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Hotel Nikko San Francisco

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

A "quiet place in a crowded, noisy city", this "gorgeously slick and understated" "Asian-inspired" business boutique is a Downtown haven where sojourners "relax and pamper" themselves. — Zagat

The ultra-modern Hotel Nikko San Francisco is located in downtown San Francisco just blocks from Union Square. — Forbes Travel Guide

Part of the Japan Airlines hotel chain, the 25-storey Nikko is incredibly popular with Japanese visitors but welcoming to all. — Time Out

Cultures collide with chic results at this East-meets-West Coast hotel. — Michelin Guide

Standard and deluxe rooms run slightly above average for the city, measuring in at around 300 sq ft. All but standard rooms have separate shower stalls. — Star Service

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W San Francisco

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

Sleekly appointed hotel has co-opted the concept of yuppie Wonderland. Three-story octagonal glass entrance leads straight to the lobby bar (brilliant). — BlackBook

South of Market highrise outpost of the pricey hotel chain that thinks it’s a nightclub. — Rough Guide

Swanky cosmopolitan hotel wired with the latest technology, cool art, and a vibrant social scene, smack in the middle of SoMa. — Jetsetter

An urban hotel with an electric feel, a lively lounge with a live DJ, and frequent art exhibitions, film screenings, and fashion events. — Travel + Leisure

As modern and hip as its fashionable clientele, this 31-story property suits its neighbors, which include the Museum of Modern Art, the Moscone Center, and the Metreon entertainment center. — Frommer's

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Hotel Rex San Francisco

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

This is San Francisco's hip-pocket version of New York's Algonquin, an unpretentious outpost with a literary lilt and lots of authentic Bohemian patina. — Star Service

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

An homage to 1920s literary life soaked in the spirit of the Lost Generation and steps from Union Square. — Jetsetter

Named after Kenneth Rexroth, MC for the fabled Six Gallery reading that provided a launchpad for the Beat Generation, the Rex is one of the city's most appealing small hotels. — Time Out

At this stylish, literary-themed hotel... paintings and shelves of antiquarian books line the "library," a homey lobby lounge where book readings and roundtable discussions take place. — Fodor's

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Hotel Boheme

North Beach / Telegraph Hill 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

Our favorite boutique hotel... smack in the middle of North Beach's vibrant street scene. — Lonely Planet

Located smack in the midst of San Francisco's vibrant North Beach neighborhood, this hotel provides an ideal place for travelers who want to immerse themselves in the bohemian spirit of the area. — Star Service

This small, fifteen-room hotel has tiny but dramatic rooms featuring canopied beds and Art Deco-ish bathrooms, all done in rich, dark colours. — Rough Guide

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Parker Guest House

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

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

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 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

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

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Hotel Triton

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

Petite property with playful interiors and a prime address near San Francisco's shopping mecca, Union Square. — Jetsetter

The Triton continues its quest for uniqueness, and short of offering medical marijuana in the minibars, this hotel is up for almost anything. — Star Service

Created by nine artists, this colourful hotel, across from the ornate Chinatown gate, succeeds in being both fun and funky. — Time Out

Part eco-friendly, part rock-and-roll, the Triton is most famous for its seven “celebrity suites,” individually designed by music stars like Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia. — Travel + Leisure

The Triton's lobby thumps with high-energy music, and pops with color like the pages of a comic book. — Lonely Planet

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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 →

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

This boutique hotel offers travelers a much-needed stylish yet affordable alternative to downtown’s old school status quo. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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

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Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square

Fisherman’s Wharf 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Spectacular" views set the standard at this "high-class" Fisherman's Wharf haven – "complete with every detail" "for a family" or extended group stay. — Zagat

Chocolate Factory-turned hotel with tricked-out, loftlike digs on historic Ghirardelli Square. — Jetsetter

This fabulous fractional Fairmont offshoot caters to well-heeled leisure travelers in search of high-octane, turnkey modern style, an epicenter location and...breathtaking views. — Star Service

The cornerstone of Ghirardelli Square, Ghirardelli’s illustrious chocolate factory, has been reinvented as the all-suite Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square. — Gayot

Housed in the former Ghirardelli chocolate factory, these one-to-three-bedroom serviced apartments might possibly be the most luxurious accommodations in San Francisco. — Fodor's

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InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco

