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15 Trendy Boutique Hotels in San Francisco

From bustling Unique Square to the hills of Pacific Heights, here are some of the best boutique hotels in San Francisco.

San Francisco's boutique hotels offer guests a unique and personalized experience. These one-of-a-kind properties in San Francisco are located in a variety charming neighborhoods, from the scenic hills of Pacific Heights to the hustle and bustle of downtown. What sets them apart from the rest is their attention to detail, personalized service, and the warmth and intimacy they exude. Explore some of San Francisco's trendiest boutique hotels and what makes them worthy stay for your San Francisco vacation.

Hotel Zeppelin

545 Post St.

This edgy boutique hotel right above Union Square offers funky and stylish rooms with eye-catching rock and roll-inspired decor. Guests can enjoy a game of shuffleboard, watch movies in the cozy on-site theater, or sip cocktails in the hotel's swanky bar, aptly called Rambler. Plus, you can bring your furry friends with you, too. Hotel Zeppelin is dog friendly, offering a custom dog bed, free food and water bowls in rooms with a pet deposit. With its unique personality and laid-back atmosphere, Hotel Zeppelin is a hip and affordable choice for those visiting San Francisco.

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Hotel Kabuki

1625 Post St.

With its blend of Japanese and western design, the hotel offers an airy and tranquil retreat in the heart San Francisco's Japantown that won't break the bank. The rooms and suites are comfy, and exude California cool, decorated with modern Japanese art and calligraphy. If you truly want to get away from it all, the hotel offers an on-site Japanese bathhouse and beautiful garden courtyard with a Koi Pond. Plus, your steps away from the Japan Center malls, the San Francisco Peace Pagoda and plenty of fabulous neighborhood restaurants. 

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St. Regis Hotel

125 3rd St.

A staple for big-name visitors to San Francisco, The St. Regis San Francisco is a luxurious boutique hotel that boasts a prime location in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood, located near Financial District, museums, upscale shops and restaurants. The SFMOMA is right next door, and guests are steps away from Moscone Center and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. This five-star property features stylish rooms and suites with stunning skyline views. They also have their own luxury spa, Reméde, offering 9,000 feet of treatment space and a lap pool. What sets this hotel apart is its exceptional service and attention to detail. From the hotel's signature butler service to its top-notch dining options, guests can expect to be pampered at every turn. 

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The Hotel Argonaut

495 Jefferson St.

The Hotel Argonaut San Francisco is a great choice for families looking to stay in San Francisco. Located right on the Bay, in Fisherman's Wharf, this nautically-themed, historic hotel has meticulously preserved its original architecture. Formerly a warehouse, the rooms are spacious and well-appointed, characterized by their stylish furnishings and quirky maritime decor. Guests are just a quick walk away from Ghirardelli Square, PIER 39, and the Musée Méchanique penny arcade. The hotel offers daily wine hour, in-room spa services, and bike rentals. If you're looking to explore San Francisco's top visitor attractions, the Hotel Argonaut is the place to go.

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33 Turk St.

One of the newest and trendiest additions to the San Francisco hotel scene, The LINE hotel is a truly unique stay, and it isn't too expensive. Located in San Francisco's Central Market neighborhood, this hotel's modern design references colonial, Spanish, and Asian influences, and features art from local San Francisco artists. Each room is a mix of cement, tile, crown molding, slate, and natural wood and features graffitied headboards, mixing class with the urban excitement of the city. Suites are even equipped with record players and vinyl collections, allowing guests to play DJ in their rooms. Dine at Tenderheart restaurant, party at the rooftop bar, Rise Over Run (featuring a solarium and fantastic city views), or have a more intimate experience at Dark Bar in their lobby. 

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1 Hotel

8 Mission St.

1 Hotel San Francisco (formerly known as the Hotel Vitale) is a boutique hotel that stands out from the rest. With its prime location near the Embarcadero waterfront, right across from San Francisco's Ferry Building, guests are greeted with stunning views of the bay and city skyline. The hotel's unique design blends the old and new with modern amenities and antique accents. Their spa offers a wide array of holistic treatments and is the only one in the city where you can enjoy a luxurious mineral bath on a rooftop terrace. 1 Hotel is also conveniently located near Muni and BART stations, making traveling around the city a breeze. 

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White Swan Inn

845 Bush St.

Intimate and eclectically designed, The White Swan Inn is a luxurious boutique hotel that radiates British charm.  The four-story Victorian located on lower Nob Hill, seamlessly blends contemporary design and old-world charm. Crystal doorknobs and floral wallpaper clash perfectly with pop art and fabulously patterned seating. Each room is equipped with a personal fireplace, and the Inn provides a delicious morning breakfast and wine in the evenings. They've also joined forces with neighborhood pizzeria, Del Popolo, for room service. Enjoy the outdoors in the courtyard space, or read your book in the parlor. You'll get the best of both worlds at the White Swan Inn, and at a decent price. 

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The Hotel Castro

4230 18th St.

