San Francisco Staycation

Satisfy your wanderlust with a stay at one of these San Francisco hotels, each of which stands ready and more than willing to fulfill your travel dreams.

Travel is back. But those long suffering from wanderlust need not necessarily hop on a plane in order to reap the benefits of a relaxing or adventurous getaway. Everything one might require in a luxe vacation can be found right here, in our own backyard. From the most sumptuous of accommodations, to spectacular views of iconic landmarks, to the finest in California coastal cuisine, these local hotels deliver that which visitors from all over the world come here to find.

It’s natural to take our home city for granted, and for that reason, we encourage you to experience San Francisco the way a visitor might. Don your tourist cap and allow these hotels to do what they do best – pamper and indulge, while revealing the best of our City by the Bay.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco Courtyard Terrace. Photo courtesy of the hotel

This Nob Hill grand dame celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and she has never looked better. A charming oasis in the heart of the city and the perfect home base for travelers returning to urban experiences, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is just steps from some of the city’s most popular attractions including shopping and dining at Union Square, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the iconic California Street Cable Car, which grants guests convenient access to San Francisco’s most visited sites such as Fisherman’s Wharf and Lombard Street. Housed within a city landmark building that dates to 1909, the hotel is comprised of 336 luxurious rooms and suites boasting city views. Amenities include wine tastings in the lobby-located JCB Tasting Lounge, bespoke perfumes at the new Krigler boutique (the only location in Northern California), delicious cuisine and craft cocktails at The Lounge, and a newly designed interior park and garden with city views, where guests can enjoy coffee, read a book, and enjoy complimentary weekend yoga. Bonus: a new Respite Concierge program, in partnership with coveted local businesses, helps guests find respite in the city through a curated list of experiences in three categories: retail, recreation, and relaxation. Enjoy personalized shopping, a sail on the bay, or a private Tai Chi session, for example.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco Lobby Lounge. Photo courtesy of the hotel

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero 

Location, location, location. This real estate edict pertains to amenity proximity, but surely it relates to vertical juxtaposition as well. In either case, the new Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero boasts a favorable location, whether side to side, or top to bottom. Located on the upper 11 floors of the 48-story 345 California Center building, the luxury hotel’s cloud-grazing rooms and suites boast incredible Bay and city views, allowing guests to spot such landmarks as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Pyramid, Alcatraz Island, and the Bay Bridge. For another perspective, head to the Sky Bridge on each floor where picture windows reveal both bay and city views. Back at street level, the hotel’s financial district locale puts guests just steps, or a cable car ride, from Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury shopping in Union Square, walkable neighborhoods, and the Embarcadero waterfront with its twice-weekly Ferry Building farmers market. Through the end of the year, guests can explore the region and beyond (Stinson Beach perhaps?) in a new Maserati Levante SUV. Named for the Mediterranean wind that can change from calm to gale in an instant, the Levante is yours for a complimentary 24 hours when you book a hotel suite.

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco Hotel at Embarcadero corner room. Main photo above: Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero Sky Deck. Photos courtesy of the hotel

The Inn and The Lodge at the Presidio

The Lodge at the Presidio. Photo by Paul Dyer

Home to miles of hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, a golf course, and museums, the Presidio stretches across 1,500 acres of some of the most beautiful real estate in the Nation. Surrounded by groves of fragrant eucalyptus and panoramic Golden Gate Bridge views, the two luxury hotels within this former U.S. Army Post are San Francisco’s best kept hospitality secrets. The Inn at the Presidio was originally a bachelor officer’s quarters built by the army in 1903. Today, the building features 22 spacious guest rooms and welcoming communal areas that meld history with posh, modern amenities. 17 of the rooms are ultra-spacious, high-ceilinged suites featuring casually chic living rooms with gas fireplaces. Large, double-hung windows allow guests to enjoy the area’s refreshing eucalyptus scented bay breezes. Two long verandas – on the first and second levels – run the length of the building and feature shaker style rockers. A large fire pit is the focal point of the back patio. Just across the Main Parade Ground is the newer Lodge at the Presidio, offering the city’s closest hotel proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge. The Lodge takes full advantage of its accessibility to the orange icon; several of its 42 rooms directly overlook the span, and a fire-pit heated courtyard sits in its shadow. Like the Inn, the Lodge features authentic architecture paired with modern amenities. Guests enjoy complimentary evening wine and appetizers, and every morning, a European style breakfast buffet.

The Inn at the Presidio. Photo courtesy of the hotel

The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel

This century-old San Francisco hotel gem, originally opened by Frederick C. Clift in February 1915, recently received a total makeover and the result is stunning. Within walking distance of San Francisco’s shopping and financial districts, the refreshed hotel features 372 rooms and suites with high tech enhancements, such as STAYCAST™ powered by Google Chromecast. Select rooms also feature a Peloton for an in-room fitness experience. A new light-filled lobby and adjacent Living Room provide ample space for working, cocktailing, or people watching. The hotel’s iconic Redwood Room has been reinvigorated without jeopardizing its seductive ambiance and Prohibition-era charm. Reproductions of Gustav Klimt prints, found during the remodel and painted by students under Klimt’s direction, now grace the room’s dark wood walls – the perfect environment in which to enjoy a crafted cocktail. A new eatery and café, Fredericks, offers both sit-down and counter service options, and is overseen by Executive Chef Daniel Corey, formerly of San Francisco’s Michelin Starred LUCE.

The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel Redwood Room. Photo courtesy of the hotel






Fran Miller

Fran Endicott Miller is an experienced travel, wine, and general feature writer for a variety of luxury lifestyle publications and websites. Prior to her journalism career she established and managed the Golden State Warriors' first official community relations department and efforts. Principled and genuine, she’s known for thoughtfully eloquent writing. When not traveling, she can be found walking her Northern California neighborhood with her beloved golden retriever Nate.