The Best Hotels With Balconies in San Francisco

One great way to enjoy San Franciscos stunning city views is from a hotel balcony
One great way to enjoy San Francisco's stunning city views is from a hotel balcony | © vivoo / Alamy Stock Photo
Christy Taylor

A room with a view is great, but a room with a balcony is even better. San Francisco has some spectacular sights, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz, and there’s no better way to appreciate them than from an outdoor deck, patio or private terrace. These hotels with balconies in San Francisco offer a variety of outdoor spaces, from rooms with private balconies to pools with beautiful terraces, letting you enjoy stunning views over the city.

1. Hotel Kabuki, Downtown

Boutique Hotel

Hotel Kabukis Zen garden with fire pit and chairs
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Inspired by its location in Japantown, Hotel Kabuki is filled with contemporary Japanese-inspired decor, melded with industrial-chic details. Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, you can admire the Japanese graphic design prints in natural light. Make sure to book a City View room or King Bed Corner to indulge in cityscape views on a private hotel balcony in San Francisco. Start your day munching on fresh Californian cuisine at the breakfast buffet, and finish it off with a drink at the bar and Thai food at Nari.

2. Hotel Zephyr, Fisherman’s Wharf


A room at Hotel Zephyr with two twin beds in San Francisco
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This relaxed San Francisco hotel with balconies has fully embraced its Fisherman’s Wharf location with a jaunty nautical theme. Imagine seagull pillows, nautical maps and porthole windows. A highlight is the Yard, an outdoor space with fire pits, games like Ping-Pong and a giant Connect Four, and a campervan that serves breakfast. Rooms feature smart TVs, docking stations, board games, and luxurious CO Bigelow products in the bathroom. Upgraded Deluxe rooms have balconies overlooking the Yard, while Premium Waterfront rooms with balconies face the bay and the wharf.

3. Hotel Vitale, Downtown

Boutique Hotel

Rattan furniture with green and white striped cushions on the rooftop lounge area overlooking the city at Hotel Vitale
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Experience stunning waterfront views of the Bay Bridge or the San Francisco skyline from the warm sunshine-yellow and oatmeal-colored rooms at Hotel Vitale. Each room offers spa-style limestone baths, high-end bath products and an honor bar loaded with treats. Terrace Suites feature a private patio with city and bay views. Lounge furniture and heat lamps make the experience even more comfortable. Americano Restaurant continues the gorgeous views from the outdoor patio and has a cool circular cocktail lounge.

4. Hotel Nikko, Union Square


Interior pool of Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, under a glass-fronted gable roof, surrounded by sun loungers
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Just steps from bustling Union Square lies the Asian-inspired Hotel Nikko. Serene rooms with balconies at this hotel offer you views over San Francisco. Relax in the marble tub before heading off to dreamland on the Subarashii Yume pillow-top beds. The spacious glass-enclosed pool area features an indoor and outdoor deck, lounge chairs and three fire pits – perfect for roasting s’mores while admiring the night sky.

5. Fairmont San Francisco


Outdoor, rooftop breakfast spread at Fairmont San Francisco Hotel with panoramic skyline and bay views
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Delicately resting atop Nob Hill, with views over the jewel box of San Francisco, sits the grande dame that is the Fairmont. An elegant ambiance wafts through the hotel like perfume. Rooms are decorated in soothing colors, offering unparalleled vistas over the bay or downtown. Some suites even come with telescopes or balconies at this legendary San Francisco hotel. With its filigreed terrace, The Balcony Suite looks like it was plucked from Paris.

6. Hotel Zelos, SoMa

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

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Rooms at the fashionable Hotel Zelos are sumptuously styled in pale shades of grey, washed-out pinks and soft blues and decorated with thought-provoking artwork. Room amenities include down comforters, luxury bath products, robes and a work desk. Roosting five floors up is the cheekily named Dirty Habit. Indulge in your own dirty habit in the dramatically lit dining room or outside on the fully heated patio. Why not try some cocktails from the innovative menu?

7. The Battery, Financial District

Boutique Hotel, Luxury

The Battery is unique in that it’s an elite members club as well as an upscale hotel. As a guest of the hotel, you’ll have access to the club’s facilities, which include a gym, a spa and five restaurants. All rooms feature hardwood floors, vintage furnishings, original art as well as bathrooms with natural stone tiles, spacious bathtubs and walk-in showers. Staying in the Balcony Suite gives you a private balcony with views of the Financial District. The private patio of the impressive Penthouse has superb views of the city and Bay Bridge.

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