San Francisco is as iconic travel destination as there is. There’s a world-famous landmark on every corner. Visitors can climb every steep hill and see treasures like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Coit Tower. Whether shrouded by fog or kissed by the California sun, you’ll spend your days riding cable cars, perusing world-class museums and galleries, and deciding between fresh seafood on the Wharf or dim sum in Chinatown. There’s no finer way to end your day than by retiring to one of San Francisco’s top-rated luxury hotels. Here are the best of the best, according to Booking.com users.
The top choice of Booking.com users is Hotel Drisco, a turn-of-the-century architectural gem in the Pacific Heights neighborhood. Its hilltop setting, verdant surroundings and immaculate amenities make this property truly outstanding. Imagine the historic charm of cast iron radiators warming your room on a chilly morning, complemented by indulgences like Bulgari bathroom amenities and a pillow menu.
The Scarlet Huntington
The Scarlet Huntington is a historic icon of ritzy Nob Hill. The memorable aesthetic of its red brick facade continues inside the airy lobby. The decor of the rooms and suites is equally striking, with such details as antique mirrored doors and color palettes of fuchsia, black and gold. Upgrade to a suite for spacious living areas, plus a shower with an inventive Kohler Hydro-rail system.
The location of the Orchard Hotel, halfway up Nob Hill and steps from Union Square, is one of its most appealing features. Yet the hotel prides itself most on its promise of “boutique elegance and eco-awareness.” The former is exemplified by custom, handcrafted furniture, captivating displays of San Francisco-themed photographs, and the marble floors of its inviting entryway.
The Fairmont San Francisco
The world-famous hotel group has one of its premier properties at the top of Nob Hill, a setting that offers panoramic views across the city and bay. High-end touches include extra-long pillow-top beds and plush robes in all 592 guest rooms and suites. Select a balcony suite for a private filigreed terrace, elegant parlor and marble bathroom, or choose a signature Golden Gate suite for views of the famous bridge and Alcatraz.
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
Hotel Nikko, at the edge of Union Square, takes inspiration from Japan for its contemporary decor and high-tech amenities. Innovative guest room features include rain showers and a television you can watch through your bathroom mirrors. Stay in a club room to enjoy a light breakfast and evening wine and beer reception in an exclusive lounge. All guests have access to a glass-enclosed indoor pool and expansive health club.