Fodor's Expert Review The St. Regis San Francisco
125 3rd St., San Francisco, California 94103, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice
Across from Yerba Buena and the MOMA, favored by celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Al Gore, St. Regis San Francisco is at once luxurious and modern. The stylish lobby houses the signature restaurant, a bar, and the entrance to the Museum of the African Diaspora. A decadent spa with a pool, 24-hour butler service in some rooms, and a commitment to service lure the world's royalty.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some Fodorites complain of long waits for valet service, so call for your car well in advance.
San Francisco's most expensive standard rooms feature subdued cream colors, textured walls, and window seats offering epic city views. Technological amenities abound with 42-inch plasma-screen TVs, bedside guest digital assistants that handle everything from raising the motorized window shades to controlling the entertainment systems to providing weather and other electronic information, and Bose sound systems. All suites (and some room categories) offer 24-hour butler service.
Baths, with limestone tiling, have deep soaking tubs, TVs, and separate showers with rain showerheads.
The lobby's fog-inspired furnishings masterminded by interior designer Theresa Fatino can be seen through a double sided fireplace guarding the entrance. Guests sip fanciful cocktails in the lobby bar, where you might catch a sighting of visiting celebs.
The area around the 50-foot lap pool, filled with natural light and bubbling water sounds, is a stunning essay in bright white. This indoor saltwater infinity pool and adjoining whirlpool are popular with the post-massage crowd.
The two-level Remede Spa boasts nine treatment rooms. Signature treatments like the Bay to Breakers athletic recovery massage, or the java brush body masque might be costly, but they are sure to delight.
The 5700-square-foot fitness center features cardio machines, weights, and state-of-the-art equipment. Personal trainers are available upon request.
Guests can reserve the private yoga and Pilates room.
At Grill, enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner atop white tablecloths. The mint green cushioned couches and chairs enhance their signature dish--a grilled salmon bathed in a celery root and green garlic foam.
White wingback chairs dot the Lobby Lounge, where guests sip scotch and nibble on cheese plates. Their seasonal Art of Tea experience (or the fun Art of Bubbly) celebrates the Duchess of Bedford's mid-afternoon tradition with sweet and savory treats like duck confit quiche or a rhubarb crumble.
With a nightly parking fee of $60-$70, many opt to leave their wheels behind. Walkers, especially convention-goers, will find most everything within walking distance, including the Powell Street Station (5-minute walk), where you can hop on Muni or BART trains to access the beaches, Golden Gate Park, and even the San Francisco Zoo. Because of construction traffic, Uber or Lyft might be a better choice than a taxi.
Those with money to spend should reserve well in advance for Corey Lee's tasting menu at Benu (4-minute walk). Keep your fingers crossed that his Thousand Year Egg is on the menu. At Mourad (4-minute walk), the Moroccan short ribs, outstanding cocktail list, and the lofty space make this wildly popular restaurant worth the price tag. Thad Vogler's award-winning restaurant Bar Agricole (12-minute drive) continues to lure in-the-know eaters with exquisite crafting of traditional faves like spaghetti or burgers.
Bars abound in the area, with most every hotel boasting some fun cocktail list to lure in the masses. Step into the past at Local Edition (3-minute walk) with live jazz, classic cocktails, and a great wine list. Wine lovers appreciate the spacious digs at Press Club (4-minute walk) for a taste of California's abundance of local vino.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Sophistication in the heart of SOMA, St. Regis San Francisco prides itself on catering to the needs of guests (and their pets) with outstanding service and luxurious decor.
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