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

Nearly every room has a stunning view and some luxe touches, like Frette linens. — Concierge

A landmark sleep in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood, with one of the city’s best bars and beautiful bay views. — Jetsetter

The historic InterContinental Mark Hopkins first opened in 1926, and is one of San Francisco's most revered hotel properties — The Telegraph

Rising up from the top of Nob Hill, the elegant InterContinental Mark Hopkins has a deep history in San Francisco. — Afar Magazine

One of the city's grandest dames, the Mark Hopkins sits regally on top of Nob Hill with dazzling views and the famous 19th-floor Top of the Mark bar. — Oyster

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Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco

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

Boho-chic, tech-savvy newcomer in SF's Theater District featuring eye-catching modern art, a trendy café, and arcade games. — Jetsetter

Business travelers predominate at this sumptuous hotel that resembles a gentleman’s club, with dark wooden walls and a large fireplace in the entrance lobby. — DK Eyewitness

The hotel displays a masculine blend of neoclassical and Empire architecture, and there is a members-only feeling to the 164 suites and smallish rooms. — Gayot

This chic boutique hotel, near to Union Square, mixes posh luxuries with retro rock ‘n’ roll style. — The Telegraph

Bring your best Saturday Night Fever moves and shimmy into a psychedelic stay that won’t disappoint: Zeppelin is colourful, crazily furnished and kitsch in all the right ways. — Mr & Mrs Smith

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Hotel Diva

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

Located in the heart of the city's Theater District, just a block from Union Square, the Diva has a dressier look these days, with new deluxe bedding, as well as designer lounges by top local artists. — Time Out

Hotel Diva is a flashy with its contemporary design: a fluid glass-wall entry marks the lobby, while guest rooms boast cobalt blue carpet, leather furniture, and stainless steel sculpted headboards. — Travel + Leisure

A unique downtown stay at a free-spirited hotel near Union Square, with a "Sidewalk of Fame". — Jetsetter

This moderately priced Union Square hotel greets visitors with a new-millennium look of stainless steel and glass, polished black granite tiles and cobalt-blue carpeting. — Gayot

A showbiz darling when it opened in 1985, the well-priced Diva is so sleek and ultramodern it won "Best Hotel Design" from Interiors magazine not long after it opened and is still as svelte as ever. — Frommer's

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Petite Auberge

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

A moderately priced, three-pearl French country hotel in lower Nob Hill, with antique touches, a comfy fireplace parlor and a homey breakfast room. — Oyster

Once a Joie de Vivre hotel, the hotel is doing quite well as an independent. It is just as charming and dependable as it ever was under JDV. — Star Service

Luxurious and memorable. — Rough Guide

Recreating an intimate French country inn, the provincial room decor used at the Petite Auberge pleases Francophiles looking for a retreat from hectic downtown. — Fodor's

The Petite Auberge feels like a tranquil country inn. — Concierge

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San Remo Hotel

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

Although the rooms are on the small side and the spotless shower rooms are shared (there's also one bath), you would be hard-pressed to find a finer hotel in San Francisco at this price. — Time Out

Rooms are small but charming, with lace curtains, forest-green-painted wood floors, and brass beds and other antique furnishings. — Fodor's

The only budget hotel in the area, San Remo is a well-maintained Italianate building, and one of the first to be constructed following the earthquake and fire of 1906. — DK Eyewitness

This lovely, restored Victorian hotel was built by the founder of Bank of America to house maritime workers displaced by the earthquake of 1906. — Gayot

I'm not sure why the word "staycation" irks me, but then I suppose everyone has words that annoy them (the word "moist" also ranks high on my list). There are those whose idea of a... — Not For Tourists

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San Francisco Marriott Fisherman's Wharf

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

Poised precisely between Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach, the Marriott offers above-average accommodation in a central location. — DK Eyewitness

This understated beige-stucco hotel is one of the largest in the Fisherman's Wharf area. — Gayot

Housed in a historic former Civil War barracks perched above the bay, and set between the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, this is a choice option for outdoorsy travellers. — Rough Guide

Trading downtown convenience for a glorious park-like setting with million-dollar waterfront views, this hostel occupies a former army hospital building. — Lonely Planet

"Take advantage" of being "right on Fisherman's Wharf" at this "well-maintained" Marriott, which is "fun" for a "weekend getaway". — Zagat

