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- cutting-edge technology
- sizable boutique-style rooms
- tech-savvy quarters
- green pedigree
- can be pricey
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Orchard Hotel Review
The 104-room hotel embraces state-of-the-art technology—from CD and DVD players in each room to Wi-Fi access throughout the building—mixing cutting-edge Silicon Valley chic with classic European touches. Unlike most of the area's other boutique hotels, which occupy century-old buildings, the strictly-21st-century Orchard was built in 2000. The marble lobby, where the bronze statue Spring Awakening greets visitors, previews the dramatic architectural embellishments, like arched openings, vaulted ceilings, and stone floors that guests find throughout the hotel. With just 12 rooms per floor, the hotel feels intimate. Rooms, sizable by boutique-hotel standards, are done in a soft palette of relaxing colors, a balm for harried shoppers returning from a busy day of retail therapy in Union Square. The restaurant, Daffodil, serves seasonal California fare for breakfast and dinner. Like its "green sister," the Orchard Garden, this hotel has also received LEED certification, giving SF visitors yet another eco-friendly option.
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