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Downtown San Francisco Hotels

Union Square, Financial District
& SOMA Hotels for Every Budget

Downtown San Francisco hotels are perfect for those looking for a place close to the action. The downtown San Francisco area covers a few neighborhoods in the city including the Financial District, Union Square and part of the South of Market neighborhood.

All of these are centrally located and close to many of the top attractions. You will find recommendations from two stars to five stars below. Each one also includes a little information on why it is a great place to stay, so you can choose the one that best meets your needs.

Two Stars

Here are a few hop rated two star downtown San Francisco hotels.

The Mosser
54 Fourth Street

the mosser sfThe Mosser is one of the highly rated downtown San Francisco hotels. It has two and a a half stars with small, but clean rooms. It's also in a great location - just a few blocks from Union Square and other downtown activities.

Many of the rooms here offer shared bathrooms. This helps keep the prices lower. They also have a few with private baths, so make sure you read through your options before booking.

Overview
  • Breakfast: Yes, surcharge
  • Internet: Yes, free WiFi
  • Parking: Yes, surcharge
  • Price Range: $111 - $216

The Stratford
242 Powell Street

the stratford sfYou can't beat the location of this two star hotel in San Francisco. All you have to do is step out the front door to see the famed SF cable cars. You are also just minutes from Union Square.

Some of the rooms here are quite small, but they are clean and cozy. It is on a busy street, so make sure you request a room in the back if you are a light sleeper.

There is free WiFi throughout the hotel. This building is a little older, so the elevator is small and it's tough to get really large luggage in at times.

Overview
  • Breakfast: Yes, free
  • Internet: Yes, free WiFi
  • Parking: Yes, surcharge
  • Price Range: $111 - $241

Hotel des Arts
447 Bush Street

hotel des arts sfAnother one of the top two star downtown San Francisco hotels is the Hotel des Arts. This boutique hotel offers modern furnishings, contemporary work from local artists and is really close to all the SF hot spots.

It's a low cost option since many of the rooms share a bathroom. There are a few rooms with private bathrooms, so make sure you double check your booking if this is your preference.

Overview
  • Breakfast: Yes, free
  • Internet: Yes, free WiFi
  • Parking: Yes, surcharge
  • Price Range: $90 - $223

Read recent guest reviews and compare prices for these two star downtown San Francisco hotels on TripAdvisor.

Three Stars

There are quite a few downtown San Francisco hotels with three stars. Here are some of the highest rated.

The Inn at Union Square
440 Post Street

inn at union squareThe Inn at Union Square is a 3.5 star boutique hotel in downtown San Francisco. Inside the hotel, you will find a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

You are close to everything here including Union Square and Chinatown. With only 30 rooms, you will find a more personal experience here than some of the larger hotels in this neighborhood.

Most of the rooms are quite small, but you can upgrade to a suite if you need a little additional room. There is no air conditioning in some of the rooms, but it's usually not a problem since SF stays nice and cool most of the year.

Overview
  • Breakfast: Yes, free
  • Internet: Yes, free WiFi
  • Parking: Yes, surcharge
  • Price Range: $236 - $427

The Donatello Hotel
501 Post Street

donatello hotel sfThe Donatello Hotel is another one of the highly rated downtown San Francisco hotels. This 3.5 star hotel is only about a 10 minute walk to Union Square.

Guest compliment this hotel for its large and comfortable rooms. It has air conditioning in most of its rooms and some have a small refrigerator and microwave. Head to the lounge on Friday to enjoy some wine at their in-house happy hour.

If you are a light sleeper, ask for a room in the back as the street is noisy at night. Another drawback is that the WiFi is only officially offered in the public areas, so it does not work that well in all the rooms.

Overview
  • Breakfast: No
  • Internet: Yes, in public areas
  • Parking: No
  • Price Range: $190 - $765

Chancellor Hotel on Union Square
433 Powell Street

chancellor hotel in sfOne of the more affordable three star downtown San Francisco hotels is the Chancellor. This beauty offers a great location at a more affordable price point.

Guests that stay here rave about the great customer service. One downside is that this hotel is a little older, so most of the rooms are quite small.

You can access their shared fitness center which is one block away.

This hotel also offers a business center and has room service.

Overview
  • Breakfast: No
  • Internet: Yes, free WiFi
  • Parking: Yes, $40 a day
  • Price Range: $135 - $230

Read recent guest review and compare prices for these and other three star downtown SF hotels on TripAdvisor.

