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San Francisco hotels

One day if I go to heaven, I'll look around and say, "It ain't bad, but it ain't San Francisco."
– Herb Caen

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Cavallo Point Lodge

  • Sausalito, Cozy, $$$$ $$$
  • 601 Murray Circle
  • Sausalito, CA, 94965
  • +1-415-339-4700
  • Website

Set in the beautiful Marin Headlands park, near the Golden Gate Bridge, and the views are fantastic. Opt for a historic night in one of six former military officer residences. The Healing Arts Center & Spa offers outdoor fitness activities, chakra readings, soul balancing sessions, and other woo-woo treatments to remind you that you are in the hippie Califonia quadrant.

Clift

  • Tenderloin, Modern, $$$$ $$$
  • 495 Geary St.
  • San Francisco, CA, 94102
  • +1-415-775-4700
  • Website

The modern revamp of the deco hotel has all the Starkian trappings you've come to expect: decadent woods, lots of velvet, and quite the lobby scene.

The Epiphany

  • Silicon Valley, Modern, $$$$ $$$
  • 180 Hamilton Ave.
  • Palo Alto, CA, 94301
  • +1-650-666-3311
  • Website

A luxury spot befitting the high-flying VC crowds that often pass through Silicon Valley. Expect sleek rooms flooded with natural light, custom Smeg mini bars, the latest activity trackers and headphones (thanks to partnerships with emerging tech companies) for guests to play with. The hotel's restaurant Lure + Till is an excellent, standalone draw.

Read more on Fathom: A True Epiphany for the Silicon Valley Hotel Scene

Good Hotel

  • SoMa, Modern, $$$$ $$
  • 112 7th St.
  • San Francisco, CA, 94103
  • +1-415-621-7001
  • Website

Stylishly streamlined for short stays in SoMa. A good home base when you know you won't be spending much time in the room but would like to be comfy when you do.

Hotel Drisco

  • Pacific Heights, Cozy, $$$$ $$$
  • 2901 Pacific Ave.
  • San Francisco, CA, 94115
  • +1-415-346-2880
  • Website

A Pacific Heights charmer far above the downtown fray. Attentive service and well-appointed guest rooms settle weary travellers for the night; a classy continental breakfast spread (especially the fresh-baked currant scones with lemon curd and clotted cream) fortifies them for the day.

Hotel Vitale

  • Embarcadero, Cozy, $$$$ $$$
  • 8 Mission St.
  • San Francisco, CA, 94105
  • +1-415-278-3700
  • Website

The subtle, zen-like hotel on the revitalized Embarcadero offers eye-popping waterfront rooms (be sure to request one), rooftop soaking tubs, and access to the ymca a half-block away.

Inn at the Presido

  • Presidio, Modern, $$$$ $$$
  • 42 Moraga Ave.
  • San Francisco, CA, 94129
  • +1-415-800-7356
  • Website

Picturesque and situated on protected parkland, the old-world guest lodge was once used as U.S. army officers' quarters. Rooms are charming, contemporary, and design-driven.

Manka's Inverness Lodge

  • Point Reyes, Cozy, $$$$ $$
  • 30 Callendar Way
  • Inverness, CA, 94937
  • +1-415-669-1034
  • Website

A handful of artfully renovated cabins close to tons of hiking trails along the Point Reyes National Seashore. Start the day with homemade breakfast brought to your front door, take in the beautiful stone outdoor shower stocked with Kiehl's products, and cozy up at the end of the day by the in-room fireplace. 

Read more on Fathom: One Day Isn't Enough in Point Reyes

Phoenix

  • Downtown, Trendy, $$$$ $$
  • 601 Eddy St.
  • San Francisco, CA, 94109
  • +1-415-776-1380
  • Website

A rock-and-roll hotel crash pad that makes the itinerary for every indie band's Bay Area tour. Action is delivered poolside on the weekends. Centrally located for passing through town.

St. Regis San Francisco

  • SoMa, Timeless, $$$$ $$$
  • 125 3rd St.
  • San Francisco, CA, 94103
  • +1-415-284-4000
  • Website

It's at once a perfect business hotel — where everything in the room (outlets, decor) is designed to maximize convenience and comfort — and a fancy city hotel — with elegant lobby, restaurant, and common spaces, plus a terrific pool, gym, and spa.

Tilden Hotel

  • Tenderloin, Modern, $$$$ $$
  • 345 Taylor St.
  • San Francisco, CA, 94102
  • +1-415-673-2332
  • Website

The lobby, with cherry wood walls and Spanish mission revival arches, makes for an airy backdrop to the bustling crowds waiting for dinner and drinks at The Douglas Room. Rooms are comfortable and modern with Malin + Goetz bath amenities. Look for custom artwork by local artist Jenny Kiker throughout the place.

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