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W San Francisco

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

Monday through Friday this hotel is all about business, but come Friday the energy is fun and frivolous. — Star Service

"If you're looking for a place to party", this "popular", "stylish" SoMa chain boutique is a "fun" "favorite", with "chic", "gorgeous" quarters. — Zagat

Though the concept is definitely corporate, W does a stellar job capitalizing on sex and rock and roll – the drugs are up to you. — Lonely Planet

The 'W' doesn't really stand for wonderful, witty, or wow, but all perfectly sum up the style of this corporateloving hotel. — Michelin Guide

The San Francisco outpost of the W hotel chain is popular with conventioneers for its proximity to the nearby Moscone Center... But the hotel is comfortable as well as trendy. — Concierge

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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 →

It’s retained its retro, gentlemen’s club feel and literary theme. — Rough Guide

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

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 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

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

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from $143

Hotel Boheme

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

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

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

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

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

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from $175

Hotel Triton

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

The individually designed rooms and suites appeal to all sorts of visitors with their uplifting colors and distinctive furnishings. — Michelin Guide

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

A spirit of fun has taken up full-time residence in this Kimpton property, which has a youngish, superfriendly staff, pink- and blue-neon elevators, and a colorful psychedelic lobby mural. — Fodor's

The psychedelic décor and tripped-out ambiance of the Hotel Triton calls into mind the past forays into the weirdness that was San Francisco circa 1960s. The lobby, with its zebra striped... — Not For Tourists

Described as vogue, chic, retro-futuristic, and even neo-baroque, this Kimpton Group property is whimsy at its boutique-hotel best. — Frommer's

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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 →

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

Luxury vacation rental meets upscale hotel at the city's best, if most expensive, residence-style lodging. — Oyster

"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

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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 →

Detractors call it staid, but its timeless Nob Hill elegance is precisely why others (including Michelle Obama) love it. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

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

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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 →

Housed in a 1917 building within a mile of Union Square, Moscone Center, and the Powell Street cable cars, this Kimpton hotel combines a convenient location with a multitude of little extras. — Travel + Leisure

Known for extremely personalized service, this relatively small establishment prides itself on providing "good taste on Union Square". — Fodor's

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

The groovier sister to San Francisco’s Hotel Zetta, the Hotel Zeppelin opened in early March of 2016. — Condé Nast Traveler

The boutique Prescott Hotel has some big things going for it. The staff treats you like royalty, rooms are attractively unfrilly and masculine, the location... is perfect. — Frommer's

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Hotel Diva

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

This stylish boutique brims with personality and just a bit of wit... It is pure 1940s old Hollywood glamour. — Michelin Guide

Rooms are large and retro minimalist, and the place is particularly well positioned if you’re planning to see some theatre. — Rough Guide

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

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

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from $133

Parker Guest House

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

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

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

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

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from $189

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 →

“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

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

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

This rich offering has an enchanting history, excellent staff and prime location, and so it wears the crown and title of Top Commercial Hotel in this domain. — Star Service

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from $175

Petite Auberge

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

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

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

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

Nobody does French Provincial like Petite Auberge...Honeymooners should splurge on the petite suite, which has a private entrance, deck, and spa tub. — Frommer's

Luxurious and memorable. — Rough Guide

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from $159

San Remo Hotel

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

This two-star hotel is a San Franciscan treasure with a fascinating history. It has the feel of a homey, European pension, complete with shared baths, brass beds and greenery galore. — EuroCheapo

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

While charming, the San Remo's Victorian style -- with shared bathrooms, narrow hallways, and no elevator or air-conditioning -- is not for everyone. — Oyster

Known for its chatty, helpful staff... Rooms are cosy and chintzy. — Rough Guide

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

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from $116

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 →

After years of dust, the hotel has finally completed a slew of enhancements, making this property a good choice for families and business travelers wanting to be on the fringes of Fisherman's Wharf. — Fodor's

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

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

This hotel may lack the colorful local flavor and epicenter location of the superior Argonaut, but it is a dependable bet that easily bests the Holiday Inn. — Star Service

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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 →

The Buchanan’s 128 rooms are a study in wabi-sabi: Rough canvas drapes offset crisp white bed linens; pale marble-topped dressers contrast with bright, asymmetrical wall prints. — Condé Nast Traveler

Where else would you expect to find an anime-themed hotel but in the heart of Japantown? — Frommer's

San Francisco’s newest boutique hotel The Buchanan, draws décor inspirations from its Japantown location at the crossroads of the gritty Fillmore District and chic Pacific Heights. — Wallpaper

This svelte boutique hotel in Japantown offers travellers an urban getaway experience, with crisp new rooms outfitted like pied-à-terre apartments (some even have their own balcony). — The Telegraph

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

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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 →

Located a bit far from tourist attractions, the hotel is for travelers seeking intimacy and historic charm. — Oyster

This splurge-worthy three-star hotel may be over the top for some, but if you’re looking for a frilly and luxurious taste of history, it’s just the place for you. — EuroCheapo

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

The Queen Anne is a beautiful Victorian hotel, built in 1890. Each room is done up differently with antique furniture and authentic decorations. — DK Eyewitness

Though the decor borders on frilly, we love the stately house. — Lonely Planet

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from $189

JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square

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

The public areas are glamorous, and the bedrooms refined and elegant. Business travelers will find the staff extremely helpful. — DK Eyewitness

"Far above par", this Downtown "luxury" chain outpost "delights", from the bright "soaring" lobby to the "comfortable" quarters. — Zagat

With unremarkable room decor, no destination restaurant or spa, and so-so service, the hotel is just a better-than-average chain hotel. — Oyster

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

The hotel features a state-of-the-art fitness room and technologically savvy meeting rooms. — Fodor's

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from $189

Golden Gate Hotel

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

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

Like an old-fashioned pensione, the Golden Gate has kindly owners and simple rooms with mismatched furniture. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

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from $150

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 →

A reinvented 1950s motor lodge in the Marina District teases with its brightly coloured artwork and design — The Telegraph

Renovated in 2006, this 1950’s motor lodge is now a vibrant boutique hotel painted in festive shades of yellow, orange, and blue. — Travel + Leisure

Retro motor lodge turned hip motel in the Marina District, with cozy rooms, a pool and kid-friendly amenities. — Jetsetter

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

Once a 1950s-style motor lodge, this boutique hotel has been updated for contemporary family travel. — Gayot

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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 →

This simple hotel plays to an under-30 demographic, with a dorm-room aesthetic and an emphasis on green. — Time Out

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 — EuroCheapo

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

An affordable alternative to SoMa's traditionally pricey lineup of hotels. With an eco-friendly take on things... the hotel is designed to give back to the environment. — Frommer's

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

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from $135

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 globetrotting Carlton is a guidebook brought to life. — Rough Guide

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

A comfortable property located located near Polk Street and Union Square in Lower Nob Hill. — Oyster

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

Renovated in 2013, this fresh-looking midbudget hotel trades convenience for value. — Lonely Planet

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from $159
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