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16 of the most epic hotels in San Fran
Uncovering the most alluring hotel features in the city
Remember back in the day how you felt like jumping on the bed with joy when you scored a hotel room with cable TV? Back then, it was the simple things that could completely transform your hotel experience.
Well nowadays, things aren’t so simple. In fact, they’re extravagant, grandiose, and totally over the top—in all the best ways. The hotels in San Francisco, in particular, bring the lodging experience to a whole new level with museum-worthy art installations, lounges serving caviar, and oasis-like spas. Between the swanky nightclubs that make you feel like you slipped through the VIP line and the restaurants where Wolfgang Puck might as well be in the kitchen, these hotels will have you wondering if you’re still on the hotel premises.
Rest easy though, you’re in the right place. The coolest San Francisco hotels are simply stepping up their game, and we’ve got a list of some of the most head-turning places in town. Through savvy research and user reviews, we landed on a list of accommodations (in no particular order) with ritzy and funky features that will make you say, “I can’t believe this is a hotel!”
Palace Hotel, Financial District
Hotel Triton, Union Square
Omni San Francisco Hotel, Financial District
W San Francisco Hotel, SoMA
Taj Campton Place, Union Square
Sir Francis Drake, Union Square
San Francisco vacation calls for a shaken—not stirred—Sleight of Hand with a view of the skyline. At Sir Francis Drake’s Starlight Room, retro glamour meets socialite swag, and million dollar views wow while the dancefloor shimmers. On Sunday mornings though, you’ve got to move over and let the real stars of the show shine. Donna Sachet and her troop of dolled up divas dazzle on stage for their Sunday’s A Drag brunch performance at the hotel’s nightclub.
Hotel Zetta, SoMA
Stepping into Hotel Zetta is like walking into a work of art. Between the chandelier dripping with sunglass lenses and the neoclassical architecture, this hotel creates a unique artistic space that makes you feel like you’re part of a bigger picture. Take time to admire the quirky wall décor inspired by Plinko and then roam among the sculptures for a healthy dose of artwork. It’s here where vintage meets modern, and you can experience it all without even entering an art gallery.
Kensington Park Hotel, Union Square
The Scarlet Huntington, Nob Hill
You can put your feet up at The Scarlet Huntington, but you can really put your feet up at the hotel’s spa, that is, for a pedicure and foot treatment. Enter the oasis that is the Nob Hill Spa, the ultimate retreat for pampering. The eucalyptus steam room will rejuvenate your spirit, while nothing says relaxation like the indoor infinity pool. Tack on a signature massage and chamomile body scrub, and you’ll be feeling that vacation state of mind in no time.
Hotel Nikko, Union Square
Beverly Hills Rent-a-Car at Hotel Nikko places you in the driver’s seat of your fantasy wheels. Whether you’re yearning to rev the engine of a Lamborghini Aventador or feel the bay breeze in your hair from the seat of a Bentley GTC, now’s your chance. The hotel’s rental facility has a drool-inducing fleet of luxury cars and the keys to your fast and furious dreams. While staying at the hotel, take your favorite for a spin, but don’t get a lead foot—speed limits still apply.
Hotel G, Union Square
When you walk into Hotel G, the artwork behind the front desk is bound to attract your attention. But it doesn’t stop there, you’ll find rotating art exhibits in the lobby, while floors 8-12 have their own installations, too. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into one of SF’s hippest art galleries as you browse the masterpieces constructed by members of Creativity Explored, a group of artists with developmental disabilities. See something you can’t live without? All works of art are available for purchase.
The Mosser, Union Square
OK, let’s take it from the top. The Mosser features a full-service recording studio, with all the toys you need for success, from outboard gear to a Pro Tools HD3 Accel System. Whether you’re looking to lay down a few tracks or need a soundproof place for filming, this downtown hotel has you covered. Famous musicians, including Fleet Foxes, Thee Oh Sees, and Josh Ritter have been known to record in the studio, so you never know who you may run into in the hotel hallway.
Phoenix Hotel, Little Saigon
St. Regis San Francisco, SoMA
San Francisco’s eclectic energy buzzes just outside the walls of the St. Regis hotel, but inside Remede Spa there’s a sense of calm. Here, time seems to slow down and stress becomes nonexistent. The tranquil saltwater infinity pool invites you in for a dip and the refreshing scent of eucalyptus wafts from the steam rooms. As for the massage services, ultra-pampering elements like the aromatherapy baths, hot stones, and salt hydrotherapy soaks add that little extra something that pushes you over the edge into relaxation territory.
Hotel Adagio, Union Square
When it comes to cool San Fran hotels, this one knows what the people want, and the people want food trucks! Keeping with the latest on the foodie scene, Hotel Adagio invites meals on wheels to park outside, so you can get some grub on the go, while tasting the local goods. Line right up for some lunchtime eats made fresh in the truck before discovering what other tricks this hotel has up its sleeves.
With a San Francisco flight booked, you’re well on your way to hotel hopping in the City by the Bay.
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