Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre hotel

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

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

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

A pagoda-style boutique hotel in Japantown, the Kabuki sits two blocks from Fillmore Street and Pacific Heights. — Fodor's

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

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

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from $189
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