The Best Romantic Hotels in San Francisco, California

San Francisco is the perfect place for romance
San Francisco is the perfect place for romance | © Jack Nagz / Unsplash
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25 November 2020

Known as the Paris of the West, San Francisco is the perfect place for romance. And when you’re planning a romantic getaway, you need to find a seriously charming hotel. With this curated list you can decide between sampling craft cocktails at buzzy Hotel Adagio, relaxing in the refined elegance of the Mansion on Sutter or cuddling up in front of a fireplace at the White Swan Inn.

Chateau Tivoli, Western Addition

Bed and Breakfast
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Visitors to this impressive 19th-century restored mansion will feel like royalty. The nine rooms and suites are all lavishly decorated, and some have Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper, four-poster beds, turret seating areas and claw-footed tubs (perfect for sharing a bubble bath). Similarly, some rooms have private ensuites, while others share. A cold continental breakfast (fruit, muffins and cheese) is included during the week, with a champagne brunch on the weekends and an afternoon wine and cheese reception.

Petite Auberge, Nob Hill

Bed and Breakfast
4.3/5 (987 Reviews)
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The English translation of the name, small hostel, doesn’t do this French country-style hotel justice, but then, everything sounds better in French. The lemon-yellow decor does wonders to brighten up those foggy San Francisco days, as does savoring a complimentary glass of wine with snacks in front of the fireplace. Start the day with fresh-baked pastries and fruit before stepping out into the posh Nob Hill neighborhood, with Union Square only four blocks away.
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White Swan Inn, Nob Hill

Bed and Breakfast
4.5/5 (978 Reviews)
White Swan Inn
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This English style B&B is part Cotswolds, part ’60s Carnaby Street: floral with splashes of mod. Chances for romance abound, with in-room fireplaces and soaking tubs. Complimentary treats are plentiful, with breakfast baskets of pastries and fruit, wine with snacks in the evening, sodas and bottled water in the parlor and rooms and tea and coffee on request throughout the day. Finish a day of sightseeing with board games in front of the parlor fireplace, or sipping wine in the courtyard while admiring the stars.
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  • Mansion on Sutter, Lower Pacific Heights

    Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Luxury
    4.7/5 (78 Reviews)
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    This graceful Victorian Mansion was built in 1881 as a residence for the Payne family before becoming a boutique hotel. The owner’s personal art, collected during their travels, hangs throughout the hotel along with sparkling chandeliers, creating an old-world air of refinement. Rooms are individually furnished with whimsical names such as the Champagne Room and Joie de Vivre, and come with a complimentary bottle of wine and home-baked goodies. Breakfast is offered, as well as a tea and coffee service.
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    Hotel Adagio, Downtown

    Boutique Hotel
    4.1/5 (727 Reviews)
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    The sky-blue, Spanish colonial exterior of the Hotel Adagio is eye-catching, with various shades of blue continuing throughout this sophisticated contemporary hotel. Visitors to the property don’t have to travel far for a fun night out, as the Mortimer is one of the city’s hippest craft cocktail bars. Master mixologists will craft delicious cocktails for you to enjoy, while the recently renovated rooms are spacious, with luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets and CO Bigelow bath products.
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    Galleria Park Hotel, Financial District

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    Galleria Park Hotel, San Francisco
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    The art deco-style Galleria hotel is an elegant oasis in the financial district. Guests can relax in the Park Terrace, an urban garden with greenery, a walking track and benches to relax on. The nightly Sipping Hour allows patrons to indulge in handcrafted martinis and the romantic Gaspar Brasserie offers a modern take on traditional French eateries. Rooms have luxurious amenities with rainfall showers, spa-like waffle robes, Illy espresso machines and Jonathan Adler bath products.
    These recommendations were updated on November 25, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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