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The best hotels in San Francisco
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The best hotels in San Francisco

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HI Fisherman's Wharf

HI Fisherman's Wharf

Overlooking one of San Francisco’s most beautiful landscapes is the city’s absolute best hotel bargain - as long as you aren’t squeamish about sharing a bathroom. Nestled in one of the Presidio’s historic army barracks, Hostelling International’s Fisherman’s Wharf location feels secluded even though it’s within walking distance from the bustle and excitement of Fisherman’s Wharf to the east and iconic Crissy Field and the Golden Gate Bridge to the west. Whether you’d prefer a private room (without bath) or dorm (options range from four to 24 beds, co-ed or single-sex), you’ll have access to the hostel’s impressive amenities including a cozy, fireplace-warmed common area, 25-seat movie lounge, large kitchen, laundry facilities and outdoor patio. Breakfast at the on-site Cafe Franco is included. Book Online

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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San Remo Hotel

San Remo Hotel

This antique-studded, European-style pension has few modern touches (there are no televisions and no elevator) but buckets of charm. San Remo’s 64 spotless rooms are equipped with vintage framed beds, Oriental rugs and Victorian-inspired furniture. You’ll have to share a bath but some rooms do have in-room sinks. Originally built to house dockworkers following San Francisco’s devastating 1906 earthquake, not every room is created equal - select an exterior room for fresh air or splurge on the Penthouse, a stand-alone rooftop bungalow with an ensuite bath and spectacular North Beach views. Book Online

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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The Metro Hotel
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The Metro Hotel

Centrally located near Alamo Square, Haight-Ashbury and the Panhandle, the Metro Hotel is one of the city’s best deals for those in need of a private bathroom. The eco-friendly hotel is clean but fairly no-frills - just 24 small, simple rooms with free wifi. You can’t beat the location, though, in a hip-but-friendly neighborhood with excellent restaurants, bars and several nearby must-see landmarks (like the famed Painted Ladies).

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars

Mid-range hotels

Hotel Del Sol

Hotel Del Sol

Saturated with color, this Joie de Vivre property is right at home in San Francisco’s beachy Marina District. One of only a handful of San Francisco hotels with a pool, Hotel del Sol’s bright and playful rooms are kid- and pet-friendly and feature modern technology, including free high speed wifi. Paid parking is available on-site.  

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Golden Gate Hotel
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The Golden Gate Hotel

This quaint bed and breakfast is a beautifully maintained homage to San Francisco’s Victorian roots. White wicker furniture and French-provincial prints bring the charm but it’s the hotel’s thoughtful accents - claw-foot tubs (in some rooms), the 100-year old birdcage elevator, the tabby-cat Pip snoozing on the lobby’s vintage sofa - that put this 25-room Edwardian at the top of the mid-range hotel list. Breakfast and afternoon tea and cookies are included and well-behaved pets are welcome.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Inn at the Presidio

Inn at the Presidio

If you are looking for a quiet evening retreat during your San Francisco stay, the Inn at the Presidio is for you. Once a home for bachelor officers stationed at the Presidio Army Post at the turn of the 20th century, the 22-room, red-brick Pershing Hall was converted into a B&B in 2010. Located in the heart of the Presidio behind the Main Post, the hotel’s extravagantly-sized rooms are impeccably decorated in distressed leather and white-on-white damask. Most rooms have working fireplaces and the veranda is outfitted with oh-so-charming rocking chairs. Explore the Golden Gate National Recreation Area from your doorstep or hop on one of the park’s free shuttles which will get you downtown in about 30-minutes.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Hotel Rex

Hotel Rex

Inspired by the literary salons of the early 20th century, this eclectic boutique hotel in the heart of Union Square’s Theater District is bursting with the paintings and writings of legendary writers. Downstairs in the library bar, the Hotel Rex hosts frequent readings and cabaret events. Upstairs, standard rooms (with a queen or king size bed) and one-room suites, are styled with the checkered curtains and mismatched patterns of bohemian Paris and accented with high-speed wifi, iPod docks and flat screen TVs.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The best hotels in Downtown San Francisco

Taj Campton Place

Taj Campton Place

San Francisco has only a handful of five-star hotels, a ranking dependent upon a long list of amenities, facilities and services that few can deliver. And then there's Taj Campton Place, officially a four-star for its lack of a spa and swimming pool, but in every other way a bona fide luxury hotel, with service on par with the city's best. Elegant and correct in their restrained design, all 110 rooms are done in soothing shades of neutral ecru, with walls of pear wood and high-end furnishings, including leather-top writing desks. Beds are dressed in silky-soft Frette linens, and the limestone bathrooms are stocked with high-end products and chenille robes. Entry-level "California rooms" have the same finishes and fixtures as larger rooms, but because of their compact size feel a bit crammed; consider upgrading to a larger room. Downstairs the eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant, Campton Place, serves three meals daily, and the same kitchen provides room service to guests. Book Online

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Hotel Vitale

Hotel Vitale

Built from the ground up in 2005, the five-story Vitale overlooks the city's magnificent eastern waterfront and the Bay Bridge's dazzling light display. The aesthetic is hip and sexy, a play on midcentury modern design, with swoop-back chairs and low-slung sofas in a lobby of limestone and wood. Rooms are styled in soothing shades of periwinkle and gray, with low-slung platform beds dressed with custom high-thread-count Italian linens. Bedside tables are like light-up dioramas: Beneath their glass tops, a layer of inset stones glows when you turn on the light inside the cabinet. The least-expensive rooms face an interior courtyard—whisper-quiet for their lack of street noise, they're ideal if you're here for work. But if you're here for fun, definitely book a bay-view room. Or splurge on a top-end "circular suite," with walls of windows and gadgets like remote-controlled blinds. The small rooftop spa offers massages, facials and two rooftop soaking tubs for aromatherapy bathing rituals. Downstairs, the ever-happening bar Americano gets overrun at cocktail hour with twentysomethings on the make; if you're noise-sensitive, book an upper floor. Book Online

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Hotel Carlton

Hotel Carlton

One of the city's best-value midrange hotels, the Carlton got a total makeover in 2013, but because it's just beyond the usual tourist path, rates are lower than at comparable Union Square-area hotels. This is an older building, built in the 1920, with fire-sprinkler pipes running along the hallway ceilings, but there's nothing old-fashioned about the finishes in the rooms, which include iPod docks, multiple surge-protected outlets, and Keurig coffeemakers. The design aesthetic draws inspiration from Morocco, with lush jewel tones playing off white-on-white bed linens. The subway-tile bathrooms are compact, but have enough room to unpack your things. If you're a light sleeper, request a high floor and a room without a connecting door. Book Online

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Palace Hotel

Palace Hotel

The city's most storied hotel opened in 1909, and has hosted multiple presidents, including Woodrow Wilson, who gave his League of Nations speech here in 1919, and President Warren Harding, who died upstairs in 1923. Presidents no longer stay here (there's no underground security access), but still the Palace remains one of the city's grandest addresses—and one of few with an indoor swimming pool. The Garden Court dining room is among the most beautiful in all California, an 8000-square-foot space with domed glass ceiling, 16 Ionic columns of Italian marble, and 20 Austrian crystal chandeliers weighing 750 pounds each. Walls of mahogany rise behind the reception desk, and an original Maxfield Parrish mural adorns the Pied Piper Bar. Guest rooms have high ceilings, crown moldings, and sumptuous beds, but the mass-market furniture and poly-blend upholstery are decidedly business class. Still, for a glimpse of San Francisco history, you can't beat the Palace. Book Online

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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