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ShermansTravel experts know how to pick a good hotel. Whether in the budget, moderate, or luxury price range, the hotels we recommend always meet our highly selective criteria for what amounts to an unbeatable experience. We look at location, comparing the hotel to other offerings in the area; price range, determining where the hotel falls on the scale of affordability, and whether it merits the expense; and finally, experience, that all-important benchmark covering everything from aesthetics to service. We assess every aspect of the hotel experience, from beds and views to service and that indefinable thing called vibe.

Top Hotels in San Francisco

Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa

A short drive from San Francisco, this waterside oasis with 63 guest accommodations, its ... more

801 Bridgeway
Sausalito , CA
800-288-0502
Tags: luxury | expensive | views | trendy | waterfront
Cavallo Point Lodge

Part national park lodge, part high-end resort, Cavallo Point, the Lodge atGolden Gate, sits on ... more

601 Murray Circle
Fort Baker
Sausalito , CA
888-651-2003; 415-339-4700
Tags: family | moderate | historic | views | waterfront
Clift Hotel

This larger-than-life property beckons trendsetters, fashionistas, andcelebrities galore with ... more

495 Geary St.
San Francisco , CA
415-775-4700
Tags: luxury | expensive | design | trendy | jim's pick
Fairmont Hotel San Francisco

The Fairmont, with its ornate furnishings and dramatic staircases, celebratedits 100-year ... more

950 Mason St.
San Francisco , CA
415-772-5000
Tags: moderate | historic | jim's pick
Four Seasons San Francisco

Not only are the rooms top notch – panoramic views of the city, with 277 rooms and suites (the ... more

757 Market St.
San Francisco , CA
415-633-3000
Tags: luxury | expensive | views
Golden Gate Hotel

This family-run inn occupies an original 1913 four-story building with lots ofappeal. ... more

775 Bush St.
San Francisco , CA
800-835-1118
Tags: family | budget | historic | b&b
Good Hotel

"Great" is a much better name for the Good Hotel, a perky little "hotel with a ... more

112 7th St.
San Francisco , CA
415-621-7001
Tags: budget | great value | great location | trendy | eco-friendly
Hotel Adagio

Straddling the border of Union Square and the Tenderloin, this hip Joie de Vivre hotel boasts ... more

550 Geary St.
San Francisco , CA
415-775-5000
Tags: moderate | boutique hotel | trendy
Hotel des Arts

While the amenities aren’t the most lavish in town – some roomshave shared bathrooms ... more

447 Bush St.
San Francisco , CA
800-956-4322
Tags: budget | trendy
Hotel Palomar San Francisco

These sleek rooms are the perfect mid-range option for those who want a greatspot near the shops ... more

12 Fourth St.
San Francisco , CA
866-373-4941
Tags: luxury | expensive | trendy
Hotel Tomo

Although it’s part of the Best Western chain, there’s nothingchain-like about the ... more

1800 Sutter St.
San Francisco , CA
415-921-4000
Tags: budget | editor pick
Hotel Vitale

The earthy-luxe Hotel Vitale is located on the waterfront with unbeatable viewsof the Bay ... more

8 Mission St.
San Francisco , CA
415-278-3700
Tags: expensive | spa | views | jim's pick
Huntington Hotel

At the top of affluent Nob Hill sits the Huntington Hotel, open since 1924 andas old-world and ... more

1075 California St.
San Francisco , CA
800-227-4683; 415-474-5400
Tags: moderate | spa | historic | great value | views
Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf

For those who prefer a location near the hustle and bustle of Fisherman’sWharf, the Hyatt ... more

555 N. Point S.
San Francisco , CA
415-563-1234
Tags: moderate | swimming pool | newly renovated
InterContinental Mark Hopkins

This iconic, 19-story hotel opened in 1926 and sits right atop Nob Hill,overlooking Union ... more

1 Nob Hill
San Francisco , CA
415-392-3434
Tags: moderate | historic
InterContinental San Francisco

Opened in February 2008, the eco-friendly InterContinental’s modern, turquoise ... more

888 Howard St.
San Francisco , CA
1-415-616-6500
Tags: moderate | smart splurge | views | trendy | jim's pick
Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

Contemporary-feeling rooms with superb city and Bay views are elegantlydecorated with Asian ... more

222 Sansome St.
San Francisco , CA
415-276-9888
Tags: luxury | expensive | editor pick | smart splurge | views
Omni San Francisco

Open since 2002, the Omni San Francisco occupies a former bank building, which was originally ... more

500 California St.
San Francisco , CA
800-843-6664
Tags: family | moderate | historic | great value | great location | jim's pick
Orchard Garden Hotel

California’s first LEED-certified hotel stays true to its eco-friendlymission by offering ... more

466 Bush St.
San Francisco , CA
415-399-9807
Tags: moderate | trendy
Parker Guest House

If you’re looking for more of a personalized experience, consider the21-room Parker Guest ... more

520 Church St.
San Francisco , CA
888-520-7275
Tags: moderate | historic | gay | b&b
Phoenix Hotel

The Phoenix’s rock’n’roll vibe has hosted rock stars of everysort: Moby, the ... more

601 Eddy St.
San Francisco , CA
415-776-1380
Tags: moderate | swimming pool | celebrity hangout
Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

This Nob Hill institution is considered among the top hotels in the world.Maybe it’s the ... more

600 Stockton St.
San Francisco , CA
415-296-7465; 800-241-3333
Tags: luxury | expensive | great location | landmark | jim's pick
Serrano Hotel

Splashed with the Kimpton hotel collection’s signature bold colors and audacious patterned ... more

405 Taylor St.
San Francisco , CA
415-885-2500 or 866-575-9941
Tags: moderate | historic | great value | great location
Sir Francis Drake

Located off the Powell Street cable car line, Sir Francis Drake is a Kimptonproperty dropped ... more

450 Powell St.
San Francisco , CA
800-795-7192; 415-392-7755
Tags: moderate | historic
St. Regis San Francisco

One of San Francisco’s finest hotels, the St. Regis, occupies prime realestate in a ... more

125 3rd St.
San Francisco , CA
415-284-4000; 877-787-3447
Tags: luxury | expensive | trendy | jim's pick
Taj Campton Place

The intimate, elegant Taj Campton Place is located just off Union Square in theheart of downtown ... more

340 Stockton St.
San Francisco , CA
866-9691825; 415-781-5555
Tags: luxury | expensive | historic
The Chateau Tivoli

This bed-and-breakfast occupies a 19th-century building right up the streetfrom the famed ... more

1057 Steiner St.
San Francisco , CA
800-228-1647
Tags: budget | b&b
The Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square

Arguably, the only reason to brave the tourist zone north of Pier 39 is theFairmont Heritage ... more

900 N. Point St.
San Francisco , CA
888-991-4300; 415-268-9900
Tags: family | expensive | historic | all-suite

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“If you have an early flight, choose a hotel close to the airport the night before. Starting a trip on too little sleep is never fun.”

Karen Dion Freelance Editor

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