Whether you're visiting from near or far, the most important choice you'll have during your vacation is where to stay. Since San Francisco is a tight forty-nine square miles criss-crossed with public transportation, almost every San Francisco hotel can claim they are "perfectly situated." Even if a hotel isn't smack-dab next to Union Square, it's probably only a MUNI bus ride or a short walk away.
And since tourism is the bread and butter of this city, almost every hotel will have comfy beds, quality sheets and linens, and all the basics that a world-class city demands of its hotels.
So what really separates the good hotels from the best hotels?
We'd argue it's the quality and reliability of the service. If you're ready to lavish yourself in luxury, then the high-end hotels of The Palace, The Fairmont, and Sir Francis Drake each have over a century of wise and valued service. You'll pay top dollar at these hotels, but you'll get top-dollar service to match.
If you don't want to break the bank with your stay, but you still want one of the best hotels in San Francisco, we've also included smaller, less expensive hotels like Hotel Rex. You might not be pampered in silk every inch of your stay, but these hotels have just as much to offer - in a smaller, more personal setting - than the grand hotels.