The 5 Best Hotels in North Beach, San Francisco

A stay in North Beach puts you in the middle of quintessential San Francisco sights
A stay in North Beach puts you in the middle of quintessential San Francisco sights | © Curved Light USA / Alamy Stock Photo
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2 July 2019

Wake up to bay views and be by the waterfront in a matter of minutes with a stay in North Beach, San Francisco.

From barking sea lions by Fisherman’s Wharf to cannolis in the cafés of Little Italy, North Beach gives visitors plenty of reasons to get excited. Some of San Fran’s most notable sights are found here: Coit Tower, Pier 39 and the famous City Lights Bookstore, to name a few. Base yourself at one of the neighborhood’s best hotels for easy access, maximum comfort and postcard-worthy bayside views.

Hotel Boheme

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Located a block away from Washington Square Park, Hotel Boheme captures the spirit of San Francisco in the late 1950s, with eclectic decor from the Beatnik era and a bright, cheerful color scheme. What this intimate hotel lacks in flashy amenities, it makes up for with charm, comfort and an unbeatable location. Take a curated walking tour designed by the hotel for a comprehensive overview of North Beach.

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  • Argonaut Hotel

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    The white shutters and maritime paraphernalia that adorn the walls at the Argonaut Hotel make it feel more like a beach house overlooking the bay than a hotel in the heart of one of San Francisco’s busiest neighborhoods. The hotel offers guided historic waterfront tours on the weekends and bike rentals for getting around. The adjacent Blue Mermaid Restaurant serves oceanfront specialties such as homemade clam chowder, seafood cioppino and steamed mussels.
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    Hotel Zoe Fisherman’s Wharf

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    Hotel Zoe’s rooms are kitted out with HDTVs
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    Hotel Zoe is a freshly remodeled boutique hotel located between Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach, with two main cable car lines stopping in front. The hotel trattoria, Pescatore, is a welcoming sidewalk café that serves classic Italian dishes, and the hotel lobby features a full-service bar, Bar Zoe, with live music on Saturdays. The soothing neutral color schemes and high-tech amenities make Hotel Zoe a solid choice for travelers staying in North Beach.

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    Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square

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    Fairmont Heritage Place offers world-class service in an impeccable atmosphere
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    Located right outside North Beach in the adjacent Ghirardelli Square, the all-suite, residential-style Fairmont Heritage Place lies in what used to be the Ghirardelli chocolate factory. This modern, waterfront property features exposed brick details throughout. Each suite includes a private bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, fireplace, full kitchen, living room and dining area. Terrace patios include firepits for staying warm while taking in sweeping views of San Francisco Bay.

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    Hotel Zephyr

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    The rooms at Hotel Zephyr look out over San Francisco Bay
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    The whimsical and cheerfully decorated Hotel Zephyr prides itself on being unique with an irreverent style and thoughtful amenities such as work and docking stations; guests rooms equipped with darts and backgammon; and an outdoor terrace and firepit. Situated right by Pier 39, the hotel’s 361 rooms offer views of the waterfront, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Zephyr also includes a typical San Francisco bonus: an almost 10,000-square-foot (929-square-meter) yard complete with a camper van-turned-food truck that serves locally sourced, quick-serve cuisine.

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    These recommendations were updated on July 2, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.