Best Rooms: Hotel des Arts is surrounded by the buildings, so you won't find much in the way of views.
Best Rooms: As this hotel is located in the Financial District and surrounded by taller buildings, there isn't much of a view. That said, the best street views are from Superior rooms, overlooking Bush St.
Best Rooms: Surrounded by taller buildings, the hotel doesn't offer any real views. That said, rooms overlooking Powell or Cyril Magnin Street offer better views of the surrounding area.
4 star hotel
Area: Downtown San Francisco
0.39 mi from California Historical Society
Best Rooms: Rooms facing north face the bay, while rooms facing south look toward downtown. For a view of the bay, however, you'll want to book a Bay View room specifically, and request to be above floor 21.
Best Rooms: Rooms facing Mason St. that end in *09, *10, *12 and *14, from floors 9 - 12 (e.g. 910, 1112), offer nice city views.
3 star hotel
Area: Lower Knob Hill
0.42 mi from California Historical Society
Best Rooms: The hotel is only 8 floors high, so the views from the rooms are usually of the surrounding buildings. That said, for a partial view of the city, ask for a room on the west side of the hotel facing Mason St.
Best Rooms: Though you won't find any sweeping views of the city, as the hotel is only 10 stories, the best city views are found from rooms overlooking Bush St., on floors 8 - 10.