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8 Best Luxury Hotels in San Francisco for Views, Families & More

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Bay Area visitors will find no shortage of luxury hotels in San Francisco, from historic landmarks to contemporary properties, with five-star accommodations, superior service, and world-class amenities.

Whether you’re sightseeing or traveling on business, these eight San Francisco hotels are welcoming beacons of warm California hospitality. You can book into all of them with value-added amenities that can include complimentary breakfast for two, resort or spa credits, room upgrades, and more at no extra cost to you.

Palace Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco

2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

The neutral yet high-end interior of a Deluxe king room at Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
Deluxe king room photo courtesy of Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco

Part of the Marriott family of luxury hotels, this historic hotel (established in 1875) is near the Moscone Center and Oracle Park making it the ideal location for trade show vendors, concertgoers, and baseball fans.

Classic rooms and spacious suites retain original 1909 details but were recently updated to a soothing color palette with amenities that cater to the modern traveler. Luxury Collection bathrobes, designer bedding, high-speed Wi-Fi, smart refrigerators, and Keurig coffee makers are just some of the comforts guests can expect during their stay at Palace Hotel.

The staff goes above and beyond to provide their guests with a memorable experience. Their professional team can assist with individual requests or full-scale event planning. Meetings, conferences, parties, and fundraisers are sure to go smoothly with personalized booking tools and mobile check-in at your disposal. 

You won’t want to miss dining in The Garden Court (San Francisco landmark #18) restaurant under the crystal chandeliers hung from a stunning glass dome. A breakfast buffet, à la carte lunch, Sunday brunch, and afternoon tea are served in this sophisticated setting.

For a casual evening meal, try The Pied Piper, or have appetizers and desserts in the GC Lounge. Cocktails amid the rich wood paneling of the Pied Piper Grill is a century-old tradition.

Guests who want to work out while staying at this San Francisco luxury hotel will appreciate the opportunity to swim laps in the solarium and 24-hour fitness center.

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Fairmont Heritage Place

900 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Suite living room at Fairmont Heritage Place, a San Francisco luxury hotel.
Suite living room photo courtesy of Fairmont

Housed in the former Ghirardelli Chocolate factory, this boutique hotel offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom residential-style suites.

Accommodations include separate living and dining areas with contemporary decor. Grocery delivery is available to stock the gourmet kitchen for guests who want to prepare home-cooked meals. Guests who prefer to dine out will find a selection of casual and fine dining restaurants right in Ghirardelli Square. The hotel’s concierge staff can offer assistance in making reservations or help to book tickets for excursions and events.

Guests of the Fairmont Heritage Place also receive complimentary butler service and daily housekeeping. A wide range of additional services are available for a fee, including package delivery, dry cleaning, in-suite dining, childcare, airport transfers, and valet parking. 

The living room in the three-bedroom residences can also be used to host business meetings with up to ten people. The hospitality team can arrange for catered meals, set up audiovisual equipment, and assist with any special requests. Extended stay options are available for guests staying in town for longer than seven days. 

Good to know: The hotel’s one- and two-bedroom suites have a view of San Francisco Bay, while the three-bedroom residences overlook the city. One-bedroom suites can accommodate up to four guests, two-bedroom suites have room for six guests, and the spacious three-bedroom residences can hold up to eight guests.

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Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

757 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

King guest room in white and grey tones at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, a top pick for luxury hotels.
A king guestroom (Photo credit: Don Riddle/Four Seasons)

With decor inspired by San Francisco’s natural elements and a premier art collection featuring predominantly Californian artists, this redesigned hotel is an oasis of calm in the heart of the city.

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the guest rooms and suites frame views of the city, the bay, or Yerba Buena Gardens. A plush armchair near the windows is the perfect place to sip on a cup of freshly brewed coffee before heading to the MKT Restaurant and Bar for breakfast or weekend brunch. The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner, and late-night fare is available in the lounge. Rooftop beehives provide honey for cocktails and other menu items.

