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Loews Regency: Spacious, modern rooms. Muted tones and elegant layouts. Many rooms offer either a city or bay view from right in the heart of San Francisco. Chinatown, the Financial District and North Beach are all within reasonable walking distance for meals, drinks and sightseeing. The Loews Regency, former home of the Mandarin Oriental, serves breakfast, lunch and happy hour at its small lobby restaurant, Brasserie S&P.

St. Regis: Beautiful open-room concepts and aesthetically-pleasing interior design. Conveniently located around the corner from the Moscone Center and its food court, movie theater and carousel. In-house restaurant Vitrine well known-for its American cuisine, and they also boast a pop-up restaurant downstairs that specializes in grilled favorites, aptly named “Grill.” Huge pool and nice fitness center complete the residential-feeling property.

Taj Campton: A lot of hotel squeezed into a very little space. Just up the street from Union Square in the middle of San Francisco, Taj Campton boasts a rooftop fitness center, large suites with a pleasant decor, and a 2-Michelin star restaurant. There is a courtesy car to take you to attractive nearby dining and nightlife locations, like Chinatown, SoMa, and North Beach.

Scarlet Huntington: Stunning renovation of a 1920’s apartment building that still maintains a sense of “home.” The hotel sits atop Nob Hill and offers expansive views from its luxurious suites and spacious deluxe rooms. The property owns a massive spa and pool area on-site, and The Big 4 restaurant downstairs is great; on par with the nearby Tonga Room and Top of the Mark.

Hotel Vitale: A stylish, quintessential San Francisco hotel in a red-brick building with unobstructed views of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island from any perch. Plenty of outdoor space for lounging on vacation or meeting on business. Local affiliations with The Bay Club and The Y. Pier 39, AT&T Park, the Ferry Building and Vitale’s own popular restaurant and bar are close by.

Hotel Zelos: Very hip SoMa location does a good job representing the spirit of the city. The rooms, though in transition still from its mid-2015 purchase and renovation, are bright and clean. The fitness center and restaurant are spot-on San Francisco, with the latter especially becoming a huge draw at night. Right next to BART, Union Square, the Westfield Mall and the Metreon.

Fairmont Nob Hill: A mini-city in and of itself. Fantastic rooms for all sizes of families or individual travelers. Known for its connection to celebrities like Tony Bennett, ornate ballrooms and popular eatery Tonga Room. Lesser-known gems include the shops, event centers, multiple fitness rooms, rooftop gardens and prohibition-era bars. Can’t beat the location on top of Nob Hill, towering over the rest of San Francisco.

Orchard Hotel: Cozy, traditional bedrooms with plenty of space. King beds, flat screen TVs and unique Oriental artwork come standard. Catch three meals a day at Daffodil in-house, or wander to Chinatown for a delicious meal. Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square and the Financial District are all within striking distance. If traveling with kids, request a rollaway or crib for the room, and check out the nearby Exploratorium for a fun family activity.

Omni Hotel: A well thought-out mix of family-friendly amenities, business leisure and luxury. In the heart of everything, just steps away from North Beach, Chinatown and downtown. Large, luxurious rooms with comfort as a primary point of design. Intimate in-house restaurant and bar give way to a beautiful lobby space. Program offering children a backpack of goodies upon check-in is an added bonus.

Hotel Rex: The 1920’s literary salon theme really stands out in this dimly-lit, quaint hotel near downtown. The rooms themselves are on the smaller side, but feel homey. Stick around the lobby for movie night, live music night, Cabaret and more. Nearby attractions include Union Square, Yerba Buena Gardens and great restaurants. For a full city tour, Big Bus Tours picks up right next to the hotel entrance.

Palace Hotel: Service, size and decor reminiscent of an actual palace. Hotel itself is an attraction worth wandering, but you can always explore the restaurants and watering holes of SoMa, the Financial District and the Embarcadero. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better fitness facility than the one at the Palace, complete with a full indoor pool and locker rooms. Check out their culinary creation Pied Piper for food and drink, or if you want to wander, start across the street at House of Shields or around the corner at Novella and go from there.

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