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
This hotel touts itself as a luxury retreat- it is anything but. The price tag is very expensive for what you get (and I am familiar with SF hotel prices). The location is good, and the views are good once you are at the window- there are not sweeping views from the room as the pictures showed. The bed was decent (though you hear motorcycles ALL night which makes good sleep hard), but otherwise it was very outdated- think old motel. Old decor, old carpet, old TV. No coffee in the room. There was nothing luxury about it. It also is called a boutique hotel- but has none of the charm I would associated with that. There are much nicer places to stay for this much money or less.
Hotel is beautiful and located in an amazing area right by the bay bridge. The suite is so large, cozy, has a spa tub by the bed, and the 180 window views were breathtaking! Staff were friendly and made our anniversary feel special!
Stayed here for business and was expecting more for the rate that was paid. This hotel is in a great location in the financial district across from the bay with good views of the Oakland bridge. However this hotel needs a reno. My room had several issues - the sink did not drain properly, the blackout curtains did not close tightly so the light from the street signs shown through in the night. The sofa's upholstery was stretched and out of place. The bed had a divot in the middle of it. I would have expected that they would have had the WSJ since they were in the financial area. No such luck. The restaurant did not have freshly squeezed OJ. I also ordered a warmed Blueberry muffin and was charged $12 for one small one. (They did change this when I asked why so much) The muffin was heated but they missed the inside which was cold as if it were just taken out from the refrigerator. All in all very disappointing for a place that bills itself as this little great boutique hotel.