The Top 7 Historic Luxury Hotels in San Francisco

Historic Luxury Hotels in San Francisco. Don't you find that sometimes it's hard to choose? We think that the most glamorous, historic and luxurious hotels in the USA are found in San Francisco — located on prestigious Nob Hill, around the bustling Union Square, in the Financial district and in SOMA (which stands for South of Market Street). But we wanted to present you with only the cream of this crop. So, we had to dig deep and choose wisely. Yet even within our top 7 there are distinct choices.

If you prefer history with your luxury hotel in San Francisco try these bastions of antiquity — The Palace Hotel, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, or (of course) The Fairmont. If you're looking for a touch of cheeky modern design mixed in with historic luxury, then head to the newly-renovated Scarlet Huntington, the St. Regis, The Westin St. Francis, or the Omni.

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The Scarlet Huntington

The Scarlet Huntington

One of our new faves, the Scarlet Huntington just reopened after a massive re-do, and it's fabulous.

We call the cheeky design film deco and we love the details as well as the color palette featuring yellows, purples, and, of course, scarlet. Although this Nob Hill luxury hotel was opened in 1926 by railroad tycoon, C.P. Huntington, it's become thoroughly modern without losing its historic charm. It's home to the famous Big Four Restaurant and the award-winning Nob Hill Spa. Find out what we like about the luxury hotel in San Francisco.

St. Regis Hotel

St. Regis Hotel

A few years ago this historic Union Square hotel underwent a massive renovation to refresh and update.

This up-to-the-minute design and technology we describe as "Historic Elegance Meets Modern Design" and makes the St. Regis one of our top picks. Of course, the fact that it's also home to Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani's acclaimed restaurant Ame — one of our favorite places to eat in San Francisco — adds to our liking.

Mark Hopkins Hotel

Mark Hopkins Hotel

This signature luxury hotel in San Francisco is located on Nob Hill and was founded by railroad tycoon, Mark Hopkins.

Now part of the InterContinental group, the hotel is an artful blend of French Chateau and Italian Renaissance. It's one of the most loved SF hotels. Since 1939, the famous Top Of The Mark lounge has been a gathering place for locals and celebrities.

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Westin St Francis Hotel

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This luxury hotel has dominated Union Square since 1904. A recent $40 million renovation restored the Westin to its former glory.

It's famous for the glass elevators that take you to the 32nd floor for a dazzling view of the city, but also for hotel's historic luxury trademarks — classic balconies, decorated marble columns, and handcrafted woodwork.

Palace Hotel

Palace Hotel

Close to Union Square on New Montgomery Street, the Palace Hotel is the oldest and certainly one of the most historically interesting hotels in the city.

It was rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake to a new level of elegance and luxury, which it retains to this day. It's also home to a famous San Francisco landmark, the fabulous Garden Court with an 80,000-paned glass domed ceiling.

The Fairmont

The Fairmont

This is the original Fairmont hotel, that set the standard of excellence for the later hotels in the group. (Now owned by Raffles.)

Dominating the summit of Nob Hill, the Fairmont Hotel is home to the Laurel Court restaurant, where they've been serving afternoon tea for 110 years. Understated and sleek, the Fairmont is known for comfortable rooms and impeccable service. Don't miss the culinary garden with its aviary!

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The Omni Hotel

The Omni Hotel

This opulent hotel is filled with elegant touches like crown-molding, chandeliers, a gracious central staircase and mahogany hand-carved furniture.

Hotel restaurants are an important part of the San Francisco food scene, and the Omni doesn't disappoint — it's home to the top-rated Bob's Steak & Chop House and Bob's Bar.

Other Luxury San Francisco Hotel Choices

Other Luxury Choices

In addition to the Magnificent 7 Historic Hotels above, there's the group of SF hotels we love that are a modern testament to luxury and design.

If you like contemporary and leading-edge design consider the Japanese-influenced Hotel Nikko, the fun-filled Hotel Zelos, or the W San Francisco.

There are a few other luxury hotels in San Francisco that we like enough to include them in our reviews — like the Renaissance Stanford Court on Russian Hill and Hotel Vitale at the Embarcadero.

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