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The Fairmont San Francisco

The Fairmont San Francisco Rating: 4.5 Pearls

The Fairmont combines the history, cachet, and decor of a turn-of-the-20th-century grand old dame with the amenities, technology, and corporate-dominated clientele of a large chain property. What separates it from its luxury competitors are its beautiful, well-appointed rooms, many with stunning views, and its location atop Nob Hill.
The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Everything you'd expect from a Ritz -- formal, doting service; cultivated decor; tasteful, tasty dining; a luxury spa -- all in the ritziest of San Francisco neighborhoods. But while luxury competitors offer free limo rides, 24-hour butlers, or panoramic views, the Ritz lacks a wow factor. It's largely a matter of taste, of course, but we prefer the St. Regis and Mandarin Oriental.
Stanford Court San Francisco

Stanford Court San Francisco Rating: 4.0 Pearls

A historic property renovated in 2008, the Renaissance Stanford Court has several of the less endearing quirks of an older building but few of its vestigial charms. Still, it's a relative bargain for the posh Nob Hill address.
Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The Sir Francis Drake attracts both business and leisure travelers with its great location close to Union Square and public transportation (including the cable car that runs right outside the hotel). But the business traveler might be slightly disappointed with the amenities: The business center and fitness center are both minimally equipped and Wi-Fi comes at a cost to everyone except Kimpton loyalty program members. There are, however, ample meeting rooms for groups. Staying at a Kimpton hotel does have several perks, including free coffee and tea in the lobby each morning and a free wine happy hour in the evenings. The hotel is also pet-friendly, with no extra costs and no size or weight restrictions. The hotel is one of the oldest in the area and takes pride in its history, but the property nonetheless feels modern with its clean, quiet, and comfortable guest rooms (each features a work space). Interior rooms on the lower floors are the quietest, but rooms in the Towers offer the best views.
Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco Rating: 4.0 Pearls

One of the city's grandest dames, the Mark Hopkins sits regally on top of Nob Hill with dazzling views and the famous 19th-floor Top of the Mark bar. Though its elegant style and grand past earn cachet, in substance, this hotel is less impressive (and usually less expensive) than its Nob Hill neighbors: Rooms are dated, and the on-site restaurant doesn't serve dinner.
Hotel Monaco

Hotel Monaco Rating: 4.0 Pearls

This stylish boutique hotel is one of the best upscale options near Union Square. It's not the cheapest option in this pearl category (the nearby Clift and Hotel Nikko often have lower rates), but many guests will prefer it for its fun, eclectic decor and thoughtful freebies. The rooms are on the small side but have comfortable beds, quirky-yet-elegant style, and modern technology. The lobby and "living room" are great places to hang out, especially for the free wine receptions and morning coffee.
The Westin St. Francis on Union Square

The Westin St. Francis on Union Square Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The St. Francis combines the history, decor, and traditions of a turn-of-the-20th-century grand old dame with the amenities, modernity, and corporate-dominated clientele of a large chain property. If you find a better deal at the similarly priced Palace or Meridien -- also business-oriented Starwoods -- go with one of those. If not, the Westin is a perfectly pleasant option.
Palace Hotel

Palace Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Boasting ample turn-of-the-20th-century elegance and 550 rooms on only eight floors (dig these corridors), the Palace is aptly named -- it is indeed palatial. But other than a nice indoor pool and an elaborate Sunday brunch, few features distinguish this business-oriented Starwood from its competitors. If you can find a better deal at the Fairmont, you may be better off.
Hotel Majestic

Hotel Majestic Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Billed as San Francisco's oldest continually operating hotel, the 58-room Hotel Majestic was built in 1902 and survived the famous earthquake of 1906. Situated in a five-floor white Edwardian building in a Victorian residential neighborhood in Japantown, this upper-middle-range property features lavish interiors with antiques, antiquarian books, chandeliers, fireplaces. Guest rooms include four-poster, minibars, and free Wi-Fi. Most rooms, though, do not have air-conditioning. The hotel is far from major tourist sights and doesn't have a pool, sauna, or fitness center, but it exudes a gracious, romantic ambience, and is a good choice for travelers in search of vintage character.
Kensington Park Hotel

Kensington Park Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls

This charming boutique, situated in an impressive historic building only a block from Union Square, offers attractive rooms that mix modern comforts and antique furniture. But amenities are few -- there's not even a fitness center on-site (though guests can access one at a different hotel a few blocks away). Still, its intimacy and stately feel make it one of the better options for the price in this location.


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