Steps from the Transamerica Tower, in the heart of San Francisco's Financial District, this contemporary hotel provides guests with a stylish address. Slick rooms, a design-forward lobby and an onsite restaurant cater to business travelers on expense accounts.
Often you can score deals online, especially on weekends.
Lacewood paneling, polished granite sinks, contemporary furniture, handy in-room safes with outlets for recharging laptops and cell phones, and wall-sized maps of San Francisco outfit the guest rooms. Splurge on a balcony room, which offers outstanding views.
Marble covered wide sinks, with plenty of counter space, plus bathtubs and posh bath products add appeal. Some suites feature jacuzzi tubs.
The early-20th-century lobby is a showplace for rotating art installations. Wingback chairs, a stunning spiral staircase, and geometric design inspire travelers to lounge in the lobby area.
The 24-hour fitness center features cardio machines, free weights and a stretching area.
The Park Grill serves Californian cuisine throughout the day, often filling with business lunches midday. Favorites like the shrimp salad or the soba noodle salad highlight the international flair. Think airport lounge and you can imagine the sleek Bar 333, open for Mediterranean-inspired dinners and drinks.
Valet parking prices are steep. Most travelers avoid bringing their cars and instead take advantage of the hotel's fab location near the cable car, trolley, and Montgomery station. Walkers can easily explore nearby neighborhoods like Chinatown and North Beach, SoMa and Union Square.
A mainstay in this part of town, Michael Mina (3-minute walk) might just serve the best lobster pot pie on the planet. In the Ferry Building, food choices abound, none more legendary than Slanted Door (9-minute walk) where their shaking beef will leave you dreaming for more.
The Hidden Vine (5-minute walk) provides guests with a fine wine list in a sexy atmosphere. Music fans will appreciate the proximity to Rickhouse (7-minute walk) where cocktails are strong and the music is of the moment.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Posh, yet playful, this Financial District hotel might cater to business travelers, but it also provides a fine place to unwind after dark.