The entrance here is so nondescript, you could walk right past without a hint of what's inside—a seriously sexy hotel, the brainchild of entrepreneur Ian Schrager and artist-designer Philippe Starck. A mix of hipsters, music-industry types, and celebrities flock to this property.
Ask for a room on highers floors, where street noise isn't so pervasive.
Rooms sport translucent orange Plexiglas tables, high ceilings, and two huge "infinity" wall mirrors. Sophisticated travelers appreciate the comfortable bedding, the high definition TVs and the blackout curtains.
Marble and chrome bathrooms feature Malin and Goetz toiletries.
The moody dramatically illuminated lobby is dominated by a gigantic Napoleonic chair that could accommodate Shaquille O'Neal, with room to spare. This theatrical staging is enhanced by surreal seating options like a leather love seat with buffalo tusks, all surrounding a floor-to-ceiling, pitch-black fireplace.
There is no onsite pool, but guests have access to a nearby gym with a pool.
Complimentary bikes are available for guests on a first come-first served basis. Guests also have access to a 24-hour fitness center onsite. If guests need a more expansive gym experience, day passes to a nearby fitness center (with a pool, classes and more) are available from the front desk.
Breakfast is served daily in the dimly lit, yet oh-so-sleek, Velvet Room. Sit on leather banquettes and enjoy Belgian waffles, omelets and a host of morning cocktails. The signature Redwood Room bar serves burgers, mezze plates, and pizzas for lunch and dinner.
Parking rates in the center of town are steep (over $60 a night). Leave the wheels at home and instead use the wealth of public transport that stops nearby. Muni buses and trains, the cable car, and BART trains all stop within a few blocks of the property. Walkers will appreciate the proximity to SoMa, Tenderloin's bars, Chinatown, Nob Hill, North Beach and beyond.
Book early for a table in the lauded Liholiho Yacht Club (4-minute walk) for outstanding Cal-Hawaiian cuisine like poke, kalua pork, and sweet seafood dishes. For spicy Thai cuisine, wander into Lers Roi (9-minute walk) for steamy curries and noodle dishes.
Check the website for the password to enter the chic speakeasy Bourbon and Branch (3-minute walk). SF's newest LGBTQ bar Ginger's (13-minute walk) slings classic cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Sleek, intimate, and discreet, guests feel like celebrities in this Union Square property.