Setting the Mood: Top 10 Romantic Hotels in San Francisco

There are vacations, and then there are romantic vacations. If you're set on having a romantic vacation, the success will hinge on planning. Don't forget that you're trying to create just the right emotional atmosphere, so every small detail will count.

Luckily, if you choose one of the hotels from our list, you won't be on your own in trying to corral the wonderful but unpredictable emotions that come with romance. These hotels are expertly staffed with people who are ten steps ahead of you in trying to plan that unforgettable night. From just the right mood music and lighting at the cocktail bar, to extra lavish bedroom comforts and amenities to put everyone in the right mood, these stellar hotels will do everything they can to set the right mood.

So, if you're set on having a romantic vacation, rekindle your love life with a trip to a romantic hotel in San Francisco. Couples can even benefit from special rates at hotels such as the The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. San Francisco offers some of the most romantic hotels in California, including the Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square. Take the time to enjoy each others' company and pamper your loved one with a relaxing stay at a romantic getaway hotel.



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,...  Read More



Located in the heart of the city, close to Union Square, shopping and theatre districts, this hotel is ideal for both business travelers and those couples who want to be in the thick of downtown excitement. Amenities include a health club with...  Read More



The Westin St. Francis has incredible San Francisco history and is one of those luxury hotels that will take care of anyone, no matter how young or old. And with a recent renovation, the classic traditional look of the Westin has been kept but...  Read More



Although San Francisco is a great city for romance, sometimes you need a quieter, more quaint spot to set the right mood. You don't have to drive all the way to the wine country for that, though. The gem of San Francisco Bay, Sausalito, is just...  Read More



There's nothing quite as romantic as a lush history, and the history of the Palace Hotel goes all the way back to the 1906 earthquake. The lower lobby holds some of the surviving remnants of that quake, so those on a tight business or convention...  Read More



The hotel is found on the famous Nob Hill, a glitzy area for those who want their romance to be upscale. This majestic hotel is located near Chinatown and a short distance from Union Square, both famous San Francisco areas with great options for...  Read More



If you hear "hotel in a national recreation area" and think of bug spray instead of romance, then you need to check out the Inn at the Presidio. Not to be confused with the Presidio Inn on Lombard Street, the Inn at the Presidio was constructed...  Read More

Fort Point


If it's Nature that turns you on, then Cavallo Point is the place for you. This unique resort sits on a dramatic oceanfront setting on forty-five natural acres in Golden Gate National Park, just minutes from the town of Sausalito. Very...  Read More



With a recently completed renovation, the inside of this landmark Nob Hill hotel has been restored to the grandeur intended by San Simeon architect Julia Morgan. Boasting large rooms that are unknown in newer hotels, this ultra-deluxe palace...  Read More

Inn Above Tide
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If that special someone believes there's nothing more romantic than being on the water, then there's no more romantic hotel in the Bay Area than the Inn Above Tide. Sited directly on the San Francisco Bay, every room offers gorgeous views of the...  Read More


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