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Five Star Hotels in San Francisco: The Top Luxury Options in SF

Jill on a windy day at the Golden Gate Bridge

by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: August 31, 2022

San Francisco has five hotels with a five-star rating. Each of these five-star hotels in San Francisco offers a high-end, luxurious experience.

All have lovely on-site bars and restaurants. They also have spacious rooms and modern amenities.

To help you find the one that is right for you, I've written about my experience with each one, some recent guest reviews, and a few other things you need to consider before you book.

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1. Fairmont Heritage Place - Ghirardelli Square

Scenes around Ghirardelli SquareGreat photos around Ghirardelli Square

Address: 900 North Point Street, Suite D100

The Fairmont Heritage Place is the first of the five-star hotels in San Francisco on my list. Even though it's considered a hotel, they don't offer standard rooms. Instead, the Fairmont Heritage Place offers 53 one, two, and three-bedroom luxury apartments.

The location for this one is fantastic. It is in the old Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory, which is now full of shops and restaurants and is called Ghirardelli Square. It is located on the western side of Fisherman's Wharf.

Each apartment has its own kitchen. You'll find modern amenities with charming decors, such as the exposed brick on many walls. Most rooms also offer sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay.

Find additional ratings, reviews, and room availability on Booking.com.

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2. The St. Regis San Francisco

Address: 125 Third Street

The second hotel on my list of five-star hotels in San Francisco is the St. Regis. This hotel is in the South of Market (SOMA) area of San Francisco, next door to the renowned SF Museum of Modern Art.

It is close to several restaurants, shops, and galleries and only about a 3.5-block walk to Union Square.

The St. Regis is part of the Starwood group of hotels. It has 260 guest rooms as well as 46 suites.

One of my favorite features of this one is the 50-foot infinity edge swimming pool. This indoor pool offers a relaxing atmosphere with natural lighting and comfortable chairs for lounging. Even if you don't want to go for a swim, it's a quiet and relaxing place to gather your thoughts.

The overall guest rating for this lodging option is exceptionally high.

Find additional reviews and room availability for your upcoming visit on Booking.com.

3. Four Season Hotel San Francisco at the Embarcadero

Address: 222 Sansome Street

The Loews Regency is another one of the highly rated five-star hotels in San Francisco. However, it's third on my list due to its location in the Financial District.

This luxury hotel is the perfect choice for business travelers. This area of town is pretty quiet at night and even more so on the weekends, whereas the other five-star hotels in San Francisco offer easy access to nightlife and more fun for those traveling for pleasure.

This hotel has some fantastic views, as its rooms start on the 38th floor of the building.

One of the most popular room choices is the Bridge to Bridge room. These rooms offer sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay from the Golden Gate Bridge off to the west, and all the way over to the Bay Bridge to the east. It's a pricier option, but worth the extra money if you want to relax in a room with a spectacular view.

Find more reviews on Booking.com to see if the Loews Regency is the right hotel for your visit.

4. Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

Address: 757 Market Street

The Four Seasons Hotel near Union Square is another one of the five-star hotels in San Francisco that do not disappoint. It is one of my favorites since you can walk to several beautiful shops, restaurants, and museums within just a few minutes. It's located in the heart of the action.

Seasons, the restaurant, is a quiet retreat away from the chaos of the city. We go here quite a bit because we love the comfortable setting, the relaxed atmosphere, and the fantastic drink selection. In addition to the large guest rooms, many with great views of downtown San Francisco, I also love their on-site bar and the gym.

Four Seasons guests can also use the Equinox Sports Club. I was a member here for several years, and the facility is fantastic. There is an Olympic-sized lap pool and two floors of cardio and weight lifting equipment. The gym also features one of my favorite spas and salons in the city.

Find out more about the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, including guest reviews and the best rates on Booking.com.

5. The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

Ritz Carlton SF

Address: 600 Stockton Street

Even though the Ritz-Carlton is the last on my list of five-star hotels in San Francisco, you'll appreciate it since it's also one of the least expensive on the list yet still utterly unique.

I love this hotel for several reasons. It's in a fantastic area called the Nob Hill neighborhood, one of my favorites in the city. It sits on a classically steep San Francisco hill, which gives you an excellent feel for the city.

When you pull up to this hotel, you'll feel like you are pulling up to a mansion. The exterior is high-end all the way. The lobby and bar area are also modern and classy.

As mentioned above, it isn't as expensive as the others, but it is still highly rated by guests. Find more reviews and the most competitive nightly rates on Booking.com.

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