Westin St. Francis
St. Francis manages to feel small and charming despite the looming 1,200 rooms in one of the most historic San Francisco hotels. The place crawls with tourists, but is still beloved by locals, many of whom you will find dining at the chic and pretty restaurant Michael Mina. It was first built by the Crocker family with their railroad millions in 1904 and was the social hub for the well-to-do for decades. Today, the Westin company runs the hotel, and the rooms, especially those in the 1970s tower building, have an air of corporate anonymity. Still, much of the San Francisco charm remains, most notably in the main building, where Empire-style furniture prevails, including chandelier lighting, crown molding, armchairs with alligator feet, and mirrors trimmed in gold. All rooms in the St Francis include comfortable new beds and plush bedding. If you opt for the main building, request a traditional room with Union Square view. The tower offers more expensive Grand View rooms, with contemporary furnishings and spectacular views. Avoid the Standard rooms. Business travellers will feel more at home elsewhere.