Four Stars

These four star options offer you top of the line in luxury. Here are a few that guests love the most.

Omni San Francisco Hotel
500 California

omni hotel sfThe Omni is the first of the top rated four star downtown San Francisco hotels. Guests give this hotel high marks especially for its excellent customer service.

This is one of the best hotels in the area for business travelers. It is only steps from the Financial District, so it's location is perfect for those with meetings in this area.

You will find dozens of fantastic amenities here including a third floor fitness center, a business center and room service. Suites are available for those needing a little extra room.

The hotel also has both a bar and restaurant on-site. Its restaurant, Bob's Steak & Chop House, is one of the best steakhouses in the city.

Overview
  • Breakfast: Yes, surcharge
  • Internet: Yes, free WiFi
  • Parking: Yes, surcharge
  • Price Range: $182 - $568

Hotel Monaco San Francisco
501 Geary Street

hotel monacoYou'll find luxury and great customer service at this four star hotel in downtown SF. It's in a very convenient location that is close to Union Square, the Financial District and Chinatown.

This award-winning hotel offers spacious rooms and a fun, eclectic decor. Guests also enjoy the hotel's room service, fitness center and business center. Other amenities include a wine reception, coffee each morning and access to a wide variety of newspapers.

This hotel loves to invite dogs in for the night. If you don't love dogs, you might want to look at some of the alternatives on this list. Also, a few of the bathrooms have very little vanity space.

Overview
  • Breakfast: Yes, surcharge
  • Internet: Yes, free WiFi
  • Parking: No
  • Price Range: $211 - $455

Hotel Palomar
12 Fourth Street

hotel palomarAnother one of the top downtown San Francisco hotels is the Hotel Palomar. This hotel sits on the southern side of Market Street with great access to many restaurants, shops and bars.

The great thing about this hotel is that it is also really close to the BART trains, so you can easily get in and out of the city. It's also close to many transportation options so you can quickly get to other parts of the city including Fishermans Wharf, the Haight and the Mission.

Guests also recommend this hotel due to its high level of customer service. The Front Desk team is great and everyone does their best to make the guests feel at home.

Amenities here include a fitness center, business center and restaurant/bar on-site. You will also find a friendly pet policy, room service and high speed internet access.

Overview
  • Breakfast: Yes, surcharge
  • Internet: Yes, free WiFi
  • Parking: Yes, surcharge
  • Price Range: $210 - $582

Compare prices and read recent guest reviews for these and other four star hotels on TripAdvisor.

Five Stars

There are only a few downtown San Francisco hotels with five stars. Here are the top two.

Four Seasons San Francisco

four seasons sfThis seventeen story hotel sits in the heart of San Francisco -- right on Market Street. A recent multi-million dollar renovation puts this hotel at the top of the list of recommendations.

Located just two blocks from Union Square, this luxury hotel is filled with amenities. Seasons Bar & Lounge is a premier place to grab a cocktail and relax after a long day seeing the sights. Head over to the Seasons Restaurant for one of the best meals in the city. Both are conveniently located right in the hotel.

Rooms include flat screen TVs, CD players, and high speed internet access (for a fee). Each room also features an ergonomic workstation.

Plush bathrooms round out your stay with marble decor, separate showers, soaker tubs and designer toiletries. Staying at the Four Seasons San Francisco during your visit will make it a trip to remember!

Overview
  • Breakfast: Yes, surcharge
  • Internet: Yes, surcharge
  • Parking: Yes, surcharge
  • Price Range: $414 - $827

The St. Regis San Francisco

st regis sfAnother one of the best downtown San Francisco hotels is the St. Regis San Francisco. Luxury and personal service are the two things that draw visitors to this five star hotel located on Third and Mission Streets in downtown San Francisco.

Almost every room in this 40 story building has a great view of the city. A state of the art fitness center is available to guests during their stay. You can also make use of the pool or the meeting facilitates in this hotel.

Rooms are spacious and modern with neutral colors. Luxurious beds and bedding are found in all the rooms. The bathroom is also a dream with rainfall shower heads and soaker tubs to help you unwind after a long day.

Overview
  • Breakfast: Yes, surcharge
  • Internet: Yes, surcharge
  • Parking: Yes, surcharge
  • Price Range: $413 - $710

Read recent reviews for these top rated five star hotels on TripAdvisor.

*A price range per night is listed since hotel rates vary based on a number of factors. Before you book, please confirm the current pricing for accuracy based on your requested days and amenities. Starting prices do not include taxes or other hotel fees.

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