As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US, San Francisco isn’t short of a hotel or two. Regardless of your budget, there’s guaranteed to be a slew of accommodation options to meet your needs… which can make choosing the right one a sometimes-tricky business. Fortunately, help is on hand. Whether you’re vacationing with your family, traveling on business, or honeymooning with your newlywed, you’ll find plenty of inspiration to guide you with our round-up of the 20 Best San Francisco Hotels in 2019.
20. The Argonaut
Where: 495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Located in a historic building in Fisherman’s Wharf, The Argonaut’s blend of original features and seaside character gives it a truly unique feel. As you’d expect from both its location and maritime theme, seafood is big at the onsite restaurant, and with only sustainable seafood served, you can tuck in guilt-free. The guestrooms come with every kind of convenience and comfort imaginable (including majestic views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge), while the rest of the hotel’s amenities (such as free yoga equipment and an in-room spa service) are similarly impressive.
19. Hotel Via
Where: 138 King St, San Francisco, CA 94107
If you want a room with a view, the Hotel Via is where you’ll find one. With its insanely amazing 360-degree views of the San Francisco bay and breathtaking vistas over AT&T Park, it’s unquestionably got one of the best settings of any hotel in the area. Throw in a stunning rooftop bar, a great breakfast café, an excellent restaurant, and some divinely comfortable guestrooms, and it’s easy to see why the hotel has such a loyal fan base.
18. Hotel Triton
Where: 342 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108
Located in an incredible position next to Union Square and Chinatown, the quirky Hotel Triton is a great spot for those with an artistic spirit. Bold, funky designs and a young, hip vibe are complemented by some great features, including organic, ecofriendly products. It may not have the same level of luxury as certain other options, but if a great location, a superbly friendly service, and a boutique feel are more important to you than a marble bathtub, this is a great place to lay your head.
17. The Ritz Carlton
Where: 600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108
If you’re vacationing with your family, The Ritz Carlton makes an excellent choice. The Kids Club provides everything youngsters need to stave away the boardroom while giving you the ideal opportunity to sneak away to the Club Level for some much needed “alone time” (complemented by some excellent food and drink, of course). The guest rooms are a joy of home comforts and modern luxuries, featuring everything from iPod docking stations to deep soak marble bathtubs and plush bathrobes. Those looking for some true pampering shouldn’t miss a visit to the sumptuous spa; if you don’t leave looking and feeling rejuvenated, something’s gone wrong somewhere.
16. The Good Hotel
Where: 112 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
If you’re saddled with both a budget and a conscious, The Good Hotel maybe your ideal solution. Low key, quirky, and superbly fun, it’s got all the amenities you’ll need to ensure an enjoyable stay (iPod docking stations, flat-screen TV screens, and tea and coffee facilities, to name just a few), but at half the price of what’d you pay at a more upscale option. As an added perk, the hotel has some seriously green credentials: all the furniture has been crafted from recycled materials, bikes are on offer for those who’d prefer to explore the city the environmentally friendly way, and there’s even a book donation program in place.
15. The Clift Royal Sonesta
Where: 495 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
With its prime location in the heart of the financial district, The Clift makes a great choice for travelers looking to combine business with pleasure. The elegant, old-world grandeur of the main lobby instantly lets you know you’re in for a treat, while the spacious, well thought out guest rooms make a great retreat at the end of the day. Don’t miss evening drinks in the Velvet room and the Redwood room; two of the most elegant, modern bars in San Francisco.
14. Grand Hyatt
Where: 345 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108
The slick, stylish Grand Hyatt marries a hip, young vibe with classic luxury. While ideally situated for business travelers, its also expertly geared to meet the needs of vacationing families, with a V.I.B. (Very Important Baby) program that kits parents out with rubber duckies, bottle brushes, and anything else that will make their stay more comfortable.
13. Palace Hotel
Where: 2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Sumptuous, elegant, and just the right side of opulent, Palace Hotel is the city’s prime destination for those who want a truly pampering experience. Its expansive list of amenities covers everything from professional concierge assistance and valet parking to in-room dining. Add to that a state of the art fitness center, breathtaking, panoramic views over the city, two renowned restaurants, a heated pool stretched beneath a sky-lit ceiling, and a magnificent range of comfortable, luxurious guestrooms, and you’re looking at one seriously special hotel.
12. Hotel Emblem
Where: 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102
If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, book yourself a stay at the fabulous Hotel Emblem. With a beat inspired theme, the hotel is a masterclass in how to incorporate modern luxuries into a space without losing its eclectic vibe. Original artwork peppers the walls, while the literary-themed furnishings add a refreshing touch of individuality. Guestrooms are cozy and decked with every amenity you’ll need to make your stay comfortable, from smart TVs to bathrobes and Nespresso coffee machines. It’s downtown location, meanwhile, makes the ideal setting for exploring Nob Hill, Union Square, and the Theater District.
11. Omni Hotel
Where: 500 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104
Located in the heart of the vibrant downtown area, Omni Hotel blends old school luxury with modern conveniences to spectacular effect. Regardless of whether you’re on a business trip, family vacation, or romantic city break, the hotel is primed and ready to support you with its intimate in-house restaurant and bar, large, luxurious rooms, and a kid friendly attitude that extends to welcoming young arrivals with a backpack of goodies.
