The Best Hotels in San Francisco Will Lure You to the Bay Area

Updated 01/31/18
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There are countless reasons to visit the Bay Area this time of year. For one, although San Francisco is cooler in summer months than Los Angeles is, it's refreshingly warmer in winter in comparison to, say, New York City. The food and art scenes are constantly thriving thanks to the influx of university students, tech entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, chefs, and artists who flock to the metropolitan area, and while it may be one of the cities with the highest cost of living in the country, visiting it is much more affordable.

Convinced? Let's have a look at the hottest hotels in San Francisco to sweeten up your trip.

Best Hotels in San Francisco — Kimpton Buchanan
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Kimpton Buchanan

The Kimpton Buchanan is one of the hottest hotels to hit the San Francisco scene in recent years. It's filled with original art, modern furniture, and Japanese influences, a nod to the intersection of neighborhoods in which it lives: the area between Japantown and the grittier Fillmore District.

Neighborhood: Japantown

Best Hotels in San Francisco — Prosper
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San Francisco Proper

One of Kelly Wearstler's latest properties has all the flair and fanfare of the famed interior designer's signature style. The San Francisco Proper features stark black-and-white rooms as well as colorful common areas that are just as welcoming as they are meticulously designed.

Neighborhood: South of Market

Best Hotels in San Francisco — Tilden
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Everything Studio Tack touches seems to turn to gold. This certainly rings true for one of the design firm's latest projects, San Francisco's Tilden Hotel. Located in the building that formerly housed the Mark Twain Hotel, the property features light wood surfaces and classic California style.

Neighborhood: Union Square

Best Hotels in San Francisco — Zetta
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Hotel Zetta

Part of the Viceroy franchise, Hotel Zetta is branded as an "urban retreat" complete with play areas, top-notch wellness amenities, and a British brasserie, The Cavalier, which serves upgraded classics like fish and chips.

Neighborhood: South of Market

Best Hotels in San Francisco — Hotel G
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Hotel G

This renovated property retains remnants of its original charm: mosaic-tiled hexagon floors, concrete ceilings, and banker's lamps. Everything else in the newly remodeled Hotel G has been meticulously updated and modernized. 

Neighborhood: Union Square

Best Hotels in San Francisco — Zeppelin
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The Zeppelin

With a decidedly urban edge and rock 'n' roll vibes, The Zeppelin features a large playroom filled with shuffleboards and quick-shot basketball nets. One might say it's the perfect place to entice the Silicon Valley types, and they wouldn't be wrong. 

Neighborhood: Union Square

Best Hotels in San Francisco — The Battery
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The Battery

The Battery is akin to a Soho House property. The members-only club is plush with amenities and Old World charm adapted for modern comfort—think tan leather headboards, deep-velvet club chairs, and dimly lit salons. Note that hotel rooms can be booked by non-members.

Neighborhood: The Financial District

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