The 6 best hotels to stay in downtown San Francisco

Beacon Grand Hotel à San Francisco

If you want to explore every corner of a city, there’s nothing more practical than staying downtown. Here’s a roundup of the best hotels in downtown San Francisco.

Let’s head to California for a little stay in the City by the Bay. In our opinion, San Francisco is one of the most attractive destinations in the United States. And if you’ve chosen to stay in a hotel in downtown San Francisco, we’re sure you’ll agree! Cradle of the hippies turned hipster bastion, the city is also a mosaic of intertwined cultures and histories. You’ll love its steep streets lined with pretty Victorian houses, as well as its ethnic neighborhoods, Chinatown in particular.

San Francisco has as many faces as neighborhoods, and you’ll want to explore them all. The best way to do this is to stay in the center, which is well connected to the rest of the city. And with its art galleries, boutiques, theaters and restaurants, Downtown SF has a lot to offer. Are you convinced? Let’s take a look at the best hotels in downtown San Francisco!

Hotel Nikko

A luxurious urban getaway with swimming pool
Hôtel Nikklo à San Francisco

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  • 📍 Location: Mason Street, at Union Square
  • 💙 We love: the swimming pool and the large bay windows offering a breathtaking view of the towers of the business district.

We start with a luxurious urban oasis in the heart of San Francisco: Hotel Nikko. Owned by a Japanese group, the hotel’s rigorous elegance has Japanese accents. But it’s above all at the sushi bar that you’ll travel to other horizons!

Another timeless moment is a dip in the pool, which is bathed in light by an impressive glass roof. You’ll love lounging there after a hectic day. As soon as you step through the hotel door, you’ll be right in the heart of a bustling district: Union Square. Don’t miss its historic market, where you can feast on local produce and handicrafts. One thing’s for sure: the Nikko’s large suites with a view are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the city while recharging your batteries.

Le Beacon Grand

A historic setting for a spectacular stay
Beacon Grand Hotel à San Francisco

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  • 📍 Location: Powell Street, at Union Square
  • 💙 We love: the hotel’s superb decor, particularly in the lobby

Let’s stay in Union Square to discover one of the most beautiful hotels in downtown San Francisco, and perhaps in all of California. The Beacon Grand is one of the city’s historic addresses, and this iconic venue reveals it at its most glamorous. Just step into its incredible lobby and you’ll feel like the Great Gatsby and his friends!

Rest assured: while preserving its original splendor, the hotel has added a welcome contemporary twist to its rooms. As a result, you’ll feel right at home. But it’s only a few steps to the stores and theaters of Union Square. We recommend booking a show at the Curran or the Geary for the ultimate SF experience!

Le Fairmont

The place to be for living the American dream
Hôtel Fairmont à San Francisco

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  • 📍 Location: Mason Street, Nob Hill
  • 💙 We love: the hotel’s magical Christmas atmosphere

The stage is set as soon as you arrive at the Fairmont, perched atop Nob Hill. Don’t you think that the historic building that houses this downtown San Francisco hotel has an air of the White House about it? And once through the door, from the king-size beds to the marble bathrooms, everything is reminiscent of an American movie set. Nevertheless, the real showstopper is undoubtedly the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar. With its lagoon (yes, yes), it will take you on a journey to a fairytale Asia.

As you can see, the Fairmont doesn’t do things by halves, especially when it comes to offering its guests top-quality services. During your stay, we recommend a visit to the wellness area and beauty salon. But don’t forget to head outside to visit the lively Chinatown district, just a stone’s throw away.

Le Clancy, Autograph Collection

A stylish hub in the heart of the city
Hôtel The Clancy, Autograph Collection à San Francisco

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  • 📍 Location: Second Street
  • 💙 We love: wall art created especially for the hotel

Looking for the warm, refined ambience of a boutique hotel, combined with American grandeur and comfort? Then The Clancy, Autograph Collection is the hotel for you in downtown San Francisco. You’ll love the cutting-edge decor of the rooms and their large bay windows. But it’s the atmosphere in the public areas that sets this hotel apart. From the Radiator Coffee Salon to the Seven Square Tape Room, each space is adorned withcontemporary works of art.

In a way, this beautiful hotel encapsulates the essence of the district in which it is located. After all, it’s just a stone’s throw from numerous museums, starting with the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of the African Diaspora. It’s the ideal retreat for all aesthetes and culture lovers!

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero

A cocoon in the heart of the financial district
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero

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  • 📍 Location: Sansome Street, in the Financial district
  • 💙 We love: the sunset from the terrace overlooking the bay

How about putting yourself in the shoes of a trader, with less stress and a view of the bay? The Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero is located in the heart of the city’s financial district. It occupies the top of a 48-storey tower, which provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding area. In fact, from the hotel’s spacious terrace, you can let your eyes wander over the beautiful SF bay…

With its designer decor and upscale services, this downtown San Francisco hotel is the perfect city stopover. What’s more, it’s just a few minutes from the port and the Bay Bridge. Fancy a stroll along the water’s edge?

Proper Hotel

A charming vintage retreat
San Francisco Proper Hotel

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  • 📍 Location: Market Street / McAllister Street
  • 💙 We love: the unique, retro decor

Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Proper Hotel is as pretty on the outside as it is on the inside! Outside, it’s a narrow New York-style brick building bordered by a pleasant terrace. Inside, it’s an explosive cocktail of vintage finds, floral wallpaper and designer furniture. This singular yet elegant ambience will leave you with unforgettable memories of San Francisco.

In addition to its decor, the Proper is also distinguished by a host of « little extras » that make all the difference. We’re thinking, for example, of the small cocktail bottles in the minibar, the Bluetooth speakers in the rooms, or the superb rooftop terrace. A stylish stay in one of SF’s liveliest districts! Right next door to the hotel, don’t miss the Asian Art Museum and, twice a week, the vibrant farmers’ market.

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