Feel virtuous and eco-friendly in San Francisco's first hotel built to environmentally stringent LEED specifications. Local artist Archie Held's glass water sculpture in the lobby sets the green tone and a high aesthetic standard. The owner's collection of original artwork is scattered throughout the building. Amenities include complimentary car service to the Financial District.
YOU SHOULD KNOW A rooftop deck is open to all guests, who are invited to bring their own refreshments and take in the sweeping city views.
The simply styled rooms offer textiles in soothing hues of green and gold, and natural woods, along with such green features as chemical-free cleaning agents, recycling bins, and an energy-control system.
Splurge on a king terrace room that features a private outdoor space with views of downtown.
Cream-colored bathrooms feature marble sinks, low-flow toilets, and bathtubs. Organic bath products and plush robes offer additional luxury.
Archie Held's glass water sculpture helms the spare, yet elegant, lobby. The space seems crafted for efficiency rather than comfort. In the mornings, the Roots restaurant, on the east side of the lobby, buzzes with activity.
The hotel offers a small cardio studio onsite, and day passes to a nearby fitness center.
Roots restaurant, which is supplied by organic and local purveyors, serves breakfast favorites like a brioche french toast, or omelets.
Roots restaurant features a small bar area, serving spirits and wine.
The hotel offers expensive valet parking. Most travelers skip bringing the car and instead take advantage of the hotel's great location. Walkers appreciate the proximity to Union Square's shopping, Financial District, Chinatown, Nob Hill and SoMa. Hop on Muni buses or the cable car, which stop a couple blocks away. The BART and Muni trains can be accessed from Powell Street Station (10-minute walk). Trains connect to both Oakland and San Francisco airports.
The beloved Cafe de la Presse (2-minute walk) serves an array of European inspired cafe fare, including lattes and pastries and hearty salads. Chef Brandon Jew's outstanding Mister Jiu's (6-minute walk) crafts California-inspired Chinese favorites like bao and soft shell crab.
The whiskey-centric Rickhouse (2-minute walk) lures the after-work crowd. Enjoy kitsch cocktails in a tiki bar atmosphere at Pagan Idol (3-minute walk). As you might expect rum-based cocktails like the rum chi-chi populate the menu.
WHY WE LIKE IT
San Francisco's first LEED-certified hotel allows travelers to feel eco-friendly in an elegant environment. The fab location isn't too shabby either.