A spirit of fun has taken up full-time residence in this Kimpton property with a youngish, super-friendly staff. The ultimate effect is a hybrid of San Francisco influences with views of the Chinatown gate nearby and a hip clientele.
Book this hotel early as the property often sells out.
Smallish but colorful rooms boast Chinese dragons stenciled over excerpts of Beat literature, striking yellow headboards, vintage chairs, and chalkboard doors donned with quotes from famed writers. Four celebrity-themed suites provide whimsy and decadence with panache--favorites include the Jerry Garcia room and The Häagen-Dazs \"Sweet Suite,\" with a fridge full of ice cream. A 24-hour yoga channel will help you find that elusive path to inner peace.
Simple bathrooms feature granite sinks and black and white tiled showers.
A colorful psychedelic lobby mural depicts the San Francisco art and music scene--think flower power mixed with Andy Warhol--and playful furniture includes a green-and-gold metallic couch and striped carpeting, a whimsical and far-out setting.
A small fitness center features treadmills, free weights, and stretching areas. Ask at the front desk for yoga mats to get your om on while watching the in-room yoga channel.
There is no on-site restaurant, but it is simple to wander next door to Cafe de la Presse for morning pastries and cafe au lait.
Grab a nightcap at Cafe de la Presse, where aperol spritzes or vino lure locals after dark.
The hotel offers valet parking at high rates--snoop around as you can often score discounted rates in nearby parking garages. Muni buses stop within a block, as does the cable car. Head over to Powell Street Station (7-minute walk) to access the Muni/BART trains, which connect to the airports, East Bay and Golden Gate Park. Walkers will love the proximity to Union Square shops, Tenderloin's bars, North Beach and Chinatown's eateries, and more.
Brandon Jew's delectable Mister Jiu's (6-minute walk) provides diners with a sample of California-inspired Chinese cuisine with favorites like a foraged mushroom bao, or salt-crusted seafood. At Charlie Palmer's Burritt Room + Tavern (3-minute walk) sample bar bites like chips and goat cheese or gut-filling specialties like the zucchini lasagna.
Burritt Room + Tavern's (3-minute walk) jaw-dropping whiskey menu is worth a peek. Even people not inspired by the spirit will find a great wine and beer selection in a handsome environment. See live music in a dark setting at Rickhouse (3-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Style, playfulness and a fab address between Union Square and Chinatown make this a wise choice for in-the-know travelers.