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You Tell Us: Where Do You Like to Stay in San Francisco?

August 28, 2012 at 1:43 PM | by | ()

San Francisco has always been a bit of a tough hotel scene to figure out.

On the one hand you have a ton of touristy hotels clustered around the city's Union Square. Most of these are small and independent places but of course, the bigger brands like Marriott, Hyatt, Starwood and even Kimpton are found here too.

There are more luxe options nearby at Market Street like the St. Regis, the Four Seasons and the W and then down at Fisherman's Wharf the bigger hotel chains dominate again. There are just a handful of cool boutiquey hotels to stay at like The Clift from Morgans Hotel Group and the Hotel Vitale in the Embarcadero from Joie De Vivre but there are plenty of funky spots like the Personality Hotels and even a few stay-if-you-dare options like the Cova Hotel in the Tenderloin district. There's now even a small inn open in the city's Presidio park.

Yet while San Fran has seemingly many hotel options for all types of travelers, there's not one hotel that we get really excited about.

Maybe it's because San Fran hasn't opened many new hotels lately. We think the city is totally ripe for one of those high design but totally affordable kind of brands like Public Hotels or the yet-to-open Virgin Hotels. We'd even take a Yotel or a Thompson Hotel too.

We're also surprised an Element Hotel hasn't made it to the area yet considering how its focus is being green and what greener city is there than San Fran? And hello? Where is the Hotel Indigo San Francisco?

Or maybe it's because we're still overwhelmed by all the so-so options that currently exist in SF. Either way, we need an intervention to get us pumped about visiting San Fran again so we're asking for your help: Where do you love to stay in San Francisco? Tell us your favorite hotels in San Fran in comments below!

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Archived Comments:

Fav Hotel in SF

I agree, SF definitely needs some better hotel options. But working with what we have ... I love the Clift, there's always a party in the lounge. The W is in a perfect location, and they often have great deals. However, the Mandarin Oriental has the best views in SF.

Fav Hotel In SF

Whenever I go, which is at least 4-5 times a year I always stay at either the W or the St. Regis. I mean come on, it cant be beat. The location in perfect because it is just off of Union Square so its not all crazy but it is close enough to be in the craziness within five minutes!

Fav Hotel in SF

Vitale or St. Regis.  

Vitale for the location St. Regis mostly for the points, but also so I can easily hit the Thirsty Bear for tapas.

Actually, I don't mind the Argonaut either.  I know it is kitsch and it is in Fisherman's Wharf, but if I need a bargain stay, which I know I won't get at Vitale or St. Regis I opt for the Argonaut.  

Fav Hotel in SF

Definitely the St. Regis.  Thankfully we have a good corporate rate there.  My five stays there have been perfect.  The location, staff and rooms cannot be beat.  

I have also stayed at the Westin St. Francis, the Mandarin Oriental, the Palomar and the Clift in recent years.  The only one that came close to the St. Regis was the Mandarin, and it was getting tired (I think they recently renovated).  The Vitale down by the Embarcadero looks cool, and I have heard that Le Meridien isn't bad.  

Where I would NOT stay

San Franciscio is a very special city in the US.  

Yes, times have changed for many elsewhere-- but San Francisco is still a union town.  

We do not like hotels that make profits by exploiting workers.  

Sadly, there are a few corrupt hotels in San Francisco that think they can get away with it.  

They cut benefits, they make workers do more in less time, they chew workers up and spit them out. You end up with poor service and maybe even bedbegs to take home from such substandard hotels!

Can you really have a good time knowing that these third world practices are taking place?


Especially if you come to San Francisco where workers are valued.

Please do not stay at a slave labor hotel.

Stay at a union hotel.

Here is a website that can help you:


I live in San Francisco-- but trust me: if you stay at:

    * Grand Hyatt
    * Hotel Frank
    * Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf
    * Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
    * Le Meridien

I want you to go home!

You are not welcome in this city!

There are hundreds of other hotels of all sorts here in San Francisco that treat their employees right.  

If they treat their own employees right they will treat you right!


I had a great experience with Hotel Frank. The management staff and spicy food are the key factors to choose Hotel Frank among all hotels in SF. The only thing I don't like about Hotel Frank is the room service,a bit lazy workers out there. Happy Halloween. http://www.thertastore.com