The distinctive design of this 40-story hotel has been compared to a parking meter and a jukebox, with the centerpiece lobby managing to feel both like a mall and a club. Look for artwork by Richard Diebenkorn and other major artists installed throughout the hotel. Non-hotel guests flock to the property for drinks in the lobby bar, or up at the emblematic View Bar.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you're looking for a quiet getaway, look elsewhere. Even on weeknights, this property buzzes with action.
Guest rooms are all about practical comfort—decorated in tasteful neutrals consistent with the Marriott brand, they cater to the business set with a host of technological amenities, ergonomic chairs, city views, and wide desks.
Decent-sized bathrooms feature cream tiled walls and marble counters.
The centerpiece of the lobby area is a five-story, glass-top atrium enclosing a dining court; this serves as a quiet space for convention-goers to work, or an event area. The lobby B55 Craft House & Kitchen occupies one slice of the lobby, while Mission Street Pantry attracts on the go techies.
Cor Health + Fitness Center features massage and skin treatments in a serene environment.
Cor Health + Fitness Center features free weights, cardio equipment, running machines, weights, and more.
The hotel's signature eatery, B55 Craft House + Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the lobby. This gastropub specializes in small plates like charcuterie and crudo. Mission Street Pantry is the go-to spot for quick bites like sandwiches, yogurt, fruit, and coffee throughout the day.
YOU SHOULD KNOW B55 Craft House + Kitchen's breakfast spread is sizeable, but pricey.
The top-floor View lounge has huge, fan-shaped windows with stunning views of the city, attracting the Instagram crowd to sip and be seen. At B55 Craft House & Kitchen, sample one of the 55 brews on tap.
Sometimes B55 Craft House & Kitchen serves the hard-to-find Pliney the Elder brew, so be on the lookout.
Parking fees are steep. Most travelers use a combination of walking (SOMA, Union Square and the Financial District are nearby), ride share apps, and public transport. BART and Muni trains can be accessed at Powell Street Station (5-minute walk) to get you to outer neighborhoods, Oakland and San Francisco airports and the beach.
Devotees swear Amber India (3-minute walk) serves the best butter chicken in Northern California. Pizza eaters love the gourmet pies and heaping salads at the lofty Zero Zero (8-minute walk).
Beer drinkers geek out over the homegrown hops paired with tapas and flamenco at Thirsty Bear (8-minute walk). Wine lovers flock to Press Club (2-minute walk) for California varietals in a light-filled tasting room.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This iconic convention-centric hotel constantly reinvents itself, defying the corporate fingerprint with fun libations and eats.