San Francisco's boutique hotels were the first to dispense with the old and transform the city into a hotbed of new accommodation experiences. A constant winner of 'best hotel' awards, San Francisco still indulges the visitor with old-world glamour and uber cool like no other. Bunk down either in the Financial District (Union Square), South of Market (SoMA) or Fisherman's Wharf. There are rooms to suit any budget.
Old world meets new at The Ritz-Carlton atop Nob Hill on Stockton. Built over a century ago, the Neoclassical landmark is a modern retreat that ticks every box for five-star indulgence and elegant dining at Parallel 37. Step outside and you're within walking distance of the iconic cable car lines, (South of Market Street) SoMa and the Financial districts.
A perennial favourite for repeat visitors, the Hotel Zeppelin (formerly the Prescott Hotel) is just a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of Union Square's theatre and dining district. In 2016, the hotel will reopen its doors after undergoing extensive renovations.
Arty and wired, Hotel Zetta San Francisco is within easy steps of San Francisco's cool dining scene and SoMa's attractions.
Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake in Union Square is the ultimate five star hotel that adds spectacular views of the city to the guest experience. The likelihood of 'being seen' is on the cards at the Starlight Room, where cocktails and torch jazz attracts well-heeled patrons after dark.
Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
Regarded as the San Francisco's landmark hotel, Intercontinental Mark Hopkins on Nob Hill combines unabashed luxury and an impressive pedigree that dates back to the Jazz Age. Its iconic, Top of the Mark rooftop bar is renowned for its wicked martinis as well as a bird's eye view of the gleaming city.
The St. Regis San Francisco
A new player to town is the St Regis San Francisco. Discreetly modern with ceiling to floor windows of epic proportions, the hotel is also home to Museum of the African Diaspora and is located next door to the prominent Museum of Modern Art.
The Philippe Starck-designed lobby at Clift creates the right mood indigo for a romantic stay. Though minimalist in attitude, its Redwood Room bar and Asia de Cuba restaurant makes up for size and ambiance. Ideal for couples who just want the bare essentials.
W San Francisco
Right next to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the SoMa district is the glamorous W San Francisco, chic and spectacular at every turn. Enjoy a signature cocktail at XYZ Bar before you hit the district's culinary hotspots.
Head to Argonaut Hotel for an affordable stay. Located at Fisherman's Wharf, its nautical-theme rooms immediately places you in the right mindset to explore San Francisco's bay area before you head downtown on the cable car.