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The Kimpton Buchanan

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

Hotel Tomo is a youthful, anime-themed place decked out in neon-bright colours. — Rough Guide

The Asian-influenced Buchanan celebrates San Francisco’s more eclectic side. — Gayot

The blond minimalist room furniture and fat-boy beanbags make it feel a bit like a college dorm, but it's great fun for families and anime nuts – if not high-heeled sophisticates. — Lonely Planet

Named after the Japanese word for “friend,” Hotel Tomo is a colorful, anime-themed boutique property located in Japantown. — Travel + Leisure

The Tomo boasts clean, comfortable, high-tech rooms that are more spacious than those at some San Francisco hotels that charge twice as much. — Oyster

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Queen Anne Hotel

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

This is one of the best of its ilk in the city, a cheerful Victorian with an authentic and over-the-top period style that consistently thrills midrange traditionalists. — Star Service

Dating back to 1890, this massive Victorian reigns over the Pacific Heights neighborhood from a prominent corner position. — Gayot

This Victorian mansion has a large comfortable parlor decorated in burgundy brocade, lace, and heirloom antiques. — Fodor's

Gloriously restored Victorian building enjoying its second life as a boutique B&B. — Rough Guide

Located near popular San Francisco destinations... the Queen Anne Hotel on Sutter Street is from the days of large Painted Lady Victorian mansions. — Travel + Leisure

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JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square

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

Its rooms are a tech-lover’s dream – each is equipped with a 42-inch LCD TV with a plug-in panel, Bose sound system, ergonomic office chair, and wireless internet. — Rough Guide

A casual, tranquil vibe above the hubbub of downtown (an impressive feat in a 337-room hotel), and a staff quick to anticipate your every need. — Jetsetter

Despite its size (21 stories and 329 rooms in all), the JW Marriott San Francisco has a decidedly intimate atmosphere amid the bustle of Union Square. — Gayot

Rebranded in 2006, the former Pan Pacific hotel is far enough from Union Square that guests can avoid the crush, but close enough that the shops are mere steps away. — Time Out

At the corner of Mason Street, one block west of Union Square, and six blocks shy of the Bank America Center and the Financial District, this...is in an excellent location for business and pleasure. — Star Service

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Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre hotel

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

The 57-room Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, is a retro motor lodge in the Marina District. — Oyster

The spiffy, kid-friendly Marina District Hotel del Sol is a riot of color, with tropical-themed decor — Lonely Planet

Celebrating California’s culture, this boutique hotel features a playful design with palm trees, hammocks, mosaics, and a pool. — DK Eyewitness

This beach-themed, three-story 1950s motor lodge's proximity to Funston Playground, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Presidio, Crissy Field, and Chestnut Street... make this place kid-friendly. — Fodor's

The cheeriest motel in town is just 2 blocks off the Marina District's bustling section of Lombard... One of the most family-friendly places to stay. — Frommer's

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from $152

The Good Hotel

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

Hip, budget boutique with a conscience in bustling SoMa, featuring studio-like guest rooms and an admirable green ethos. — Jetsetter

Now here’s a hotel that lives up to its name—it’s all about good vibrations and good ethos at the cheery, eco-friendly Good Hotel. There is a youthful, almost hostel-esque vibe here, but... — EuroCheapo

Philanthropy and eco-consciousness are front-of-mind at this modern hotel in San Francisco's SoMa district. — Gayot

Situated on a somewhat desolate stretch of the artsy SoMa neighborhood, the Good Hotel earns its moniker, "hotel with a conscience". — Oyster

Located in a century-old building in the SoMa district, the Good Hotel is a 117-room boutique property billed as the first “hotel with a conscience.” — Travel + Leisure

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Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel

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

The 161-room Hotel Carlton puts a strong emphasis on green technology and community involvement. — Travel + Leisure

The roof of this 161-room property in Lower Nob Hill is covered with solar panels --- technology that embraces the sun's power to offset electricity costs. — Gayot

Service, standards, decor and comfort levels well exceed the rates during the standard seasons. — Star Service

The simply furnished rooms, which have ceiling fans and views, are reminiscent of the kind of apartment that would belong to a globe-trotting bohemian aunt. — Fodor's

One of the city's best-value mid-range hotels. Because it's just beyond the usual tourist path, rates are lower than at comparable Union Square-area hotels. — Time Out

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from $159
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