7 Popular San Francisco Luxury Hotels

San Francisco is filled with luxury hotels and it can be hard to choose. To help out, in other articles we’ve picked the Top 7 Historic Luxury Hotels as well as the Top 6 Modern Luxury Hotels in San Francisco. But when we completed those articles we still had this list of 7 other luxury hotels that we just couldn’t leave without reviewing.

For example, there’s the Fairmont Heritage Place on Ghirardelli Square, which is frequently the number one rated hotel by travelers. The setting is more like an elegant private residence than a hotel, with outrageous personal service. One of our personal faves is the Hotel Drisco found in the “udderly” charming Cow Hollow in the prestigious residential neighborhood of Pacific Heights.

Hotel Drisco

If you want to stay at a San Francisco luxury hotel but also want to escape the downtown feel of Union Square, the Drisco is the place for you.

Set in the pretty residential area of Pacific Heights in Cow Hollow, the small 1903 establishment is one of the city’s best hotels. The pristine lobby is decorated in shades of cream and butter yellow. Guest rooms are done in pale green with custom-made furniture and comfy marble bathrooms.


Our Rating — Superb-Plus!

• Free WIFI (Yay!)
• 2901 Pacific Avenue
• Neighborhood — Pacific Heights

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Hotel Vitale

This relative newcomer opened in 2005 and became an instant hit. Hotel Vitale is now part of the prestigious Joie de Vivre group. It’s set at the foot of the Embarcadero with outstanding views of the Bay Bridge.

The modern hotel is filled with clean, masculine lines and is fitted with trendy touches like a gourmet minibar, and the very popular Americano Restaurant. Worth the splurge — a suite with a 270-degree view of San Francisco. This landmark San Francisco boutique hotel was designed to uniquely encompass modern touches balanced with soothing natural elements. Guests experience a unique urban retreat with stunning water and city views, on-site Spa Vitale with outdoor roof-top soaking tubs, dramatic terraces and the Vitale’s signature restaurant and bar – Americano.

Our Rating — Superb
• Free WIFI (Yay!)
• 8 Mission Street
• Neighborhood — Embarcadero

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Fairmont Heritage Place

Regularly rated the number one San Francisco Hotel, these luxurious apartments have been refurbished from the former Ghirardelli chocolate factory, located on the square of the same name.

The spacious apartments are better than home, with fully-functioning gourmet kitchens, marble soaking tubs, fireplaces, separate dining rooms, sleek furniture, and views of Alcatraz.

The capable concierge will arrange y our dinner and theater reservations and deliver you there and pick you up if it’s within a two-mile radius! That’s good news since most everywhere you want to go in SF is within a two-mile radius. The Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square is an amazing luxury hotel within the iconic brick chocolate factory complex. It’s directly under the iconic Ghirardelli roof sign.

Our Rating — Highly-Rated
• Paid WIFI (Boo!)
• 900 North Point Square
• Neighborhood — Fisherman’s Warf

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Stanford Court

A recent $35 million renovation has brought the sparkle back to this historic San Francisco luxury hotel. Once the home to railroad magnate Leland Stanford, the piece de la resistance is the stained-glass dome that dominates the lobby.

Expect all the luxury standards like 300-thread-count Italian sheets, comfy robes, heated towel racks, spacious bathrooms with granite fixtures, and a nightly turndown service.

Stanford Court

Our Rating — Highly-Rated
• Free WIFI (Yay!)
• 905 California Street
• Neighborhood — Nob Hill

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Taj Campton Place

Fresh-cut orchids and Japanese floral arrangements add to the ambiance of this jewel-like luxury hotel.

The guest rooms are decorated in soothing earth tones and finished with handsome, Italian touches like pear wood paneling. Double-pane windows keep the noise out and limestone deep-soaking tubs add to the relaxation factor. The Campton Place Restaurant serves contemporary French-influenced cuisine.

How Our Ratings Work

Superb Plus = 93%+ Travelers Rating
Superb = 88%+ Travelers Rating
Highly Rated Plus = 85%+ Travelers Rating
Highly Rated = 80%+ Travelers Rating

Our Rating — Highly-Rated Plus!
• Free WIFI (Yay!)
• 340 Stockton Street
• Neighborhood — Union Square

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Le Meridien San Francisco

There’s an abundance of chic touches at this sleek luxury hotel. All the spacious guest rooms are decked out with freshly-cut flowers, polished granite sinks, modern contemporary furniture, and Australian lacewood paneling.

After you’ve admired your 55-inch flat-screen TV (as well as the excellent business facilities), head downstairs to the Park Grill for top-notch Californian cooking or Bar 333 for upscale cuisine and an extensive list of wines and cocktails.

Our Rating — Highly Rated
• Paid WIFI (Boo!)
• 333 Battery Street
• Neighborhood — Financial District

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InterContinental San Francisco

It’s a sparkling hotel with a crisp blue-glass exterior, subtle Zen-like lobby and spacious, and light-filled guest rooms. No wonder it’s been attracting business travelers and vacationers alike.

Very cosmopolitan and up-to-date; located in the heart of downtown in the SoMa district. With 32 stories and floor-to-ceiling windows, the views are fantastic. “Modern Elegance” is how this InterContinental describes itself, and we agree.

Our Rating — Highly-Rated
• Paid WIFI (Boo!)  (Dropped our rating down from Highly-Rated Plus! )
• 888 Howard Street
• Neighborhood — SOMA

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