Find solace from the bustling Union Square in this historic property that has been housing travelers since 1913. Constructed by City Hall and Coit Tower's architect Arthur Brown Jr., this classic retains the original chandelier in the lobby and other touches like carved griffons guarding guest rooms. Greek columns line the lobby, pointing guests toward the onsite restaurant, Bota, or the European Bar. Sophistication reigns in guest rooms, which blend antique headboards with technological necessities.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This property is in the heart of Union Square, so anticipate street noise and bring earplugs.
Small rooms evoke an aristocratic feel with geometric wallpaper, black-and-white framed historic photos curated by the San Francisco Public Library, and hearty wooden furnishings in Beaux-Arts style. Antique headboards and armoires, all accented with contemporary design elements, retain that historic charm, while also hinting at the mod-style of the designers.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is a daily charge for Wi-Fi. For those who don't want to fork over the cash, most nearby cafes offer a connection for free.
All rooms feature bathrobes, slippers, marble sinks and back-lit vanity mirrors.
Step back into the early 1900s to enter the opulent lobby, draped with rich textiles done up in sunset hues. The original chandelier guards the reception desk but don't mistake the tribute to the past as stuffy, especially since the addition of Bota restaurant.
Guests have access to an off-site fitness center.
The Spanish inspired Bota caters to an international crowd with tapas and European wines. Don't miss their rabbit paella, and the sangria. They serve breakfast (the Spanish tortilla is quite delicious), dinner and weekend brunch in their dimly-lit dining room.
Sip Spanish wines at Bota, or join the after-work crowd at the European Bar. Populate a banquette and order gin-based cocktails like the Gibraltar passport while you share calamari or shishito peppers.
Like most Union Square properties, parking rates are high ($52 plus tax per night). Leave the car at home and take advantage of this walking city. Hop on Muni or BART trains at Powell Street Station (5-minute walk). Buses and the cable car stop nearby.
Local favorite for seasonal salads, Roman-style pizza, and meats is Delarosa (8-minute walk). Fans of Chinese cuisine will appreciate the steamed seafood dumplings or the crispy duck salad at Hakkasan (9-minute walk).
Hit up one of San Francisco's most hopping clubs Mezzanine (8-minute walk) to hear DJs spin anything from dance to New Wave on themed nights. Closer to the hotel, lounge on couches to sip bubbly and vino at Resolute (3-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
The historic ambiance spruced up with modern touches in the heart of Union Square proves worth the splurge.