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San Francisco Hotel Reviews

San Francisco serves up a dizzying array of lodging choices: cozy inns, kitschy motels, chic boutiques, dependable chain properties, and true grande dames. It's not difficult to find the perfect fit for any budget.

Many city stalwarts have been spruced up recently. It seems as though everyone wants a new look, including the Ritz Carlton, Monaco, Mandarin, Argonaut, and the Palace. Nearly every accommodation listed below features fresh bedding, carpet, TVs, or paint.

If you're searching for a centrally located, classy hotel, check out Union Square's dramatic Clift, a property with surrealistic flavor, conjured by maverick star-designer Philippe Starck, or, perched atop Nob Hill, the historic Huntington Hotel, which discreetly hosts celebrities and royalty.

Now is a great time to go: hotel deals are easy to come by, and both new and established properties are trending toward the eco-friendly—SF hotels are "going green" in a big way. Although the Orchard Garden boasts San Francisco's first all-new green construction, many other local properties are installing ecological upgrades. Most of the city's hotels are non-smoking.

Wherever you stay, be sure to ask what's included in your room rate. And when you settle into your perfect room, remember this tip: When in doubt, ask the concierge. This holds true for almost any request, whether you have special needs or burning desires (if anyone can get you tickets to a sold-out show or reservations at a fully booked restaurant, it's the concierge). You'll likely be impressed by the lengths hoteliers are willing to go to please their guests.

Finally, consider timing: If you're flexible on dates, ask the reservationist if there's a cheaper time to stay in your preferred travel window.

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