Romantic Places to Stay in San Francisco 

Planning a romantic getaway? San Francisco, California, is one of the best places to enjoy a romantic weekend getaway. Whether you and your partner love museums, wine tasting, shopping, or picturesque views like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Area has it all.

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In such a popular place like San Francisco, it can be daunting trying to decide on where to stay…

Especially when you’re seeking the most romantic spots to woo your one and only. That is why we took it upon ourselves to go on vacation for you (bummer) and get an insider’s look on which places are worth your time and money. A few days, tan lines, and plenty of cocktails later, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 6 most romantic places. And trust us, there’s something for every kind of couple! So take a look 🙂

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SF has so much to offer. If you prefer sporty activities, you can find places to bike, hike, kayak, and more. On the other side of the spectrum—you’ll find romantic restaurants with delicious food and drinks.

One of the best things about the Bay Area is its plethora of experiences right at your fingertips. There’s truly something for everyone, and finding the right place to stay in the city will set the tone for your whole trip. Here is a collection of the most romantic San Francisco hotels, to help you plan your perfect weekend getaway.

Palace Hotel San Francisco

Guest room with street view at the Marriott Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
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Located in downtown San Francisco across from the Montgomery BART station, this luxury hotel allows for easy access to area attractions like Union Square. The hotel has been around since 1909, although it has been renovated to include authentic historic designs paired with modern decor. Guests will find tastefully decorated, spacious rooms, making The Palace perfect for a romantic stay.

Known for historic architecture and world-class service, you can expect to indulge in their deluxe amenities. The Palace offers scenic city views, valet parking, in-room dining, professional concierge assistance, a fitness center, and an ideal central location in the city.

In the mood for a romantic dinner? The Palace is home to two famous restaurants, perfect for any occasion. Take a dip in their luxury heated pool with a lovely sky-lit ceiling. Or sip on a cup of tea! The Palace Saturday Signature Tea is the perfect way to relax and connect with your loved one. You’ll enjoy savory and sweet items paired perfectly with your favorite cup of tea in the magnificent setting of the Garden Court.

This stay is perfect for couples who enjoy the proximity to downtown San Francisco but still want to stay in an elegant hotel.

Ritz Carlton San Francisco

Window street view with lounge chair at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco.
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Want to feel like royalty? Located in a mansion on Nob Hill, The Ritz Carlton is just about as luxurious as it gets. This gorgeous hotel is the perfect spot for couples who don’t want to lift a finger after a long day exploring the city. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a doorman with a top hat. From there, you’ll enjoy blue and gray rooms adorned with Frette linens and marble baths.

You’ll find a fitness center and spa. For those on the Club level, you get access to complimentary food and beverages. You can also find their restaurant, Parallel 37, serving delicious California cuisine.

Looking for a shuttle service? The Ritz Carlton offers a complimentary house car available for trips within one mile of the hotel. It’s just a short drive to Swan Oyster Depot for dinner and the gorgeous Grace Cathedral for yoga on the labyrinth.

1 Hotel San Francisco

Dining area with street and beach view at 1 Hotel San Francisco.
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Formerly known as Hotel Vitale, 1 Hotel is your home away from home. They practice sustainability and make an effort to decrease their carbon footprint through smart heating and cooling, low-energy LED light bulbs, sustainably sourced linens, and more. Located on the famed Embarcadero, guests can take in views of the city skyline, the iconic Ferry Building, and San Francisco Bay.

One of the best parts of staying at the 1 Hotel is their Bamford Wellness Spa. They take a holistic approach based on building a heartfelt connection with nature. After a long day of exploring the streets of SF, relax and nourish your body, mind, and spirit with a luxurious spa treatment. If you and your partner want to get a workout in during your stay, you’ll also have access to their luxury fitness center.

From sleeping, eating, and playing, there is much to enjoy at 1 Hotel. It’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the company of your significant other in a truly beautiful place.

