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Best Historic Hotels in San Francisco

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This intimate luxury hotel, located atop famous Nob Hill, has over a 100-year history of providing first-rate accommodations to wealthy world travelers. Guests enjoy breathtaking views, outstanding service and world-class accommodations. The decor, reflecting the area's rich Victorian past, is traditionally elegant, both in the main lobby and in each guest room. Although the Huntington has a lot of history, it has kept pace with modernity and the amenities are thoughtfully prepared. If you are in San Francisco for a few days and staying at the Huntington, ask for a room with a kitchen. It can come in handy if you want to make a late-night snack or early morning breakfast. Visit the Nob Hill Spa and free yourself of all your aches, both in body and in mind.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This hotel is known far and wide for its doormen, who sport the traditional costume of British Beefeaters. The lobby of the hotel, like the doormen, is all red and gold splendor. The guest rooms are a bit more understated but no less elegant. Both Scala's Bistro and Harry Denton's Starlight Room are located onsite, and both establishments draw hoards of locals and out-of-town visitors.

Known as much for its prime Nob Hill location and breathtaking 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 decor 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, swimming pool, 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 won't disappoint.

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.

Set within the Victorian neighborhood of Pacific Heights, this historic hotel features early 20th Century architecture and is adorned with French and English antiques. A café and a lounge are located on-site. Rooms at the Hotel Majestic are elegantly decorated with flowing drapes and pillows. Bathrooms include marble counter-tops and monogrammed robes, and many also feature claw-footed bathtubs. The Café Majestic offers a full American breakfast, a light fare menu and appetizers. Guests may dine in the plush seating of the dining room or at the bar. Valet parking is available at the hotel, with round-the-clock access to parked vehicles during stay with in-and-out privileges. The Majestic is a 6-minute drive from the San Francisco city center and a 5-minute walk from the shops and restaurants of Japantown. San Francisco International Airport is less than 15 miles away.

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