The holidays are the time of year to bring everyone together. But all that togetherness will undoubtedly start to wear on your last nerve after a few days, especially if your family is crashing at your place. So spare your sister the “I don’t mind the air mattress” nicety and put her—and the rest of your out-of-town guests—up at a hotel. We’ve got one for every relative’s personality, so no one winds up sleeping on the floor next to the dog bed. Then, post-holiday, reward yourself with a luxe staycation at one of these beauties for a job well done.
FOR YOUR ART-COLLECTING AUNT AND UNCLE: PROPER HOTEL
L.A. design superstar Kelly Wearstler has finally left her mark on San Francisco, and the city is swooning. Original details like soaring columns, crown molding and beautiful marble floors were meticulously restored and are complemented by Wearstler’s European salon-style design. The lobby lounge has cubist-inspired nooks for thoughtful conversation, reproduction light fixtures in the style of French masters Pierre Chareau and Jean Royère, wall coverings inspired by vintage European graphics and a rooftop lounge decorated with the Viennese Secession art movement in mind. It’s an art lover’s dream.
1100 Market St.; 415-735-7777 or properhotel.com. Standard rooms start at $350.
FOR YOUR COOL HIPSTER COUSINS: TILDEN HOTEL
This new Tenderloin property is like a grown-up Ace Hotel. Copies of Lapham’s Quarterly and The Thing sit on a coffee table in the lobby. A retail kiosk sells Public Supply notebooks and Marvis toothpaste, and room service is delivered in brown paper bags. There’s even a poet-in-residence whose words grace the hotel’s walls and show up on postcards as part of the turndown service. Next door, the Douglas Room bar and restaurant mixes up craft cocktails and serves a Philly-fied Cheez Whiz cheesesteak on its late-night menu. What could be more hipster than that?
345 Taylor St.; 415-673-2332 or tildenhotel.com. Rooms start at $195.
FOR YOUR BROTHER, HIS PARTNER AND THEIR KIDS: LAUREL INN
This hotel, which underwent an extensive refresh earlier this year, has stylish-meets-family-friendly written all over it. Located in the residential Presidio Heights neighborhood, it’s meant to resemble a chic urban apartment while honoring its 1950s design heritage. Think mid-century-inspired custom furniture and plush fabrics like chenille and velvet. Many of the rooms have private kitchenettes—perfect for storing snacks and having mac-and-cheese dinners with the kids. Did we mention the freshly baked cookies from Batter Bakery? Sold.
444 Presidio Ave.; 415-567-8467 or jdvhotels.com. Kitchenette rooms start at $269.
FOR YOUR SPORTS-FANATIC PARENTS: HOTEL VIA
It may not be baseball season, but this new hotel’s location right across the street from AT&T Park will make your Giants-loving dad feel like a kid again. He can walk the grounds to take in all the baseball history, and from Via’s swanky rooftop lounge, he just might even be able to peer down into the stadium.
138 King St.; 415-200-4977 or hotelviasf.com. Rooms start at $279.
FOR THE FAMILY MEMBER WHO JUST GOT BACK FROM TOKYO: HOTEL KABUKI
Hotel Kabuki has been a mainstay of San Francisco’s Japantown scene since 2008, but now, after a $28 million renovation, it’s looking a little shinier. Boho-chic meets Japanese modern in the guest rooms, with shibori crafted cloths and Japanese art and calligraphy. Even the lobby, designed to feel like a living room, features Far Eastern elements—like flame-treated shou sugi ban wood and access to Japanese gardens.
1625 Post St.; 415-922-3200 or jdvhotels.com. Rooms start at $249.
FOR YOUR RELATIVES WHO INSIST ON STAYING IN FISHERMAN’S WHARF: HOTEL ZOE
Have your relatives request the Wanderlust Suite for the full tourist experience. Inside the room, they’ll find a retro lunch box filled with a city map, binoculars and a Polaroid camera (plus film). Bicycles from locally based Public Bikes are available for loan so your relatives can pedal around the wharf to their hearts’ content—clam chowder in a bread bowl and cheesy SF sweatshirts required.
425 North Point St.; 415-561-1100 or hotelzoesf.com. Rooms start at $155 (special introductory rate through December 30).