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Westin St. Francis

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • fantastic beds
  • prime location
  • spacious rooms, some with great views

    Cons

  • some guests comment on the long wait at check-in
  • rooms in original building can be small
  • glass elevators are not for the faint of heart

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Westin St. Francis Review

If you love Hollywood lore, Westin St. Francis is the site of many sensational, headline-making scandals (This is where Sara Jane Moore tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford and where singer Al Jolson died playing poker—not to mention the tempest that erupted after a party hosted by Jazz Age comedian Fatty Arbuckle that ended in the death of a aspiring actress); Hollywood fan or not, everyone can appreciate the panache of this grand dame property. The hotel is comprised of the landmark building (Empire-style furnishings, Victorian moldings) and a modern 32-story tower (Asian-inspired lacquered furniture, glass elevators); guests are divided when it comes to the virtues of the modern addition versus the historic building. Adding to the air of upscale sophistication is the cool chic of Michael Mina's classy Bourbon Steak restaurant and a new cocktail lounge, Clock Bar, as well as the venerable Oak Room Restaurant, Chateau Montelena tasting room, and Caruso's café and lounge.

    Hotel Details

  • 1,157 rooms, 38 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
Updated: 05-02-2013

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    Heart of the City but not worth the price

    Its in the middle of all the action of Union Square but the decor is dated. If staying in the older building, it will be VERY NOISY. I had to go out and buy earplugs. The elevators in the older building took FOREVER to arrive so we ended up walking all around looking for the stairs. The stairs are really hard to find from the lobby level.

    by bluesuedeshoes, 9/25/12

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