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Last updated: 27 February, 2023
Expert travel writer: Laura Kiniry

In a city with boutique hotels aplenty, 1 Hotel San Francisco (formerly Hotel Vitale) is the best of the lot. International luxury hotel chain SH Hotels and Resorts took over the 15-year-old property back in 2020 and gave it a £21M makeover.

Each of the 200 rooms are clad in reclaimed wood and other eco-focused elements designed to bring nature indoors, including plenty of natural light. Guests have 24-hour access to Peloton bikes and state-of-the-art weight training equipment, weekly yoga and boot camp classes, and an 8th-floor spa with rooftop soaking tubs.

The location is excellent – on the revitalised waterfront (The Embarcadero), one block from the Ferry Building. The hotel has electric bicycles on hand for easy city exploring.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)[1.1 miles]

One of the largest museums for modern and contemporary art on the planet, with seven floors packed with more than 33,000 works ranging from abstract paintings to Depression-era photographs.

Best for ages: 13+ | £20

Chinese New Year Festival

San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)[1.2 miles]

One of the world’s best Chinese New Year celebrations, held in the oldest Chinatown in North America. The highlight is the Chinese New Year parade, complete with a 28-foot-long golden dragon.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free | 2.5 weeks

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aerial view looking at Lombard Street and cars driving down it

Lombard Street

San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)[2.5 miles]

Marketers call Lombard the world’s crookedest street. True or not, the block-long lane hits eight hairpin turns – built to slow people as they drive the steep-steep street – as it snakes down Russian Hill. Instead of driving it (and sitting in traffic), you’ll have more fun walking it.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Outdoor food amrket with stalls at the Ferry Buidling Marketplace

Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market

San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)[0.2 miles]

Three days a week, the Ferry Building hosts this, one of San Francisco’s best markets. Every morning to mid-afternoon on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, more than 100 local purveyors set up shop offering top-quality, locally-grown produce.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)[1 miles]

Opened in 1969, this hands-on museum and ‘experimental laboratory’ of sorts focuses on science, art, and human perception. Great for kids.

Best for ages: 4+ | £33

Museum of the African Diaspora

Museum of the African Diaspora

San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)[1.1 miles]

Celebrating black cultures around the world through a global lens, MoAD remains one of the few museums in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the artworks of the African Diaspora. Artist discussions, literary events, and film screenings take place here regularly.

Best for ages: 13+ | £8

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Contemporary Jewish Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)[1.3 miles]

With no permanent collection, San Francisco’s CJM offers ever-changing exhibits highlighting the Jewish culture and its complexities. It’s housed in a historic Pacific Gas & Electric substation that’s been modernly redesigned with elements of Jewish symbolism.

Best for ages: 18+ | £12

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San Francisco

California, United States of America (USA)

Beautiful bayside city with home-grown authenticity, charmingly unique neighbourhoods and excellent locally-driven food.

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