Glamour, glitter, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco is a culturally diverse and vibrant city, renowned for its bohemian influences and progressive movements, with something to offer everyone (especially those who like to party).

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay – where the notorious Alcatraz island is situated – the city also offers world-class eateries, high-end shopping, and postcard-worthy sights at every turn.

Here, we take a look at San Francisco’s best luxury hotels. Enjoy!
St Regis San Francisco 9.1

Since opening its doors in 2005, St. Regis San Francisco has been setting the standard for modern luxury in the city. Ideally located in the trendy SoMa district (South of Market), near a number of the city’s most popular attractions, the swanky hotel offers spacious rooms, luxurious amenities, and a flawless service that keeps guests coming back.

Classy reception at St. Regis San Francisco

Classy reception at St. Regis San Francisco

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The high-rise hotel has 306 rooms and suites, each one equipped with rainforest showers, minibars, and several flat-screen TVs (including one in the bathroom). The hotel is also home to one of the city’s finest restaurants, the Michelin-starred restaurant Ame, where a delectable ‘New American’ cuisine is served. The St. Regis is undoubtedly one of the most impressive hotels in San Francisco.

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Fairmont San Francisco 9.0

Walk through the spectacular entrance to the Fairmont San Francisco and you’ll be overcome with a sense of old-world glamour. The hotel’s vast lobby impresses with crystal chandeliers hanging overhead, imposing columns, and marble floors. It’s easy to see why  every U.S. president since William Taft has chosen to stay here.

The impressive entrance to the Fairmont San Francisco

The impressive entrance to the Fairmont San Francisco

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The Fairmont is an iconic San Francisco property, located on a hilltop in exclusive Nob Hill, from where it overlooks the entire city. Comfortable rooms, therefore, boasts unrivalled views, as well as sophisticated interiors thanks to a major refresh in 2014. Even if you don’t plan to stay at The Fairmont, it’s well worth taking a trip up the hill just to admire the huge neoclassical building and its stunning views.

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Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square 9.2

Set in Ghirardelli Square – one of the San Fran’s most famous landmarks and a former chocolate factory dating from 1893 – Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square offers contemporary residence-style suites within the lively Fisherman’s Wharf neighbourhood.

Suite at Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square

Suite at Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square

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Spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites boast a tasteful contemporary design, plush amenities (including gourmet kitchens), and large, open fireplaces. The hotel caters to discerning travellers with a Maserati car service, personal shopper, and 24-hour butlers. A classy home-away-from-home in one of the city’s most popular districts.

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Loews Regency San Francisco Hotel 9.2

With its position in San Francisco’s third tallest skyscraper, Loews Regency San Francisco offers incredible views, ultra-luxurious rooms, and a delightful restaurant called Brasserie S&P.

Incredible views at Loews Regency San Francisco

Incredible views at Loews Regency San Francisco

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The highlight of Loews Regency are its rooms – each with exceptional views of the city or the bay, Italian marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, and luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets. There is also a 24-hour fitness centre and business centre, and an on-site spa. Expect 5-star service from the moment you enter.

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Palace Hotel a Luxury Collection Hotel San Francisco 8.8

Situated just a short stroll from Union Square, The Palace Hotel offers guests a luxurious and unique stay under its historic roof. Rooms at The Palace are sure to grab your attention, with chic furnishings, indulgent marble bathtubs, and exquisite views overlooking the city.

The historic Palace Hotel San Francisco

The historic Palace Hotel San Francisco

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True to it’s historic roots, The Palace offers a lavish afternoon tea, served on fine china under the crystal chandeliers of the Garden Court. For dinner, head to Pied Piper, where an inviting ambience and traditional American cuisine are available. Other amenities at The Palace include an on-site fitness centre with heated pool, concierge service, and a business centre.

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Taj Campton Place 9.0

Modest luxury is what’s on offer at Taj Campton Place. Located in Union Square, this 110-room upscale boutique hotel – taken over by Taj Hotels in 2007 – is a landmark in the heart of San Francisco. Its unassuming facade is complemented by an impressive array of services and premium in-room amenities.

Campton Place restaurant

Campton Place restaurant

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Stylish rooms and suites offer a mix of classical European and contemporary design, whilst the hotel’s open-air fitness centre makes a unique setting for a workout, with its bird’s eye views of the city. Dine on fine Californian and Indian cuisine at the impressive Campton Place restaurant, where a master sommelier will guide you through a wine list of over 1,500 labels.

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Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco 9.0

Situated on the 5th to 17th floors of a skyscraper in SoMa, Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco is one of the city’s leading 5-star hotels, partly due to its elegant rooms (also some of the biggest in the city) and its immaculate service.

City views at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

City views at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

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Guests are looked after impeccably, with a 24-hour concierge and room service on hand to cater to all needs. The hotel also houses the popular Equinox Sports Club with gym and indoor pool, and the MKT Restaurant – Bar serving tasty California cuisine (including some divine seafood dishes). Four Seasons San Francisco is ideal for those who appreciate traditional luxury and professional service.

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Ritz-Carlton San Francisco 8.8

Set within a stately 1909 mansion in the upscale Nob Hill neighbourhood, The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco is a perfect base from which to explore the city, with the historic cable car right on its doorstep.

Stylish room at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco in Nob HIll

Stylish room at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco in Nob HIll

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An understated entrance is in contrast to opulent rooms, which feature 400-thread-count Frette linens, flat-screen TVs, and Italian marble bathrooms. Classic luxury is present throughout the 5-star property, from the seemingly endless number of chandeliers hanging from the ceilings, to the generous use of marble. A classy hotel complete with a luxury spa, indoor pool and Jacuzzi, and an acclaimed restaurant, Dining Room, serving local specialities and international favourites.

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Hotel Drisco 9.8

This 4-star Edwardian hotel, perched atop a hill in Pacific Heights – one of the most affluent neighborhoods in San Francisco – certainly does not wane when it comes to service.

Hotel Drisco in Pacific Heights

Hotel Drisco in Pacific Heights

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A stroll away from a number of quality restaurants and high-end boutiques, Hotel Drisco offers a sophisticated atmosphere with 48 refined rooms, a daily continental breakfast, and wine and hors d’oeuvres every evening.

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Omni San Francisco Hotel 9.2

Another 4-star property, Omni San Francisco Hotel is housed within a former bank that dates back to the 1920s. Its historic opulence is exemplified in the grand lobby, adorned with crystal chandeliers, wood paneling, and am Italian marble staircase.

Omni San Francisco Hotel

Omni San Francisco Hotel

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The Omni’s 362 rooms and suites boast  9-foot-high ceilings, charming mahogany furniture, and modern amenities including flat-screen TVs and iHome docking stations. Additionally, the hotel’s well thought of restaurant, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, serves a decent steak.

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