Located in San Francisco's iconic Castro neighborhood, this intimate, mid-priced hotel offers 12 cozy rooms, each inspired by LGBTQ+ heroes of past and present. Cozy and wonderfully modern, each room has its outdoor terrace, connecting you to the vibrant energy of the neighborhood. The Hotel's non-traditional lobby and ground floor are hospitality and fun driven, featuring a beautifully designed bar serving craft cocktails and delicious bites. 

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The Clift Royal Sonesta

495 Geary St.

Even though it's been around for almost 100 years, the newly renovated Clift Hotel has still got it. Blending modern flair and classic elegance, The Clift is full of unique and historical features. Check out their renowned Redwood Room bar, a glamorous art deco gem featuring redwood paneling and a large, well-stocked bar built from an 800-year-old redwood tree. Also on display is original artwork from famed painter, Gustav Klimt. The iconic hotel provides a comfortable and luxurious stay with its refined guest rooms featuring beautiful detailing and upscale amenities. Plus, its central location in San Francisco's Union Square doesn't hurt. Even with all it's historical amenities and fantastic location, the Clift offers rooms at a reasonable rate. 

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The Proper

1100 Market St.

The Proper Hotel's interior design is certainly a feast for the eyes. The rooms and common spaces were done by famed designer, Kelly Wearstler, and feature a rich collage of colors, textures and design styles. The building itself is a painstakingly restored flat-iron, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and sits conveniently on the intersection of three popular San Francisco streets downtown. The Proper offers a variety of spaces to eat and drink, from their tapas bar, La Bande to salon dinners at Gilda's. The Proper Hotel's swanky rooftop bar Charmaine's is one of the best rooftop bars in the city, and its weather-friendly design makes it enjoyable even on a foggy San Francisco evening. The Proper also has plenty of amenities, including pet-friendly rooms, and a gym. 

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The Beacon Grand

450 Powell St.

The Beacon Grand, formerly called The Sir Frances Drake, is a beautiful Renaissance Revival-style hotel located in Union Square. Tastefully designed and thoroughly glamorous, this newly renovated hotel offers guests spacious and elegant rooms that provide fantastic views of the city and the bay, along with a rooftop terrace for even more sightseeing. Taste rare whiskey in their Prohibition-style bar, The Library. The Beacon Lounge, which overlooks the Lobby, is also a great option if you want to grab a cocktail. 

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Hotel Drisco

2901 Pacific Ave.

Hotel Drisco perches atop a steep hill in typical San Francisco fashion, nestled among the fantastical mansions of the Pacific Heights neighborhood. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay from tastefully decorated rooms. The hotel offers exceptional service, including a complimentary shuttle service to popular destinations, a daily wine and cheese reception and a fantastic, complimentary breakfast. They even have trendy extras for the health-minded, like celery juice and protein shots. The Drisco is a perfect option if you want an intimate experience in a quieter San Francisco neighborhood.

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The Clancy, Autograph Collection

299 2nd St.

The Clancy Hotel writes a love poem to San Francisco through its art installations, with Muni lines patterning the floor of the building and pops of color throughout the common areas. It's prime location in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District makes it an ideal choice for business or leisure travelers. The Clancy offers comfortable rooms and modern amenities, including free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast. You can enjoy outdoor ambience and cocktails at their Seven Square Taproom Lounge. Their Coffee shop, Radiator Coffee, also serves locally famous Craftsman and Wolves pastries. The Clift is a more affordable option for travelers that want a comfortable stay, but don't want to spend too much their hotel stay. 

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The Lodge at the Presidio

105 Montgomery St.

The Lodge at the Presidio is located in San Francisco's Presidio National Park, a 1,500-acre national park right next to the Golden Gate Bridge. Perfectly placed for those looking to explore the city's attractions while still escaping the busy streets, the hotel's 22 luxurious guest rooms provide a delightful blend of rustic elegance and modern amenities, like king-size beds, fireplaces, and private bathrooms. The hotel offers a cozy front porch with rocking chairs, a living room with a fireplace, a library, and a dining room serving delectable complimentary breakfasts each morning. Outdoor enthusiasts can access more than 24 miles of hiking and biking trails around the Presidio. Plus, you are just a short walk away from San Francisco's charming Marina neighborhood, great for shopping and dining. 

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Mansion on Sutter

1409 Sutter St.

Oozing with historical charm, Mansion on Sutter is the quintessential boutique hotel experience with a modern twist. This beautiful Victorian manor features 12 luxurious rooms and suites, each uniquely designed and furnished with high-end amenities and personalized touches. Although though it is less than a mile away from City Hall, this five-star getaway spot feels secluded, and a welcome oasis from the hustle and bustle of downtown. The hotel offers bespoke daily breakfast and an extensive wine and cheese hour. Enjoy their beautiful private garden and relax in their spa, which has plenty of indulgent personalized treatments.

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Maddie Pratt is the Sr. Associate of Design & Content at San Francisco Travel. She grew up in nearby Marin County, just a bridge away from the City. After moving to San Francisco in 2020, she knew she'd found her home base. Maddie enjoys walks in Golden Gate Park, chowing down on dim sum and sunsets at Baker Beach.