San Francisco might be a condensed city, but that doesn’t mean you should book accommodations without knowing what neighborhood you want to stay in. If a variety of culture is what you’re seeking, SoMa is the neighborhood for you. Here are 10 of the best hotels in the area.
Palace Hotel’s guest rooms are elegant | Courtesy of Palace Hotel / Hotels.com
The Palace Hotel has been a go-to destination for the elite since the early 20th century. Many presidents stayed here, and one never left; Warren G Harding died of a heart attack in his room in 1923. Today, the hotel’s lobby and dining room are the most lavish in the city, boasting 20 Austrian crystal chandeliers, 16 Italian marble columns and a dome ceiling. The Palace also houses one of San Francisco’s only indoor pools, and its on-site bar, The Pied Piper, gets its name from the original Maxfield Parrish painting behind the bar.
While many of San Francisco’s premier hotels pride themselves on their rich histories, Hotel Zetta flaunts its ultramodern accommodations. The 116-room hotel boasts eco-friendly amenities and found-art throughout the property. Its on-site restaurant, The Cavalier, is a must-try for any foodies interested in upscale British cuisine, and The Playroom is exactly what it sounds like – a space for adults to unwind with billiards, shuffleboard and a 30-foot (9.1-meter) Plinko wall.
Hotel VIA is an ideal location for anyone traveling to San Francisco for a baseball game. The property is just across the street from Oracle Park; however, this hotel is much more than just convenient South Beach lodging. The contemporary style of Hotel VIA is a modernist’s dream, and the rooftop bar boasts spectacular city views from 12 stories above the pavement.
The InterContinental is considered, by some, a San Francisco landmark because of its distinct translucent cool-blue hue and its height, soaring a mighty 32 stories. The hotel is adjacent to the Moscone West Convention Center, making it a convenient place to stay for those traveling on business. However, the luxury property is fit for anyone who’d like to treat themselves during their stay in San Francisco.
Anyone who’s stayed at a St Regis hotel knows that with the name comes luxury and unbeatable hospitality. And the San Francisco branch of the famed hotel is no different. The rooms are decorated in simple yet sophisticated design and offer Butler services upon request. As for the location, the 260-room property is in the heart of SoMa and adjacent to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of the African Diaspora.
Hotel Zelos is as close to Market Street as one can get and still be considered SoMa. The historic property was built in 1907, but what’s inside is as progressive as it gets. The 198-room hotel also acts as an art gallery and prides itself in its pet-friendliness – allowing nearly any type or size of animal to stay for free. For human guests, the Dirty Habit restaurant and bar is a great retreat for a bite and drink five stories above Market.
Located right along the Embarcadero, Hotel Vitale is a great option for those wanting a relaxing, refined hotel. The rooftop spa has soaking tubs complete with views of the bay and amenities such as a pillow menu, in-room Bose music systems and a $35 per night “urban fee” that includes daily passes to the adjacent YMCA, coffee and tea service and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. Its Americano Restaurant and Bar provides outdoor patios, seasonal, locally sourced dishes and sweeping views of the bay.
Four Seasons is synonymous with luxury, and the San Francisco location is no different. The five-star accommodations include an in-house spa featuring an extensive menu of massage and body treatments. The hotel’s MKT restaurant-bar boasts sustainable seafood and craft cocktails with a California twist, all while giving visitors a 180-degree view of Market and Downtown San Francisco.
The Park Central San Francisco could not be in a better location. Not only is it within walking distance to the city’s best museums and Oracle Park, but it’s also a short walk to Union Square, the Financial District and the Embarcadero. The hotel itself offers a complimentary hour of wine and hors d’oeuvres seven days a week, and the MoSa restaurant gives visitors the option of a la carte and buffet dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The W is just as concerned with being pet- and eco-friendly as it is about offering luxury accommodations, and it excels in all aspects. The hotel boasts energy-efficient lighting, low-watt cooling towers, motion sensors to preserve energy in guest rooms, and computers that turn off after 15 minutes without use. It also boasts a fitness center, the Bliss spa, and on-site dining options at TRACE and the Living Room Bar.