With a playful lobby lounge, the lively Cavalier restaurant, and slick-yet-homey tech-friendly rooms, this trendy redo behind a stately 1913 neoclassical facade is a leader in the SoMa hotel scene. The location is also a plus, adjacent to the always-hopping Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre and close to many of the museums, restaurants, and attractions south of Market Street.
The hotel offers yoga and mindfulness classes to those who need a break from the urban excitement.
With contrasting touches that are spare and homey, rooms boast Illy espresso machines and flat-screen TVs that can connect to your device via G-Link Obsess docking stations.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel recently added five "Well + Away Pure" rooms that feature meditation headbands, air purifiers, organic Turkish robes, and hypoallergenic robes and linens.
Large showers with Neil George bath products and dual-paned windows add to the level of comfort.
The lively lobby is outfitted with reclaimed wooden floors, chrome sculptures, and an edgy take on The Price is Right's Plinko game. The fun continues in a playroom featuring a pool table and shuffleboard, and the S&R Lounge, known for its retro bar snacks and cosmic cocktails.
You couldn’t get closer to Notre-Dame cathedral (except on a barge on the Seine) at this small, quirky hotel, where high style and a prime location go hand-in-hand.
The Technogym Fitness Center offers cardio machines, free weights, yoga classes, and a man-shaped punching bag.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you prefer larger facilities, the hotel can arrange discount day passes to a nearby gym.
The Cavalier restaurant holds court on the far side of the lobby. London-style brasserie cuisine like fish and chips, or a divine roasted chicken make this a favorite for locals and visiting guests.
The hotel offers expensive valet parking. Most travelers don't bother with a car and instead take advantage of the hotel's proximity to SoMA museums and restaurants, Union Square's shops, and the Financial District. Hop on Muni buses or trains, or take the BART train to local airports. Walkers can easily explore the area.
Local favorite for spicy curries and papaya salad, Kin Khao (5-minute walk) is a modest place for a meal. For an upscale take on Moroccan cuisine, step into the lofty Mourad (8-minute walk) for spiced lamb hugged by gorgeous veggies.
Sample California wines in the upscale Press Club (7-minute walk), or ride to the top of the Marriott Marquis to watch the sunset at The View (9-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Quite possibly San Francisco's hippest hotel, with a lively bar scene, fantastic restaurant and health-minded rooms in a great location, this property is worth the hefty price tag.