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The Best Hotels for a Classic San Francisco Experience

Michele Bigley | January 04, 2018

The news may harp on San Francisco being a tech hub, but some of the city's finest hotels herald another era. Sure many of these properties might be housed in aged structures, but the majority of SF's historic hotels lather on the luxury. Searching for a classic experience? Here are our favorite tributes to San Francisco's rich history.


Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Why it made the list

Celebs like Myrna Loy and Barbara Stanwyck once performed in this 1920s property known as a hub for prohibition era decadence. President Ford was almost assassinated as he exited this property in 1975. Today, bellhops dressed as Beefeaters welcome guests to the lobby that features original fixtures throughout.

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Hotel Whitcomb

Why it made the list

The former San Francisco city hall--with a basement jail to boot--this 1910 structure has long housed government officials and visiting VIPs. Now the decor pays homage to the past with antique poster beds, and a fabulous chandelier guarding the lobby.

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Westin St. Francis

Why it made the list

Built in 1904, then destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, this new version, often dubbed the "Paris of the west" has guarded Union Square since 1907. While the innards of the hotel have morphed over time, establishing itself as a sleek hub for techies and families, the hotel's signature Oak Room restaurant heralds another era (though woman are allowed to eat there now).

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