Feel like Grace Kelly as you ascend the red carpet to this historic property located near Union Square. While the property doesn't quite deliver the same opulence as it did in the early 1900s, mid-range travelers appreciate the extra perks like family suites, complimentary evening wine, and a Continental breakfast spread.
YOU SHOULD KNOW After dark, the neighborhood can feel a bit rough.
Room types vary in size and set-up, but all feature dark-wood antique-reproduction furniture. Smallish queen rooms might feel cramped as the bed and desk occupy most of the space. Junior suites add a much-needed sitting area and either a wet bar or kitchenette with updated appliances. Favored by families, spacious parlor suites provide two queen beds, a Murphy bed, and a kitchenette.
Queen rooms offer bathtubs in most rooms. All suites have a bidet and whirlpool bath.
A crystal chandelier hangs from the lobby's high-ceiling. Red carpet, ornate fixtures, and heavy-dark wood furnishings offer a respite from the city.
All rooms include a modest Continental breakfast of muffins, coffee, tea, and fruit. Afternoon tea and wine include a cheese spread.
From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the hotel offers a complimentary wine hour.
Traffic, construction and parking challenges extend driving times. The city's compact size allows you to wander the neighborhoods by foot, hopping on and off Muni buses and trains (for the best deals, get an unlimited week pass). BART trains service sections of the city, the East Bay and all the way to SFO.
Union Square boasts some of San Francisco's best restaurants. Diners craving an upscale experience should reserve well in advance for a table at the coveted Liholiho Yacht Club (3-minute walk) for Hawaiian favorites with San Francisco style. Budget travelers line up for ramen at Katana Ya (2-minute walk). Fusion fans will love the uphill trek to Tacorea (7-minute walk) for fish tacos, and Korean inspired Mex-fare.
At Benjamin Cooper (6-minute walk) cocktails like the Marvin Berry complement the speakeasy vibe. Beer fans will find plenty of hops to satisfy at the lofty Hopwater Distribution (6-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Since 1912, this brick building has housed San Franciscans and visitors. Today, the fancy lobby, spacious rooms (many with kitchenettes) and the attention to detail elevate this mid-range property, making it a favorite for business or pleasure.