The Top Boutique Hotels In San Francisco

Team Hoo
18th February 2021

One of the United States’ great cosmopolitan cities, San Francisco isn’t just a city to escape to, but a place filled with culture and beauty. With eye-opening views of the bay, cable cars to ride around in, and the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, there is plenty to see and do if you choose to visit San Francisco. 

Now that you’ve decided to visit for yourself, maybe planning a night time trip to Alcatraz or even to visit San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, with San Francisco has much to do and see, all you need to worry about is where you’re going to stay. 

Here is our list of the top boutique hotels to stay in during your vacation in San Francisco. 

What Are Boutique Hotels?

Boutique hotels tend to be small, with one to a hundred rooms maximum and usually are fitting with their environments. Sometimes, they opt for modern decor and contemporary vibe, with bright colours and whimsical touches when it comes to ornaments or furniture. 

A Boutique Hotel aims to stand out and be one-of-a-kind, leaving a lasting memory the same way the city you’re staying in does. Some also have food and a bar, limiting the stress of finding somewhere to dine last minute. 

The 5 Best Boutique Hotels Around Union Square 

Hotel Emblem 

Just around the corner from Union Square, this hotel mixes contemporary style with retro-cool. The bar is decorated in blacks and gold accents, and when you first step in, you’re greeted with rich woods and a wall of books. The rooms are comfortable and generously sized, with must-have amenities like USB ports in the bedside tables and a Nespresso machine. 

Prices start from $111 a night. 

Hotel G

One of the closest hotels on this list and Hotel G doesn’t disappoint. Mixing urban cool with modern amenities, creating a mix of laid-back stylings in a relaxing and comfortable space. The rooms are a mix of clean whites and rich undertones using wood and dark rugs, while amenities include Nespresso machines, a minibar, and free Wi-Fi. 

Prices start from $120 a night. 

Staypineapple, Union Square

Bright whites and yellows are what will greet you at this fabulous hotel in Union Square. With quirky pineapple decorated rooms mixed with luxe styling, this friendly and perfectly located hotel has all the amenities you come to expect, including bathrooms, marble floors and rainfall showers. 

Prices start from $127 a night. 

Orchard Garden Hotel

This boutique hotel offers eco-friendly rooms that don’t skimp on luxury and unique styling. With a muted palette in the rooms, aiding relaxation and cleaned with chemical-free products. The hotel itself was built with recycled materials, has energy-saving rooms, with even the restaurant only using locally sourced ingredients.

Prices start from $130 a night. 

The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel

With muted shades, including beige and rich brown, you are welcomed into The Clift with concrete-grey walls and low lighting. You can opt to shake the day off in the Redwood Room, an intimate bar with art deco-inspired panelling around the outside; or you can turn in and find comfort in your chic-inspired rooms with greys and dark woods. 

Prices start from $140 a night. 

Cheap vs Luxury Boutique Hotels In San Francisco 

Unsure where to stay and flexible on budget? Here are several cheap and luxury boutique hotels you can consider staying at in San Francisco, with their stylings and amenities listed. 

The Herbert Hotel 

The Herbert Hotel is a warm and welcoming hotel, with exposed brick and boho stylings. While close to Union Square, this hotel is also affordable and doesn’t skimp on luxury. With complimentary Wi-Fi, and close proximity to the cable cars, and a chilled lobby to decompress after a day of exploring.  

Prices start from $100 a night. 

Hotel Vitale 

Outside it may look all red-brick and large windows, but this hotel has so much more on offer, with several outdoor terraces with garden furniture, a spa, and jaw-dropping views of the bay. Rooms are decorated in soft beiges with woven accessories, complimenting a relaxing break away from the city. If you can opt for a waterfront room, so you start the day with the beautiful views of the Bay Bridge, you won’t regret it. 

Prices start from $200 a night. 

Hotel Whitcomb

Once formerly a city hall, this boutique hotel greets you with a chandelier sparkling in the entrance hall and contrasting colours that adorn you in old-time elegance with a contemporary twist. You can dine in their Asian fusion restaurant or retire to your spacious room with complimentary Wi-Fi and comfortable fixtures. 

Prices start from $90 a night. 

The Battery

This 14-suite luxury boutique hotel welcomes you with hardwood floors, no-expense-spared decor and either rich leathers or exposed brick. Rooms match the styling throughout, with leather headboards or dark wood walls, and amenities include a minibar, Nespresso machine, Bluetooth headphones and much more. 
Be warned, The Battery also has a ‘resident member’, meaning you’ll need a key to access certain parts of this hotel such as the Musto Bar on the top floor. However, the hotel aspect is open for the public to stay in. 

Prices start from $450 a night. 

HTL 587

This classic hotel mixes its styling with modern features and provides fabulous city views. With a Vietnamese restaurant to dine at, and bright rooms combining the same styling as downstairs, you’ll find yourself charging to explore the city. Amenities include free Wi-Fi and even a virtual concierge. 

Prices start from $95 a night. 

Hotel Zeppelin 

If you’re looking for an adventure, then look no further than Hotel Zeppelin. Boasting a celebration of  the bold and bohemian styling, this hotel is a living story that comes alive. With darkly lit hotel rooms, with the walls decorated in pop culture artwork and even including vinyl artefacts on the vintage turntables, you may struggle to go down and eat at the famous Rambler. 

Prices start from $200 a night. 

Hotel Vertigo

For movie lovers, this hotel may be a firm favourite. Inspired by Hitchcock, this hotel boasts stepping through their doors is like stepping into a Hitchcock movie. With bright orange accents, sharp lines and a mix of old and new fittings. The movie theme is even running through the hotel, with the film on in the foyer. Your room is an extension of the theme, with amenities including HD TV, iPod docking station, and free Wi-Fi.

Prices start from $100 a night. 

Proper Hotel

Greeted by the mix of dark shades and lighter creams, combined with wooden accents with intricate wallpaper designs, you get the feeling you’re somewhere far away from the city outside. With room amenities including Bluetooth custom speaker and a curated minibar with small-batch bottled cocktails, you may be reluctant to leave your room. But, at the Proper Hotel, you have the choice of lounging above Market Street at the rooftop bar or treating yourself to American food at the hotel’s Villon restaurant.

Prices start from $250 a night.

When staying in the fog-wrapped city of San Francisco, it’s important to ensure where you lay your head is as much of an adventure as seeing the sights. When staying at a boutique hotel, all are offering a unique experience, which one are you going to choose with something for everyone? 

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