Best Hotels in San Francisco, California

CriticPick lists the best hotels in San Francisco as recommended by the most popular travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews, and we only list hotels which have a review rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars.
San Francisco is officially known as the City and County of San Francisco and is the commercial, cultural and financial center of Northern California. The city is among the most populous in the country; it is the fourth-most populous city in California and the 13th in the US.
San Francisco is the birthplace of one of the most important international organizations; the United Nations back in 1945. San Francisco became a center of liberal activism in the United States for a number of reasons; the Sexual Revolution, the Peace Movement, the rise of the “hippie” counterculture, significant immigration, liberalizing attitudes and the confluence of returning servicemen.
The city is a popular tourist destination for many reasons and is particularly known for its cool summers, fog steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture and landmarks and its famous Chinatown district.
The city has several nicknames that include “The City by the Bay”, “Baghdad by the Bay”, “The Paris of the West”, “Golden Gate City” and “Fog City”. Other nicknames include “San Fran” and “SF”.
The city is highly ranked on world livability rankings making it a top destination for migrants and tourists.
Through the recommended hotels listed below, you can easily find the best places to stay in San Francisco, California.
If you like our list of design hotels in San Francisco, then you should also check out our selection of boutique hotels in Los Angeles or luxury hotels in Chicago.


What are the best neighborhoods to stay in San Francisco?

San Francisco is synonymous with the Golden Gate, the steep hills engulfed in fog and the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Fisherman’s Wharf
Located on the water-front, this popular tourist destination is famous for crab cakes and clam chowder, dishes tantamount with the Wharf. The view is breathtaking of the Golden Gate and Alcatraz prison. Boutiques and cafes are found check and jowl close to the celebrated chocolate factory. Renowned hotels are located here.

Mission District
A vibrant area with strong Latin influence and happening vibe, there is an eclectic mix of taco shops, live music clubs, with celebrity chef restaurants and chic lounges and gourmet ice cream parlour. Top luxury hotels are found here.

One of the oldest Chinese establishment and its alleyways are filled with dim sum stalls. Gothic cock-tail lounges and karaoke bars are popular here. A bevy of luxury hotels as well as budget options are situated here.

The Castro
The name stands in conjunction with the gay culture. It has numerous bars and taverns that draw a huge number of revellers. Traditional homely restaurants are famous here and so are adult shops. The culinary revelation is as exotic as the inherent atmosphere of this place.

North Beach
A pulsating neighbourhood with rich Italian heritage offers you a plethora of options like jazz clubs, inns, family-run eateries, gelato parlours, cafe and retro flavoured bars. If you are looking for some authentic Italian experience while enjoying the wonderful Californian view, then this is the place for you.

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4.4 Argonaut Hotel San Francisco

Argonaut Hotel, San Francisco


“The Argonaut’s spacious guest rooms have exposed-brick walls, wood-beam ceilings, and best of all, windows that open to the sea air and the sounds of the waterfront; many rooms enjoy Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge views.”

Featured as Fodor’s Choice in San Francisco.

4.8 Hotel Drisco San Francisco

Hotel Drisco, San Francisco

Lonely Planet

“The only hotel in Pacific Heights, a stately 1903 apartment-hotel tucked between mansions, stands high on the ridgeline. It’s notable for its architecture, attentive service and chic rooms, with their elegantly austere decor.”

4.4 Palace Hotel San Francisco

Palace Hotel, San Francisco

New York Times

“The refurbished Palace Hotel, reopened in June 2015, has gone through several iterations since it first opened in 1875. The latest renovation modernized rooms, the gym and the skylit swimming pool, leaving intact the early 20th-century neo-Classical ambience.”

4.4 Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

Hotel The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco


“This stunning tribute to beauty, and attentive, professional service offers a modern twist on that classic Ritz style with a marble lobby, outstanding food, and a lovely wine tasting lounge. The afternoon high tea is a must ticket for the city’s elite.”

Featured as Fodor’s Choice in San Francisco.

4.6 St Regis San Francisco

Hotel St. Regis, San Francisco


“Full-blown high-tech luxury is yours at this über-chic 40-story SoMa tower. Strategically near the Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Gardens, this shrine to urban luxury welcomes guests with a 16-foot-long gas fireplace and streamlined lobby bar that’s frequented by city socialites.”

Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in San Francisco.

4.4 Four Seasons San Francisco

Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco


“One of San Francisco’s most exclusive properties occupies floors 5 through 17 of a skyscraper in the heart of the shopping district. Contemporary art lines the hallways and guest rooms.”

Featured as Fodor’s Choice in San Francisco.