In a city known for its beauty, you'd expect to find some nice hotels with excellent views, and San Francisco doesn't disappoint. Unfortunately, it can be hard to tell from hotel listings and booking sites which ones actually have a good view.
In this list, only the best of the best, with great views and outstanding customer service, have been selected. These hotels don't just promise a peek at the corner of the Transamerica Building from down an alley—on the contrary, many of the rooms in these hotels have exceptional, postcard-worthy views.
Use this list to help choose a home base with the best views to truly have a memorable stay in San Francisco.
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This luxury hotel occupies the top 11 floors of city's third-largest building, with unobstructed city views in every direction, even from the bathtub. It's by far the most spectacular place I have ever stayed in terms of the views, and every single room has one.
It's a medium-sized hotel with just over 150 rooms
222 Sansome Street
02 of 09
The Four Seasons is one of San Francisco's most luxurious hotels. It's also a big hotel, with more than 250 rooms.
Located on Market Street, it offers views of the city, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the San Francisco Bay.
757 Market Street
Near the Moscone Convention Center and Union Square
03 of 09
Harbor Court has a waterfront location with a Bay Bridge view. It's a medium-sized hotel with more than 100 rooms.
165 Steuart Street
Waterfront, near the Bay Bridge and Financial District
04 of 09
Hotel Drisco has sweeping Bay views from the top of Pacific Heights. It's also one of the top-rated hotels in San Francisco. It's a small hotel with less than 50 rooms.
2901 Pacific Avenue
Pacific HeightsContinue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
This luxurious boutique hotel is located on the San Francisco waterfront. It has an onsite rooftop spa and deep soaking tubs in the rooms. It gives great views of the Ferry Building, the Embarcadero, and the Bay Bridge.
The Vitale is a medium-sized hotel with close to 200 rooms.
8 Mission Street
Across from the Ferry Building, close to Financial Diistrict
06 of 09
The Hyatt Regency San Francisco has a revolving rooftop restaurant, and its dramatic, stepped design gives every room a view. Tripadvisor reviewers say it has "Great location, average size rooms, wonderful views."
The Hyatt Regency is an enormous hotel with more than 800 rooms.
Five Embarcadero Center
Near the Financial District on the Waterfront
07 of 09
Unobstructed views of San Francisco skyline and connected by landscaped pedestrian bridge to the historic Federal Reserve Building, shops, and cafes of the Embarcadero Center.
It's a big hotel with close to 200 rooms
333 Battery Street
Financial District, not far from the waterfront and Union Square
08 of 09
San Francisco Marriott is best known for its distinctive architecture. It's also one of the largest hotels in San Francisco and has gorgeous views from the bar and upper floors.
The Marriott Marquis is a huge hotel, with well over 1,000 rooms. Tripadvisor reviewers say it has "Comfortable beds and quiet rooms."
55 Fourth Street
Close to Union Square and Moscone CenterContinue to 9 of 9 below.
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The Park Central is a luxury hotel south of Market Street (but just barely). Tripadvisor reviewers say it has a "Nice location. Great View."
Upper levels have floor-to-ceiling windows that frame gorgeous city views. It's a very big hotel with more than 650 rooms
50 Third Street
South of Market (SoMA), near the Moscone Center