The 11 best hotels in San FranciscoGet the Full StoryOver 20 million visitors flock to San Francisco each year and have a lot of choice when it comes to hotels, ranging from five-star luxury to boutique accommodations that are funky and fun.
With so many options in the city by the bay, we've selected 11 of San Francisco's most interesting, top-rated hotels, starting as low as 149 per night in slower seasons, and climbing to 377 per night based on time of publishing to fit every budget.
We made selections based on personal experience and Insider Picks in-depth reviews, as well as price, and feedback and ratings from previous guests on sites such as Trip Advisor and Booking.com.
Read all Insider Picks Hotel Reviews here.
When you live in a tourist destination, it is often your duty whether you like it or not, to make suggestions for what to see or eat, and, perhaps most importantly, where to stay.
I've lived in San Francisco all my life, and am most often asked for hotel recommendations from family, friends, and friends of friends.
While many name brand and luxury hotels are found downtown, there's an eclectic mix of offerings in other parts of the city too, to meet a wide range of needs and interests. You can stay in an old school landmark atop a San Francisco hill, or a boutique inn nestled near the water in the historic Presidio. Expect to pay around 200 per night for a well-reviewed hotel, depending on when you visit, and the class of hotel.
To help plan a San Francisco visit, I've compiled some of the city's favorite hotels, based on my own experiences and reviews from my Insider Picks colleagues, as well as research and top user reviews and ratings from Trip Advisor and Booking.com, with starting prices between 149 and 377 per night based on time of publishing to fit every budget.
Keep reading to discover 11 of the best hotels in San Francisco, sorted by price from low to high.Alesandra Dubin Business Insider
Book Le M ridien San Francisco starting at 149 per night
When a fellow Insider Picks reviewer was looking for a last-minute solo stay in San Francisco, she selected Le M ridien San Francisco for its combination of location, comfort, and a relatively cheap price. Despite the last-minute booking, she was able to snag a huge corner room with a view of the Bay Bridge for 149.
Le M ridien is a renowned luxury brand within the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio and strikes the right balance between nice amenities and a down-to-earth price point, even on short notice or in this case, no lead time at all . The rooms are ample in both size and comfort, and the location is ideal for a walkable visit.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 50 out of 245
Booking.com Rating: 8.7 out of 10
Pros: With rates starting at 149, the hotel feels like a secret most haven't caught on to, making it a smart option in an otherwise expensive market. Plus, perks like free coffee and the walkable location add value.
Cons: Portions of the hotel and its finishes are in need of cosmetic upgrades. Don't expect newly renovated rooms.
Read Insider Picks' full hotel review for Le M ridien San Francisco
Virgin Hotels San Francisco
Book Virgin Hotels San Francisco starting at 158 per night
The Virgin Hotel, part of Richard Branson's empire, is one of the newest hotels in town, generating a fair amount of buzz. It's a welcome addition in the South of Market area, located near Yerba Buena Gardens and the Moscone Convention Center.
The hotel features chicly decorated rooms, a swanky lobby bar, and a sophisticated rooftop bar. The rooms, which the hotel calls "chambers," include sliding doors to divide the sleeping area from the living area, and the minibar is stocked with items offered at street prices rather than the usual hotel markup.
Be warned, since it's right in the middle of the action, the hotel's bars attract a lot of attention and can become very crowded.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 46 out of 245
Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10
Pros: Chic rooms in a central hotel with the option to bring your pup. It's pet-friendly.
Cons: Music and noise from the rooftop bar can be heard at night in rooms located on the upper floors, so if you're a light sleeper, ask to avoid those rooms.
San Francisco Proper Hotel
Book San Francisco Proper Hotel starting at 175 per night
Interior design is the star of San Francisco Proper Hotel, a new hotel located mid-Market and near the Civic Center. It's on the edge of San Francisco's gritty Tenderloin neighborhood, though that feeling is non-existent within the historic flatiron building. As such, this hotel is a great pick for urbanites and young friends or couples used to navigating up-and-coming city neighborhoods. Families and those that are new to San Francisco might prefer staying in a more established part of town. Though, many guests are so pleased with the hotel itself, that the location, while not desirable, is worth it.
Inside, the colorful, art-forward vibe was curated by star decorator Kelly Wearstler. She injects plenty of whimsy into bold decor, with rich fabrics and rooms that are beautifully appointed with midcentury modern and European-inspired furnishings. It's a look you'll wish you could replicate back home.
Make sure to hit the trendy rooftop bar while you're there.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 34 out of 245
Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Pros: The decor is beautiful and memorable, with expertly-curated details and striking furniture that you'll remember long after your stay.
Cons: The hotel doesn't have the best location, and it's not a great fit for those who prefer a walkable hotel. It's best to take a cab, Uber, or Lyft to get around. There's also a BART station steps away that can take you to downtown, the Mission, or even to the airport.
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