A relaxing refuge near Union Square, Orchard Hotel mixes sunny colors with Silicon Valley chic to a devote cadre of business travelers. Unlike most of the area's other boutique hotels, which occupy century-old buildings, the strictly-21st-century Orchard was built in 2000. Like its "green sister," the Orchard Garden, this hotel has also received LEED certification, giving SF visitors yet another eco-friendly option.
Valet parking is almost $60 a night. Hunt online for a nearby garage, many of which will run you half that.
Soft colors pair well with the classic European touches in guest quarters. With just 12 rooms per floor, an intimate feeling prevails. Amenities include CD and DVD players, work desks and fine linens.
Tiled bathrooms draw on the city's history with a retro aesthetic. Bathtubs, deluxe bath amenities, and fluffy robes are additional perks.
The marble lobby, with dramatic architectural embellishments, like arched openings, vaulted ceilings, and stone floors, evokes another era.
Guests receive discounted access to a nearby health club.
The restaurant, Daffodil, serves seasonal California fare for breakfast. lunch and dinner.The Millionaire Salad (topped with crab) and truffle garlic fries are a hit.
Daffodil's wine list pays homage to wines crafted in nearby Napa and Sonoma. Many of the varietals are organic.
Valet rates are steep at the hotel. Most travelers take advantage of the hotel's great location to walk between Union Square, Financial District, Nob Hill, SoMa, and Chinatown. Muni buses and the cable car stop a block away. Catch the Muni or BART trains to the outer neighborhoods like the Sunset, Mission, and both Oakland and San Francisco airports.
Feel like you are in Europe as you sip cappuccino and sample flaky pastries at the beloved Cafe de la Presse (4-minute walk). Delight in of-the-moment Chinese cuisine at Chef Brandon Jew's extraordinary Mister Jiu's (8-minute walk). Dishes like the salt and pepper soft-shelled crab and the crispy daikon cake win hearts.
The schlep up to Nob Hill is worth it for the spectacular views at Top of the Mark (5-minute walk), especially once you start sipping one of their emblematic martinis. Beer lovers drool over the tap collection at the lively Golden Gate Tap Room (3-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
LEED-certified, this elegant property offers a respite from nearby Union Square. Kindly staff and an onsite restaurant up the ante.