The Top Modern Luxury San Francisco Hotels

San Francisco Hotels — Modern Luxury. When you're in the mood for a stylish urban retreat, these leading luxury hotels need to be on your shortlist — the Four Seasons, Hilton Union Square, Hotel Nikko, The W San Francisco, Hotel Zelos, and the new Loews Regency Hotel, which took over from the Mandarin Oriental.

Each of our chosen luxury San Francisco Hotels add their own brand of lavish touches. Whether it's the spectacular views from the 48th floor, deep soaking tubs in the bathrooms, spa services delivered right to your room, or a hip restaurant/bar, our selection delivers modern elegance. Like so many luxury hotels, they are continually being upgraded and renovated to keep their modern spirit alive. The Zelos Hotel took over the former Kimpton Hotel Palomar and made things even better. We didn't think it was possible, but the Loews Regency actually improved the hotel after replacing the Mandarin Oriental in the same space.

Hotel Nikko

Hotel Nikko

This Japan-based Nikko brings a touch of Asian serenity to San Francisco hotels in the heart.

It starts with the gurgling fountains that greet you upon your arrive into the neoclassical lobby. You find Japanese rock gardens in the immaculate suites and Anzu, the hotel restaurants, serves up California-Japanese fusion cuisine based on traditional Asian dishes.

Hotel Zelos

Hotel Zelos

Taking over the former Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Zelos has kept all of the best features — including the cool modern design — while managing to boost the customer service and adding a very hip cocktail bar/restaurant on the fifth floor.

We love the Art Deco inspired interior, the rich textures, comfy sofas and beds and the jewel-tone fabrics.

Loews Regency Hotel

Loews Regency Hotel

Another update from an older, luxury San Francisco hotel, the Loews Regency took over the Mandarin Oriental with a passion, and the resulting hotel is better than ever.

Famous for spectacular views from every room of the city, bay and the bridges (the Loews Regency occupies the top eleven floors of one of the tallest buildings in San Francisco), the hotel should be just as well known for attention to detail and service.

Ritz Carlton San Francisco

Ritz Carlton San Francisco

Although it's a good-sized chain, Ritz Carlton somehow manages to keep their hotels feeling luxurious, even charming, and largely avoids the corporate feeling you find at, say, the Hiltons.

We particularly like the chain's hotel in downtown San Francisco, where they transformed the abandoned, 1909 Neoclassical Metropolitan Life building into a classic modern luxury hotel.

The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons san Francisco

As you'd expect from The Four Seasons' name, this first-rate accommodation is consistently at the top of the lists of best-loved San Francisco hotels.

Guests rave about the immaculate decor and the very quiet rooms. We like the contemporary artwork scattered through the hotel, the fine linens, and deep soaking tubs that overlook the city skyline.

The Hilton at Union Square

The Hilton at Union Square

Dominating an entire city block of city, the Hilton is the largest of San Franciso's hotels and also one of the largest hotels in California.

But even though it might not be our first choice, it's still one of the top, stylish and modern luxury hotels in a city filled with them. It's also at a superb location on the border of Chinatown, little Italy and Union Square, and walking distance to the Embarcadero. Add to that the spectacular views…

W Hotel San Francisco

W Hotel San Francisco

The W Hotels set out to be monuments to cool and this is still considered by most to be SF's swankiest hotel.

We continue to like the hip style of the public spaces and guest rooms and the W's sleek bathrooms, and the W continues to attract a hip clientele who appreciates modern, non-fussy design.

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