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Luxury San Francisco

Do you have several concierges on speed-dial? Do you look for a thread count of 600 or higher? Then this is your guide to San Francisco!

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

600 Stockton Street, at California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

The Ritz tops our list for luxury San Francisco hotels. We love the opulence, apparent the moment a top hat-clad doorman welcomes you into the classical entrance. With its perch atop the Stockton Tunnel overlooking Chinatown and downtown San Francisco, the grand dame of hotels offers a host of elegant touches: massages, a sumptuous dining room, and superior service.

Hint: Stay on the club level floors for even better attention to detail.

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W San Francisco

181 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Our top choice for a trendy luxury hotel. The staff treats each client like a valued guest, and the hip clientele feels right at home. You're just steps away from the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), Union Square, and many of the city's top attractions. (If you'd like to go further afield, just ask for a personal ride in their fleet of Acuras.) Nice touches like Bliss spa toiletries, a DJ spinning tunes in the bar 'til late, and a small lap pool add to the trendy luxuriousness.

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Fairmont San Francisco

950 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

One of our favorite choices for both luxury and history in San Francisco, the Fairmont has been a favorite of visiting dignitaries and celebrities for over a century. At the top of tiny Nob Hill, the 600-room grand hotel features a host of extra amenities sure to make every kind of guest happy: a full business setup, a luxurious spa, and even afternoon tea. Try the honey; it's produced by the hotel's own honeybee hive in the culinary garden on the rooftop.

The St. Regis San Francisco

125 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94103

The butler service alone would qualify the St. Regis into our favorite San Francisco luxury hotels list. Add on to that an infinity pool, luxurious spa, several restaurants, and top-notch customer service, and you've got one of the classiest hotels in all of California. The excellent room decor is only matched by their seamless technological additions (control your room through a touch pad), and the hotel's location right in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

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Gary Danko

800 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

The apex of luxurious dining in San Francisco, Gary Danko is the Gogobot Editor's Choice winner for food, decor, and service. The signature five-course menus come paired with the world's most innovative wines. Be sure not to pass up the cheese cart, which rolls through each evening up over a dozen hand-picked cheeses.

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Boulevard

1 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Exuding old-school, classic San Francisco elegance, Boulevard has been a favorite of luxury locals and travelers alike for generations. The Parisian-Californian decor has only been enhanced recently by the Bay Bridge lighting design. From hearty filet mignons and lunchtime burgers to delicate ahi tuna and carpaccio, Boulevard covers many of the classic American dishes with a Californian flair.

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Quince

470 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Housed in an elegant 100-year-old classic San Francisco brick-and-timber building, the relative newcomer on our favorite luxury restaurant list is Quince. The restaurant offers four-course dinners as well as eight-course tasting menus and you'll often see opulent ingredients like caviar, black truffle, or Maine lobster on the list. However, Quince has a Californian twist: the restaurant sources many of its ingredients from local and organic farms, and much of its seafood and meats come from sustainable operations.

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Sons & Daughters

708 Bush Street, Btw. Powell & Mason Streets, San Francisco, CA 94108

Innovative items like geranium ice cream and sea urchin with asparagus create not just a luxurious dining experience, but a slightly adventurous one as well. With just 22 seats, you'll need to book far in advance, but the experience will be well worth it. Fresh-baked bread is a diner favorite, as is their vegetarian tasting menu. Since they do a tasting menu each month, call in advance with any food allergies and they will accommodate your needs.

Spruce

3640 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118

With dishes like borscht with black pepper creme anglaise and duck breast with a cassoulet, Spruce is quickly becoming one of the most popular upscale dining options in San Francisco (not an easy task). With over 2500 items on the wine menu and an exceptionally knowledgeable sommelier, Spruce is as much a wine destination as it is a foodie mecca.

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War Memorial Opera House

301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

Come to the opera in your ball gowns and tuxedoes (or, this being San Francisco, your trendy skinny jeans and stilettos). While the season is chock full of the classics from September to early summer, the SF Opera hosts unique special events throughout the year -- including opera in the park in the late summer and events for children.

Gump's

135 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

We love Gump's not only for its timeless elegance and attention to detail, but its oh-so-San Francisco history. Started for the Gold Rush millionaires who needed a place to lighten their flush wallets, Gump's featured everything a 19th century haute couture household could ever want. While Gump's still features the best in impressive home decor, the department store has added a few modern twists -- a famed catalog adored around the world, and a Far East design flair adopted after the 1906 earthquake rebuild. (In fact, make sure you admire the gold-leafed wooden Buddha, the largest of its kind in the US outside of a museum.)

TCHO -- CLOSED

Pier 17, Embarcadero and Green, San Francisco, CA

Do you have a discerning taste for the best of the best? We like TCHO Chocolate for their excellence in taste and ingredients. Their chocolatiers travel the world, looking for the best ingredients and producers. The best part is that you can visit the factory, located in a beautiful spot right on San Francisco's Embarcadero, next to the Exploratorium science museum. Also, call at least a week in advance and you can join a group tour or, for $100, book a private tour (at noon and 3:30pm every day).

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Union Square

333 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Neiman Marcus. A Macy's flagship store. A multi-story Tiffany's. Cable cars. The Westin St. Francisco hotel. Dozens of shops, art galleries, and boutiques. This is the heart of San Francisco, and the shopping center of the city. The square itself hosts festivals and special events during the day throughout the year, and the downtown district lights up at night, with theatres, nightclubs, and restaurants hopping in every direction for several blocks. Snap a photo of the Roman goddess Victory rising high into the air, a memorial for Admiral George Dewey's win at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish American War.

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Burke Williams Spa

845 Market St #510, San Francisco, CA 94103

If you're tired from a day of upscale boutique shopping, duck into the Burke Williams Spa in San Francisco's Union Square -- dressed head to toe in chic decor and sumptuous luxury. From every single toiletry and amenity a post-massage client could ever want to a full slate of spa experiences (steam room, sauna, and a relaxing quiet room), Burke Williams is a luxurious oasis of pampering in busy downtown San Francisco.

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Omni San Francisco Hotel

500 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

The Omni San Francisco offers world-class service and luxury amenities and service at a slightly lower price tag than the city's top five-star hotels. Built as a bank in the roaring 20s, the opulent Austrian crystal chandeliers and tasteful decor is a welcome respite in the city. But attention to detail and customer service is why this hotel is so beloved. While the hotel is known for its romance, kids are so welcome here that they have their own suite (complete with bean bag chairs and bunk beds). But the location is what guests love most; the hotel sits along a cable car line and just minutes from downtown SF, Union Square, and North Beach.

Last updated at Jan 18, 2017