Over 25 million people visit San Francisco each year, so finding the right hotel for your trip might not be the easiest task. SFist has taken a multifaceted approach to discovering the best hotels in SF, including weighted averages of user ratings, professional reviewers scores, and our own opinions, among other data points. How is this list ranked?

Hotel Drisco
#1 of 26 Best Hotels in SF
Pacific Heights, San Francisco

★★★★★ | $$$

This beautiful San Franciscan boutique hotel is almost as nice as the city in which it resides. Hotel Drisco of Pacific Heights pairs classic styles with unmatched comfort. Luxury, classy furnishings are abundant in their reasonably priced rooms and dining areas. They offer a variety of customizable services personalized to ensure that you are able to enjoy the San Francisco lifestyle unbothered while you are staying with them. From a pillow menu to a sleep machine, you can rest assured. Hotel Drisco also offers laundry services to keep you looking fresh when you head down to the local Marina District; where the food, shopping, and nightlife thrive. Whether enjoying the evening wine reception with your fellow guests or being chauffeured around San Francisco, Hotel Drisco of Pacific Heights will have your back.

Loews Regency San Francisco
#2 of 26 Top SF Hotels
Financial District / Downtown, SF, CA

★★★★★ | $$$

San Francisco thrives off of its tourism. The funds go to provide luxury hotels, attractions, and even cultural institutions. Loews of San Francisco is all three wrapped in one. Located in the Financial District, the Loews is near a bevy of restaurants, shopping centers, and popular attractions like North Beach and Coit Tower, all within walking distance. Even if you don’t know where to start, their concierge on staff has a location to suit any number of needs. With laundry and complimentary shoeshine available, you can look great while you look around. On a business trip, and want to relax instead of soaking in the sights? No problem at Loews. From their 40th-floor Sky Bar where you can have a drink while watching the sunset to their top-notch dine-in service, they will make your stay as comfortable as possible. SFist also wrote about their Sky Bar rooftop lounge earlier this year.

Lodge At The Presidio
#3 of 26 Leading Hotels San Francisco
Presidio / Marina, San Francisco

★★★★★ | $$

San Francisco sets records when it comes to eco-friendly waste management. The residents care about the environment and take action to ensure that they are doing more good than harm. So it only makes sense that they would build a hotel in this military base-turned national park. The Lodge at the Presidio offers great views from every room, front and back porches, and custom beds, reassuring even the most stressed guess that they will find serenity in this boutique hotel. The Lodge is also great for those who are vacationing on a budget, as there are a variety of free activities and international picnics every weekend. If you want to meet interesting people, jump on an airplane hangar trampoline, or visit San Francisco’s oldest building, The Lodge at Presidio is sure to make your vacation a blast.

Best SF Hotels & Inns, From Luxury to BoutiqueSan Francisco is an international destination for tourism, but it is also one of the world's great business hubs. This city hosts renowned business conventions that take over large portions of SF's Downtown, it is home to some of the most recognized (and beautiful) architectural landmarks across the globe, and it is a stone's throw from some of the most spectacular natural wonders.

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
#4 of 26 Top-Notch San Francisco Hotels
Nob Hill, SF, CA

★★★★★ | $$$

The RItz-Carlton of San Francisco is just one branch of the renowned international luxury hotel empire. It carries the same amount of prestige as any of its fellow namesakes, with some bonuses that they can’t match. Sitting on Nob Hill in a modern refurbished building from 1909, The Ritz-Carlton benefits from being near where the rail lines converge, making any number of new trips available. With any number of beloved San Francisco destinations in reach, adventures are simply waiting for you. But for those who only seek to relax and unwind, Spa L’OCCITANE seeks to nourish your mind, body, and soul using ingredients from South France. Paired with their signature restaurant Parallel 37, or dine in room service, and The Lounge’s variety of cocktails, you are bound to have as many adventures inside as out.

Hotel Emblem
#5 of 26 Top Hotels in SF
Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco

★★★★★ | $$

Feel like you’re not getting enough rebellion in your life? Wanna fight the man, and be relaxed in a boutique hotel while doing it? Then Hotel Emblem is the perfect place for you. Specializing in a pop punk writer aesthetic, they seek to not only allow you to relax and leave all your worries behind, but they also hope to introduce you to new ideas that help expand your mind. Hotel Emblem is an easy walk from theaters and the Financial District, allowing for a array of new experiences. For those who like things a little risky, they have an Underground Concierge that specializes in the obscure and niche tastes that their guests would enjoy, and offers a tour of where many writers have lived and wrote. Pair that with their cocktail specialized lounge aptly named the Obscenity Bar & Lounge, and you are ready to see the real side of San Francisco.

