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    Hotel Drisco
    San Francisco, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1623 reviewsTripAdvisor (1623)
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi

    Only two blocks east of the Presidio, Hotel Drisco offers sightseers a convenient jumping-off point for exploring some of San Francisco's most famous sites, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts. Travelers say that the top-notch customer service here made them feel like royalty, adding that the intimate atmosphere made for a relaxing stay. Hotel Drisco's guest rooms feature bright pops of color and luxurious amenities, such as pillow menus, gourmet honor bars and a nightly turndown service (that includes chocolate shortbread cookies). Although there is no restaurant, Hotel Drisco serves a continental breakfast every morning, as well as wine and hors d'oeuvres every evening  both included in the room rate. The property also houses a fitness center and a DVD lending library. 

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1623 reviewsTripAdvisor (1623)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi
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    Argonaut Hotel
    San Francisco, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6484 reviewsTripAdvisor (6484)
    Free WiFi

    Guests of this hotel in Fisherman's Wharf will feel as if they've just stepped aboard a cruise ship, even though the Argonaut Hotel sits firmly on solid ground. Guest rooms  which are decked out with nautical artifacts  offer spectacular views of San Francisco Bay. (Just note that these vistas don't come cheap, according to some travelers.) Meanwhile, common areas like the lobby and the in-house seafood restaurant, Blue Mermaid Restaurant, feature vibrant colors and fun, quirky furnishings. Visitors especially appreciate the excellent customer service and variety of amenities available, including a fitness center, spa and business center. Other guests, however, lamented the high price for parking. However, it's close proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Lombard Street earn high marks among travelers.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6484 reviewsTripAdvisor (6484)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Inn Above Tide
    Sausalito, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 839 reviewsTripAdvisor (839)
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi

    Recent guests described The Inn Above Tide as "dreamy," "magical" and "romantic," and it's easy to see why. Situated on the waterfront in Sausalito, California, every accommodation in this 31-room hotel offers views of the San Francisco Bay, the city skyline, Alcatraz and Angel Island. But the unforgettable vantage point isn't all The Inn Above Tide offers guests: Accommodations are equipped with binoculars, upscale toiletries, iPod docking stations and, in select rooms and suites, fireplaces and private decks (a worthy splurge, according to past lodgers). No matter which room type you choose, you'll have access to the inn's wide range of amenities, including a daily continental breakfast, an evening wine and cheese reception and loaner bicycles. You can also arrange for in-room spa services (for an additional fee). Though the inn doesn't have a fitness center, pool or restaurant on-site, its convenient waterfront location means Sausalito's eateries and shops are just steps away, a major plus for recent visitors. What's more, the ferry terminal is within walking distance of the property, making trips across the bay a cinch.

    Sausalito, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 839 reviewsTripAdvisor (839)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi
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    Huntington Hotel
    San Francisco, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1597 reviewsTripAdvisor (1597)

    When you check in at the Huntington Hotel, you'll be be amazed at its opulent lobby. And according to recent lodgers, this five-star treatment extends to the hotel's customer service. Visitors say the hotel staff made them feel as if they were the only people there. And this property's elegance extends from check-in to one of the best spas (if not the best spa) in San Francisco, the Nob Hill Spa, named for the Huntington's trendy location. When you're not out on the town, you can kick back in one of the spacious guest rooms, all of which feature flat-screen TVs, iPod-compatible stereo systems and wireless internet access. The Huntington also houses its own eatery, The Big 4 restaurant, where contemporary American cuisine is served. Should you crave different flavors, the hotel employees can help direct you to a variety of nearby restaurants.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1597 reviewsTripAdvisor (1597)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Hotel Vitale
    San Francisco, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1912 reviewsTripAdvisor (1912)
    Free WiFi

    Sitting on the Embarcadero across from the Ferry Building Marketplace, this Joie de Vivre property caters to both business and leisure travelers looking to be at the center of it all without sacrificing watery views. Hotel Vitale's guest rooms come stocked with amenities like minifridges, Bose sound systems and LCD televisions. But what guests especially love is the soothing atmosphere in the accommodations, created by the rich blues and earthy, neutral tones. If this sea-like decor doesn't do the trick, seek a little extra relaxation at the on-site Spa Vitale, which offers a variety of relaxing treatments to help you unwind. After a long day of sightseeing or pampering, satiate your appetite with Italian fare at Americano Restaurant & Bar.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1912 reviewsTripAdvisor (1912)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Nikko San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4044 reviewsTripAdvisor (4044)

