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
Great place to stay in SFO with a wow factor , easy and friendly staff member with nice breakfast selection. Family friendly hotel great location. Rooms are quite spacious and modern with all amenities .
Stayed here for four nights in August.
The hotel is very nice and chic with well appointed spacious rooms. Fab location for all the sites and exploring the city. Great floor to ceiling windows with fab views across the city.
Our gripe was the standard of cleanliness. Our room was full of dust everywhere and dirty drinking glasses. The alarm went off at 6am after our first nights sleep. After the maid had been the second day the alarm had been set again (luckily we checked). Room not hoovered the whole duration of stay (5days). We did report on 2nd day but nothing changed.
My favorite spot for business/conference trips that are at Moscone Center (especially Moscone West, which is right next door). Always great service with clean, comfortable rooms. Higher floors have nice views of the city, and plenty to do within walking distance.