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
- 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
We used our IHG free night to stay here and it was fine. The hotel and rooms are well appointed and new. I would have preferred to be closer to union square or Chinatown, but it was an easy walk with luggage from the Powell street BART station
Great hotel, service, staff and rooms all lovely. Spire status nicely acknowledged and the brand new beds were incredible. The surrounding couple of blocks are a bit rough, but very handy for market and the cable car etc. Club lounge staff were lovely - just a shame they can’t locate it in room with a view, but am sure this will happen when the refurbishments are complete.
Stayed here for 3 nights in Jan. We booked a queen size bed and requested high floor. They put us up on the 16th floor I think which was newly renovated and needed the key card to access the floor. The room was nice, clean. Beds were very comfortable. We had a nice unobstructed city view. The walk to union square takes abt 10 mins.
2 reasons why I gave the hotel 3 stars:
1) The shower water pressure was very very slow. Maybe San Francisco has water shortage so they were trying to save water but our showers were taking very long coz of the slow water pressure.
2) The hotel road is quite isolated at night and when we were returning to the hotel late it was a bit scary. San Francisco is a beautiful city but it's filled with a lot of homeless people and lot of people look like drug abusers and psychotic. So we were actually walking back to the hotel really fast if it was past 10pm 😅.
We hail from a safe city like Singapore we are not used to so many homeless people taking to themselves and yelling on the streets.
Even though I liked the hotel, next time I would probably stay in Union Square itself as it seems like a safer choice as it is the main shopping district and the tram to Fisherman's Wharf starts there so its generally more crowded even late in the night.
Not happy with this business hotel stay. For $350 a night, I do expect the neighborhood to be a little nicer; you are on the edge of a rough part of town and still within walking distance to the Moscone center. Also, when I checked in, they told me my room wasn't ready but for $20 a night more, there was one on a higher floor (bait and switch).
I recently returned from a stay at the InterContinental San Francisco for a conference at the Moscone Center. I checked in early at around 2p and my room was already available! It was a very short walk to the Moscone Center and is close to many restaurants if you want to walk around.
By far, the best thing was the service. I arrived on Friday with a migraine. I asked for a tylenol which the gift shop delivered and a HEATING PAD which they hunted down and brought for me! I would 100% return.