10. Orchard Hotel
Where: 665 Bush St San Francisco CA 94108
Cozy, welcoming guestrooms, a friendly service, great amenities, a suburb menu at the Daffodil in-house restaurant, a prime location within striking distance of Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, and the Financial District, and eco- friendly credentials (not only was it one of the first hotels in California to be LEED certified, it’s also a regular fixture on USA Today’s “Top 10 Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in The US)… if this sounds your kind of thing, Orchard Hotel is sure to please.
9. Fairmont Nob Hill
Where: 950 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
The Fairmont San Francisco is an AAA Four-Diamond luxury hotel that offers guests the chance to experience a truly pampering experience. If it’s list of accolades isn’t enough to impress you (to name just a few of its recent awards: 2018 Smart Meetings Platinum Choice Award, 2018 San Diego Magazine Readers’ Choice Award “Best Bay Area Hotel”, 2018 Meetings Today “Best of” Award, 2017 British Airways Customer Excellence Award, and 2017 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards: Top Hotels in San Francisco), its exquisitely furnished guestrooms, impressive city views, superb amenities, and inviting dining venues surely will.
8. Hotel Zelos
Where: 12 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Sophisticated and stylish, Hotel Zelos was recently voted one of the Top 15 Hotels in San Francisco at the 2019 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards , and with its excellent amenities, great night venues, understated elegance, prime location, and superlative service, it’s not hard to see why.
7. Hotel Vitale
Where: 8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
With its excellent location on the picturesque and vibrant Embarcadero, Hotel Vitale is primly situated to allow guests to make the most of their visit to San Francisco. The stylish, boutique designed hotel offers every convenience needed to make your stay a comfortable one, including lavender scented hand towels at check in, a sumptuous spa, a circular cocktail lounge, an outdoor patio, and a fabulous Italian themed restaurant.
6. Scarlet Huntington
Where: 1075 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
“The service is excellent. The rooms are charming. The Huntington has a convenient location, and it is a joy to return to after walking around San Francisco all day. Having the Huntington Park and Grace Cathedral across the street is an added bonus.” “This hotel is elegant, stylish, convenient, safe and ultra-friendly. The concierge, reception, doorman, housekeeping and room service were all efficient, helpful and upbeat. Overall, a gorgeous hotel and a wonderful experience!”. “Outstanding customer service and we love the location and quaint physical property,” …. So say the glowing reviews of Scarlet Huntington on Trip Advisor, and with it excellent location, exceptionally friendly service, and abundance of first-rate amenities, we’re not inclined to disagree.
5. Staypineapple at the Alise
Where: 580 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Unique, funky, and bursting with good vibes and friendly service, the StayPineapple at the Alise makes a great option for those who value cute and quirky over old school glamor. The pineapple-inspired theme runs throughout the hotel, from the guestrooms all the way through to the excellent Pineapple Bistro & Bar (an great place to relax with a cocktail at the end of the day). With a prime location, a superb range of amenities (USB outlets, iPod docks, mini-fridges and air conditioning as standard in all guest rooms) and free cupcakes on offer, it’s a fabulous place to enjoy the best of San Fran.
4. Taj Campton Place Hotel
Where: Taj Campton Place, 340 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
With its onsite Michelin star restaurant serving up a dreamy Mediterranean menu, the Taj is a gourmet’s paradise. Complimenting the excellent food (and equally impressive wine) is a late-night bistro serving revelers well into the wee hours, along with a sumptuous cocktail bar with a great range of signature beverages. Elsewhere, you’ll find a 24-hour rooftop view offering stunning views over the city, and cozy rooms with a full range of conveniences and some lovely luxurious finishes (including some truly irresistible deep soak marble bathtubs).
3. St. Regis
Where: 125 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Modern and luxurious, the Regis guarantees a truly exceptional stay. With a sumptuous spa, infinity pool, first-class gym, and a range of elegant wining and dining venues, it represents old school sophistication at its very best. Art lovers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to check out the supremely impressive art collection featuring a range of acclaimed local artists. Food lovers, meanwhile, will want to take a few hours from their day to experience “The Art of Tea”- the hotel’s distinctive, and ever so slightly addictive, afternoon tea service.
2. Loews Regency
Where: 222 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA 94104
For spacious, comfortable guestrooms, old school charm, stunning views of the downtown, and a great location, the Loews Regency is hard to beat. The décor is elegant and muted, imbibing the hotel with a relaxed, serene air that makes it perfect for relaxing after a hard day of sightseeing. The restaurant’s menu of innovative dishes and locally grown ingredients is a joy, while the lobby bar is a great place to unwind with a cocktail or two. All in all, an excellent all-rounder.
1. The Kimpton Sir Francis Drake
Where: 450 Powell St San Francisco CA 94102
It’s not often a hotel has its own Wiki, it’s understandable. The iconic building has a rich history, stunning architecture, and even, by all accounts, a few ghosts (although don’t worry too much, they’re all house-broken). It also has a supremely desirable location, one of the most decadent nightspots in the city (the divinely opulent Lizzie’s Starlight), superbly luxurious guestrooms, and a level of attention and service that will leave your every need catered too.