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Known for its vibrant, diverse, and progressive culture, San Francisco screams character at every corner. It’s one-of-a-kind charm envelops you even when you’re asleep (well, sort of)! The city’s collection of hotels wow with high-tech suites, funky furniture, and amenities you never even thought you needed. Here is our list of The Golden City’s most unique hotels to get you into the San Franciscan spirit!
YOTEL San Francisco is situated in the landmark Grant Building, one of three structures that survived the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. To pay homage to history, the hotel worked around the property’s original design and layout, keeping the old-time exterior, exposed brick walls, and arched windows. Everything else, though, screams 21st century innovation: all-white cabin-style rooms, remote controlled amenities, and smart TV’s that connect to your phone! It’s spot in the mid-Market neighborhood, plus it’s in-house co-working spaces and meeting rooms, make it an ideal base for visiting tech types and startup entrepreneurs.
1095 Market Street, San Francisco, California, USA
Hotel Zetta keeps things interesting with funky interiors that mismatch its neoclassical facade. Old-school touches, salvaged antiques, and repurposed fixtures juxtapose high-tech rooms and modernist furniture. Check out The Playroom at the second floor of the lobby; it features a 30-feet Plinko game wall, a pool table, and game consoles! The Powell Street BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station is only a three-minute walk from the hotel, so there’s always time to spare for a few games.More details
Right as you enter the lobby, Hotel Triton greets you with loud violet walls and quirky seats. The boutique hotel is committed to creativity, so it has employed some celebrities, such as comedian Kathy Griffin, to design a few rooms. Keep an eye out; the place always has something up its sleeve, from nightly wine hours to random pop-up events (like a drag queen show)!
342 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California, USA
Book Hotel Kabuki to escape the urban hustle of San Francisco. Inspired by the concept of zen, the Japantown accommodation evokes a peaceful vibe characterized by natural elements and minimalist designs. They even have a Japanese garden and a koi pond! Rooms are decked with traditional and contemporary Asian art; while upgraded suites come with soaking tubs and balconies. Bonus: each guest gets a free bathing pass to the nearby Kabuki Springs and Spa!More details
True to its name, Hotel Boheme captures the Bohemian flair of the country’s Beat era—a literary movement that influenced American culture and politics after the war. All 15 rooms boast cast-iron beds, gauze-draped canopies, European wardrobes, and black-and-white photos, transporting you to the late 1950’s to early 1960’s. It still has modern amenities, though, so you’ll still feel right at home.More details
One of the hippest hotels in the city, Proper Hotel occupies a historic flat-iron building in the buzzing Mid-Market neighborhood. Inside, Kelly Weastler (acclaimed interior designer) makes her mark with contrasting furniture, wacky wallpapers, and bold statements. For added style points, each room comes with a Google Chromecast-set television, Vifa bluetooth speakers, and Aesop bathroom amenities. Proper Hotel also houses two restaurants and a swanky rooftop bar!
1100 Market Street (Hotel Entrance is at 45 McAllister Street), San Francisco, California, USA
Phoenix Hotel is set around a 1950’s retro motel-style motor lodge, embodying the spirit of the scruffy Tenderloin district. Frozen in time, the funky oasis is made up of flashy rooms with all the usual amenities. The property surrounds a tropical courtyard complete with a kitschy pool! The hotel has hosted rock and roll legends like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, and David Bowie. Lounge poolside and soak in the charm of old San Francisco!More details
Doormen in red Beefeater outfits are the first to welcome you into the regal Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel! Step inside to encounter opulent interiors in the form of a grand staircase, gold-leaf ceilings, marble walls, brocade curtains, and Victorian furniture. The old-school theme extends into your suite, which marries classic elegance with San Francisco theatrics; and comes complete with modern conveniences. It’s located right in the Union Square city center so it’s an ideal starting point for first-timers who want to cover all the essential spots!More details
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