What are the Most Unique Hotels in San Francisco?

Are you planning a stay in San Francisco on an upcoming trip? Whether you’re here for a day or two or a couple of weeks, we’d love to show you around! Our San Francisco tours cover iconic sights and locations in The City by the Bay and the surrounding areas.

From adventures in the bay to exploring Yosemite National Park and so much more, we’ve got something for everyone.

But for now, let’s focus on finding the perfect hotel for your trip. A welcoming and comfortable home away from home makes all the difference when you’re on the road! And San Francisco has some truly unique hotels to choose from.

If you have any questions for us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. In the meantime, let’s dive into our picks for some of San Francisco’s most distinctive stays.

San Francisco viewed through the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge

Fairmont San Francisco: Where Luxury Meets Legacy

Nestled atop the illustrious Nob Hill, Fairmont San Francisco is an architectural marvel that exudes elegance and charm. With its breathtaking views of the city and the bay, it offers a taste of San Francisco’s storied past combined with unparalleled luxury.

From the moment you step into the grand lobby, you’re transported to a world of opulence. The rooms, meticulously designed with plush furnishings and modern amenities, provide a sanctuary of comfort and style. 

And remember to indulge in a cocktail at the historic Tonga Room, a tiki paradise that’s been a local favorite for decades.

But what truly sets The Fairmont apart is its prime location. You’re within walking distance of some of San Francisco’s most iconic spots, including Union Square, Chinatown, and the cable cars. It’s a hub of activity that embodies the city’s spirit.

Nob Hill features in our list of the top five neighborhoods in San Francisco to stay in as a tourist.

Painted Ladies and San Francisco skyline at dusk

Hotel Nikko: A Modern Oasis with a Japanese Soul

If you’re seeking a blend of modernity and Japanese-inspired serenity, we think you’ll love Hotel Nikko. Located just steps from Union Square, this hotel is a haven for those looking for a contemporary escape with a touch of Eastern elegance.

The atrium, adorned with a stunning glass canopy, creates a sense of openness and tranquility. And the rooftop terrace, a pet-friendly space, offers a peaceful retreat in the heart of the city.

Hotel Nikko is also home to ANZU, a restaurant serving incredible dishes fusing Californian and Japanese cuisine.

The rooms at Hotel Nikko are designed with sleek lines and neutral tones, providing a minimalist yet cozy ambiance. It’s a perfect balance of modern comfort and timeless style.
Is your stay in San Francisco a brief one? Check out our sample San Francisco 2-day itinerary for an idea of what you can see and do in the time you have here.

Photo of Lombard Street: a highlight of our San Francisco 2 day itinerary

The Battery: An Exclusive Retreat for the Discerning Explorer

For those who crave exclusivity and unapologetic luxury, The Battery is an unparalleled choice. Tucked away in a private members’ social club, this hotel offers a limited number of rooms to non-members, providing a truly unique experience.

Each room at The Battery is a masterpiece of design, with bespoke furnishings and meticulous attention to detail. The amenities are nothing short of extraordinary, from the rooftop bar with panoramic views to the lavish spa that rivals any in the city.

Staying at The Battery is an invitation to indulge in the finest things in life, surrounded by like-minded adventurers seeking the extraordinary.

The Battery isn’t your typical tourist stay. If you want your trip to follow a similar path, check out our recommendations for non-touristy things to do in San Francisco.

Photo of two people looking at the golden fate bridge on a San Francisco tour.

Hotel Zeppelin: Where Rock ‘n’ Roll Meets Urban Chic

For those with a rebellious spirit and a love for music, Hotel Zeppelin is a tribute to the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. Located in the heart of Union Square, this hotel celebrates countercultural vibes with a cheekier take on hospitality.

From the moment you step into the lobby, you’ll feel the energy of the music scene. The rooms are a blend of modern comfort and retro-inspired design, featuring eclectic furnishings and bold patterns. They’re anything but neutral!

Hotel Zeppelin is more than a hotel; it’s an experience that resonates with the free spirit in all of us.

Are you looking for some unique San Francisco experiences to complement your hotel? Read our blog What is Something That I Can Only Do in San Francisco? for inspiration!

The Last Shine in San Francisco, California, United States. San Francisco Skyline Sunset Scenery.

The Axiom Hotel: A Tech-Savvy Oasis in a Historic Setting

Situated in a historic building in the heart of the city, The Axiom Hotel seamlessly marries the past with the future. If you’re a tech enthusiast, this is your haven.

The Axiom boasts cutting-edge technology, from smart rooms with personalized settings to lightning-fast Wi-Fi. The decor is a fusion of vintage elements and sleek, modern design, creating a unique and inviting atmosphere.

This hotel is not only a nod to the city’s history but also a celebration of its technological prowess. Located at the nexus of historic Union Square and the innovative SoMa district, this is the perfect base for tech-savvy travelers looking to explore San Francisco.

If a stay at The Axiom Hotel appeals to you, consider joining our Silicon Valley Tech Tour. This day trip includes visits to Google Campus, Apple Park Visitor Center, and the Computer History Museum.

Aerial Cityscape view of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge at Night, California, USA

Harbor Court Hotel: Post-Industrial Chic with Bay Views

Situated along the Embarcadero waterfront, Harbor Court Hotel offers a different kind of urban escape. With its post-industrial chic decor and incredible views of the bay, it’s a testament to San Francisco’s maritime heritage.

Built in 1926, this architectural gem is in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. Today, the hotel embraces its charm and character while offering everything a modern, tech-savvy traveler would expect from their accommodation.

The rooms, adorned with nautical-inspired decor, provide a cozy retreat after a day of exploration. The hotel’s location offers easy access to the Ferry Building — one of our picks for the best historical places to visit in San Francisco — where you can savor some of the city’s finest culinary delights.

San Francisco Skyline at Sunrise, California, USA

Explore the City and Beyond with Our San Francisco Tours

Now you know some of the most unique hotels in San Francisco, it’s time to start planning your adventures in the city. That’s where we come in! With Incredible Adventures, you can truly make the most of your time in San Francisco.

Our San Francisco tours cover everything from Napa and Sonoma wine tasting to Yosemite National Park, and Silicon Valley tech to city and Alcatraz tours.

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