    At first glance, this boutique hotel near Union Square may seem more geared toward business travelers  the hotel lobby, with its wall-to-wall marble covering and sparse furnishings, exudes a more serious aura. But the guest rooms have a softer side, with a soothing blue and white color palette and expansive windows offering views of downtown San Francisco. Though they do contain large work spaces, accommodations here also cater to those simply looking to kick back and relax, with iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs and pillow-top beds. Guests describe the digs as comfortable, but some lament the fact that there are fees to use the 24-hour fitness center. Despite this, many guests agree that the hotel's central location in the city is truly unbeatable. And though guests are within walking distance of numerous neighborhood eateries, those looking to try California cuisine with a hint of Asian flavor can grab a bite in the on-site Restaurant ANZU.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4044 reviewsTripAdvisor (4044)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    The Orchard Garden Hotel
    San Francisco, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1706 reviewsTripAdvisor (1706)
    Free WiFi

    Located in San Francisco's Chinatown (and just a short walk from the infamous Dragon Gate and Union Square), the boutique Orchard Garden Hotel invites guests to relax in its eco-friendly digs. The property is a LEED-certified hotel, and its accommodations are decorated with natural wood and soft neutral colors. Rooms and suites are stocked with work desks, LCD flat-screen TVs and beds draped in Egyptian cotton linens. After a good night's sleep, travelers can enjoy breakfast at the on-site Roots Restaurant. The Orchard Garden Hotel also has a dedicated sales and catering team to assist with meetings and events, while the concierge can recommend San Francisco dining spots and team-building activities. Past visitors were impressed with their stays, noting the hotel's comfortable beds, standout service and great location as reasons they would return. But keep in mind that this property does not offer amenities like a pool or spa.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1706 reviewsTripAdvisor (1706)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    W San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2222 reviewsTripAdvisor (2222)

    Like many W hotels, San Francisco's iteration is über-trendy, yet remarkably comfortable. Previous guests were pleased with the hotel's accommodations, which include pillow-top mattresses, goose-down bedding, flat-screen TVs and access to iPod shuffles and a variety of DVDs through the hotel's Whatever/Whenever program. The W San Francisco also provides pet beds, litter boxes and food bowls for those traveling with four-legged companions. In addition to its guest rooms, the W also has TRACE, a restaurant that serves socially conscious Californian cuisine, and the lavish Bliss Spa, where you can watch a movie while you get your nails done. Sitting near the Yerba Buena Gardens in the SoMa neighborhood, this Marriott-affiliated hotel makes a great choice for business and leisure travelers alike. Starwood Preferred Guest members and Marriott Rewards members can earn and use points here.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2222 reviewsTripAdvisor (2222)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Hotel Zetta San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 913 reviewsTripAdvisor (913)
    Free WiFi

    Just a short walk from the Powell Street BART station in downtown San Francisco, Hotel Zetta makes a great choice for all types of travelers. Recent guests were complimentary of this Viceroy property's modern design, praising the contemporary art, wooden accents and modern furnishings in the guest rooms. Accommodations also come with Wi-Fi access, Illy espresso machines and Web-compatible flat-screen TVs, and video game consoles are available to borrow. The staff members here also earn high marks for their friendly demeanor  travelers note that employees were quick and efficient when it came to fulfilling requests. For recreation, Hotel Zetta guests have access to a number of on-site amenities, including in-room spa services, a game room and a fitness center. And when mealtime rolls around, The Cavalier serves up British fare  like fish and chips  in a pub-style setting.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 913 reviewsTripAdvisor (913)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square
    San Francisco, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 720 reviewsTripAdvisor (720)
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi

    The Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square, which spreads out in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, provides a bit of luxury in the middle of San Francisco's action. Guests rave about the rooms, which feature full gourmet kitchens and plasma-screen TVs, as well as tasteful design features such as exposed-brick walls and dark wood floors. The Fairmont also gets lots of praise for its complimentary breakfast in the morning and wine and cheese reception in the evening. On breezy nights, visitors recommend lounging by the hotel's outdoor firepits, which provide a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. These amenities do come at a cost, but guests say if you can afford it, go for it. Members of the Fairmont President's Club can receive benefits like express check-in at this property.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 720 reviewsTripAdvisor (720)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Zelos San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 824 reviewsTripAdvisor (824)
    Free WiFi

