Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero

A relaxing retreat above the fog line

Walking into the intimate lobby of Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero is like entering a sleek sanctuary. The bustle of downtown fades away in the quiet round room filled with white marble, bright lighting and a pleasant aroma. Artist Guy Dill’s 6.5-foot-tall bronze sculpture Ohlone, named for the Native Americans from the area, anchors the circular space. Friendly staff members stand ready to check you in, help with your luggage or anything else you may need.

The hotel’s signature restaurant, Orafo, sits on the ground floor of the building originally designed by famed architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The 127 guest rooms and 28 suites reside on the top 11 floors of the 48-story skyscraper. After checking in, you’ll be whisked to the 37th floor or higher. If the fog line rolls in low, many rooms seem to float like a castle in the clouds. The luxurious detail makes Four Seasons’ third Bay Area hotel an urban retreat unlike any other.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Each room, no matter which floor in the building, offers exceptional views of the city and the surrounding Bay Area. What you see will differ, so if you want to watch the sun go down on the bay, request it. For a closer look, the Golden Gate and the Embarcadero Terrace Suites boast some of the city’s largest private terraces, measuring 800 square feet.
  • The rooms are inviting and sophisticated. Plush graphic carpets cover the wood floor, and classic masculine furnishings fill the space. The muted color palette mimics the region’s climate with shades of gray, brown and black. A rusty red — similar to the hue found on the landmark Golden Gate Bridge — serves as an accent. The large bed is covered in crisp white linens. Everything is understated and elegant, which allows you to relax and focus on the stunning panoramas.
  • When the Four Seasons purchased the property, it gave the 1987 skyscraper a makeover. One highlight of the 2022 remodel is the gorgeous brand-new, white marble and silver bathrooms. Most of them feature a standing shower, a separate deep-soaking tub and windows that frame a beautiful vista.
  • Try the San Francisco hotel’s restaurant Orafo, whose name means “goldsmith” in Italian as a playful nod to the city’s gold rush history. Its moody, seductive décor calls for revelry. Chef Gunnar Planter serves handmade pasta and seasonal seafood at the California-Italian eatery. Think grilled octopus with guanciale and cannellini beans, wild mushroom pappardelle with crispy leeks, and porchetta with creamy polenta.
  • The hallways feature eye-catching black-and-white photographs of SF landmarks from a new perspective.

Things to Know

  • Although it’s called Four Seasons Embarcadero, the luxury hotel is not actually on the Embarcadero. It’s five blocks away on Sansome Street. Nearby attractions include the Ferry Building, Union Square, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach, with the Golden Gate Bridge and Palace of Fine Arts a little farther away.
  • If you want another perspective, glass sky bridges on most of the floors offer a panoramic view of the area. Walk around your floor until you find it.
  • On the 40th floor, there is an outdoor venue and space, The Overlook. On one side, you’ll find the majestic bay stretching from the Bay Bridge to the Pacific Ocean. On the other side, you’ll see the city’s rolling hills in all its picturesque glory. While a state-of-the-art gym is on the third floor, the hotel often hosts special yoga classes on the Overlook deck. Ask the concierge for the schedule of events, and you may find yourself at a wine-tasting or fitness class on the 40th floor.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
House car
Pet friendly
Getting There
222 Sansome Street, San Francisco, California 94104
NeighborhoodFinancial District
SFO (18-30 min)   OAK (22-40 min)   SJC (50 min-1 hr 15 min)