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Huntington Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1075 California St, San Francisco, CA
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4.6/5Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)

"It was an amazing"…"

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2020

Huntington Hotel
White Swan Inn
3.5 out of 5
845 Bush St, San Francisco, CA
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The price is £151 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (996 reviews)

"The nicest front desk, the most charming room and hotel. I absolutely love it."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2020

White Swan Inn
Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
4.5 out of 5
495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA
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4.5/5Wonderful! (1,917 reviews)
Perfect for a visit to Fisherman’s Wharf

"The hotel is in a great location near fisherman’s wharf, and has a beautiful lobby. The room itself was so-so, nicely decorated but could have been any generic hotel. We had a view of a side street which was fine. A downside was it was an incredibly far walk from the elevator to the room itself. ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 May 2020

Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco
5 out of 5
2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA
The price is £152 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,398 reviews)

"I had the place almost all to myself right before the Palace's tragic COVID shutdown. It was a bittersweet experience. The staff was incredibly helpful."…"

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2020

Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco
Fairmont San Francisco
5 out of 5
950 Mason Street Atop Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA
The price is £256 per night
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,620 reviews)

"Consistent with there top notch service and quality of rooms/restaurant and the property as a whole."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Fairmont San Francisco
Cornell Hotel de France
3.5 out of 5
715 Bush St, San Francisco, CA
The price is £143 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
Great - just skip breakfast

"All in all.very good. Breakfast is definitely it's week point. Edible but not that enjoyable. Couldn't fault anything else."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Cornell Hotel de France
Chancellor Hotel on Union Square
3.5 out of 5
433 Powell St, San Francisco, CA
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The price is £117 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (2,297 reviews)

"This was a great experience! This hotel was very friendly and accommodating!"…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2020

Chancellor Hotel on Union Square
Queen Anne Hotel
3 out of 5
1590 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA
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The price is £132 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (982 reviews)

"Located in a nice quiet neighborhood. Clean hotel with good service."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2020

Queen Anne Hotel
San Remo Hotel
2 out of 5
2237 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is £120 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (1,000 reviews)

"It was unique. Old hotel did have charm but not used to not having your own full bath in room."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

San Remo Hotel
InterContinental Mark Hopkins
4 out of 5
999 California Street, San Francisco, CA
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The price is £95 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (1,000 reviews)

"Stayed here 5 nights. Excellent central location on Nob Hill, easy walking distance to many sights, restaurants and shops. Located on cable car lines. Easy to get to other SF locations. Charming, older, nostalgic hotel with storied history. We had a nice, clean room on the 15th floor. Make sure you ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

InterContinental Mark Hopkins
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
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The price is £128 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (2,472 reviews)

"The front desk associate was very friendly. Our room was exactly what we hoped for and our overall experience was great."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2020

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Handlery Union Square Hotel
3.5 out of 5
351 Geary St, San Francisco, CA
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4.2/5Very Good! (1,832 reviews)

"The staff were wonderful. Having the restaurant off the lobby was so convenient after a long day in the traffic, and the food was good!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Handlery Union Square Hotel
The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square BW Premier Collection
3.5 out of 5
524 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA
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The price is £115 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (1,110 reviews)

"Perfect location in downtown. Staff very friendly. Will come back."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square BW Premier Collection
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
4 out of 5
495 Geary St, San Francisco, CA
The price is £183 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (1,487 reviews)
Great place to stay in

"Hotel G was always my place to stay when in San Fran. However, gave The Clift a try and it hooked. It looks fantastic following the makeover. Same great location and nice, friendly staff. Huge rooms and nice, modern bathrooms. Decor was modern but comfortable at the same time. Loved the famous bar ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
4 out of 5
450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
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4/5Very Good! (527 reviews)

"We loved the history of the lobby. Beautiful hotel."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
The Andrews Hotel
3 out of 5
624 Post St, San Francisco, CA
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3.9/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"It was a beautiful room and the staffs were very helpful and so welcoming! The retro atmosphere was amazing!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

The Andrews Hotel
Hotel Majestic
3.5 out of 5
1500 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA
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3.8/5Good! (996 reviews)

"Great location and large room. Lots of places to go from this hotel."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Hotel Majestic
Hotel Whitcomb
3.5 out of 5
1231 Market St, San Francisco, CA
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3.3/5 (3,090 reviews)
Great hotel good location!

