InterContinental San Francisco
What We Love
- The incredible city views from the 32nd floor
- Pushing the electronic button to indicate “do not disturb” and “make up room” – no messing around with door hangers
- The heated lap pool in the well-equipped gym
- Chef Daniel Corey’s New American creations at the Michelin-starred Luce restaurant
What To Know
- WiFi is free only for IHG members, though it’s free to join
- Ask for a room on a high floor facing the bay for the best views
- Onsite parking is pricey; there are cheaper garages nearby
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With 550 rooms, the InterContinental should feel cold and impersonal, but no floor has more than 22 apiece, so the atmosphere is more intimate than you’d expect. All have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of either the city or the bay and plenty of natural light to illuminate the wood and marble fixtures. Desks are big enough to actually accomplish work, if you’re so inclined, and the LCD televisions are enormous, starting at 60 inches. The well-run spa on the sixth floor, along with the spacious 24-hour gym, lap pool, and Jacuzzi, offers the usual range of facials and massages, including a “Traveler’s Tonic”—designed to treat fatigue. Our favorite hangout, though, might be the sleek Bar 888, adjacent to the lobby, which is focused on wine and has an unusual twist: it stocks over 100 different kinds of grappa.
In the Area
Conventioneers will appreciate that the InterContinental is a block from the Moscone Convention Center, but it’s also close to some of the city’s best museums and restaurants, thanks to its prime location in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood. Shoppers will love that it’s just a few blocks from the enormous Westfield mall, and half a mile from the Union Square shopping district. San Francisco’s famous Blue Bottle café is just across the street, and you can catch a late breakfast, lunch, or dinner at nearby Farmer Brown, a chic soul food restaurant with modern versions of grits, catfish sandwiches, and candied yams. A walk through the Yerba Buena gardens hits St. Patrick’s Church, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of the African Diaspora, all San Francisco must-sees, within half a mile. Public transportation access is nearby, including the Powell Street cable car (about a six-minute walk) and a BART station for making trips across the bay to Oakland and Berkeley.
How to Get There
After a last minute decision to leave for vacation a day sooner, my husband and I used points to stay at the Intercontinental San Francisco for one night. We arrived later in the afternoon after a long day of travel with our 1 year old son. The front desk was very nice and even had a wagon full of toys to give the kids when they checked in. We’ve never had a hotel do that and it was a fantastic way to remember this trip.
The bed was comfortable, we had a great view and there was both a tub and a separate shower. Because we arrived later and needed to get our son down for the night, we ordered room service, which was very good!
My only complaint was the toilet handle was broken and difficult to not only flush, but also to keep from running non-stop. Overall great stay for our family.
We were here in late January for a business conference and just returned for our son’s graduation. Both stays were excellent. We are from the East Coast a always a bit weary when checking in after a long flight. Valet staff is always helpful and timely, bellmen are efficient and the front desk staff is friendly, professional and so helpful.
We have had corner rooms both stays and so enjoy the fantastic views of the city. At night, when the skies are clear, it’s always fun to turn out the lights and track the flights going non stop overheard. (Aviation husband)
Thank you to the great bartenders who are always enjoyable and made our evening special before we headed out to our son’s graduation.
The Intercontinental has our business when we return!
Spacious, well appointed rooms with floor to ceiling windows that allow you to embrace the lovely city below you. Amenities include an attractive fitness center with lots of light and an adjacent lap pool and jacuzzi. The pool and jacuzzi were adequate but need a little updating.
The restaurant was a highlight with an excellent service for any meal and some of best coffee I've ever run across.
The only negative was the inexplicable inclusion of the Russia Today(RT) channel in the TV offerings. This is a well documented disinformation outlet of the Russian government and so, if you're looking for actual international news, you can look to the excellent reporting on channels such as France 24 in English, easily available in the US.
I have stayed at this hotel every time I had a free night certificate from IHG the last few years - whether from the IHG credit card or from a promotion. This year is the last year the IHG credit card's free night certificate can be used for this hotel and I am glad I was able to use it one last time when I was in town to see Bay to Breakers, which runs right in front of the hotel.
Arrived the hotel by a rental car that I would drop off on a rainy afternoon. The valet staff let me leave the car temporarily downstairs while I checked in and dropped off my bags in the room. That was accommodating!
Rumors on the Internet has it that the hotel is really good tracking your stays with them and would gradually treat you better. Well, this time I got the royal treatment. Was upgraded to a corner room overseeing the Bay To Breaker's route and granted late checkout without asking. That is appreciated and what good hospitality is all about!
A few years ago I was upgraded to a corner room. This time, the room has been renovated and has electronic curtains. That is pretty cool. Rest of the room is nice too and that is what this hotel is all about!
One shortcoming I did notice was that the cable for the network wire is not long enough to reach my computer (my computer's LAN jack faces the other side of the table). The cable is stapled to the floor so I could not pull it. After I struggled to get it hooked up by moving my computer, the wire did not seem to be active. So, I just used the Wifi, which was very fast anyway.
Now, without the free night certificates, I just hope I will win the lottery so I can stay here again :-)
Quick trip for conference. As platinum member upgraded room early check in. Facilities and rooms are lovely. Access to club makes the hotel as the staff there are SO attentive and helpful and first club service I’ve been where food deserves the high praise. Neighbors both touristy and not a lot here per se but staff will help you find your way. Worth the price for sure!