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Best hotels for travelers looking for classic San Francisco
The Sir Francis Drake hotel offers the classic San Francisco experience. From busy Union Square, you will be ushered into the hotel by a doorman decked out in a historic Beefeater uniform. The lobby’s antique crystal chandelier, plush velvet sofas, and marble staircase are enough to make anyone feel like an old time movie star. Head up to Harry Denton’s Skylight Room on the 21st floor to sip martinis and enjoy the 360 degree views of the San Francisco skyline.
Located in tonier Nob Hill (just a few blocks away) is The Fairmont San Francisco hotel. While the Sir Francis Drake is located right in the middle of San Francisco’s shopping district, The Fairmont offers a quiet respite from the crowds. The hotel doesn’t need to worry about not having a lounge at the top – the hotel’s position alone on top of steep Nob Hill provides views of the city and the Bay. The Fairmont has played hosts to many presidents and dignitaries. It has also been featured in many movies and is where Tony Bennett first sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
Both the Sir Francis Drake and The Fairmont are located along the Powell-Mason Cable Car line so you will have many opportunities to take pictures of cable cars and ride them yourself.
Best hotels for individualists and design lovers
Travelers looking for a more unique and customized stay should consider Hotel Triton. Hotel Triton is known for its wacky furniture and explosion of colors. If the zebra print headboards and bathrobes aren’t far out enough for you, then book one of the celebrity suites. The J. Garcia Suite, created by the very man himself, features a self-portrait amongst the autographed wall.
Fans of Japanese pop-culture will be in heaven at Hotel Tomo. Anime-style paintings cover the walls, with each room featuring a different mural.
Hotel Triton is right across from Chinatown, providing easy access to San Francisco’s best Chinese food. Hotel Tomo is located in Japantown and is home to Mums Restaurant and Bar where you can fill up on all-you-can-eat Shabu Shabu.
Best hotels for modern luxury
The Hotel Vitale oozes luxury through its elegant and natural design. If you can afford it, the suites offer stunning views of the Bay Bridge and beyond. With a focus in revitalization, Hotel Vitale’s spa is located in the penthouse level so you can enjoy the view while getting the massage. The young and moneyed gather downstairs at Americano, the hotel’s restaurant and bar, for happy hour.
The hotel offers one of the best locations in San Francisco for food lovers. The Ferry Building Marketplace, home to gourmet food purveyors and the organic farmers market, is right across the street. Surrounding the hotel is acclaimed restaurants such as Boulevard, Chaya, and One Market.
Like all other Mandarin Oriental hotels, the five-star Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco offers unparalleled service and furnishings. Every room offers a view as the hotel occupies the top floors of a 48-story building. The Bridge to Bridge view rooms, providing a view of both the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and all landmarks in between, may quite possibly be the best room view in San Francisco.
Best hotels for budget travelers and families
If you must have a car during your stay in San Francisco, staying at a hotel that offers free parking will save you a lot of money. Parking a car at a hotel’s garage or independent garage in San Francisco can cost anywhere from $25 to $50 per day. Throw in the cost of breakfast every day and your budget can quickly spiral out of control.
Hotel Del Sol provides free parking and continental breakfast. Don’t let the motel facade fool you as the hotel has been thoroughly renovated and is managed by boutique hotel operator Joie de Vivre, which manages some of the best properties in California. The hotel, with its bright colors, hammocks, and palm trees, evokes a casual California vibe. The one bedroom junior suites provide families with the space they need.
Nearby <href=”#”>Marina Motel have two room suites for as low as $99. The Marina Motel does not offer breakfast but rooms come equipped with a mini fridge and a coffee/tea maker. Some of the suites and rooms have fully equipped kitchens. While the decor leaves something to be desired, you can’t beat the value. Light sleepers should make sure to reserve a courtyard room, facing away from busy Lombard street.
Both the Hotel Del Sol and Marina Motel are located in the Marina District. Those looking to get out of the tourist heavy areas of Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf will love staying at these properties where you can walk out and interact with local residents. Nearby are Union and Chestnut Streets, which offer numerous restaurants, bars, and boutique stores. Also within walking distance is Lombard Street’s famous crooked section, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Crissy Fields.
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