While rooms are small, they offer all the typical technological amenities, and this green-certified hotel manages to be both hip and welcoming, inviting guests to lounge in the lobby on soft couches, enjoy the garden and jogging track, and even to bring Fido. Complimentary morning coffee and tea and evening wine are served in front of the pièce de résistance, a massive, hand-sculpted art-nouveau fireplace that looks like it leaped out of a fairy tale, while in-house Gaspar is a French brasserie. Original 1911 skylights and artwork by local artists contribute to the inviting atmosphere, and BART, the Chinatown Gate, Union Square, and the high-end Crocker Galleria shopping complex are nearby.
May 25, 2012
Loved this place, despite incredibly tight space in room. A perfect location for almost everything - close to some major sights downtown, easy access to BART, bus, trolleys for everything else. Prefer breakfast next door at Bread and Chocolate to the one in the attached restaurant (Japanese lunch/dinner). Ask for a terrace-view room and/or upper floor back to avoid noise. If you get a good deal and can cope with slightly cramped quarters, this
is convenient, pleasant, and not cookie-cutter.