Westin St Francis Hotel

Hotel in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

This is one of SF's most storied hotels – Gerald Ford was shot right outside, and Reagan was kept awake by Union Sq protests. Tower rooms offer stellar views but generic architecture, while the landmark 1904 building has old-fashioned charm, with high ceilings, crown moldings, gleaming marble and brass. Westin beds set the industry standard for comfort, but service can be lax.