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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
If you don't drink coffee in the mornings (or any other time), you may be perfectly happy at this hotel. The rooms are a good size, there's good work space, mattresses are ok, etc. BUT...
This is the only hotel I can remember staying in recently (including other Joie de Vivre hotels) that doesn't have coffee or tea making facilities in the room. When I checked in, I was told that complimentary coffee was available in the lobby from (if I remember correctly) 4 am until 11. That means that if you want coffee in the morning, you need to get up, get dressed and go to the lobby to get it. If you don't want to do that (or want coffee at any other time) your only option appears to be to pay them $28 (before tax) for a 20 oz. coffee from room service. Let me say that one more time - $28 for a cup of coffee! That's $15 for the coffee, a 20% service charge and a $10 delivery charge. Oh, and the coffee down in the lobby? The cups provided are - I believe - a meager 8 oz. - small enough so that the cardboard sleeves that protect you from hot cups don't fit - the cups are too small.
Now, to be truthful, I'm annoyed. I'm writing this after having spilled my cup of coffee all over my slacks (that I now have to wear to work) because juggling a cane (which I need to walk), the cup of coffee, and the room key/door just didn't work.
SO, my experience here has taught me to ask, when making a reservation, if there's coffee/tea facilities in the room and to avoid hotels that have decided to cheap out and spend the space trying to sell you wildly overpriced honor bar items - such as an $8 bottle of water.
Without taxes, this room is $435 a night. Not a class act, Vitale.
Overlooking “the other bridge” in the San Francisco Bay Area, this little hotel serves as a good alternative to the Big Brands. Very nice rooms, good service and a good location near the Ferry Building and the harbor. A little bit more quiet than the busy hotel districts and with a outstanding sea view.
Hotel Vitali is the perfect location for the Bay to Breakers. It was less than a quarter mile to the starting corrals.
We (me, my wife, and two 20's daughters) had a city view room with 2 queen beds. The room was great for the four of us. Never felt cramped, even when getting ready for B2B in the morning. Beds and pillows were very comfortable. Electronics were all good; included plenty of well-placed plugs (which is important with two laptops and four cell phones).
Valet, bells service, check in and check out were all great. All staff members we dealt with were cheerful, helpful and flexible.
Although we didn't eat in the restaurant, my daughter (who lives in SF) has been there for work and said it was fantastic. We went to North Beach for dinner; only a $8 Uber ride.
I would definitely recommend this hotel if it is in your budget.
Beautiful room, beautiful views, top notch service. Best night ever for our 10th anniversary. The beds were comfortable. There was even a dual shower. The view from the tub was gorgeous. Stylish decor and full mini bar.
My husband surprised me with an overnight stay at Hotel Vitale, where I've been wanting to stay for quite sometime! I was first very impressed that they sent me a text the day before just to see if there was anything that we needed. We got to the property at 3:00, valet was fast and easy. No wait to check in, and our room was ready.I love the elevator! Its so soothing with the pastel green and blue wood and the monitor showing jelly fish, etc.
Our room was located on the second floor with a gorgeous view of the Bay Bridge. I loved that the windows actually open! These rooms are much larger than many other hotels in the city. The lavender in the hallway was a very nice touch. It smelled so nice! The bed was super comfy and you could smell how clean and fresh the sheets were. The room had all the amenties that we needed: a refrigeraor, safe, ironing board/iron, a thermostat that goes down to 60, windows that open, and a mini bar.
Enjoyed a cocktail on the patio with a view of the Ferry Landing. I'm going to have to return very soon because we never did get up to the roof top, which I was really wanting to do. We just ran out of time! I appreciated the citrus infused water in the lobby.
Hotel Vitale and their staff pays attention to every detail. From the front desk, to the managers texts making sure we had everything we needed and inquiring about our satisfaction. Definitley giving Hotel Vitale 5 stars. Oh, and thank you for the late checkout!!