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Fairmont San Francisco
#6 of 26 Leading SF Hotels
Chinatown / Downtown, SF, CA

★★★★★ | $$

Fairmont of San Francisco offers extraordinary luxury hotel service while maintaining a classic Bay Area feel. The hotel includes a gym, a spa, and two renowned restaurants including the historic Tonga Room, one of the oldest Tiki bars in the country — complete with hourly “rainstorms.” They also offer special theme packages that allow you to enjoy a specialized vacation. Another thing this hotel prides itself on is its destination setting for weddings, and even the most boring business meetings can be made glamorous in their historic meeting halls. This building, which opened in 1907, is well known as a place for destination proposals, given the beautiful and expansive views of the city below from atop Nob Hill. Also, there is no place you can’t reach from nearby where the railcars meet. You can rest assured that no matter what your need, Fairmont of San Francisco is there to help.

Taj Campton Place
#7 of 26 Top-Notch Hotels San Francisco
Union Square / Downtown, San Francisco

★★★★★ | $$

It is hard to pull off elegance while still remaining attentive. Hotels can get annoying when they approach a guest every time they are in sight. Taj Campton Place in Union Square prides themselves on their discreet and adamant approach to treating your privacy with the utmost respect. This luxury hotel is not ostentatious, instead focusing on offering a wide variety of services and amenities. Taj Campton promises that you won’t have to lift a finger if you don’t want to. Close to the financial and art districts, there are a lot of cultural and retail options available for you to explore. After you finish exploring the city, you can come back to your temporary home and enjoy a unique Cal-Indian experience that is bound to have you coming back for more.

Omni San Francisco
#8 of 26 Best San Francisco Hotels
Financial District / Downtown, SF, CA

★★★★★ | $$

Situated in an ideal spot in San Francisco, Omni San Francisco is a luxury hotel sitting within walking distance of a vast number of famous monuments and retail opportunities. If you don’t know how to begin to dive into the innumerable activities you could get up to in San Francisco, they also offer complimentary tours and itineraries to help jump start your Bay adventures. Originally a bank in 1926, this hotel’s lobby is decorated with the most ornate Italian marble and and elegant Austrian crystal chandeliers that shine brighter than the sun  give the best impression, and as a lobby should be, it is just a taste of what lies beyond. Omni offers the most high class accommodations and modern comforts to ensure that their customers are happy and relaxed when their visit is finished.

The Battery
#9 of 26 Leading Hotels in SF
The Embarcadero / Downtown, San Francisco

★★★★★ | $$$

Usually only accessible by SF’s tech and philanthropic elite, The Battery’s semi-secret boutique hotel is ready to make you feel like part of the in-crowd yourself with stylish furniture, gorgeous downtown views, and a fully stocked minibar with curated treats from local business. Each room and suite offers a gorgeous view of the beautiful lights from all the local buildings as well as the Golden Gate Bridge. For those looking for a little more luxury, The Battery also has an enormous 6200 sq. ft. penthouse that features not only state of the art entertainment, but a panoramic view of the San Francisco skyline. The Battery believes in philanthropy, which means they need repeat business. They take the time to ensure that you want to come back and, until then, that you tell all your friends about it.

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
#10 of 26 Top-Notch SF Hotels
SOMA / Downtown, SF, CA

★★★★★ | $$$

Another prestigious legacy property on this list, Four Seasons of San Francisco guarantees you will experience 5-star quality service and rates that will not be met by any other local competition. They will situate you close to San Francisco’s top attractions, and make you feel like you are home. Designing their rooms based on the local flavor, they want you to witness the beauty of the area whether you are out and about in the city, or relaxing after a long day in your room. Their restaurant and bar is the perfect place to socialize with your fellow travelers, or to have a drink and enjoy the atmosphere. They also offer yacht and wine packages for those looking for a little extra fun. Whatever you are looking to do, Four Seasons of San Francisco has got you covered.

Top Hotels in San FranciscoWhether you live in SF and need a place for visiting friends or your family is vacationing in the Bay Area & wine country this season (wine country hotels), this list can help you select the best San Francisco hotel for your trip

The St. Regis San Francisco
#11 of 26 Best Hotels San Francisco
SOMA / Downtown, San Francisco

★★★★★ | $$$

The St. Regis San Francisco has a style and elegance that is unique among SF luxury hotels. This beautiful aesthetic paired with personalized service, luxury amenities, and the finest accommodations. Each of their rooms has a generous layout and impeccable bedding. St. Regis offers a fitness center, and an indoor pool, and so many more amenities that will leave you rested, relaxed, and coming back for more. The property offers a variety of event spaces including high class meeting rooms and outdoor venues with beautiful views of the surrounding San Francisco landscape. This comfortable luxury hotel is ready and accessible to make your Bay City trip one to remember.

