Must-see hotels in San Francisco

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    Harbor Court Hotel

    This repurposed 1928 YMCA hotel right off the waterfront has tiny rooms, all of which were redesigned in attractive textures and colors as part of a $14…

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    Hotel Abri

    Inside a remodeled early-20th-century building, the Abri has an updated deco sensibility, with jazz-age black-and-tan motifs, sleek wood-paneled…

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    Inn San Francisco

    An elegant 1872 Italianate-Victorian mansion has become a stately Mission District inn, impeccably maintained and packed with antiques. All rooms have…

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    Beck's Motor Lodge

    Back when it opened in 1958, Beck's rooms cost $5 a night – but after recent upgrades, this mid-century motel is good as new, clean, sharp, even a tad…

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    Kensington Park Hotel

    Arrive at the dramatic 1925 Spanish lobby to check into your dashingly handsome guest room, blending Moorish patterns, Victorian flourishes and…

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    Americania Hotel

    Retro rooms at this revamped mid-century motor lodge face a central courtyard and look sharp, with black-and-teal-checkerboard carpeting, studded white…

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    Hotel des Arts

    Welcome, art freaks: who needs red carpet when your room is painted with jaw-dropping murals by underground Bay Area artists? Service is weak, linens are…

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    San Remo Hotel

    One of the city's best-value stays, the San Remo was built in 1906, right after the Great Earthquake. More than a century later, this upstanding North…

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    HI San Francisco Downtown

    You've come to the right place – a block from Union Sq, this well-managed hostel looks fresh, clean and colorful, with contemporary furnishings. Dorms…

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    Mark Hopkins Intercontinental

    Moods lift and everyone glows under the crystal lobby chandeliers of this 1926 San Francisco landmark. Mark Hopkins' gilded-age style is clearly…

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    Sleep Over Sauce

    At this eight-room inn above a tempting Hayes Valley bar, you're down the block from great restaurants and world-class entertainment at SFJAZZ, SF Opera,…

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    Washington Square Inn

    On sunny Washington Sq, this restored 1910 inn offers European style, complete with wine-and-cheese receptions and continental breakfasts in bed. The…

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    Metro Hotel

    Trendy Divisadero St is lined with boutiques and restaurants, and Metro Hotel has a prime position – some rooms overlook the patio of top-notch Ragazza…

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    Hayes Valley Inn

    Like a European pension, this amazingly reasonable find has simple, small rooms with shared bathrooms, a napping doggie in the parlor, and welcoming staff…

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    Hotel VIA

    The clear choice for traveling baseball fans, Hotel VIA right across from AT&T Park sports a fabulous guests-only rooftop bar with giant heat lamps, fire…

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    USA Hostels

    This 1909 hotel was cleverly converted into a sharp-looking hostel with a college-dorm vibe and international students chilling out in the lounge. Private…

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    Inn on Castro

    A portal to the Castro's disco heyday, this Edwardian townhouse is decked out with '70s-mod furnishings, trippy artwork and a jungle's worth of exotic…

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    Sir Francis Drake Hotel

    The city's most famous doormen, clad like cartoon Beefeaters, greet you at this 1920s tower. The Spanish-Moorish lobby is magnificent, but the smallish,…

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    Westin St Francis Hotel

    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…

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    Mosser Hotel

    A tourist-class hotel in a prime location, the Mosser has tiny rooms and tinier bathrooms – but rates for rooms with shared bathrooms are (sometimes) a…