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The St. Regis San Francisco

White king bed with big windows out-looking the city at St. Regis hotel in San Francisco.
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This Forbes 5-star grand hotel is centrally located right on Market Street. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a weekend getaway filled with adventures and plenty of relaxation and romance. Within walking distance, you’ll find Union Square and a few nearby museums.

This beautiful hotel comes complete with butler service for each suite, making it the perfect relaxing getaway for couples who want to feel pampered. There’s truly nothing better than returning to your hotel room after a long day of wine-tasting tours, exploring the fisherman’s wharf and the Museum of Modern Art. You won’t have to lift a finger. Each room has luxurious linens and oversized soaking tubs. If that isn’t enough for you, consider checking out their incredible spa. Indulge in a calming couples massage or enjoy any of their amenities from an indoor soaking pool, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, and more.

Hotel Drisco

Suite at the Hotel Drisco with seating and wine glasses overlooking the city of San Francisco.
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This boutique hotel has a welcoming atmosphere and attentive hosts. Couples will enjoy all-inclusive luxury and amazing complimentary treats like a gourmet complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon wine, and bikes to borrow. Hotel Drisco prides itself on treating their guests like family and ensuring you have an exquisite experience in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. Nestled in the rolling hills, this boutique hideaway will be one you’ll want to come back to time and time again. Enjoy modern amenities and ultimate comfort at Hotel Drisco.

In your guest room, you’ll find cozy down comforters, merino wool throws, and Egyptian cotton triple sheeting. Be careful—you might not want to leave your bed!

Cavallo Point Lodge San Francisco

Contemporary king suite with windows over-looking the Golden Gate Bridge at  Cavallo Point Lodge in San Francsico.
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The last stay on our list is a luxurious lodge located right over the Golden Gate Bridge, offering incredible Bay views. This stay has it all. It’s the perfect romantic stay in San Francisco. You and your loved one can enjoy a luxurious stay, plus cooking classes and guided bike tours.

Cavallo Point used to be a military barracks. Many of the rooms belonged to former military officers and have been restored, offering an enchanting view of the bay. Each room comes equipped with a gas-burning fireplace. You can easily enjoy a cozy, romantic night together at this historic inn.l

Murray Circle Restaurant offers a delicious and elegant dining experience for couples. If you prefer a more laid-back experience where you can enjoy a cocktail by the fire in a cozy leather club chair, give Farley Bar a try. And for those looking for more things to do, you’ll find daily guided walks and yoga, as well as weekend cooking classes. With so many amazing experiences to offer, Cavallo Point is easily one of the most romantic stays on our list. The in-room fireplaces truly set it apart from the other stays.

Our most important tip: Don’t forget to pack layers! San Francisco’s weather can be unpredictable and often chilly, so bring a light jacket or sweater for your adventures in the city. Bring comfortable shoes for all the walking you’ll be doing as well.


What is the best time to visit San Francisco for couples?

The best time to visit San Francisco for couples would be during the spring or fall when the weather is mild and there are fewer tourists. This allows for a more intimate and relaxed experience while still being able to enjoy all that the city has to offer.

Are there any romantic hotels in San Francisco with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge?

Yes, both Cavallo Point Lodge and The St. Regis San Francisco offer stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge from their rooms. Alternatively, you can also take a romantic stroll across the bridge on foot or rent a boat for a unique perspective.

What are some must-try restaurants in San Francisco for couples?

There are so many amazing restaurants in San Francisco, but some romantic options include Gary Danko for fine dining, Foreign Cinema for a unique outdoor movie experience, and The Cliff House for breathtaking ocean views. For a more casual yet equally delicious option, try the Ferry Building Marketplace.

Young female couple with dog at golden gate bridge viewing the sunset in San Francisco.
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Pack Your Suitcase…

Out of all the options from this collection of the most romantic hotels in the heart of San Francisco, which one are you the most excited about? Let me know in the comments below! And if you’re open to venturing further out of SF and want to explore more of California in general, check out Romantic and Fun Southern California Date Ideas

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