Fathom Favorites : San Francisco Hotels

1. Hotel Kabuki

Hotel Kabuki

A funky and newly refreshed Japantown boutique within walking distance of restaurants you’ll want to eat at. A lobby bar adorned with vintage knick knacks, rooms flooded with natural light, a Japanese manicured garden, and a sister spa with communal baths make for a nice “welcome home” after a long day on your feet.

1625 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94115

2. Cavallo Point Lodge

Cavallo Point Lodge

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 California quadrant.

601 Murray Circle
Sausalito, CA 94965

3. St. Regis San Francisco

St. Regis San Francisco

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.

125 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. The Epiphany

The Epiphany

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.


180 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

5. Manka's Inverness Lodge

Manka's Inverness Lodge

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. 


30 Callendar Way
Inverness, CA 94937

6. Tilden Hotel

Tilden Hotel

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.

345 Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Hotel Vitale

Hotel Vitale

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.

8 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105

8. Phoenix


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.

601 Eddy St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

9. Clift


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.


495 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

10. Good Hotel

Good Hotel

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.

112 7th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

11. Inn at the Presidio

Inn at the Presidio

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.

42 Moraga Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94129

12. Hotel Drisco

Hotel Drisco

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.

2901 Pacific Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94115