Hotels in San Francisco

San Francisco Guide

####San Francisco in 60 Seconds

  • Cable cars were the way to commute through this hilly city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when San Francisco blossomed following the California Gold Rush. The vintage streetcars are still in operation today, passing major attractions such as Fisherman’s Wharf (a gateway to the Alcatraz prison complex) and the Golden Gate Ferry.
  • Hippie history and LGBT activism: Beatnik poets and long-haired bohemians were on the forefront of San Francisco’s cultural revolution in the 1950s and ‘60s. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, San Francisco won a permanent place in the heart of the LGBT community for its progressive politics; the famous Castro District became one of the first predominantly gay neighborhoods in the country.
  • Tech boom: A slew of major tech startups were born in San Francisco starting in the late 1990s. Many went bust when the bubble burst, but there’s been a renaissance of Silicon Valley success in recent years. Twitter, Craigslist, Pinterest, and Yelp all have headquarters here.

Go Outside

Because of its compact layout and mild year-round temperatures, San Francisco is a city best enjoyed outdoors.

  • Don’t miss Golden Gate Park, one of the largest man-made green spaces in the world. You’ll find botanical gardens, a science museum, and even a herd of buffalo.
  • Kayak into the Bay: While you’re on the water, you might even catch a homerun ball that’s been belted out of AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
  • Best views in town: the top of Coit Tower or the cliffside trails at Lands End park

Engage Your Brain

  • The Asian Art Museum in Civic Center houses more than 15,000 artifacts, including Buddha statues, ceremonial knives, and sacred texts from the Ming Dynasty.
  • The Exploratorium was dubbed "the best science museum in the world” by Scientific American; it has hundreds of exhibits designed to let visitors tinker and investigate.
  • Legion of Honor: This first-rate art museum has works by El Greco, Rembrandt, and Picasso. Thanks to its seaside location, the Romanesque building offers gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Food Primer

In 2011, Travel + Leisure named San Francisco the second best city in the country for foodies, citing its sustainable, organic-minded eateries and its multitude of food trucks.

  • International flavors: You may have to stand in line, but Golden Gate Bakery in Chinatown serves deliciously unique confections such as the popular sweet lotus seed–paste moon cakes. The newly renovated Tosca Cafe—a Little Italy staple—serves adventurous fare like oxtail terrine and pressed pig’s ear.
  • Signature seafood dish: the famous Dungeness crab and clam chowder at Swan Oyster Depot in Nob Hill
  • Fisherman’s Wharf: Skip the chain restaurants and try the sourdough bread at Boudin Bakery, which gets its distinctive taste from a special yeast.
  • Brunch: Ella’s in Presidio Heights serves delectable strawberry-ricotta pancakes, killer omelets, and freshly squeezed blood orange juice. Worth the wait.

Where to Stay

  • To experience hippie history: The popular Metro Hotel is located near the New Age boutiques and painted-lady townhouses of Haight and Ashbury, the epicenter of ‘60s counterculture.
  • To get presidential treatment: The lavish Palace Hotel has played host to five US presidents.
  • To be near the best restaurants: Union Square has some of the finest upscale dining in the city; one of the best eateries, Scala’s Bistro, is located at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.
  • To get a dazzling view: Splurge for a Bay Bridge room at the Mandarin Oriental hotel.
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Glen Ellen, CA

Sonoma Valley lodge set amid creeks and gardens; stay includes wine tastings

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Napa, CA

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Calistoga, CA

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Napa Valley, CA

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Handlery Union Square Hotel
Handlery Union Square Hotel
San Francisco, California

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Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
San Francisco, California

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With a stay at Hyatt Regency San Francisco in San Francisco (Financial District - Ferry Building), you'll be minutes from San Francisco Railway Museum and Embarcadero Plaza. This 4-star hotel is close to Union Square and Pier 39.

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Airmo
Airmo
San Francisco, California

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With a stay at The Fairmont San Francisco, you'll be centrally located in San Francisco, steps from Grace Cathedral and minutes from Chinese Historical Society of America. This 4.5-star hotel is close to Academy of Art University and Lombard Street.

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Hotel Kabuki
Hotel Kabuki
San Francisco, California

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The Cartwright Hotel
The Cartwright Hotel
San Francisco, California

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San Francisco Marriott Union Square
San Francisco Marriott Union Square
San Francisco, California

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Hotel Tomo
Hotel Tomo
San Francisco, California

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Best Western Tuscan Inn at Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, California

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The Majestic Hotel
The Majestic Hotel
San Francisco, California

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Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, California

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Palace Hotel
Palace Hotel
San Francisco, California

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Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel
Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel
San Francisco, California

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The Pickwick Grand Heritage
The Pickwick Grand Heritage
San Francisco, California

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Four Seasons Clift Hotel
Four Seasons Clift Hotel
San Francisco, California

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Prescott Hotel
Prescott Hotel
San Francisco, California

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Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf
Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, California

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Ritz Carlton San Francisco
Ritz Carlton San Francisco
San Francisco, California

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The Hotel Rex
The Hotel Rex
San Francisco, California

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Taj Campton Place
Taj Campton Place
San Francisco, California

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Le Meridien San Francisco
Le Meridien San Francisco
San Francisco, California

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Laurel Inn
Laurel Inn
San Francisco, California

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With a stay at Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel in San Francisco (Cultural District), you'll be minutes from Russian Center of San Francisco and University of San Francisco. This family-friendly hotel is close to Palace of Fine Arts and University of California San Francisco.