    Housed in a circa-1900s building in downtown San Francisco, Hotel Zelos San Francisco contains 202 guest rooms and suites all outfitted with iHome stereos with iPod docking stations, down comforters and honor bars. And although the room decor may not be as quirky as it is in other San Francisco properties, visitors are complimentary of the hotel's sophisticated atmosphere. Guests especially enjoy this hotel's central location and fare dished up at the stylish Dirty Habit  just be sure to make a reservation, as this eatery is popular with visitors and locals alike. You can find this Viceroy outpost three blocks south of Union Square, exactly 14 miles north of San Francisco International Airport.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 824 reviewsTripAdvisor (824)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Adagio, Autograph Collection
    San Francisco, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1542 reviewsTripAdvisor (1542)

    Perched on the southern fringes of Nob Hill, this stylish hotel boasts cool colors and a boutique atmosphere. Hotel Adagio bills itself as housing some of the largest guest rooms in downtown San Francisco, all of them clad in green and purple decor. Visitors were appreciative of in-suite amenities such as premium TV channels, honor bars and wireless internet access, though some guests cite lackluster customer service as turnoff. Business travelers are complimentary of Hotel Adagio's work-friendly amenities, which include a business center and plenty of meeting space. And the farm-to-table cuisine served in The Green Room earns favorable reviews. Because Hotel Adagio belongs to the Autograph Collection hotel family, this hotel participates in the Marriott Rewards loyalty program.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1542 reviewsTripAdvisor (1542)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Kimpton Sir Francis Drake
    San Francisco, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3404 reviewsTripAdvisor (3404)

    Exceptional service defines San Francisco's Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, ideally located near Union Square. From the front desk employees to the doormen, recent guests say the staff consistently impresses visitors with its friendly and professional manner. And the physical structure, particularly the lobby with its gilded ceilings, achieves a regal atmosphere that guests relish. Scala's Bistro and Bar Drake also make sure that visitors want for nothing, providing gourmet treats (made from seasonal, local ingredients) and drinks. Recent travelers claim that their fairytale stays at this Kimpton brand hotel were only disrupted by noise (coming from the outside surrounding area) and the somewhat small room size. But even despite the somewhat cramped conditions, most travelers found the accommodations to be visually appealing – with rich jewel tones and retro furnishings –and the in-room amenities, such as flat-screen TVs and iHome stereo systems, to be convenient. The hotel also provides high-speed Internet, which Kimpton Karma loyalty club members can access for free.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3404 reviewsTripAdvisor (3404)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Clift San Francisco, A Morgans Original
    San Francisco, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3662 reviewsTripAdvisor (3662)

    This trendy hotel enjoys a central location that guests love, merely two blocks west of Union Square. This property certainly has the "wow" factor: The Clift's decor is best described as a mish-mash of styles, with vastly differing furnishings and artwork contrasting so heavily that it works. But guests have mixed feelings  like any work of art, you either love it or you hate it. Some travelers describe the Clift as tasteful and hip, while others feel that it's too swanky for its own good and that the high room rates are a direct result. The guest rooms are much more demure, dressed in purple and cream hues and outfitted with, flat-screen TVs, honor bars and Bose sound systems. (The hotel also provides in-room spa treatments and 24-hour room service.) Should guests prefer to embrace the hotel's sense of style, consider doing so with a drink in hand at the Redwood Room.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3662 reviewsTripAdvisor (3662)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 565 reviewsTripAdvisor (565)
    Free WiFi

    The Hotel Zeppelin draws inspiration from the rebellious history that makes San Francisco special. Sitting just west of Union Square, the hotel offers the city's visitors a hip place to hang their hats. Guest rooms here are stylish in an almost in an edgy way, with dark colors and modern patterns. Modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, minifridges and Wi-Fi access establish the hotel firmly in the 21st century. Weary travelers can also take advantage of the hotel's in-room spa services, while kids love the hotel's basement game room. Although it's rather small compared to other luxury hotels in the area, the Hotel Zeppelin does house a fitness center and classy on-site restaurant.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 565 reviewsTripAdvisor (565)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi