San Francisco was built on Gold Rush money and continues to attract an elite crowd as the tech industry expands in the Bay Area. As such, San Francisco has several luxury hotels to accommodate the many needs of that high-end clientele. Need a break from the city’s hustle and bustle? Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco’s spa rejuvenates its guests using a combination of traditional Eastern practices matched by contemporary techniques. Artsy folks will want to experience the contemporary art at the Four Seasons, while other visitors may want a glimpse into San Francisco’s world of socialites at The Fairmont. Whatever you’re looking for, these five hotels will surely serve up the city’s most luxurious amenities.
Located atop San Francisco’s popular Nob Hill with a panoramic view of the city stands The Fairmont San Francisco. For more than 100 years now, the hotel has served as a go-to spot for San Francisco aristocracy. It has hosted parties for the nation’s presidents, debutante galas and serves as an idyllic destination for San Franciscan brides to get married. It even had a recent appearance on ABC’s The Bachelor. While the hotel has three restaurants, the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar is perhaps its most enticing. The circa-1945 restaurant pays homage to the tiki culture of the 1940s and 1950s and features a thatch-covered barge and periodic tropical "rainstorms."
Originally planned to be condominiums, the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco encompasses the top 11 floors in the 48-story office tower at 345 California Center — right in the heart of the city. At this elevation, guests can really feel a sense of escape from San Francisco’s urban core. That’s especially apparent in the hotel’s Five-Star spa. The spa menu features treatments that combine Eastern traditions with modern techniques. The whole experience concludes in the relaxation tea lounge, where guests will pick a signature tea to drink.
Situated right on the iconic San Francisco cable car line, the Omni San Francisco Hotel offers guests quick access to some of the city’s best areas: Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach, to name a few. The hotel itself is also just a short walk from Union Square. Built as a bank in 1926, the property still features Italian marble, elegant fabrics and Austrian crystal chandeliers reminiscent of classic San Francisco. The hotel’s Bob Steak & Chop House features traditional steakhouse fare. If you’re in need of a serious steak fix, try the 28-ounce prime porterhouse.
Hotel Zetta San Francisco caters to the trendy, tech crowd attracted to this Silicon Valley-adjacent city. The interactive lobby, with Macs and a Plinko game wall available to guests, plays on the family room concept that hotels are creating for millennial travelers. The second floor Playroom adds onto this experience with plush sofas and a combination of old and new gamer favorites. Guests can challenge each other in a game of pool, shuffleboard, Connect Four and even Nintendo Wii U.
The Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco is a shining gem in the city’s up-and-coming SoMa District, offering guests a San Francisco experience within the very confines of the property. Taking direction from the nearby San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the hotel has its own contemporary art collection for guests to peruse. More than 90 paintings, sculptures, prints and glass artworks created by more than 40 California-based artists line the hotel walls. The MKT Restaurant – Bar also has a local bent serving up dishes made from local ingredients and pouring wine from nearby Napa and Sonoma counties.