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Best Historic Hotels in San Francisco

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Hotel Majestic

Gracing the Victorian neighborhood of Pacific Heights is the grandiose Hotel Majestic. This historic hotel boasts early 20th-century architecture and a smattering of French and English antiques. The marvelous and generously spaced rooms comprise elegant décor and modern amenities. The bathrooms too include marble counter-tops and monogrammed robes, and in some cases claw-footed bathtubs. Café Majestic is the on-site eatery offering a hearty American breakfast. When in San Francisco, if you yearn a royal sojourn, replete with vintage environs, there can be no better place than Hotel Majestic.

1500 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94109
Hotel Adagio

Built in 1929, Hotel Adagio is a beautiful, first-class Union Square hotel and a historical landmark that was formerly called the El Cortez and later the Shannon Court. Having undergone a pricey overhaul, the hotel is a 21st Century property in the heart of the City by the Bay. All of the rooms are brimming with cozy elegance, but the luxury suites are especially fabulous. They feature rooftop terraces with spectacular views of The City. It is located in the hub of all the best shopping, dining and theater that the city has to offer. Pascal Rigo, housed in the hotel, serves creative Mediterranean cuisine featuring bold flavors while Cortez, the hotel's restaurant and bar serves breakfast and dinner daily.

550 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
Queen Anne

This historic Victorian boutique hotel is located 1 mile from San Francisco's vibrant Union Square. It features free WiFi and individually decorated rooms with 42-inch flat-screen TVs and floor-to-ceiling windows. Every morning guests can enjoy a continental breakfast, which includes hard boiled eggs, sausage, fruit, pastries, muffins and fresh juices. Hotel Queen Anne also provides tea, sherry and fresh baked biscuits every afternoon. Decorated with English and American antiques, each room offers a hairdryer, seating area and luxurious bathrooms with toiletries. Select rooms have a wood-burning fireplace and DVD player. Queen Anne offers 24-hour concierge services including a free morning town car service to most parts of San Francisco. An arcade game room is on site. This charming hotel is within 1 mile of the Asian Art Museum and Civic Center BART Station. Ghirardelli Square and Fisherman’s Wharf are less than 2 miles away.

1590 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94109
Hotel Vertigo

This hotel is famous for being one of the locations in Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Vertigo. However, it is much more than a film location. It is a venerable San Francisco institution whose history stretches back more than 75 years. The decor is classically luxurious with furnishings in the guest rooms that are comfortable and in warm autumn tones.

940 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94109
Westin St. Francis

The historic Westin St. Francis in downtown San Francisco overlooks the hustle and bustle of Union Square. Luxurious rooms, excellent service, and world-class dining make this a comfortable, convenient and classy stay in the Bay. For food and drink satisfaction, enjoy contemporary American cuisine at the Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak, sip a cocktail in The Oak Room Restaurant & Lounge or grab a latte at Caruso's. The Westin St. Francis is also a premier hotel for meetings and social functions with its elegant conference rooms and a Grand Ballroom. Be sure to stop at the Imperial Floor for breathtaking views of the city.

335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco

Known as much for its prime Nob Hill location and mesmerizing panoramic views as for its peerless service and amenities, this hotel is a San Francisco legend. Built on the ruins of the Hopkins Mansion destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, its opulent décor and top-notch staff are reminiscent of an elegant era from an earlier time. The hotel's Nob Hill Restaurant and Top of the Mark Lounge are as popular with locals as they are with tourists. Guests can also enjoy various facilities like the fitness club, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, gourmet dishes at the fine dining restaurants as well as delectable cocktails at the bar. If you want to live in style while you are in San Francisco, Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco won't disappoint.

999 California Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94108
Hotel Fairmont

Named by Travel & Leisure Magazine as one of the best hotels in the United States, this historic Nob Hill giant dates from 1907 and is one of San Francisco's grandest accommodations. The lobby, refurbished into an Edwardian fantasy in ivory and gold, features an ornate marble staircase, clusters of plush furniture, and a shopping arcade brimming with luxurious gift ideas. The Grand Ballroom is in tune with the rest of the hotel and holds business meetings and prestigious functions.

950 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94108
Hotel Stanford Court San Francisco

You can enjoy a richly historic, luxury hotel that is just steps away from Union Square, the Financial District and Chinatown. Opulence abounds here, with its interior courtyard, glass-domed fountain, and fine antique furnishings. Rooms are equally luxurious and many afford spectacular views of the city. Conveniently located next to the cable car lines, hop aboard and navigate the streets like the locals. Enjoy world-class cuisine at the hotel's restaurant, Aurea. The Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel is built on the former site of Leland Stanford's mansion, which was destroyed in the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. The present building was erected six years later.

905 California Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94108
Palace Hotel

After a 1991 face lift, this downtown landmark reopened to enthusiastic accolades from a sophisticated audience. The Palace Hotel is a grand old hotel in the classic tradition, from the marble foyer to the opulent central court where you can sip high tea to the strains of a harp. Fun Fact: This is the hotel in which Enrico Caruso was staying during the 1906 earthquake.

2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94105
Hotel Drisco

Hotel Drisco offers special amenities like limousine service, an epic continental breakfast in the mornings, wine in the evening and umbrellas on rainy days. Built in 1903, the building has been named a historic landmark with architecture that combines Edwardian and Victorian influences. The European-style hotel is known for its incredible views and excellent customer service. The elegantly appointed rooms are like a trip to San Francisco's gilded past.

2901 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94115
Stanyan Park Hotel

Built in 1905 and restored in 1996, this is a quaint, comfortable Victorian-era boutique hotel located near renowned Haight-Ashbury district. The rooms at the Stanyan Park Hotel are tastefully furnished in period decor, and some rooms have fireplaces or a view of nearby Golden Gate Park. Room choices include a cupola room and a 900-square-foot two-bedroom suite featuring its own living room, full kitchen and separate dining room, perfect for large groups or families.

750 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94117
Argonaut Hotel

Originally a fruit cannery built in 1907, the Kimpton Group took over this historic building in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf and turned it into a world-class luxury hotel. It proudly wears its red brick walls and bright and unique nautical decor. You can play your own DVDs inside the room to keep the kids entertained. Depending on where your room is, you will have a view of the wharf and either the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz Island. When it's time to turn in, you will find your bed extremely inviting with its goose down comforter and plush pillows. Argonaut's luxury is something you cannot find anywhere else in San Francisco.

495 Jefferson Street, At Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94109
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