Julia D'Orazio
March 18, 2022

5 San Francisco Hotels with a Balcony for that Big City Life

See San Francisco from all angles - especially from your own balcony.


If you are going to visit San Francisco – go large. We're not talking five-star luxury that will turn your bank account into a sorry sad state but staying at a San Francisco hotel with a balcony. Now, that's what we call living the high life. San Francisco is one scenic place to be, and you can enjoy some of its best sights (hello Golden Gate Bridge, colourful sloped streets and famous skyline) right from the comforts of your balcony. Convenient much?


Time to let that fresh air into the room and get familiar with the skyline as we dish out our favourite San Francisco hotels with a balcony.

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Five San Francisco hotels with a balcony

Hotel balcony in San Fransisco
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Hotel Via

138 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. From $229.


Viva Las Via! If you want to be where the action is, Hotel Via is where it's at.


Hotel Via is ideally located in the vibrant South Beach neighborhood that deserves every bit of exploration with baseball stadium Oracle Park, San Francisco Bay and hip hangouts right on its doorstep.


The converted brick warehouse hotel's rooms are minimalist in design yet boast modern comforts. It's worth splashing out for the hotel's courtyard rooms for your own private outdoor space, but if wanting to soak up the city's skyline, head to the 360-degree rooftop bar. Score!


Hotel bedroom with red lighting
Photo by @nicksimonite

Phoenix Hotel

601 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94109. From $169.


Into live music? Stop searching and select Phoenix Hotel for your place to unwind. Or rock on. 


Located in the Tenderloin district, the chic hotel is within easy reach of the city's iconic music venues and nearby Mission and Hayes Valley. The hotel is popular with music folks, attracting traveling musicians and boasts a solid record collection, so if you are a big music fan, this could be your nightly jam.


The former motel's rooms overlook the pool area and lush palm trees, adding to its rock star appeal.


Hotel room with mountain view
Photo by @hotelzephyr

Hotel Zephyr 

250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. From $183.


Feel the sea breeze from your balcony with a stay at Hotel Zephyr, located in the historic Fisherman's Wharf district.


Dubbed 'ship-yard chic', Hotel Zephyr is on the doorstep of must-sees in San Francisco – Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Anchorage Square with the Golden Gate Bridge in easy reach. Rooms are maritime-themed, and we recommend selecting a premium waterfront view with a balcony to make the most of its waterfront locale.


It's not just a place to rest your head at night; it's a place to be entertained too. The hotel's Yard area is the largest hotel outdoor venue space in the city spanning 8,000 sq ft. It's home to oversized games, quirky spaces, firepits and bizarrely, the city's largest periscope that's worth checking out.


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Hotel lobby with rustic interiors
Photo by @hotelkabuki  

Hotel Kabuki

1625 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115. From $259.


Hotel Kabuki really is one-of-a-kind.


The hotel fuses Asian and Western influences to offer a hip accommodation experience in Japantown. Its culture clash of furniture and artworks – Japanese graphic design prints from the 1930s and 1940s with black and white vintage snaps and historical maps of the area – add to the hotel's effortlessly cool appeal.


Rooms feature modern furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer spectacular views of the city that will leave you constantly saying 'wow'. It's a good option if you're after a San Francisco hotel with a balcony that has the city as a backdrop, especially for that impromptu photoshoot sesh.


The Fillmore Auditorium, countless entertainment, dining and culture options just moments away; that's if you find the will to leave. 


Skyline view of San Fransisco from hotel
Photo by @timetravelerpluto

1 Hotel San Francisco

8 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. From $508.


If your budget stretches, put 1 Hotel San Francisco on the list.


1 Hotel San Francisco is situated in the Embarcadero district, right along the popular Mission Street, home to vintage stores galore, cool cafes and more. 


Not just a luxe place to stay; it's sustainability-focused too. The eco-conscious hotel's rooms ooze Scandi/forest feels with its reclaimed wooden touches, sleek furnishings, and in-room greenery inviting nature into the bedroom. Rooms also come with modern-day perks such as yoga mats, filtered water, organic cotton linens and Bluetooth speakers to suit the new-age traveler. 


The hotel also offers views of the San Francisco Bay area, city skyline and Ferry Building, better enjoyed from your own vantage point – a balcony – if keen to upgrade your San Francisco stay.


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