For centuries, the city of San Francisco, California has been a sought after tourist destination. Innovative corporations like Twitter, Yelp, Adobe and Uber transformed a quaint hippie city into a hipster paradise. Whether traveling for pleasure or business, visitors to the Bay Area want to check into the best hotels San Francisco has to offer—and there are plenty of fabulous accommodations to choose from. From old style city charming bed and breakfasts to chain mega hotels, the city has something for every taste.
If you’re heading out to a tech convention or if you’re planning a glorious autumn tour this year, be prepared to spend a bit to have a great hotel experience at the best places. There are less expensive hotels in the area, but the best hotel properties book fast despite the price. Keeping pace with the booming real estate market, overnight shelter in San Francisco is far from inexpensive. Considering the best value for your dollar, amenities, luxurious rooms, and stellar service, here are our picks for the top ten San Francisco hotels of 2016.
St. Regis San Francisco
The famous butler service makes it worth the price of a suite including breakfast for two for $1125. You can even e-mail your butler with special requests while you’re’ out and about in the city so that everything you could ask for is just perfect when you return. For more modest, yet grand accommodations, double rooms start at around $760 per night. The hotel has 20 floors and 260 rooms. The St. Regis San Francisco is located right next to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the heart of the city. There is an entrance to an African art museum within the hotel.
The Hotel Fairmont
The Fairmont is a historic hotel conveniently located where all of the cable cars intersect. The hotel is situated up on Nob Hill featuring breathtaking city scape views. You can take virtual tours of their guest rooms and suites by visiting their website. Prices for staying at this grand hotel start at around 700 per night.
Mark Twain Hotel
For old time historic charm the Mark Twain hotel can’t be beat. Rumored to be haunted by several former guests including its namesake author, this elegant jewel in Union Square is close to festivals and attractions but has a cozy atmosphere. Rooms listed on Hotel.com, start at $209 per night.
Less than a half hour walk to Fisherman’s Wharf on Post Street is the hip, chic boutique Hotel Zeppelin. Advertised as “Contemporary Mind-Altering Hospitality” on their website. Rooms can be had for $300 per night.
Located on the Embarcadero with Bay Bridge views the Hotel Vitale has every amenity a guest could want in a luxury hotel including rooftop soaking tubs and large workspaces with ergonomic desk chairs. Rooms start at $325 per night. For great food, superb wine and large, and comfortable rooms, the Vitale is one of the business district’s greatest treasures.
Omni San Francisco
Built on the site of the 1856 Parrott Building, a stone structure that survived the San Francisco earthquake, the Omni Hotel, located at the intersection of Montgomery and California Streets is known for its elegant service and opulent surroundings. Located only minutes from San Francisco’s Chinatown, rooms in this hotel start at around $300 per night. The hotel has strived to recreate some of the most artistic historical features, like stone wall carvings and unique San Francisco touches.
Four Seasons Hotel
The name Four Seasons says it all. Although rates listed on Expedia start at $665 per night, the service and location is well worth the money. If you don’t have time for a vineyard tour you can still sample wines from local vineyards right in the comfort of the hotel.
Located in the heart of the Theater district on Powell Street, the Villa Florence features a Gothic revival style with plenty of modern conveniences. From the renaissance artwork to the European cuisine, this luxury hotel rates start at around $325 per night. Reviewers write about the excellent Italian food and old world meets new world atmosphere.
Advertised on Trip Advisor as a top ten San Francisco hotel, the Loews Regency is in the heart of downtown and is a getaway destination to celebrate anniversaries and other special occasions. Rates start at around $600 per night. With incomparable service and a first class spa, guests say it is well worth the price tag.
For an Asian inspired hotel experience, the Hotel Nikko on Mason Street is a short walk to public transportation and Union Square attractions. From the glass encased indoor pool to on-site car rental, it has all of the desired amenities–plus it’s pet friendly. Rooms start at around $300 per night according to popular travel sites and the reviews make it one of San Francisco’s most popular hotels.