Sure you could stay at the Hyatt or the Hilton, but some of the best hotels in San Fran are chic boutique spots in the middle of downtown or historic mansions overlooking the Bay. Whether you're visiting, hosting family or booking a staycation, you're guaranteed an experience you'll never forget at these luxury hotels. Book something on Market Street to be near the best attractions or atop Nob Hill to feel like an 18th-century railroad tycoon.
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Luxury hotels in San Francisco
The Hotel Drisco is a sophisticated and welcoming boutique hotel situated in the posh Pacific Heights neighborhood with luxury amenities like complimentary nightly wine receptions and a chauffeur service that runs to popular spots on weekdays.
Time Out tip: The evening reception is not to be missed. There are local California wines, artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, fresh fruit and hot hors d’oeuvres.
Omni offers fine dining and award-
Time Out tip: The Omni has a fitness center, but guests can also request a Get Fit Kit for their room, which includes two 3lb dumbbells, a 5lb kettle ball, a stress ball and a roll-up mat.
The Michelin-starred restaurant is the biggest draw at this recently renovated luxury hotel in Union Square, just steps from some of the best shopping and eating in San Francisco.
Time Out tip: The least expensive rooms at the hotel are very small. Those who can afford it should pay to upgrade.
This residence-style hotel is located in Ghirardelli Square, home to the famous chocolate company, several wine tasting rooms, a beer garden, tasty restaurants and boutique shops.
Time Out tip: Since the room is so pricey, save money on dinner by dining at McCormick & Kuleto’s in Ghirardelli Square. The views are amazing and a cheeseburger and fries is just $6 during happy hour.
Magnificent views of the San Francisco Bay draw visitors to this chic boutique hotel on The Embarcadero with an aesthetic that is part mid-century modern, part urban cool.
Time Out tip: Hotel Vitale's complimentary rooftop yoga is the perfect way to prepare for a day of wandering the city (and eating a lot).
Pretend you're San Francisco royalty (or an old timey railroad tycoon) at this elegant and sophisticated hotel in one of the city's most historic neighborhoods with gorgeous views of the bay.
Time Out tip: Save money on cabs by using the complimentary weekday town car service.
Everything about this classy hotel screams San Francisco, from the Julia Morgan-designed building and gorgeous bay views to the state-of-the-art wellness spa and the iconic tiki bar in the basement.
Time Out tip: Don’t miss dinner or drinks at the aforementioned bar: Tonga Room & Hurricane. This total gem is a sight to behold, with floating entertainment (the band plays atop a platform in the lagoon), surprise thunderstorms and mai tais served in fake coconuts.
The Ritz-Carlton is as luxurious as it gets. The landmark hotel, housed in a mansion atop Nob Hill, treats guests with butler service, a wine tasting lounge and complimentary car service.
Time Out tip: If you do take advantage of the chauffeur service, be warned that it's only available for trips within one mile of the hotel.
It's the world class spa that keeps visitors and locals coming back to this Nob Hill spot. The colorful Moroccan-themed rooms and stunning views of Grace Cathedral don't hurt either.
Time Out tip: Street parking is possible and will save you $59 a day.
If you want to be somewhere it's all happening, you can't do better than a stay at the Four Seasons. This internationally renowned hotel is located a five-minute walk from Union Square, where you'll find shops, restaurants and bars galore. The hotel itself houses a spa, pool and restaurant.
Time Out tip: The Den is a weekly cocktail series that pays homage to SF’s original speakeasies. Entry is free, but you need to register via the Four Seasons Eventbrite page.