San Francisco City Guide

By: Amy Westervelt

San Francisco Hotels Guide

©2006 Ritz Carlton The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, locatedon Nob Hill, recently underwent anextensive renovation, and withbreathtaking results.

San Francisco's luxury hotels are found on Nob Hill. Those gems include Mobil Five-Star Ritz-Carlton San Francisco (600 Stockton St), Mobil Three-Star The Fairmont San Francisco (950 Mason St), and Mobil Three-Star The Huntington Hotel (1075 California St).

Those looking for a unique experience at a slightly lower room rate should check out the Joie de Vivre boutique hotels scattered throughout the city -- each hotel has its own unique personality, from the funky rock 'n' roll Phoenix Hotel in the Tenderloin to the elegant and literary Mobil Three-Star Hotel Rex (562 Sutter St) in Union Square.


The Orchard Hotel, San Francisco's first LEED™- accredited (LEED™ is a rating system used by the US Green Building Council to denote environmental stewardship in building) hotel is another great option -- hip, affordable, brand new, and in a great Union Square location.

San Francisco is also home to a number of bed and breakfast properties including the Queen Anne, a Victorian-style luxury Pacific Heights B&B; the Parker Guesthouse, a bright and modern Castro-area home; the landmark Red Victorian B&B above the Red Vic Theater in the Haight; and the cozy Golden Gate Hotel near Union Square.

Naturally, you'll need to eat while you're in San Francisco, and the good news is that this city has one of the premier restaurant scenes in the United States. Check out the next section for the best of dining in San Francisco.