As the second densest city in the United States, San Franciso does not offer a great many inexpensive quality hotels. Space is at a premium here and hotel accomodations follow suit. Don't worry - we've picked out a few that should fit the bill for a range of budgets.
Location is very important in San Francisco. Like most big cities, some areas can be a little seedy, so we not only picked hotels based on their proximity to attractions, but also took the relative safety of the hotel's neighborhood into consideration. The hotels below were chosen because they were outstanding in some way, whether because of their luxury, service, value, or some combination of these criteria. There a lot of good hotels in the city, but here's the short list...
Four Seasons San Francisco
757 Market Street, San Francisco. Phone: 1 (415) 633-3000. Do you want to experience the ultimate luxury hotel during your Stay in San Francisco? This is the one. The elegant rooms are warmly-decorated and among the largest in the city, while their floor-to-ceiling windows look out on spectacular views. It also has a convenient location in that it's two blocks from Union Square, the Financial District, the Moscone Convention Center and the Museum of Modern Art. The Four Seasons has just about every amenity you would it expect and probably a few you wouldn't. The spa, gym, and dining are all first class. The service is excellent: there is both 24-hour concierge and room service, and if you have any special requests from the front desk, you have but to ask. Of course with an opulent hotel, you can expect an opulent rate, in this case, around $400 a night. The difference between this and a lot of other hotels in this price range? The Four Seasons is worth it.
Omni San Francisco Hotel
500 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104. Phone: Phone: (415) 677-9494. A notch down from the standard set by the Four Seasons' but significantly less expensive, is the Omni. Built in 1926 as a bank, this hotel radiates ambiance from its Florentine Renaissance architecture, to the Italian marble and crystal chandeliers its lobby. It also has a great location: its a very short walk from a cable car stop, and while its close to Union Square, its not too close (which is to say the nights are relatively quiet). The rooms are quite well-appointed, tastefully decorated, and feature all the amenities you expect of a four star hotel. There is also an outstanding in-hotel steakhouse. Add to all this, the top-notch staff and you have some very good reasons to stay at the Omni... that is if you don't mind the room rate: about $250 a night. Tip: this would be a great hotel for a romantic getaway.
545 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Phone: 866-271-3632. Even though the Prescott has 164 rooms, it has the feel of a smaller boutique hotel. The rooms are very comfortable, elegantly decorated and quiet. The hotel offers such amenities as free wireless Internet access, whirlpool baths, evening wine hour, fitness center, and complimentary sedan service to the downtown area. There is even in-room spa service available. The staff is responsive and capable. In addition, the location is close to Union Square, the Moscone Convention Center, and the Powell Street cable car line to Fisherman's Wharf. For the quality, this hotel is a great value at $200 a night. For an added treat, upgrade to club-level if possible, you won't be disappointed. Oh, the Prescott is pet-friendly as well.
1565 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94109. Phone: (800) 822-7853. This is a small hotel (only 25 rooms) that is big on value and location. Rooms average around $175 a night - which is quite a bargain considering its location in a nice Russian Hill neighborhood. It's walking distance from Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Lombard Street, and a cable car stop. The hotel offers free parking and free tour pickup. There is free Internet access in all the rooms as well as mini-fridges and microwaves. Continental breakfast is also available. The look of the rooms is rather basic though, but they are clean and comfortable. With its central location, this hotel would make a good base camp if you plan to see San Francisco on a budget.