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A guide to the city's best digs

San Francisco

The City by the Bay boasts about as many neighborhoods as hotels. Luckily for you, we've taken it upon ourselves to round up the cream of the crop, whether you want to vacation like a rockstar, or just think you're Turning Japanese. Here are our picks:


Hotel Adagio
550 Geary Street; Downtown; 415.775.5000
Proudly mounted in the Theatre District amidst the burgeoning heart of downtown, Adagio hides its contempo-upscale aesthetic (spread out across 171 rooms and a hip lounge dubbed Mortimer Bar) inside a Spanish colonial revival building originally erected in 1929.
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Grand Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton Street; Union Square; 415.398.1234
The jack of all trades of SF lodging, the Grand Hyatt's a 660-room mega-hotel catering to both the business & recreational set with its cocktail lounge, American bistro, and shloads of amenities.
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Mystic Hotel
417 Stockton Street; Union Square; 415.400.0500
You'd think a hotel owned by renowned chef Charlie Palmer would serve superlative cuisine... and you'd be right! Witness Mystic Hotel, a modernized, Union Square-adjacent home away from home offering dapper accommodations, top-notch vittles, and one of the San Fran's hottest speakeasies.
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The Fairmont
950 Mason Street; Nob Hill; 415.772.5000
Located at the most important locus in SF (where all of the cable car lines meet!), Fairmont offers almost-too-easy access to Downtown, FiDi, Union Square, and Fisherman's Wharf, not to mention unobstructed panoramic views of the city, and a restaurant with a freaking pool in the middle of it.
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Serrano Hotel
405 Taylor Street; Downtown; 415.885.2500
Just like the famed pepper found in the mountainous regions of the Mexican states of Puebla and Hidalgo, Serrano's a spicy-hot, four-star boutique hotel located just blocks away from Union Square that features in-room spa services and a Yoga channel on every TV, making the painstaking task of finding your chi easier than ever.
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Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street; Union Square; 415.392.7755
Not the 16th-century sea captain & navigator, but certainly worthy of housing him, Sir Francis Drake is a Union Square hotel decidedly dripping with class and sophistication. With food plated by Top Cheftestants Jennifer Biesty & Tim Nugent and the speakeasy known as Bar Drake, you'll have plenty of exploring to do yourself.
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Phoenix Hotel
601 Eddy Street; Tenderloin; 415.413.0900
Planted on the edge of the Tenderloin, Phoenix Hotel prides itself on its atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and rockin' guest list that has included such talent as The Shins, Little Richard, and Pearl Jam.
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Hotel Kabuki
1625 Post Street; Japantown; 415.922.3200
Established in the heart of Japantown, Kabuki brings together Eastern and Western influences to create a relaxing environment that North and South just wouldn't understand.
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1. Hotel Adagio 550 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Proudly mounted in the Theatre District amidst the burgeoning heart of downtown, Adagio hides its contempo-upscale aesthetic (spread out across 171 rooms and a hip lounge dubbed Mortimer Bar) inside a Spanish colonial revival building originally erected in 1929.

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2. Grand Hyatt San Francisco 345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

The jack of all trades of SF lodging, the Grand Hyatt's a 660-room mega-hotel catering to both the business & recreational set with its cocktail lounge, American bistro, and shloads of amenities.

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3. Mystic Hotel 417 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Witness Mystic Hotel, a modernized, Union Square-adjacent home away from home offering dapper accommodations, Charlie Trotter vittles, and one of the San Fran's hottest speakeasies.

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4. The Fairmont 950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108

The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel is architecture at its most breathtakingly beautiful. In addition to its 591 guest rooms and suites this luxury hotel offers up three renowned restaurants/lounges, as well as 55,000sqft of spectacular function space. Located at the only SF location where all of the cable car lines meet, Fairmont offers easy access to the whole city, plus a classic tiki bar.

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5. Serrano Hotel 405 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Serrano's a four-star boutique hotel located just blocks from Union Square that features in-room spa services, a fitness center, and a Yoga channel on every TV. They're equipped to give you local tips on the nest undiscovered spots to investigate and make your own. Did we mention it's pet friendly? Also, Nintendos!

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6. Sir Francis Drake Hotel 450 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Refurbished in 2011, Sir Francis Drake Hotel was built in 1928 and is a half-block from San Francisco's Union Square. The hotel's renaissance-influenced architectural splendor is sophistication with a touch of regal. (Maybe that's why all the doorstaff are dressed in full Beefeater regalia?)

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7. The Phoenix Hotel 601 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Planted on the edge of the Tenderloin, Phoenix Hotel prides itself on its atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and rockin' guest list that has included such talent as The Shins, Little Richard, and Pearl Jam. Voted #1 Hippest Hotel by Travel and Leisure magazine in 2012, The Phoenix is for the traveller who wants to be in the thick of things as opposed to getting away from it all.

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8. Hotel Kabuki 1625 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Established in the heart of Japantown, Kabuki brings together Eastern and Western influences to create a relaxing environment that North and South just wouldn't understand. Find your zen balance in the tranquility of their accommodations.

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