15 Best Hotels in San Francisco

Known worldwide as California’s cultural, commercial and financial center, San Francisco is a bustling bubble of excitement with plenty to explore. Whether you’re looking for an urban break, a coastal getaway or an adventurous getaway, San Francisco has it all.

With views of the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge and the exquisite San Francisco Bay, you can explore some of America’s greatest man-made landmarks while getting away from some of the most beautiful natural sights.

If the weather isn’t too good, there are many fascinating museums to explore, and the neighboring Treasure Island, Alcatraz and Angel Island State Parks are waiting to be explored along the coast. Of course, San Francisco also has some of the best hotels in California, so you can relax and unwind in some delightful accommodations.

Let’s take a look at the best hotels in San Francisco:

1. Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square

Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square

This is a delightful hotel in a gorgeous building. Each room exudes personality, but not at the expense of modern conveniences. Each room is large, well-appointed, and has free Wi-Fi; some of them even feature wide bay windows that give you stunning views of the San Francisco Bay.

Location: Ghirardelli Square is one of the busiest areas in the city centre, and the hotel’s doors lead to wineries and ice cream parlors.

The National Maritime Museum and Fisherman’s Wharf are just a two-minute walk away, and the Golden Gate Bridge is within easy reach.

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2. Courtyard by Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf

Courtyard Fisherman's Wharf

This stylish and modern hotel is simple and functional. There’s a fitness center if you want to burn off some energy, and a business center is perfect if you’re on a business trip.

Location: If you are traveling for leisure, this is an excellent choice. Located in the popular Fisherman’s Wharf area, you have great views of the San Francisco Bay.

If you want to hang out at night, why not walk 10 minutes to Pier 39, which has some gorgeous restaurants and bars overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.

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3. Plaza Park

Happy Living Plaza Park Hotel

Marble tops, glass ceilings and rooftop terraces with stunning views – this hotel is a stunning example of San Francisco’s stunning architecture.

The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and offers guests exciting evening activities such as wine tastings.

Location: In the heart of lively Union Square, close to many entertainment, shopping and dining options.

Here, you’re just 3 minutes from the Montgomery Street BART station, which provides direct access to the airport.

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4. Via Hotel

    Via AT&T Park Hotel

Take in breathtaking views of San Francisco’s unmistakable skyline from Hotel Via’s sun terrace, where there’s a rooftop bar for a cocktail or two.

The blazing-fast Wi-Fi will keep you connected, and the Breakfast Cafe will cheer you up before a day of exploring.

Location: Hotel Via is located near South Beach, just across the street from beautiful Oracle Park.

The bustling Union Square center is just over a mile away, and the airport is about ten miles away.

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5. Hotel Vitale

Vitale Happy Life Hotel

If you are looking for a place to really relax, this is the place for you. Indulge in a range of treatments at Hotel Vitale’s on-site spa, or soak in the bathtub in the bamboo garden.

Other facilities include a gorgeous rooftop bar overlooking the Embarcadero waterfront and a circular cocktail lounge with terrace.

Location: Just over 30 minutes from the airport and only about 5 miles from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

You’ll overlook the east side of San Francisco’s coastline at Hotel Vitale, which offers views of Treasure Island.

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6. Drisco Hotel

Drisco Hotel

Dating back to 1903, the Drisco Hotel is a perfect example of San Francisco’s famous historic architecture.

Each room has a large flat-screen TV, plush and comfortable beds and lovely modern ensuite bathrooms. A delicious breakfast is served every morning and there is a 24-hour fitness center.

Location: The Drisco Hotel is located in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood, a leafy suburb not far from the city center.

Nearby attractions include Presidio National Park, just a 5-minute walk away.

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7. Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa

Casa Madrona

This is an elegant, relaxed hotel with a relaxing ambience overlooking the Sausalito waterfront and marina.

With the on-site spa, you can indulge in a range of treatments to unwind before heading to the wonderful on-site restaurant for a bite to eat. Or just relax in one of the great rooms with a balcony.

Location: The Golden Gate Ferry is just 500 yards away; this will take you to downtown San Francisco – a great way to get around the city.

You also have easy access to the Sausalito Waterfront Walk from here, where you can enjoy stunning views of Alcatraz.

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8. Kensington Park Hotel

Kensington Park Hotel

This is a gorgeous period property with sparkling crystal chandeliers and unique wooden beams.

The Farallon Restaurant offers delicious waterfront cuisine and fun decor. If you have work to do, there is also a business center on site.

Location: Centrally located, you have easy access to the city’s best art galleries and shops.

Fisherman’s Wharf is a 25-minute cable car ride away and the airport is just a 40-minute drive away.

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9. Comfort Inn San Francisco Bayside

Comfort Inn on the Bay

The clue is in the name. If you want a comfortable and comfortable stay, this is your choice.

With top-notch Wi-Fi and a delicious complimentary American breakfast every morning, this will be your home away from home as you explore San Francisco.

Location: This hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Lombard Street, known as “the crookedest street in the world”.

Chinatown is just 1.2 miles away and the famous Golden Gate Bridge is just over 3 miles away.

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10. Pacifica Lighthouse Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham

    Pacific Lighthouse hotel logo

The hotel is a bit far from the city center, but it is spectacular.

Take a dip in the outdoor pool or relax in the hot tub while enjoying views of the Pacific Ocean, right on your doorstep.

Moonraker, the in-house restaurant, also offers incredible seafood.

Location: South of downtown San Francisco, this is the best option for those looking for a more epic seaside getaway.

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is a 15-minute drive away, and the airport is similar.

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11. Hampton Inn San Francisco Daly City

Hampton Inn Daly City

If you want to travel around San Francisco, this fun and quirky hotel is another option away from the city center.

The hotel offers a free daily hot breakfast, an on-site fitness center and free Wi-Fi.

Location: Just a 15-minute drive from San Francisco International Airport, this hotel is conveniently located.

Nearby attractions include Mount San Bruno State Park, ideal for hiking. But if you want to get into the city center, take the BART in Daly City, which is just a short walk away.

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12. Triton Hotel

Triton Hotel

This is a rustic yet stylish hotel in the bustling center of San Francisco.

Originally opened in 1913, this hotel exudes history and character while offering some great amenities such as Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs in every room, as well as art exhibits by local artists.

Location: San Francisco International Airport is less than 14 miles away and Union Square is just a 5-minute walk away.

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13. Kimpton Buchanan Hotel

Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, San Francisco

Kimpton Buchanan is decorated with gorgeous Japanese art that covers the walls of the lovely on-site restaurant and large modern guest rooms.

With a signature bar and pleasant outdoor terrace, you’ll be satisfied whatever the weather.

Location: Located in the heart of San Francisco Japantown, you will be surrounded by amazing Japanese bars and restaurants. You can even catch a movie at the nearby Sundance Kabuki Cinema.

If you want to take the short one-mile drive to Union Square, take a bus.

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14. Pacific Anchor Inn

Pacific Anchor Hotel

If you’re looking to visit downtown San Francisco but still want to be close to local beaches and hiking trails, this is the place for you.

This hotel operates as a unit, giving you your own space with a kitchenette and lounge area, all with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Location: Just south of the city of San Francisco, just off the edge of the United States on the Pacific coast.

San Francisco International Airport is just 11 miles away and you can easily access downtown San Francisco along the highway.

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15. Chelsea Inn

Chelsea Inn

This is a sprawling period property with plenty of character and easy access to local attractions.

Each room features a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, a seating area and free parking.

Location: The Chelsea Inn is located between the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, so you can easily access both.

Within a mile you can find iconic Union Square and Lombard Street to find your shops and restaurants.

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