The 9 Best Romantic Hotels in San Francisco in 2023

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Best Overall: The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

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Located at the apex of Nob Hill, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is a stunning property with everything a loved-up couple could want. The hotel takes up residence in a circa-1909 landmark building that sits right in the center of one of San Fran’s most romantic neighborhoods. The 336 rooms and suites are luxurious and comfortably-appointed, with amenities including 400-thread-count Frette sheets, marble bathrooms with double sinks, terry cloth bathrobes, Asprey bath amenities, and nightly turndown. Dining options include globally-inspired farm-to-table California cuisine at Parallel 37 — where an a la carte breakfast is also served — as well as lunch or cocktails at The Lounge, and wine-tasting flights at the JCB Tasting Lounge. The hotel also boasts the city's largest Club Lounge serving breakfast, lunch, hors d' oeuvres, desserts, and drinks. There is also a fitness center on the premises.

Best Budget: The Gables Inn Sausalito

The Gables Inn Sausalito

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With sky-high rates in the city itself, savvy travelers will hop just across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito for a more affordable stay. The historic Gables Inn Sausalito is a charming property that offers stellar views of the city. Mere steps from downtown Sausalito on the waterfront, the hotel dates back to 1869 and hosts guests in fifteen individually decorated rooms — many with fireplaces and whirlpool bathtubs. The hotel offers guests a Romance Package, with a dozen red roses and a bottle of Domaine Laurier Brut California Sparkling Wine in room upon arrival. Massages are also available, and you'll find coffee and tea service all day. Although there's no onsite restaurant, the hotel’s prime waterfront location means a bevy of dining options are mere steps away. The San Francisco Ferry is also just a minute’s walk away, so transportation to and from the city is no issue.

Best Location: St. Regis San Francisco

St. Regis San Francisco

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Elegant and modern, the St. Regis Francisco perfectly melds style with sublime service. As befits the city’s tech-forward focus, the St. Regis offers guests a variety of high-tech amenities, and its location means you're within walking distance of SFMOMA, Union Square, Chinatown, and the waterfront Embarcadero. The hotel's 214 rooms and 46 suites feature soaking tubs and rainforest showers. Astra restaurant serves American fare featuring seasonal California ingredients. Enjoy afternoon tea in the Tea Salon. Lovers of drama will appreciate the daily champagne sabering each evening. There’s also a 9,000-square-foot Remède Spa on-property, complete with steam room, sauna, relaxation lounges, pool, and massage and facials treatments, as well as champagne in the relaxation rooms.

Best Excursions: Four Seasons San Francisco

Four Seasons San Francisco

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Located in the Tenderloin, close to both the Financial District and some of the city’s best shopping near Union Square, the five-star Four Seasons San Francisco is a first-rate option for romance-seekers. The hotel features 231 rooms and 46 suites, all kitted out with soothing, natural elements. Rooms are sleek and sexy, done in shades of grey, with marble bathrooms, soaking tubs, L’Occitane bath amenities, and floor-to-ceiling window views. The hotel’s rooftop eatery, MKT Restaurant-Bar, offers sustainable seafood and craft cocktails, all with 180-degree views of the city, and many cocktails featuring local ingredients — including honey from the rooftop beehive. The hotel's concierge can help you with everything from local itineraries and shopping to dining out and wine tastings in Napa. There’s an Equinox Sports Club in-house, with guests receiving complimentary access, as well as a full-service Buddhist-inspired spa at Equinox, and access to a Tesla house car. 

Best for Nightlife: Fairmont San Francisco

Fairmont San Francisco

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A Certificate of Excellence winner, the magnificent Fairmont San Francisco is located in a historic Julia Morgan-designed building at the top of Nob Hill. A true luxury property, the hotel offers 606 rooms and suites, each elegantly and tastefully decorated and featuring views of both the City and Bay. Of the 606 accomadations, 62 of them are suites and 10 of those have balconies. Restaurants include Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar, offering seasonal, California Coastal menus, as well as Afternoon Tea, with à la carte breakfast available. Meanwhile, for couples looking to blow off steam and have fun, there’s the Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar, a popular basement Tiki bar with tropical décor, Polynesian theme, and delicious drinks. The hotel also offers a LiveFit gym and wellness spa, which offers treatments including in-room massages. Wifi is available with resort fee, while parking is available for a fee. Fido is welcome; the hotel is pet-friendly. 

Best for Foodies: Taj Campton Place

Taj Campton Place

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An old-world hotel oozing luxury, the boutique Taj Campton Place features 110-rooms with limestone-tiled bathrooms, Nespresso coffee machines, flat-screen LED TVs, walk-in showers or deep soaking tubs, plush robes, stocked minibars, nightly turndown service, and a pillow menu. While the hotel’s central location means San Francisco nightlife and eateries are all a stone’s throw away, a night devoted to the Taj Campton’s restaurant, The Campton Place Restaurant, is a must. While doesn't currently have any as of 2023, the venue was Michelin-starred for years, even holding two stars at one point. The hotel also offers romantic specials such as breakfast in bed.

Best History: The Huntington Hotel

The Huntington Hotel

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Modern amenities and old-world elegance collide at The Huntington Hotel in Nob Hill. Originally built in 1924, the property housing the 134-room Huntington was once the first steel and brick high-rise west of the Mississippi. Today, the hotel is set in one of the city’s most upscale areas directly across from Grace Cathedral, and it offers rooms done up in Singapore Straits Chinese-décor, many with killer views of the city or the bay. Featuring a three-level penthouse spa with ten treatment rooms and an infinity pool, the hotel is also home to famed restaurant The Big 4. Opened in 1976, and named after the four railroad tycoons who helped develop San Francisco, the restaurant’s décor — wood-paneled walls, leather banquettes, and photos of old San Francisco — feel like you've taken a step back in time.

Best Restaurant View: Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco

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The historic Intercontinental Mark Hopkins first opened its doors in 1926 and has been charming Bay Area guests ever since. Located in Nob Hill close to Union Square, Chinatown, and the Financial District — with the Golden Gate Bridge a brief drive away — the hotel boasts an abundance of character and elegance. Its rooms and suites offer views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco skyline, or Nob Hill, as well as amenities like Keurig coffee makers and blackout curtains. Premium bathrobes and slippers are available upon request. For romantic dining à deux, there’s the iconic penthouse lounge Top of the Mark, with a 360-degree panorama and a dance floor. Top of the Mark also offers a champagne experience with caviar and traditional accompaniments. Guests can also enjoy Nob Hill Club, a farm-to-table restaurant with local California wines by the glass and bottle and mouthwatering offerings like Ora King Salmon, Wild Mushroom Ravioli, and housemade desserts. Your furry loves can come, too — the hotel allows pets without a fee.

Best B&B: The Mansion on Sutter

The Mansion on Sutter

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A boutique B&B in Lower Pacific Heights, The Mansion on Sutter— located in the historic Payne Mansion — drips with charm. With 12 rooms and suites, the Luxury Mansion Collection member offers a charming, old-world vibe, replete with Victorian-era replica furniture. Rooms are lavishly decorated with beautiful art and uber-romantic. Amenities include a complimentary bottle of wine upon check-in, welcome treats from the in-house pastry chef, Belisari Italia 400 thread count sheets, Molton Brown bath products, and nightly turndown. As of January 2023, there is no more restaurant, however, the hotel has three beautiful private dining rooms that can be used for hosting catered events. The hotels owners are very passionate about wine and operate a vineyard on site. There is also a fitness center for guests.

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