As a San Francisco resident and hotel aficionado, I’m often often asked by visiting friends where they should stay in the “City by the Bay.” When seeking out a 5-star experience in San Francisco, there are some stellar options that’ll impress even the most discerning of hotel lovers. Before you start your search, it’s most important to identify what you desire most out of your experience.
The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco (rates from $429) is renowned not only in the city, but within the Ritz-Carlton chain as well. Perhaps more opulent than its competitors, the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco prides itself on remarkable service and a decor for traditionalists. This property is perched on Nob Hill, which offers one of the most best vantage points from which to enjoy sweeping views of the city.
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Best features: Elegant decor, traditional style and service, and one of the best club lounges in the Ritz-Carlton chain.
The St. Regis San Francisco (rates from $519) is one of the city’s newest 5 star properties, boasting a central location just steps from Moscone Center as well as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This hotel has modern appeal, with clean lines throughout and arguably some of the best rooms in the city. All rooms are outfitted with ultra cool bathrooms with separate showers and tubs, as well as a bedside technology panel which controls everything from the window shades to lighting.
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Best Features: Spacious, modern rooms with jaw-dropping bathrooms and butler service.
Unparalleled Service, Understated Elegance
The Four Seasons San Francisco (rates from $605) offers a central location right on Market Street, which runs through downtown San Francisco. While some might consider it the most understated of the 5 star bunch, it’s certain to deliver consistent service coupled with fantastic amenities. Guest rooms are modern and comfortable, and all feature the classic Four Seasons 5 fixture bathroom with a separate shower and tub.
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Best Features: Complimentary use of the Sports Club Fitness facility.
The Mandarin Oriental San Francisco (rates from $495) is lauded for offering spectacular views across every room type. The “Bridge to Bridge view” is particularly special, offering stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge. The hotel’s location in the Financial District makes it particularly convenient for financial movers and shakers.
Best Features: The views, the fact that all rooms are located on high floors and the Financial District location for business travelers.
*Note that Mandarin Oriental San Francisco is currently closed due to renovations. The property will reopen in April 2012.Google+