5 Most Famous Hotels in San Francisco, California

Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco - 5 Most Famous Hotels in San Francisco, California
Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco





San Francisco is a city steeped in rich culture and an enthralling historical background. This seaside city is full of fun things to do, from visiting Alcatraz to driving the Golden Gate Bridge to strolling Fisherman’s Wharf.

The city has many cultural and historic buildings, along with some of the most beautiful hotels. Let’s take a look at the most famous hotels in the city by the bay.

The Marker San Francisco

The Marker San Francisco - 5 Most Famous Hotels in San Francisco, California
The Marker San Francisco

501 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

This historic building, built in 1920, is a piece of upscale history that sits in the middle of Union Square. A recent multi-million dollar renovation had brought the hotel to life with its blue staircases and white and black tiled floors.

Thoughtful decorating touches are shared on every floor, but the hotel’s lobby takes the cake with its Murano-inspired chandeliers that hang over the entryway.

The room adjacent to the lobby boasts an inviting library and a beautiful fireplace that welcomes guests to have their coffee or tea.

The hotel has 208 guest rooms that also feature the bold accents found through the hotel’s lobby. The rooms feature LCD televisions and minibars.

There is premium bedding, and the private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries. The rooms all feature wireless internet available for a fee.

Guests can also access in-room yoga and spa services. The fitness center is sizable, and the bar is stocked with yummy treats.

Chateau Tivoli Bed and Breakfast

Chateau Tivoli Bed and Breakfast - 5 Most Famous Hotels in San Francisco, California
Chateau Tivoli Bed and Breakfast

1057 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Looking a bit like a mini version of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, the Chateau Tivoli is still an attention grabber today. Built in 1892 as a private home, it has been lovingly restored roughly a century later, and the Chateau Tivoli Hotel was born.

This hotel is a world of Victorian splendor,  with hand-carved woodwork, period wallpaper, and stunning chandeliers. Some of the hotel’s furnishings come from the Vanderbilts and J Paul Getty and recreate the turn of the century.

The building boasts an event-filled history, as the Yiddish Literary Society used the building as their cultural center.

It is also an essential landmark of psychology’s New Age Movement. 

The study parlor is ideal for sipping tea or relaxing with some wine and cheese.

The nine guest rooms are individually furnished, and the bathrooms have designer toiletries. Hairdryers, ironing boards, and housekeeping are provided.

Phoenix Hotel

Phoenix Hotel - 5 Most Famous Hotels in San Francisco, California
Phoenix Hotel

601 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This iconic hotel sits at the intersection of the Civic Center, Little Saigon, and the Tenderloin districts. The Phoenix is a legend in the world of rock n roll that, in 1956, opened as a modest traditional hotel for the American family.

But this place of splendor in the grit of downtown San Francisco began to have some famous guests as some of the most exciting names in the rock world stayed there. Musical icons such as Neil Young, David Bowie, and Kurt Cobain graced the hotel with their presence.

The interior of the building stays true to its roots with a 1950s era look. Vintage posters show the levels of musical history that have taken place here. It continues to be a favorite for musicians stopping in San Francisco.

The 44 guest rooms are designed a little more modern to give their patrons comfort. It boasts flat-screen televisions and iPod docking stations. Wireless internet is available, as well as cable programs on television.

Desks with laptop-compatible safes are there for those who need to do a little work. The private bathrooms have designer toiletries, and housekeeping is provided daily. The hotel has an outdoor pool to relax at, and you’ll also be 5 minutes from some of the city’s most fantastic attractions.

Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco

Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco - 5 Most Famous Hotels in San Francisco, California
Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco

2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

The Palace is one of San Francisco’s true historic landmarks. The Palace is one of the most dated hotels in the city, as it was constructed in 1875. 

But in 2015, a San Francisco designer’s vision was brought to life with a major renovation. Clean and modern styling graces this hotel, but it still holds that historical vision that is stylish and rich.

There are many different rooms, from chic and superior to spacious, breathtaking suites. All of the 556 guest rooms have flat-screen televisions and wireless internet available for a surcharge.

The rooms feature laptop tables and safes. There are several recreational activities, such as the indoor pool, fitness center, and spa tub.

The hotel offers a range of services, from concierge to valet parking, to restaurants and in-room dining. Don’t miss the hotel’s signature tea room in the Garden Court. Here, you can enjoy not only tea but a tasty breakfast or a brunch with champagne.

The hotel is at the heart of the city, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is only a 10-minute walk.

Omni San Francisco Hotel

The Omni San Francisco Hotel - 5 Most Famous Hotels in San Francisco, California
The Omni San Francisco Hotel

500 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104

The Omni Hotel was built in 1927 right in San Francisco’s financial district. After 125 million dollars in renovations in 2001 and 2002, it became the beautiful hotel we know it as today. 

The hotel provides many luxurious and modern comforts in its 362 guest rooms. The rooms feature refrigerators and LED Televisions, and your bed comes with lovely Egyptian cotton linens.

Cable and MP3 docking are provided for your entertainment and business needs. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations with designer toiletries.

The hotel has a great fitness center, complimentary concierge services, gift shops, and a steak house offering some of the city’s best food. You’ll be a short walk to Union Station, the Ferry Building, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


This popular tourist trap is known for its fog and cool summers, its rolling hills, and a mix of interesting landmarks. It’s an educational city with a lot to offer.

And these five hotels listed are some of the most famous ones for you to look further into if you are looking to visit the city by the bay.

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