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Warwick San Francisco Hotel
Warwick San Francisco Hotel
San Francisco, California

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Queen Anne Hotel
Queen Anne Hotel
San Francisco, California

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Located in San Francisco (Cultural District), Queen Anne Hotel is minutes from Konko Church of San Francisco and Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption. This romantic hotel is close to Lombard Street and University of San Francisco.

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Petite Auberge
Petite Auberge
San Francisco, California

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Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
San Francisco, California

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The Hilton San Francisco Financial District, <a href="http://gr.pn/A4ia93">located just one block</a> from Chinatown, transforms its grounds into prime parade-viewing real estate during the annual Chinese New Year Parade. The three-hour celebration ushers in the Year of the Snake, which is recognized throughout Chinese culture as a symbol of intelligence and intuition. Attendees can snag seats in the bandstand just outside the hotel, where they'll witness the parade reach its culmination with a flurry of spellbinding colors, extravagant floats, and elaborate costumes. Marching bands and fleet-footed dancers infuse the lively celebration with a healthy dose of music and impressive athleticism, all while the newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA and her court preside over the festivities. Certain to delight is Gum Lung, a 268-foot Golden Dragon manned by more than 100 martial artists and supervised by a group of bouncers wearing knight’s armor.

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SW Hotel
SW Hotel
San Francisco, California

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STEPS AWAY FROM COIT TOWER, THE TRANSAMERICA PYRAMID AND WHERE FRANCIS FORD COPELA WROTE THE SCREEN PLAY FOR THE GODFATHER AND WHERE YOU CAN CATCH BILL COSBY AROUND THE CORNER, THE SW HOTEL INVITES YOU TO EXPERIENCE THE MOST ANIMATED NEIGHBORHOODS IN SAN FRANCISCO CHINATOWN AND NORTHBEACH. AND DONT FORGET TO DINE IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS AWARD WINNING RESTAURANTS. STEP INSIDE THE SW HOTEL AND YOU WILL SEE HOW EAST MEETS WEST WITH ITS EARLY CALIFORNIA DECOR WITH AN ASIAN FLAIR. OUR ROOMS HAVE BEEN REFURBISHED WITH WARM FLORENTINE WALL COVERINGS, CHERRY WOOD FURNISHINGS ADORED WITH VIBRANT FLORAL COMFORTERS. AS OUR GUEST, YOU WILL ENJOY ELEGANT SURROUNDINGS AND ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME. PERSONALIZED SERVICE IS OUR UTMOST PRIORITY AS OUR GUESTS APPRECIATE THE ASSISTANCE OF OUR GRACIOUS MULTILINGUAL STAFF. YOU WILL TRULY LEAVE YOUR HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO AFTER STAYING AT THE SW HOTEL. THIS PROPERTY WAS BUILT IN 1919 RENOVATED IN 1999

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Courtyard by Marriott Fishermans Wharf
Courtyard by Marriott Fishermans Wharf
San Francisco, California

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Perched in a convenient spot near Fisherman's Wharf and Russian Hill, the Courtyard by Marriott San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf provides reasonably priced rates along with budget-friendly amenities like the choice of self-parking or valet, wireless in the lobby and public areas, elf-stockable mini fridges and free WiFi. A complete remodel in 2009 brought a sleeker lobby and rooms still feel brand new, in slick red, black and polished wood color schemes. The 123 rooms and four suites are spacious and include large work stations, pillowtop mattresses and coffeemakers, and some even have small couches, while the building also features a sizeable exercise room. The hotel restaurant, The Bistro, is a wonderful option for classic American breakfast, lunch and dinner, but with so many good restaurants in the neighborhood, there is hardly ever a reason to dine-in.

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Hotel Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel
Hotel Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel
San Francisco, California

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Inside <a href="http://gr.pn/VIym63">Hotel Monaco</a>, guests can relax and pamper themselves in a facility that features a two spa service rooms, sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi. While they lounge in luxurious bathrobes, clients' faces and bodies are revitalized by aestheticians using eco-friendly, organic Kerstin Florian products. Massage therapists enhance their treatments with oils such as 100% organic sunflower oil and restorative blends of peppermint and lavender. Moms-to-be can enjoy a massage with geranium-infused oil that addresses back pain, reduces swelling, and inspires babies to sing soothing lullabies.

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Marriott Marquis San Francisco
Marriott Marquis San Francisco
San Francisco, California

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The View’s 39th-floor windows lend a spectacular view of the San Francisco skyline, rivaled only by the upscale dishes that bedeck the interior’s gleaming wood tables. The chefs focus on light bites that match the airy atmosphere, creating plates of artisan cheese, spicy tuna tartare, and watercress salad tossed with goat cheese and lemon vinaigrette. As guests dine on sweet and savory small plates, they can enjoy a glass of wine or one of the house’s signature cocktails—such as the gin drop crafted from Bombay Sapphire gin, citrus juices, and fresh mint leaves.

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Nob Hill Hotel
Nob Hill Hotel
San Francisco, California

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With its burnt-yellow walls decked with art amongst white-clothed tables and green chairs, Colombini Italian Cafe Bistro creates a Tuscan setting from its actual location within the Nob Hill Hotel. Signature risotto, fresh seafood, steak, and pizza are just a few of the tasty menu selections at lunch or dinner. Cheese and fruit plates are enhanced with sips of wine from the bistro's selection of the best wine from Napa Valley, Spain, France, and, of course, Italy.

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