"Lovely hotel, good location just off tram lines. Fair sized rooms and good value for money. Great breakfast counter in the lobby"…"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2020

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Guide to San Francisco Historic Hotels

When you take a San Francisco getaway, it is easy to choose a chain you are familiar with, or a modern hotel. You know that your accommodation will have all the necessary conveniences. But sometimes choosing to stay in a more unique accommodation can enhance your stay. A stay in a San Francisco historic hotel still gives you a fully-furnished room that is also teeming with character. Furthermore, it offers you the chance to surround yourself in San Francisco's past.

Grab Your Place in History

As soon as you walk through your San Francisco hotel's doors, you'll be transported to the past. With their Victorian-style and locations in the happening parts of San Francisco, you'll love how these historic hotels stand apart from their modern counterparts. While these lodgings are older, they have many of the up-to-date amenities that help you wind down during your stay. You'll discover rooms outfitted with a comfortable bed, lots of character, and about everything you'll need for a wonderful stay.

After you have explored your historic hotel, you can check out the prominent landmarks and museums to absorb more of the region's culture. Of course, all this perusing through the past will stimulate your appetite. Be sure to speak with your hotel's front desk to suggest a couple of the best places to grab a drink or a bite to eat in San Francisco are. You can also scan through the comments section and review the places other guests to San Francisco thought were worth going to.

Book Your San Francisco Historic Hotel Today

San Francisco has 310 vintage hotels that maintain the look and feel of another era. Some of these hotels are where respected novelists may have stayed. You are certain to land a hotel possessing all the in-room amenities as well as the antique charm you wish for. Make sure to book your San Francisco vintage hotel soon, or you could miss out on staying in one of these unique accommodations.

Frequently asked questions

What can a history buff expect from a stay in San Francisco?
Those interested in local history may want to seek out the chinatown and monuments while in San Francisco. Be sure to check out the major shopping area and acclaimed art scene while you’re here. You can also discover the fascinating museums in this vibrant area.
What's the best hotel in San Francisco to absorb the local history?
Based on our travel expertise, Hotel Whitcomb is a top 3.5-star historic hotel bookable on Expedia and it offers free WiFi. Civic Center Plaza is a short walk away. A couple of other options near historic sites include Fairmont San Francisco and The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square.
How many historically relevant hotels are located in San Francisco?
In San Francisco, there are 1050 hotels and other accommodation options bookable on Expedia, including 263 designated as historic hotels or close to historic sites.
What are the most important historical places and other sights in San Francisco?
San Francisco is notable for its Chinatown district and monuments, and landmarks include Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Known for its museums and theatres, cultural venues include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Orpheum Theater and Exploratorium. Other popular sights include Pier 39 and San Francisco City Hall.
What is a historic hotel like in San Francisco?
A historic hotel gives guests an opportunity to stay in a building officially recognised with a national historic designation. Historic hotels throughout the world come in all forms like palaces, castles, stately homes or even lodges, pubs or skyscrapers — as long as it’s of special interest. These types of hotels in San Francisco usually retain original elements like traditional architecture and period features in their communal spaces or guestrooms.
What is the difference between a historic hotel and a heritage hotel?
The two are similar. The term “historic hotel” is more common in the U.S., whereas “heritage hotel” is common in Asia and Europe. Historic hotels tend to put more importance on the architecture and building. A heritage hotel draws meaning mainly from the cultural value that the place has and how it influenced the community.
Do historic hotels in San Francisco have modern facilities?
Yes, efforts are made to preserve treasured traditions and historic facades, while interiors have safety features and modern conveniences. Tourists who book a stay should expect the popular amenities from a contemporary hotel such as private rooms with updated bathroom facilities, heating and air conditioning, and free and fast Internet. Booking a historic hotel in San Francisco doesn’t mean you will stay in a place that’s uncomfortable for guests or simply rundown.

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