In-room dining is available around the clock, and private dinners (perfect for business meetings or family gatherings) can be arranged in the Windows, View, and Private Den (PD2) dining rooms. 

The Four Seasons is well-equipped to accommodate both leisure and business travelers. Each room and suite has a sitting area that can be used to plan the next day’s events or reply to email from the office in addition to complimentary Wi-Fi and plenty of ports to keep devices charged.

Other services and amenities include 24-hour laundry and dry-cleaning services, twice-daily housekeeping, an overnight shoeshine service, and a daily complimentary newspaper. 

Your workouts and spa treatments happen at Equinox Sports Center, the city’s top health club, which is in the same building as Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco.

Summer months are particularly fun for families when the hotel offers Saturday night movies, Junior Chef Cooking Classes and life-sized versions of classic games like Jenga on the Veranda Terrace.

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Taj Campton Place

340 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Deluxe king room interior with neutral colors and hints of orange in the bedroom.
Deluxe King room photo courtesy of Taj Campton Place

This boutique hotel has a Michelin-starred restaurant, a prime location at Union Square, and accolades from former guests and travel industry experts.

Sumptuous rooms and suites are decorated with rich colors and metallic accents. Guests are pampered with luxuries like a bath menu and bath salts, turndown service, a pillow menu, a fully stocked mini-bar, and comfortable bathrobes and slippers.

Taj Campton Place is family-friendly and pet-friendly. Babysitting services are available for children whose parents want to enjoy a night out in San Francisco or dinner at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant. Pets up to 25 pounds are welcome with payment of a $100 non-refundable fee. 

Guests can use the hotel’s rooftop gym with specialized TechnoGym equipment for an invigorating workout or explore nearby landmarks on foot. The concierge can help guests book a private walking tour or purchase tickets for area attractions. 

Business guests will like the convenience of the 24-hour business center featuring high-speed Wi-Fi, modern meeting rooms, and secretarial assistance. Additional services such as car rentals, valet parking, currency exchange, and laundry services benefit both business guests and leisure travelers. 

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The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Blue hues inside of a Superior King room at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, one of the best luxury hotels.
Superior King guestroom photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

The Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood is the epitome of luxury. The only AAA five-diamond resort in the city, the property has 336 elegantly appointed rooms and suites.

En suite bathrooms feature Italian marble vanities, rainforest showers, lighted mirrors, and Asprey toiletries. Pillow top mattresses are covered with crisp white linens and a down comforter. Contemporary decor and furnishings complement the blue and grey color palette.  

Ritz-Carlton Club Level accommodations offer personalized service and Club Lounge access with perks such as complimentary garment pressing, food and beverage service, and a dedicated concierge.

Experience true tranquility when you book an internationally inspired treatment at Spa L’OCCITANE by The Bay. A menu of traditional therapies includes deep tissue massages, rejuvenating facials, and pampering for hands and feet. 

Families traveling with children will appreciate the Ritz Kids program that welcomes young guests with a personalized letter and includes a packet with a coloring book and instructions for a scavenger hunt that celebrates the Ritz’s commitment to preserving culture and the environment.

Diners at Parallel 37 and The Lounge will enjoy fresh, seasonal cuisine in a sophisticated environment. Wine connoisseurs can enhance their tasting experience at The JCB Tasting Lounge with light fare from Parallel 37. Other special dining events include The Kitchen Table Experience at The Chef’s Table, dinner in the private dining room in Parallel 37, and afternoon tea in The Lounge. 

An extensive banquet menu is available for corporate events and special occasions. Board meetings, fundraisers, and weddings are just some of the large-scale gatherings that are held at the Ritz-Carlton. Its proximity to the Moscone Center makes it a desired destination for conference attendees. 