Fairmont Heritage Place
#12 of 26 Best Hotels in SF
Ghirardelli Sq. / Russian Hill, SF, CA

★★★★★ | $$$

Have you ever dreamed of living your own version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Well, Fairmont Heritage Place might be as close as you can get. Remodeled out of an old Ghirardelli chocolate factory, this elegant and beautiful piece of history will provide you with the comfort and rest that every traveler needs. Overlooking the Bay, many rooms offer stunning views of the natural and man-made wonders of the region, from Angel Island and Alcatraz to the Golden Gate Bridge. Fairmont also offers a variety of amenities including grocery delivery, concierge service, and everything in between. Giving their guests confidence in this luxury hotel’s willingness to take care of their every need.

Inn at the Presidio
#13 of 26 Top SF Hotels
Presidio / Marina, San Francisco

★★★★★ | $$$

Looking for a Georgian, plantation-style lodging experience without the sordid history? Look no further than the Inn at the Presidio. This boutique hotel is perfect for anyone who loves nature and seeks to tour an old military base turned into national park. With porches and scenic woods, or even the Golden Gate Bridge outside your window, it is easy to see why this is a popular location for those looking to explore nature while still holding onto the creature comforts that we have all come to love. With a 24-mile nature hike, and a number of converted military buildings, you will not want to leave the park.

Huntington Hotel
#14 of 26 Leading Hotels San Francisco
Nob Hill, SF, CA

★★★★☆ | $$

Sporting a classic, historic look while still remaining modern is what attracts guests to Huntington Hotel. Constructed 95+ years ago, this building began its journey as the first high-rise west of the Mississippi. Ever since then the owners have maintained high standards for their guests and have continuously met them. Borrowing international design ideas, this boutique hotel is a unique and beautiful sight throughout. With a fine-dining restaurant (Big Four) and three-level spa, you may never want to leave the hotel, despite being centrally located next to Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill. Huntington Hotel is dedicated to ensuring that you and yours are comfortable from the minute you walk into their doors to the minute you leave.

Hotel Vitale
#15 of 26 Top-Notch San Francisco Hotels
Embarcadero / Downtown, San Francisco

★★★★☆ | $$

An ecofriendly vacation on the Bay waterfront would allow even the most stressed people to relax and enjoy their tip with a light heart. Hotel Vitale offers that while still being one of the only highly successful, Bay-front, luxury hotels. The hotel restaurant, Americano, offers a bustling happy hour and light, seasonal food all day, with views across the Embarcadero to the Ferry Building and the Bay. The rooftop spa is also available to help you relax and enjoy the local atmosphere, where you can even take optional yoga classes to truly free your spirit. Hotel Vitale excels in pairing a beautiful waterfront experience with the current commodities that people come to expect from the best hotels.

Palace Hotel
#16 of 26 Top Hotels in SF
SOMA / Downtown, SF, CA

★★★★☆ | $$

An exceptionally grand luxury hotel that has been standing since 1875, reimagined with modern decor, the Palace Hotel in San Francisco could not be more appropriately named. Staff is trained to provide an exceptional level of service that perhaps SF royalty might enjoy, further proving their dedication to giving you the utmost professional and passionate service. The Palace Hotel’s concierge offers an unparalleled service, offering you even the most secret San Francisco locales. They also offer an exceptional choice of their two prestigious restaurants, satisfying any pallet.

#17 of 26 Leading SF Hotels
Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

★★★★☆ | $$

This unique and legendary boutique hotel is inspired by the same thing that founded San Francisco, the Gold Rush. The Argonaut succeeds in providing a warm San Francisco welcome, complete with sunset views over the Bay and a prime location near the waterfront. Offering free bike rentals, it is clear that they want you to explore their neighborhood, taking in the essence and uniqueness that has made the San Francisco Bay famous. After you come home exhausted, you can take advantage of their extensive list of amenities and allow yourself to relax and recuperate. Beginning again the next day.

Hotel Via
#18 of 26 Top-Notch Hotels San Francisco
SOMA / Downtown, SF, CA

★★★★☆ | $$

Nestled in SoMa across from Oracle Park (home to the San Francisco Giants), the Hotel Via is walking distance from the Embarcadero, the Chase Center, Caltrain, and numerous dining options downtown. Food, shopping, and a variety of entertainment options are immediately within arm’s reach. If you prefer to stay at your comfortable hotel, you can still see most of San Francisco while having a drink from their exclusive rooftop Bar Via. Also located there are a variety of fire pits, private cabanas, and multiple bars. They also offer state-of-the-art technology and eco-friendly initiatives to completely reassure the guest that they can rest truly with a happy heart knowing that all of their needs are met.

Proper Hotel
#19 of 26 Best San Francisco Hotels
Civic Center / Downtown, San Francisco

★★★★☆ | $$

Proper is a boutique hotel that has recently been reinvented with completely new interiors designed and organized by interior decorators and artists alike. The property offers both a lobby restaurant/lounge (Villon) and a swanky rooftop bar that gets packed on weekends (Charmaine’s), as well as an all-day cafe. If you need a workout in their expansive gym, a movie on your room's HD TV, or a late-night craving, you will find all these amenities available. Also, the city views from Charmaine’s can’t be beat.

