Where to Stay in San Francisco

Where to Stay in San Francisco

There are plenty of fabulous places to stay in San Francisco. Whether you’re happy to splash out on five-star luxury or you’d rather seek out a unique boutique hotel, you’re sure to find something that works for you. San Francisco also has plenty of quirky hotels with a great story to tell, and these can be worth checking out for the novelty factor.

Luxury Hotels in San Francisco

For pure luxury and indulgence the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel is hard to beat. Located at the crest of Nob Hill it is ideally situated for China Town and Union Square, and the 19 floors offer fabulous views over the city and bay, especially if you get a tower room. Opened in the 1920s, the hotel architecture is part French chateau, part Spanish Renaissance and the building combines old-world glamour with modern amenities.

Another great choice if you can afford to splash out on your accommodation is the Westin St. Francis Hotel on Union Square. Well known for their legendary Magneta Grandfather Clock, a popular meeting place on Union Square, the Westin St. Francis is pure elegance, with marble columns, ornate balconies, and intricate woodwork.

Boutique Hotels in San Francisco

If you’re after an ultra modern boutique hotel with plenty of character, the W Hotel San Francisco could be the right choice for you. Located in the SoMa district, the W Hotel has been recently renovated, and as well as the cool quirky decor you can enjoy the Bliss Spa and Trace Restaurant.

There are a good selection of Joie de Vivre boutique hotels in San Francisco including the Japanese style Hotel Kabuki in Japantown, the quieter Laurel Inn in Pacific Heights, and the sleek Adagio Hotel on Union Square. Another hip and happening boutique hotel is the Hotel Triton, located near the China Town gates. Originally created by a group of artists, the interior is an ever evolving work of art, but comfort is never sacrificed.

Novelty Hotels in San Francisco

The Red Victorian bed and breakfast may not be luxurious but it certainly is unique. Located in the heart of the Haight-Ashbury district which formed the centre of the 1967 Summer of Love, this small hotel is intended to embody the ideals of the area including peace and social justice. Each of the eighteen rooms are uniquely decorated to reflect these themes.

Music lovers might want to check out the Phoenix Hotel on Eddy Street, handy for the Embarcadero and waterfront. Located near many great music venues the Phoenix has been popular with bands for years, making it a true rock ’n’ roll hotel.

For a really romantic getaway why not try the Pelican Inn at Muir Beach on the Marin Headlands. A country inn, capturing the spirit of 16th century England's west country, the Pelican Inn nestles among the among the pines, alders, honeysuckle and jasmine in the sea-blown fog. Just a short drive to the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco itself, the Pelican Inn is ideal for a longer stay.