San Francisco is an ideal city to walk around if you’re in the right spot.
So whether you’re in for a family holiday or are travelling for business, we’ve found the perfect location for you in the city.
Our top San Francisco hotel picks
Best 5-star hotel: Palace Hotel a Luxury Collection Hotel San Francisco from Marriott
Palace Hotel brings you luxurious accommodation among popular sightseeing spots. Union Square Plaza, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Moscone Center are all within walking distance. Satellite and cable TV are provided in the rooms, with a jacuzzi, indoor pool and sauna also available. Dining options include the on-site restaurant.
Star rating: 5 stars
Location: 2 New Montgomery Street, SoMa,
Why we love it: This hotel is incredibly decadent with modern and authentic architecture that dates back to 1875. It was San Francisco's first premier luxury hotel.
Best hotel near Union Square: The Westin St Francis San Francisco on Union Square from finder.com.au
The surrounding area is ideal for shopping and Union Square is only a five-minute walk away. Childminding services as well as an on-site fitness centre are available. Two restaurants are within the hotel and plenty of cafes and bars are in the area.
Star rating: 4 stars
Location: 335 Powell Street, Union Square
Why we love it: This is the only hotel on Union Square and to make travelling around San Francisco easy, a tram stop is located just outside the front door. How neat is that?
Praised for its cleanliness and facilities, Artmar Hotel is a wallet-friendly quality stay. It offers dorm rooms and double rooms with shared facilities. Private rooms with ensuites are also available if you'd prefer your own space.
Star rating: 2 star
Location: 433 Ellis Street, San Francisco
Why we love it: With double rooms from $130 a night and a location a 20-minute walk from the city centre, it's a convenient location at a more than convenience price.
Best boutique hotel: Hotel Nikko San Francisco from Finder Hotels
Hotel Nikko is located within walking distance of the Moscone Center, the Society of California Pioneers, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Union Square Plaza. Many clubs and bars are in the area for exploring local nightlife. A beauty centre and spa are on-site.
Star rating: 4 stars
Location: 222 Mason Street, Tenderloin
Why we love it: This hotel takes on a different flair to many others with Asian-inspired trimmings moments from Union Square. It's pool is worth swinging by, being 15 metres long and basking in natural light via its glass ceiling.
Best hotel near Fisherman's Wharf: Argonaut Hotel a Noble House Hotel from Finder Hotels
This top hotel is located among eateries, boutiques and popular attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf and Lombard Street. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and beauty treatments can be found in the on-site spa. Jefferson and Taylor stations are within walking distance to explore more of the city.
Star rating: 4 stars
Location: 495 Jefferson Street, Fisherman's Wharf, Northeast San Francisco
Why we love it: This hotel goes above and beyond being themed to its Fisherman's Wharf location with nautical elements such as deep blue booths in the dining room and compass and star decor in the bedrooms.
It might look a little camp on the outside, but inside The Triton is all hipster chic with sleek modern furniture and splays of colour to make your eyes water. This boutique hotel offers 24-hour service, an airport shuttle and is within walking distance to some of the city's best nightlife.
Star rating: 3 stars
Location: 342 Grant Ave, Union Square, San Francisco
Why we love it: It is all things extra. On top of its decor it hosts events like tarot card readings. It's also on the corner of three distinct neighbourhoods: the Financial District, Chinatown and Union Square.
Best near airport: Aloft San Francisco Airport from Finder Hotels
Stay close to the airport check-in by checking into Aloft. It's contemporary and youthful in vibe and friendly on the price front with rooms from $230 a night. Rooms and showers are spacious and there's an airport shuttle to ferry you to and from the airport.
Star rating: 3 stars
Location: 401 E Millbrae Ave, Millbrae
Why we love it: Unlike your stereotypical 5-star airport hotel, Aloft bucks all the trends offering a trendy stay with a vibrant nightlife. Because not all of us are business travellers.
Best in the Financial District: Hyatt Regency San Francisco from Finder Hotels
The Hyatt Regency is ideally located in the centre of the city. It’s among popular eateries, shops and boutiques. Within a 10-minute walk is Broadway and The Embarcadero Station. Other famous attractions like 350 Mission Street and Transamerica Pyramid are also close by. A lounge bar and restaurant are on-site.
Star rating: 4 stars
Location: 5 Embarcadero Center, Financial District
Why we love it: The Hyatt might be a chain hotel but each room has a feature colour that makes it instantly Insta-worthy.
There are so many districts to choose from - so we've broken them down by what's nearby to steer you in the right direction.
Union Square: Stay here if you're hoping to hit the department stores running or take in a theatre production (or two) in the theater district.
Fisherman's Wharf: Stay on the wharf and you'll never have to venture far to tick off those big tourist attractions. This includes the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard St, Presidio and Pier 39. From the wharf you can catch views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Financial District: Not just a hub of business skyscrapers, the Financial District is renowned for having some of the best bars in the city. It's also on the doorstep of the ferry terminal if you wish to hop across the San Francisco Bay to places like Bay Island and Alameda.
Chinatown: Stay close to cheap eats in the oldest Chinatown in the USA.
SoMa: Short for South of Market, this is a trending hub of art museums and warehouse conversions.
The Mission: Colourful and full of energy, The Mission is a predominately Hispanic area with plenty of traditional Mexican fare to tuck into.
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Taylor Lorenz is a writer for Finder, focusing on travel content. She has previously written guides for World Nomads, Matador Network and the Huffington Post, and she also writes for her own travel blog, Taylor’s Tracks. Taylor makes her way around the globe writing and beach hopping and can usually be found with a book and a cup of tea in hand.
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