Axiom Hotel
#20 of 26 Leading Hotels in SF
Downtown, SF, CA

★★★★☆ | $$

Axiom Hotel is a classic building reimagined in a bright, electric style, with an emphasis on technology and innovation. They offer luxury hotel rooms with plenty of space, as well as comfortable modern furnishings. With ingenious lighting design, fiber internet, and large TVs, they are truly offering a technologically advanced vacation. Also, with their Turn Cafe “(overlooking the Powell Street cable car turnaround) you can spend your entire vacation relaxing in your hotel. If you don’t, their concierge is available 24/7 to help you find what you need.

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Staypineapple, An Elegant Hotel
#21 of 26 Top-Notch SF Hotels
Union Square / Downtown, San Francisco

★★★★☆ | $$

Staypineapple San Francisco is a remodeled 1913 hotel located in Union Square. A blend of modern decor and restored 1930s Victorian elegance is featured throughout the rooms. Pineapple Bistro & Bar in the lobby offers cocktails in a relaxing atmosphere. Their Naked Experience features European style double duvets, comfy robes, and over-sized fluffy towels. They also offer their signature Afternoon Delights treats and coffee every afternoon. All of this plus thoughtful amenities make a night at Staypineapple San Francisco a truly unforgettable experience.

Hotel Zetta
#22 of 26 Best Hotels San Francisco
SOMA / Downtown, SF, CA

★★★★☆ | $$

San Francisco was at the center of the 1960s counterculture and a hotbed of rock and roll, and Hotel Zetta uses this as the inspiration for its concept, design, and attitude. Set just off of Union Square, the hotel caters to a hip crowd and offers a unique downstairs arcade/lounge, with occasional weekend and weeknight parties. The hotel’s lobby bar and restaurant, Rambler, also offer top-notch cocktails and food to comfort a weary traveler.

Galleria Park Hotel
#23 of 26 Best Hotels in SF
Chinatown / Downtown, San Francisco

★★★★☆ | $$

An historic San Francisco landmark, Galleria Park Hotel offers comfortable and stylish rooms that will leave you both impressed and rested. Located in Downtown San Francisco, they are close to almost any attraction you could seek. You can relax in their serene terrace garden and drink from their variety of unique cognac and wine selections. With their style and willingness to raise the bar every time they see you, Galleria Park Hotel is a captivating destination.

InterContinental Mark Hopkins
#24 of 26 Top SF Hotels
Nob Hill, SF, CA

★★★★☆ | $$

The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins is best known for its top-floor bar and restaurant, known since the middle of the last century as The Top of the Mark, with sweeping views of the entire city. The building itself is an architecture gem atop Nob Hill, adjacent to the Fairmont and Grace Cathedral. And while the building may appear to be a relic, it has been renovated to include all the latest amenities that guests expect. And with a variety of packages and rooms available, this is a luxury property that is customizable to most budgets.

Hotel Nikko
#25 of 26 Leading Hotels San Francisco
Downtown, San Francisco

★★★★☆ | $$

Personal service is what makes Hotel Nikko an exceptional tool for any guest’s hotel needs. Offering a simple, yet beautiful design, you can rest comfortably in your new home away from home. Hotel Nikko’s on-site room service paired with their comfortable beds and modern amenities, you will spend most of your vacation sleeping in your room. If you don’t feel like eating in your bathrobe, head down to the lobby lounge for drinks, or the mezzanine restaurant Anzu, for excellent Asian-fusion fare, or grab a ticket for a show at the hotel’s cabaret, Feinstein’s at the Nikko. Hotel Nikko is the go-to place for tourists seeking comfort and a full belly away from home.

InterContinental San Francisco
#26 of 26 Top-Notch San Francisco Hotels
SOMA / Downtown, SF, CA

★★★★☆ | $$

Recently renovated to polish up this relatively young hotel’s interiors, this luxury tower boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant (Luce), and it was the favorite place to stay in SF for President Obama. Intercontinental San Francisco’s location is advantageous to either leisure or business clientele. Near the shopping and dining in Union Square, it would be near impossible to not enjoy your time exploring the area outside of your hotel room. Offering ecofriendly solutions to guests as well, this company clearly cares about the environment as much as they care about their clients. 

How Was This List Made?


Utilizing a combination of 7 sources, including Oyster, TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Conde Nast Travel, aggregated user reviews & SFist staff opinions, the above list includes SF hotels that we believe provide superior services. In some cases, promotional consideration is given to SFist sponsors in the local hospitality industry as well. Each of the above locations is widely recognized as one of the top hotels in San Francisco.


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