Are San Francisco’s High End Hotels Worth the Splurge?


Perks at high end hotels might mean robes for your kids or champagne upon arrival.

San Francisco is not known for its hotels. Yet there are a handful of properties charging a chunk of a normal human’s mortgage per night to sleep on their gazillion thread count sheets.

Is it worth it?

Should we splurge on a high end hotel, when you likely won’t be in your room much when visiting SF?

That’s up to you. But here’s what you get for forking over the big bucks in SF.

Mandarin Oriental might be the only Forbes Five Star property in Northern California, but they don’t earn that designation for nothing. The staff at the Mandarin works their Financial District booties off to make sure you get all the perks of the royal treatment. It’s hard not to love the wonderful new spa, and a ground floor bar and restaurant, as well as the skyscraper rooms with epic views of the bay and the Bay Bridge’s Bay Lights. But the Mandarin gives that little bit extra with  complimentary use of house Mercedes with a driver, personalized stationary in your room upon arrival,and kids’ spa robes in rooms. Prices start at $395.

Ritz Carlton’s perch near the top of Nob Hill ensures that the property doesn’t have to do much but keep up its service to lure in high paying customers. And while the Ritz service is spectacular and the club level perks are quite nice (food and drinks served all day), of all the high end hotels, these guys don’t have to do much to gobble up those $375 rates.

Four Seasons San Francisco just kicked its offerings up a notch with a new farm to fork eatery MKT. Throw in free access to Sportsclub LA, amazing perks for kids (their names cut out of sponges by the bathtubs) and that outstanding service—concierges who can get a choice table at Benu or Coqueta, or theater tickets to Book of Mormon–and you see why the celebs favor this downtown favorite. Rates start at $395.  

St Regis San Francisco is one of the city’s most posh hotels. Upon arrival guests receive a welcome drink that just hints at the stellar service. But the real allure comes from the butler service: your personal butler will open your blinds, press your suit, get you a book of choice, or a last minute gift. Add to the mix, unpacking and packing service and the fact that you can email the butler throughout the day for help. Rates begin at $585.

Now you tell me? Are the hefty price tags worth the splurge?

For more San Francisco hotel information, grab a copy of Northern California: An Explorer’s Guide.


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