3 star hotel
Area: Financial District South
0.33 mi from Yerba Buena Gardens
Best Rooms: Rooms facing Clementina St. have great city views, from floors 12 and above.
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.
3.5 star hotel
Area: Downtown San Francisco
0.38 mi from Yerba Buena Gardens
Best Rooms: Mystic Hotel is encircled by tall buildings, blocking any potential views of the city.
Best Rooms: Centrally located in San Francisco, King George Hotel is surrounded by buildings, so views are limited.
Best Rooms: Inn At Union Square is encircled by equally tall buildings, blocking any potential views of the city.
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.