Sleep the Sleep of Royalty at San Francisco's Top Luxury Hotels

By Tom Molanphy, San Francisco Local Expert

How much do you think your vacation is worth? If you're intent on having a vacation that's a true break from the ordinary, consider booking at least one night at one of San Francisco's amazing luxury hotels. 

There's no getting around that these hotels are expensive. And with the current tech-boom, it's easier than ever to drop a load of cash in San Francisco.

And we know you have worked hard for your money. But these hotels will return top value for every one of those hard-earned dollars you have spent. 

Face it: everyone needs a little "me" time. Enjoy yours by spoiling yourself at some of the most posh luxury hotels San Francisco has to offer like the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco. Indulge in ritzy, on-premises upscale dining or pamper yourself with plush king-sized beds and in-room deluxe hot tubs at luxury hotels like the Taj Campton Place.

If you travel extravagantly, San Francisco luxury hotels are the only way to fly. But even if you're used to more modest accommodations, give our list a try. When a vacation becomes a true break from the ordinary, that's when it becomes a truly memorable vacation. And who can place a dollar value on that?

10. Hotel Vitale, a Joie de Vivre hotel
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Perfect for business or leisure travelers who want to experience a little luxury, the four-star Hotel Vitale in San Francisco offers an on-site spa, restaurant, rooftop terrace and meeting space. Guest rooms are spacious and feature complimentary Wi-Fi access, flat screen TVs and CD players. Business travelers appreciate the 24-hour business center and available car service, while leisure travelers enjoy the location within walking distance of Fisherman's Wharf, the Ferry Building and the Embarcadero. If you want to stay at a luxury hotel that won't suffocate you with luxury, try the small but lovely Hotel Vitale for a more intimate and personal experience.

9. The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
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For generations, native San Franciscans would say "meet me at the clock" and know the rendezvous was the lavish Westin St. Francis hotel. With a grand downstairs that's also one of the more impressive museums in San Francisco, the St. Francis is proud of its long history while keeping its comforts up-to-date. And a trip on the Westin's infamous glass elevators with a dazzling view of the entire Bay Area is a must! With its location right across from Union Square, and within easy walking distance of BART, the Westin is a great combination of lavish luxury and practical location.

8. Adagio Hotel San Francisco
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Offering 171 of the largest and most stylish rooms in all of downtown San Francisco, Hotel Adagio is a grand gesture to all that's great in San Francisco's past, present and future. The hotel stands out from its many Union Square counterparts with a stunning outdoor Spanish colonial revival style. This is a marvelous building that's simply hard not to notice. Once you're inside, you're greeted with the comforts of today in an upscale, contemporary design. And all of this is perfectly located in central downtown, close enough to walk to public transportation and right on the edge of Union Square and some of the world's premier shopping.

7. The St. Regis San Francisco
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Set in an historic building adjacent to the SFMOMA, the St. Regis Hotel distinguishes itself from other San Francisco luxury hotels with its location and stunning glass-walled ballroom. Business travelers find all the necessary amenities, including high-speed Internet access and spacious work areas, while leisure travelers enjoy the flat screen TVs in each room. Upgrade to a suite and enjoy 24-hour butler service during your stay. If you want to try a luxury hotel but don't want to risk one of the more modern luxury hotels in San Francisco, then book a room at the dependable St. Regis Hotel for a stay you won't regret.

6. Loews Regency San Francisco
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The Loewes Regency San Francisco occupies the top eleven floors of 345 California Center, the city's third tallest building – every guest room has a spectacular view. Room amenities include high-speed Internet access, Frette Egyptian cotton sheets, voice mail and fax, and a pair of binoculars. Within walking distance to Union Square, Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, the hotel is also only a half block from the cable car. The popular Silks restaurant serves three gourmet meals a day; the Mandarin Lounge is available for light meals as well as afternoon tea. Meeting space to accommodate up to one-hundred and twenty people. One-hundred and fifty four rooms and suites.

5. W San Francisco
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Stylish, sleek, and contemporary, W San Francisco is fittingly situated adjacent to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Warm, inviting rooms and suites have lots of amenities, including Aveda bath products, cable TV with on-demand movies, a fully stocked mini-bar and W's signature Munchie Box, CD player, and VCR/DVD player. Of course, high-speed Internet access is available throughout the hotel. The trendy restaurant and bar are ideal for casual get-togethers or a pre-meeting java. 24-hour room service, indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, and business center on-site. The event space can hold up to four-hundred people, and the hotel has four hundred and twenty-three rooms.

4. Fairmont San Francisco
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Located on famed Nob Hill, this luxury hotel in San Francisco is known for being one of the best in the world. Patrons enjoy an indoor swimming pool, fitness club, sauna and whirlpool as well as an award-winning restaurant and lounge, highlighted by 24-hour room service. Each guest room features original artwork by local artists, luxurious bedding, flat-screen TVs and high-speed Internet access. Plus, the property is steps away from Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. What might separate the Fairmont from other luxury hotels is its European and far-ranging, global clientele. Since this hotel has a reputation know around the world, its guest list is truly diverse.

3. Hyatt Regency San Francisco
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This contemporary waterfront high rise enjoys a prime location along the Embarcadero, within walking distance of many of the most beloved San Francisco sights. An impressive plant-filled atrium lobby sets a tone of casual elegance that carries throughout the hotel. Rooms and suites are traditionally furnished, but equipped with all the modern amenities – high speed and wireless Internet access, a mini-bar, cable TV with on-demand movies, and multi-function phones. Several dining options include a revolving rooftop restaurant – the only one in northern California. The hotel offers eight-hundred rooms as well as a very large event space that can seat up to fifteen hundred people..

2. Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
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Occupying twelve floors of an upscale residential building, the stylish Four Seasons is one of the most popular San Francisco luxury hotels. The spacious guest rooms are tastefully decorated in soothing tones and feature flat screen TVs, high-speed Internet access, floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathrooms. Besides the expected comforts of a hotel this grand, the staff are always available and accommodating. Guests also enjoy complimentary access to the adjacent Sports Club LA, which offers state-of-the-art fitness and sports equipment, a pool and a range of spa services. Guests who are able to afford the Four Seasons have a way of returning to this wonderful hotel.

1. Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco
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An oldie but a goodie, The Palace Hotel certainly lives up to its audacious name. Even local San Franciscans will spend a night at the Palace to refresh themselves. This belle of a hotel is found in the financial district and across from BART station. The hotel allows for ease of access to area attractions such as Union Square. It offers a wonderfully comfortable stay in tastefully decorated rooms. Guests will enjoy the many amenities that include concierge service, room service, three restaurants, two lounges, a business center, pool, and health club. Expansive meeting areas accommodate up to 6,000 people. 551 rooms.