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Staycation, anyone? Escape to one of these 11 new and remodeled SF hotels

A guestroom at the new LINE San Francisco hotel | Chase Daniel for LINE Hotels

San Franciscans don’t often get a chance to enjoy the full service of a hotel in the city. But given the hot, smokey weather, there’s no better time to book an arctically chilled luxury retreat, replete with brand new sheets, city views and rooftop bars from which you can try and spy the window of your cluttered work-from-home desk. 

And now that friends and family are visiting again, it helps to know whether you’ll want to recommend the same local hotel every time, or to switch it up and try something new—especially given that the San Francisco hotel scene changed dramatically during the pandemic. 

Here are the 11 SF hotels that should be on locals’ radar—new properties built from the ground-up as well as recent renovations—and who they’re best to book for (yourself, aside, of course).  

New San Francisco Hotels

1 Hotel San Francisco 

8 Mission St., Embarcadero

(415) 278-3700

Best Guests:  Locals in need of a spa day, Ferry Plaza Farmers Market pilgrims, first-time business travelers and family and friends not 100% ready for today’s urban SF 

The new Embarcadero destination is the second California location for 1 Hotels, the luxury lifestyle brand inspired by nature. The 200-guest room, eco-friendly property near the Ferry Building pays homage to the Bay Area environment with an earth-tone palette, native greenery, reclaimed woods and layered textures. Hand-loomed rugs and carpets are created from natural plant fibers and recyclable wool. 

Book yourself or your friends into one of these new urban retreats, offering luxurious quarters and new gathering spots around the city.
1 Hotel San Francisco | Courtesy Aubrie Pick for 1 Hotels

Duck into the full-service Bamford wellness spa for massage treatments, body services, and facials with natural and organic ingredients—or head to the Field House gym, open 24/7 with state-of-the-art weight training and cardio equipment, as well as Peloton bikes. The indoor-outdoor café and lounge, Terrene, features fresh ingredients grown locally, even on the rooftop garden, which also has beehives for on-site honey production. Add a brunch visit to the restaurant on your Ferry Building shopping days, and choose between delicious smoothies, sweet potato waffles, healthy bowls, salads and flatbreads. 


33 Turk St., Tenderloin

(415) 475-0000

Best Guests: Real and aspiring social media influencers, cool friends visiting from NYC/Portland/Seattle/LA, and concert/theatre-goers seeking best-of-SF food, drink and shelter

The hippest new property in the city rises from—where else?—the corner of Mason and Turk in the heart of the Tenderloin. Opening on Sept. 30, the LINE SF is the latest property from a proprietor that aims to serve urban communities in big cities, such as Koreatown in L.A. and Adams Morgan in D.C.  The guest rooms are sleek and the hotel’s striking exterior will certainly liven up the struggling Mid-Market zone. 

The exterior of new LINE San Francisco hotel | Chase Daniel for LINE Hotels

But the most exciting part of the LINE is what’s on tap for its drinks and food. SF-pedigreed chefs and mixologists are heading up the menus at Tenderheart, an all-day ground-floor eatery; Rise Over Run, a view-tastic rooftop restaurant and bar; and Dark Bar, a unique lobby bar to delight those who love hotel lobby bars. L.A.-based Altered Coffee will also open its first SF outpost in the hotel. Locals long in search of Tenderloin options for pre-and post-theater or concert happenings will beat a path to the LINE.

LUMA Hotel San Francisco 

100 Channel St., Mission Bay

(415) 266-9999

Best Guests:  Warriors/Giants fans, Chase Center event-goers, frequent visitors ready to explore a new part of town and scientist/biotech business travelers

LUMA is the first hotel in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood. The 299 contemporary-style guest rooms maximize vantage points of the city skyline and bay, and the color-neutral tones include pops of teal to emphasize the meeting of water and land here. 

Guestroom at the LUMA Hotel San Francisco | Courtesy photo

The 1,500-square-foot fitness center has premium cardio equipment as well as hand and free weights. Grab a Sightglass coffee paired with Craftsman and Wolves pastries at Twyne, or snag a snack from the front-desk Bodega. Set to open this fall is LUMA’s 5,500-square-foot fully enclosed rooftop bar and lounge with 180-degree views of the city. Expand your San Francisco art awareness by visiting the property’s ground floor, which features large-scale art installations such as a Jim Campbell piece with 4,000 wires that end in single LED light bulbs, and an 18-foot-tall Adia Millet abstract painting of the indigenous birds known to Mission Bay. 

2 More New SF Hotels Worth a Look 

    Newly Renovated San Francisco Hotels

    Beacon Grand 

    450 Powell St., Union Square

    (866) 377-9412

    Best Guests: First-time tourists wanting the classics, old-school SF visitors who loved The Sir Francis Drake and thirsty locals needing a new stop in Union Square

    Formerly known as The Sir Francis Drake, the Beacon Grand has changed its identity and redesigned its public spaces and 418 guestrooms. The primary goal of the renovation was to celebrate the craftsmanship and grandeur of the Renaissance Revival building while also recognizing the public spaces and architectural details hidden over time. 

    Beacon Lounge in the Beacon Grand Hotel | Courtesy photo

    In the heart of the Union Square hotel, the Beacon Lounge serves three meals a day, transitioning from daytime café to evening bar with modern interpretations of classic San Francisco dishes and custom-blended cocktails. Tucked away from the Beacon Lounge is The Library, with a collection of rare whiskeys and select productions and vintages of bourbon, single malts and ryes. Crowning it all is the historic Starlite Room, which will reopen for dancing with fresh changes in 2023. 

    The Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero 

    222 Sansome St., Financial District

    (415) 276-9888

    Best Guests: Business travelers in suits, parents wanting a recognizable brand, and staycationers looking for weekend specials

    The Four Seasons in the Financial District recently renovated its 155 guestrooms, lobby and fitness center, as well as two private Terrace Suites, and The Overlook—a special-event terrace on the 40th floor. Guest rooms have a contemporary design with natural wood floors, modern furnishings, spa-like bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and views of important San Francisco landmarks. The two premium Terrace Suites feature an expansive 2,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space with panoramic views of the city and bay. 

    The Overlook at Four Seasons | Courtesy photo | Source: Courtesy photo

    While the all-day dining menu at The Lounge & Bar includes elevated bar bites and hearty entrees, a brand-new signature restaurant will be added to expand dining and drinking options. When you’re visiting friends or family staying here, walk through the Sky Bridges on floors 40 and 48 to give them the lay of the land through floor-to-ceiling windows. 

    The St. Regis San Francisco 

    125 Third St., SoMa

    (415) 284-4000

    Best Guests: Museum lovers, Moscone conventioners, Union Square & SF Centre shoppers and tech business travelers

    The St. Regis has completed an update of its 260 guest rooms, meeting spaces, lobby and bar. Guest room luster has been added through a color palette of silver, copper and iron, and California panoramas by Ansel Adams are visible through layered smoked desk glass. The reimagined St. Regis Bar and restaurant Astra let in an abundance of natural light and city street scenes with floor-to-ceiling windows.

    The dining room at the St. Regis | Courtesy photo

    This hotel in SoMa’s Yerba Buena cultural corridor is a draw for arts and culture enthusiasts with the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) located within the building’s ground floor, and SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and more nearby. Even if you don’t have family or friends staying here, drop by the bar after a museum visit, and enjoy a cocktail beneath the sweeping brass trellis as you watch the city go by. 

    3 More Recently Renovated SF Hotels Worth a Look