Fodor's Expert Review The Alise San Francisco
580 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA See on Map
This stylish and relatively new hotel just three blocks from Union Square honors the pineapple, of all things. As a symbol of hospitality, the pineapple adorns everything from the bathrobes and pillows to the silverware and cocktail glasses. Sparkling light fixtures, plush lounge seating, and European style bedding are just some of the features that hint at The Alise's glamour.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is a $25 a night amenity fee on top of the room rates
Small rooms feature dark wood floors and white plush bedding accented by golds, yellows, and soft white lights. Pineapple themed comforts, including Boca Terry bathrobes, slippers (which can be taken home), coffee mugs, and one big pineapple pillow, let guests relax in style. The mattresses are heavenly, while individual duvets allow partners to enjoy a full night sleep without tugging on the blankets. All rooms have large windows, and some rooms have city views.
Corner room 711 has the best city view.
Sleek and modern bathrooms are furnished with marble tiles, large mirrors, and glass walk-in showers featuring Tommy Bahama hair and body care products.
Shining gold and silver decor coupled with afternoon pineapple cupcakes and “big-ass dessert” samples make this lobby feel like a royal retreat.
YOU SHOULD KNOW A red grand player piano, hidden on the mezzanine, is open for guests to play.
The Pineapple Bistro & Bar, located in the lobby, serves breakfast, coffee, and snacks at a reasonable price. A dinner menu is in-progress. Most food and drinks are made from scratch in-house. For a light bite, the housemade granola is delectable.
Getting around by foot is easy, though The Alise offers yellow beach cruisers for the adventurous. Union Square is only three blocks away (a ten-minute walk). Shopping, restaurants, bars, and art galleries are also within walking distance. There are several options for exploring outside of Union Square, including the cable car, trolley, BART trains and Muni bus, all within a short walk.
Fino Ristorante & Bar (3-minute walk) serves Italian cuisine in large portions. Don’t miss the mouth-watering linguine puttanesca. For high-end seafood, try the dining room at Farallon (5-minute walk) and marvel at the jellyfish chandeliers.
Next door is Jones (1-minute walk), a lively indoor-outdoor bar and restaurant. Around the corner, take a glimpse into the 1920’s at the speakeasy, Bourbon and Branch (1-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Aside from the glamorous and quirky style, the hotel staff is exceptionally hospitable, and the complimentary desserts are a huge bonus. All wrapped with an unbeatable location, The Alise is a solid property to relax in style.
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