The only challenge that comes with planning a meeting or event in San Francisco is making the tough decision on where to have it. Fog City is home to some of the most stunning, luxury hotels in the country, each with its own unique story and charm. Whether you’re looking for an opulent ballroom or a modern boardroom with sweeping views of the Bay, it’s guaranteed to be a memorable experience if it’s at one of these top San Francisco hotels.
Welcoming guests into a timeless escape of elegant luxury, this 1909 Neoclassical landmark has been transformed into a beautiful retreat of modern classic design. As one of the most elegant wedding venues in the city, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco offers comprehensive wedding services and specializes in creating unique and beautiful San Francisco weddings with stunning ceremony and reception venues. The Ballroom can be divided into smaller individual Salons for a wedding ceremony of up to 175, and can accommodate up to 500 guests for a wedding reception or galas.
One of San Francisco’s most popular luxury hotels, the St. Regis offers the Gallery Ballroom (with reception space for 550) and the Yerba Buena Terrace (with space for 600 guests). At the chic and spacious St. Regis — which has a central location near San Fran’s best museums, shopping and more — brides and grooms receive the highest level of care and attention from their initial meeting to the last moment of their enchanted gathering.
The Regency Center is one of San Francisco’s most architecturally stunning venues. You will be sure to astonish your guests and host an event that will be remembered for years to come. This versatile San Francisco landmark offers three separate venues, each with unique architectural characteristics and an array of accompanying rooms. Capacities range from 70 up to 1,000 with the entire facility accommodating up to 2,000 guests in combined occupancy. Whether you are planning the wedding of your dreams, a corporate seminar, an elaborate reunion, or a celebratory bar or bat mitzvah, you will find The Regency Center to be a distinctive and imaginative choice. The incredible Regency Ballroom can hold up 1,000 for a standing reception and 400 banquet style.
With hotel rooms set on the top 11 floors of a 48-floor high-rise in the Financial District — and the lobby, restaurant, ballrooms, spa, fitness center and business center on floors 1 through 3 — this contemporary, high-end hotel is one of the best in San Francisco. Looking to throw a memorable event? Event space options include the California Ballroom (with space for 60 guests for a seated dinner) and the Embassy room (with space for 80 seated with a dance floor or 100-120 without a dance floor), as well as the 40th Floor Sky Deck, where you’ll be amongst lights, iconic fog and dazzling stars. This unique venue is the highest outdoor event location in the city, offering panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and sights of the city.
Owned by Morgans Hotel Group (the company started by Studio 54 mastermind Ian Schrager), the Clift is one of the trendiest hotels in San Francisco. Amenities include a free 24/7 gym, free bike loaners and three dining options, including the art deco Redwood Room, which dates to 1933 and still boasts its original wood paneling. Nine meeting spaces offer sleek options for special events of all kinds. The Velvet Room is a unique venue for corporate meetings and upscale nightlife soirees. The elegant and dramatic room — complemented by lush velvet curtains, mahogany and leather banquettes and hand blown Murano glass lamps — hosts an eclectic roster of events curated by Morgans Hotel Group’s dynamic nightlife and entertainment team. Formerly the private home of the late Frederick Clift, the hotel’s original owner in 1913, the Spanish Suite now serves as an elegant private function room, with over 2,300 square feet of space, including two terraces with stunning views of San Francisco.
This recently renovated turn-of-the-century gem boasts 53,000 square feet of event space over 23 fully-equipped meeting rooms, including three ballrooms. The stunning Grand Ballroom (with space for 550 guests and a dance floor) features 18-foot ceilings, rich ruby and gold carpet and intricate crystal chandeliers adorned with fruit details. As the name would suggest, the Gold Ballroom (with space for 300 guests and a dance floor) boasts gold detailing along with vintage crystal chandeliers, an ornate fireplace and a gilded balcony. Named in honor of one of the Palace Hotel’s founding fathers, the Ralston Ballroom (with space for 330 guests with a dance floor) is classic sophistication. With ruby and gold carpet, coved ceilings, filigree inspired wall detail, French sconces and original crystal chandeliers, the room is designed for unforgettable celebrations.
W San Francisoco
The W Hotel group is known for its ultrahip vibe and the San Francisco property is no exception. A regular host to film screenings, art exhibitions, fashion and music events, it’s no surprise that this luxury hotel is a desirable option for meetings and weddings, too. An abundance of stylish, high-tech options are available over 12,000 square feet of space. The newly renovated 3,430 square foot Great Room (capacity 150-175) features floor-to-ceiling windows and sleek décor, while the outdoor Social Terrace (capacity 150) is complete with an herb garden and heaters for those chilly San Francisco nights.
This stunning luxury hotel may be a historic landmark, but it has all the modern-day amenities to make it a perfect place to hold a meeting or event. In fact, there are over 20 spaces to choose from that can accommodate up to 1,500 guests for a reception and up to 800 for a sit-down dinner. Highlights include: Alexandra’s — considered the “most spectacular special event venue in Northern California” — with its floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges; the Borgia Room, which previously served as the hotel’s chapel, so a beautiful cathedral-style ceiling is the focal point; and the Colonial Ballroom (which used to showcase big bands during the jazz era), complete with operetta balcony seating and a gorgeous wall-length mural of the Tuscan countryside. The hotel’s most prized event space, however, is The St. Francis Suite. Originally a residence in the early 1900’s, the restored facility features classic design elements such as a decorative fireplace, hardwood floor foyer and elaborate carved ceilings.
Sir Francis Drake Hotel
This spectacular boutique property is filled with an abundance of character. Renaissance-influenced architecture is evident in the hotel’s opulent lobby, high ceilings and sweeping movie set-like staircase. The luxury hotel boasts 16,000 square feet of unique event space ranging from meeting rooms to ornate ballrooms ripe for a glamorous event.
The legendary Fairmont San Francisco opened back in 1907 and it hasn’t lost an ounce of its historic charm. Step one foot into the grand lobby and you’ll immediately get a sense of what this luxury hotel is all about. The property features 55,000 square feet of elegant and well-equipped function space ranging from ballrooms to more intimate spaces. If you’re planning a wedding, imagine saying “I do” in the Venetian Room, the same place whereTony Bennett first sang, “I Left my Heart in San Francisco.” Or in the historic Garden Room, where in 1945, delegates from 40 countries around the World met to draft the Charter for the United Nations.