Staying at one of the boutique hotels in San Francisco is a great SF lodging alternative. Here you will find 9 of the best options, from bed and breakfasts to small, personal hotels.
Many of the recommendations on this list are in local neighborhoods yet still close to the main SF attractions and activities. Staying at a boutique hotel in San Francisco is the perfect way to get an authentic SF experience.
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Address: 42 Moraga Avenue
Nightly Rates: From around $330 - $545
Number of Rooms: 22
This newly opened inn is situated inside the San Francisco Presidio, a National Historic Landmark. You will find large, quiet rooms in remodeled army officers' quarters here.
Of the 22 rooms, 17 are suites with a gas fireplace and a sofa sleeper. The hotel also features an outdoor patio with a gas fire pit, porches with rocking chairs, and large public lobbies.
Amenities here include:
The hotel also provides free shuttles to get around the Presidio (which contains attractions like the Disney Museum, Officer's Club, and more), as well as to and from the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown.
You can also take a pleasant walk or public transportation from the hotel to get to Baker Beach, Crissy Field, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, and other popular areas.
>> Compare online prices and read recent guest reviews for the Inn at the Presidio on TripAdvisor.
Address: 2229 Union Street
Nightly Rates: Range from $219 - $329
Number of Rooms: 6
Neighborhood: Marina District
The most requested boutique hotel in San Francisco is the Union Street Inn. This small bed and breakfast is located on Union Street, where you will find many cute shops, restaurants, and wine bars.
It's about a 15-minute walk to Fisherman's Wharf, a 10-minute walk to the Presidio, and only about a 10-minute walk to the waterfront. This neighborhood also has good public transportation, so you can easily take the bus to see other key neighborhoods and top sights.
Guests absolutely love this place, especially the charm, hospitality, and pampering touches, like fresh fruit in the rooms and wine and cheese receptions every afternoon.
Here are some of the additional amenities at the Union Street Inn:
>> Read what other travelers have to say about the Union Street Inn and find booking details on TripAdvisor. Note: You will have to call the Union Street Inn to book rooms because they are so limited.
Address: 1590 Sutter Street
Nightly Rates: From $186 - $489
Number of Rooms: 48
The Queen Anne Hotel is one of the larger boutique hotels in San Francisco. Set in the beautiful Pacific Heights neighborhood, this historic, Victorian-style building that dates back to 1890 sits proudly on the corner of Sutter and Octavia.
Inside, you'll find charming accommodations with stained glass windows and antiques throughout. Each room is individually decorated with Victorian pieces, which adds to the hotel's character.
Amenities at the Queen Anne Hotel include:
Discounted access to three health clubs within a few blocks of the hotel
>> Discover recent guest reviews and the best deals for your stay at the Queen Anne Hotel on TripAdvisor.
Address: 943 South Van Ness
Nightly Rates: Range from $235 - $415
Number of Rooms: 21
Neighborhood: Mission District
Another exciting option for boutique hotels in San Francisco is The Inn San Francisco in the Mission District. This small bed and breakfast is warm and inviting.
You are sure to feel at home with a quiet outdoor garden, a gorgeous rooftop terrace, and cozy fireplaces. You will also be close to some of the best restaurants and bars in the city.
Other amenities at this bed and breakfast include:
If you are a light sleeper, make sure you check the noise level of your room before booking. Some rooms are just steps off noisy Van Ness Street, but there are also several quieter options in the back.
>> Find more tips from recent guests and compare prices for The Inn San Francisco on TripAdvisor.
Address: 198 Haight Street
Nightly Rates: From about $260 - $368
Number of Rooms: 5
Neighborhood: Civic Center/Hayes Valley
Another one of my favorite boutique hotels in San Francisco is The Parsonage. This bed and breakfast is located in one of the hottest San Francisco neighborhoods, where new bars and restaurants are opening up daily. You are also within walking distance of San Francisco's subway system, BART.
Rooms at The Parsonage are comfortable and quiet. The owners take great care of both their property and their guests, so you will surely have a great experience here.
Amenities at The Parsonage include:
>> Read recent guest reviews for The Parsonage on TripAdvisor. Note they require a two-day minimum.
520 Church Street, Castro/Mission neighborhoods
319 Divisadero Street, Alamo Square neighborhood
601 Eddy Street, Civic Center neighborhood
Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about these and other boutique hotels in San Francisco on TripAdvisor.
VRBO: In addition to hotels, you'll also find some great places to stay locally through VRBO. Book an apartment or a room and feel more like a local. Find some great places to stay on VRBO here.