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The St. Regis San Francisco

125 Third Street, San Francisco, California 94103

Neutral suite bedroom with red accents at The St. Regis San Francisco luxury hotel.
Overlook Suite bedroom photo courtesy of St. Regis San Francisco

This landmark hotel is home to the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and is next door to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

Its proximity to other area museums and galleries make The St. Regis a destination hotel for art lovers visiting The City by the Bay. Art installations which complement the contemporary decor and furnishings are standard in every room and suite.

Personalized butler service is complimentary for guests who reserve one of the one-bedroom suites, and the hotel’s concierge can assist guests who want to attend a live performance at a local theater or play a game of golf at one of San Francisco’s renowned golf courses. On-site experiences for leisure travelers include afternoon tea service, a St. Regis tradition, and an evening ritual featuring champagne sabering.

A visit to the Remède Spa is a wonderful way to wind down after a day of work or play. Steam rooms, whirlpools, saunas, relaxation lounges, and an infinity pool with a view of the city are available to guests of the hotel. 

The Grill at St. Regis is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the Lobby Lounge offers casual fare for afternoon and evening meals. 24-hour room service is available as well.

Note: The hotel can not accommodate more than three people (including kids) in any room or suite.

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Fairmont San Francisco

950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108

The interior of a Fairmont Queen/Queen room with taupe walls, dark woods and white accents.
Photo courtesy of Fairmont

This San Francisco luxury hotel in the prestigious Nob Hill neighborhood is at the intersection of the cable car lines that take passengers to downtown, Union Square, Financial District, Ferry Building, and Fisherman’s Wharf areas.

Its convenient location, attentive service, and upscale amenities make it a popular hotel for family vacations, class reunions, business meetings, and weddings. With 72,000 square feet of event space, it would be difficult to imagine a more perfect setting for any special occasion. 

For the ultimate indulgence, guests can book the Penthouse Suite where rock stars and royalty have slept during visits to San Francisco in this best luxury hotel.

If your needs aren’t quite that extravagant, but you still want a world-class experience, the Fairmont San Francisco has over 600 rooms and suites that feature down-filled pillows and comforters, plush bathrobes, Le Labo toiletries, and spectacular views of the city or the bay. 

Start your day at the European-style Caffè Cento with an illy coffee or Ghirardelli hot chocolate. When you return to the hotel after exploring the city, relax with a cup of afternoon tea at the Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar, or dine at the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar. In-room dining is also available upon request. Select menu items are prepared with ingredients from the Fairmont’s rooftop garden and beehives. 

Good to know: The hotel offers suites that can suit larger families like the Junior Family Suite with two queen beds and a double sofa bed.

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Loews Regency San Francisco 

222 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA 94104

Note: In 2020, the hotel will reopen as Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero after some renovations. This hotel was also Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco before being acquired by Loews.

City views and the bay from a room.
City view and the bay from our room when the hotel was a Mandarin Oriental.

Centrally located in downtown San Francisco, the Loews Regency is within walking distance of many of the city’s major attractions (including nearby Chinatown) but a big reason to check in here is for the city views.

Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Golden Gate Bridge are visible from the hotel’s coveted position at the top of a 48-story building. See all of this from the popular Sky Baron rooftop bar the 40th floor while sipping seasonal cocktails, your room, or the hotel’s Sky Bridge. The sunsets are outstanding (when weather permits).

First-time guests and returning visitors will enjoy a range of upscale amenities that include complimentary car service, 24-hour in-room dining, Julien Farel toiletries, Frette bed linens, and daily newspaper delivery. Thoughtful touches such as complimentary bottled water, pillow menus, and iPod docking stations make every guest feel pampered. 

Locally sourced dishes are served at the on-site restaurant – The Bear & Monarch. Regional cuisine, signature cocktails, and sophisticated decor celebrate San Francisco’s history in a contemporary, trendy way. Private dining and in-room dining are also available. 

Elegant meeting rooms and event spaces combined with VIP service are sure to impress business clients, conference attendees, and wedding guests. Venues at the Loews Regency can accommodate up to 150 people.

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