• Waterfront location near Ferry Building Marketplace and public transport
  • Stylish, high-tech rooms have Soundfreaq radios and Tuch tablets
  • Many rooms have unobstructed bay views
  • Popular Japanese restaurant and a 24-hour lobby cafe
  • Free evening wine receptions and morning coffee and tea
  • Discounted passes to neighboring YMCA with large gym and pool
  • Meeting rooms available, including co-working space
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout property
  • Valet parking available for a nightly fee
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  • Rooms are small and lack tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • Daily amenity fee added to rates
  • No business center on-site
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Bottom Line

The upper-middle-range Harbor Court Hotel is a charming property situated on the waterfront, just a five-minute walk from the Ferry Building Marketplace and close to lots of public transportation. A $10-million revamp in 2018 redesigned all 131 rooms and the lobby into the chic spaces they are now. Although small, rooms are stylish and packed with amenities, including large flat-screen TVs, tablets, and minibars stocked with organic treats; many have panoramic bay views. The hotel is home to a wonderful Japanese restaurant popular with locals and a 24-hour cafe, plus a handful of free perks are offered to guests, including evening wine receptions, morning coffee and tea, and access to a nearby YMCA gym. However, a daily amenity fee is added to rates. Travelers wanting an on-site spa and fitness center may prefer the W San Francisco, but it's pricier.

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  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Pets Allowed

Things You Should Know About Harbor Court Hotel

Also Known As

  • Harbor Court Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
  • Kimpton San Francisco

Room Types

  • Double Deluxe Room
  • Double Room
  • King Bay View Room
  • King Room
  • Penthouse Queen Suite
  • Queen Bay View Room
  • Queen Room


165 Steuart Street, San Francisco, California 94105-1206, United States


(415) 882-1300


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Harbor Court Hotel


Boutique waterfront hotel with stylish and inviting interiors

Originally an Army-Navy residence that dates back to 1926, this impressive eight-story red brick building has been home to a hotel since 1991. A $10-million renovation completed in 2018 redesigned all of the 131 guest rooms as well as the lobby into a stylish waterfront retreat. The chic, inviting lobby is one made for lingering with its grand white fireplace flanked by bookshelves and large flat-screen TVs. Chic armchairs and elegant tufted velvet and leather sofas offer seating, as does a long communal wooden table. Stylish lighting fixtures, colorful art on the walls, patterned area rugs, and orchids and succulents dotting coffee tables add style and charm to the space that's cloaked in cool blues and neutral hues. The front desk area doubles as a cafe -- baked goods stacked in display cases, an espresso machine whirring on the counter, a pantry case of snacks and drinks -- making for a cozy welcome.

Most of the clientele here are leisure tourists visiting the city, though it's a great choice for business travelers as well thanks to its meeting space, high-tech rooms, and location near the Financial District. The intimate boutique feel of the place and the sense of camaraderie bolstered by initiatives like the evening wine receptions promote a welcoming, warm atmosphere. Rooms are small and cots are not available, so it's not a great option for families with kids.

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Convenient waterfront location right by the Ferry Building Marketplace

The hotel occupies a waterfront location that offers scenic views over the bay and Bay Bridge from many rooms. It's a five-minute walk to the Ferry Building Marketplace, a foodie destination with gourmet shops and high-quality restaurants, plus there are many other dining options in the surrounding area. The hotel is well-linked by public transportation, with streetcar, cable car, a BART station, and bus options within a six-minute walk of the property, as well as the ferry port. The Financial District is around a 10-minute walk away, while Chinatown is around 20 minutes away on foot. Union Square can be reached in about 15 minutes by public transportation. The Golden Gate Bridge is around a 20-minute drive from the hotel, while Fisherman's Wharf is around a 15-minute drive, or 20 minutes by public transit. It takes 20 minutes to drive to San Francisco International Airport (depending on traffic) or about 40 minutes by public transportation, while Oakland International Airport is a 25-minute drive or 50 minutes via public transit.

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Small but stylish rooms with high-tech features and sleek bathrooms

Rooms reflect the stylish decor seen throughout the hotel's public spaces: blue and gray tones (accent pillows and patterned carpets) stand out against plush white Frette bedding and white walls, and are tastefully paired with rich chestnut-hued furnishings like large headboards. All of the rooms have work desks and handsome leather-backed chairs. It's worth upgrading to a room with a view (note that some rooms face the courtyard), especially one on a higher floor, as the vistas are scenic.

Entry-level rooms are tiny at 165 square feet (15 square meters), while the largest offering here is the 425-square-foot (39.5-square-meter) Penthouse Suite, which has a living room with a sleeper sofa and great views. All rooms are well-stocked with modern amenities, including 42-inch flat-screen TVs, Soundfreaq radio alarm systems, Tuch tablets, safes, and free Wi-Fi. However, there are no tea kettles or coffeemakers (although free coffee and tea are served downstairs in the morning). Small and sleek bathrooms have white subway tiling in the walk-in showers, backlit mirrors, and upscale Malin + Goetz toiletries. A few units have shower/tub combos.

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Well-reviewed Japanese restaurant, 24-hour lobby cafe, great freebies, and meeting space

The hotel has an upscale Japanese restaurant, Ozumo, that serves sushi and other fare along with an extensive sake menu for lunch and dinner. There's also a cafe in the lobby selling coffee, tea, and snacks that's open 24/7, plus free coffee and tea are available for guests in the mornings. Free evening wine and beer receptions are a nice touch that encourages camaraderie among guests -- though the daily amenity fee that's added to rates here doesn't make this initiative feel "free." 

Though there's no gym on-site, guests get discounted passes to the neighboring YMCA, which offers a large gym, swimming pool, and fitness classes, plus steam rooms, saunas, and whirlpools. There are a couple of meeting rooms in the lobby -- glass cubes veiled by curtains -- plus Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Valet parking is available for a nightly fee.

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  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pets Allowed

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Supervised Kids Activities

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