Best hotels in San Francisco, California

Here you'll find a list of the best hotels in San Francisco which have been recommended by critics from The New York Times, The Guardian, Lonely Planet and many more. All hotel recommendations are referenced with customer reviews from several booking platforms and all listed hotels have a rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars.

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 Argonaut Hotel San Francisco

Argonaut Hotel, San Francisco

Lonely Planet

“Fisherman’s Wharf’s top hotel was built as a cannery in 1908 and has century-old wooden beams and exposed-brick walls. Rooms sport an over-the-top nautical theme, with porthole-shaped mirrors and plush, deep-blue carpets.”

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 Grand Hyatt San Francisco

Grand Hyatt Union Square, San Francisco


“Great staff and famed Hyatt pillow-top mattresses help make the Grand Hyatt a reliable place to do everything from sip martinis to hole up flicking channels in high style.”

4.3 Axiom Hotel San Francisco

Axiom Hotel, San Francisco

New York Times

“The Axiom Hotel aims to reflect the city that it’s in. Being tech-forward is the focus of this six-story, 152-room hotel, which opened in February 2016. iPad check-ins, fast and free fiber-optic Wi-Fi and breakfast tables featuring places for each diner to plug in a gadget, for example.”

4.4 Hotel Zetta San Francisco

Hotel Zetta, San Francisco

New York Times

“Stay at the playful, tech-savvy Hotel Zetta, well situated downtown in SoMa and near the Powell Street BART station; it’s Viceroy Hotels’ first San Francisco property and home to the Cavalier, a modern British-style gastro pub by the local restaurateur-chef team Anna Weinberg and Jennifer Puccio.”

Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in San Francisco.