What We Love
- Urban location with a zen vibe thanks to lavender-scented hand towels at welcome, spa-like bathrooms and mud masks in the minibar
- Thoughtful extras like free car service to downtown
- The hip crowd that gathers at Americano's 3-6 pm happy hour for $5 Cali vintages
- Free WiFi
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What To Know
- You've got several workout options: The hotel's cozy second floor gym or discounted access to either the Bay Club or the Golden Gateway Swim and Tennis Club
- One of the most atmospheric spas in San Francisco with an al fresco penthouse soaking tub in a bamboo garden
- A $30 Urban Retreat Fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout.; WiFi, access to the YMCA and BayClub fitness centers, daily yoga classes and a 20 percent spa discount is included in the fee
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
NorCal-style serenity is the order here. The serene vibe is set in the lobby, with its sandstone pillars, wood paneling and rough-hewn wood benches, and it continues seamlessly in lavender-scented hallways lit by leaf-patterned panels.
Bed and Bath
Inside the 200 rooms, you’ll find a calming sea glass palette, floor-to-ceiling windows and blond wood floors beneath river stone tables. This is San Francisco, though, so the guestrooms are wired; WiFi, a flat-screen TV, a Bose Wave music system and a laptop safe are standard. Most guestrooms measure in at 300 to 400 square feet — immense by this city’s standards. The limestone bathrooms have soothing rain showers (Studios, Waterfront Rooms and Suites have soaking tubs) and are stocked with soft robes and Fresh bath products.
The intimate three-room Spa Vitale is one of the city’s most charming. Set on the penthouse level, it has a soaking tub in a rooftop bamboo garden. Things are livelier downstairs at Americano, the hotel’s Italian restaurant. Here chef Joshua Perez whips up traditional dishes with a Cali twist using meats, cheeses and produce from the Ferry Building Farmers Market across the street. The after-work crowd packs the patio sipping new-school cocktails such as the Autunno, which consists of bourbon, Drambuie, Carpano Antica, lemon juice and persimmon puree.
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In the Area
At the intersection of the Financial District and the revitalized Embarcadero, the hotel is just a 15-minute walk from the heart of Chinatown. Go for dim sum at Great Eastern, and then watch your dessert being made with a visit to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. Or you can head across the street from the hotel to buy picnic provisions at the Ferry Building Farmers Market before biking the four miles to the serene park surrounding the Palace of Fine Arts. Then hop back on the bike to cross the Golden Gate Bridge.
How to Get There
It was just ok. Not what we are used to and expected for the price. Beds and pillows were awful. Great location though. The bell/doormen were very kind and helpful. Front desk staff seemed overwhelmed and disinterested but weren’t rude.
Hotel is beautiful and the views are amazing, but for the price it seems Hotel Vitale should kick it up, a bellman would be nice and accessible outlets (literally had to crawl on the floor to plug in my phone by the night stand).
Thank you so much for a quiet room. The excellent service of our bags being delivered to our room before our arrival! The complimentary wake/ up call. And most of all the use of a microwave as I have a dry eye disorder that requires daily warm compresses. Of course we wish it were a little more affordable to stay at your fine hotel so please let us know when you have special discounts. We live outside Boston but our son lives in San Fran and we would like to visit more often and have your hotel become our home away from home!
Quality, Service, Friendly Staff, spot-on location. A luxury property with water views directly across the street from The Embarcadero if you want to do the touristy thing in style. I Highly recommend the Hotel Vitale.
This is our favorite hotel when visiting SF over the years. The location is amazing and despite it being older now, it still is a wonderful hotel. It's worth paying more for the water view rooms. Fall asleep to the subtle light that comes through the window from the bay. Wake up and cross the street to the Ferry building for breakfast at Boulettes Larder. The classic bistro Boulevard is just steps away for dinner. The hotel staff is always professional and friendly. Our stay has always been enjoyable.