4 star hotel
Area: Fisherman's Wharf
0.53 mi from Aquatic Park
Best Rooms: The hotel offers limited views of the city, and a handful of rooms on floors 4 - 5 offer views of Alcatraz, so be sure to request them specifically.
Best Rooms: The hotel is near the pier, but because the hotel is only four floors high, there isn't much of a view of the bay. Rooms with city views are also quieter than the south side of the hotel, if you'd prefer not to stay on the courtyard side of the hotel.
Best Rooms: Most rooms have views of the city; rooms facing California St. have obstructed views from floor 8 and below, while rooms facing Mason St. have good views of the city from floors 5 and up. Rooms on the northeast side, on the higher floors, offer views of the bay.
4 star hotel
Area: Financial District
1.42 mi from Aquatic Park
Best Rooms: For the best view of the bay, as well as of Coit Tower and the Bay Bridge, be sure to book a Bay View room. Ask for one that has a balcony, so you can really experience the views. These rooms exist even on the highest floor, alongside the uber-expensive suites, so they're quite a steal.
Best Rooms: There isn't too much in the way of views, as the hotel is surrounded by buildings, but rooms facing Bush St. on floors 2 - 8 are your best bet for views of the city.
Best Rooms: The hotel can't offer any city views because it's surrounded by taller buildings, but rooms overlooking Post St. on floors 5 and above have nicer views.
Best Rooms: Book a View room for the best possible view of the surrounding areas; these rooms are located on floors 14 - 20. While you won't really get sweeping skyline views, rooms ending in odd numbers face Union Square and tend to have better views.