Best Design Hotels in San Francisco

Boutique Hotels in the Bay Area

Postmodern, rustic, minimal, mid-century, oriental… San Francisco is blooming with design inspiration. There’s plenty to go around for the aesthetically oriented in this city, and hotels are no exception. Whether you wish to visit an intimate boutique hotel with a traveling book club, or a tech-infused modern marvel, that’s all up to you.
 
Behold, our top picks for hotels that tick our design boxes.



Hotel G

Truly channeling a home-away-from-home feeling is a hard task for hotels. Hotel G nails it with their seriously welcoming simplicity and relaxed ambience. This boutique hotel shines a (pleasant) light in the busy, tourist-heavy area of Union Square.

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Axiom Hotel

Axiom Hotel proves that sleek and affordable can actually exist in the same sentence. Yes, even in San Francisco. The Axiom champions minimalism, and uses gorgeous woods, pleasant lighting, smooth leathers, and sophisticated marble to get their point across. This clutter-free gem is also close to the popular Union Square.

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Kimpton Buchanan

Japanese style has seeped into the DNA of the Buchanan Hotel–a Kimpton property with a thing for rich browns and navy. Beautiful and comfortable common areas like their restaurant and lobby will make you not want to leave. Their gorgeous rooms seal the deal with all the care and attention to detail that an aesthetically oriented traveler could ever want.

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Clift San Francisco

The Clift San Francisco is for those who want a bit more glitz and glamour in their lives, and designer Philippe Starck is just the guy to provide it. Clift interiors are grandiose–think oversized chairs, rich velvets and heavy leather–with accents in lavender and orange. You’ll also find classic bright white dining areas and large mirrors, which are bound to make for some pretty interesting photo ops.

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