Twenty-first century tech may be the talk of the town, but San Francisco isn’t just all about the Silicon Valley. Perhaps foreign to some, San Francisco not only has avant-garde, minimalistic hotels, it also has a beautiful collection of hotels that will satisfy even the most traditional of guests. We’ve gathered a list of the six top places to rest your head, from old-school glamor to hip spots for a younger crowd.


A stay at the Palace Hotel isn’t exactly cheap, but as the cliché goes, you get what you pay for. If you’d rather just come for a visit, an afternoon tea beneath the Garden Court’s opulent dome will not disappoint. As one of the city’s most historic properties, Palace has hosted a plethora of presidential speeches and international banquets. Without a doubt, this place is the epitome of old SF glamor.

Inn at the Presidio

Located at the heart of a national park, the Inn at the Presidio is ideal for visitors who want a taste of nature while having easy access to the city. Imagine waking up in the morning for a stroll in the woods and flower gardens. It’s also conveniently located right near the Golden Gate Bridge, and a trip to San Francisco is never complete without a visit to the iconic bridge.

The Ritz-Carlton

As a member of one of the most luxurious hotel chains in the world, The Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco is as alluring as it sounds. Although the hotel opened in 1991, the building in which it is housed is over a hundred years old. This intricately perfected blend of old and new is what makes The Ritz-Carlton the Ritz-Carlton.

W San Francisco

Not just for tourists and visitors with impeccable taste, the W is also a popular hang-out for trendy young locals who like to take advantage of the bar and the state-of-the-art fitness center. There’s a good chance you’ll run into SF’s creative talents whilst you’re here, since the hotel frequently hosts art, music, and fashion events.

InterContinental Mark Hopkins

Set in an extravagant Spanish Renaissance building, the InterContinental immediately suggests grandeur. Even if you’re not staying here, drop by the Top of the Mark bar, located in the penthouse floor, which provides a full panorama of the city.

Fairmont San Francisco

For those who demand the best that money can buy, few rooms can top the presidential suite at the Fairmont, which occupies the entire eighth floor and costs $18,000 a night. (Don’t worry; the rest of the rooms are more reasonably priced.) Thanks to an $85 million renovation, every inch of the building has been restored to its former glory.