4 star hotel
Area: Fisherman's Wharf
0.27 mi from Hyde Street Pier
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: Grand View room types on floors 24 - 26 offer expansive views of the city, and while King Corner Bay View room types may offer a partial view of the bay, the view is only offered from the corners facing California St.
4 star hotel
Area: Financial District
1.24 mi from Hyde Street Pier
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: Luxury Suites, Studio Suites and the Executive Rooms are all available with views of the Bay. For a Studio Suite with a view of the Bay, request a room ending in *06 (e.g. 1506 or 2106). These rooms are very large and offer great views.