Hotel Finds

Although no one refers to San Francisco as “The Paris of the West” these days, remnants from the “Summer of Love” can still be found. And since the city is perennially one of the most popular destinations in the states, it’s safe to assume that unsuspecting tourists do continue to lose their hearts here. A few recommendations, to assure that great tradition continues.


2901 Pacific Avenue, Pacific Heights

The Hotel Driscoe is situated in a secluded neighborhood within the Pacific Heights.

This 1903 Edwardian Hotel is situated in one of the most beautiful residential neighborhoods in San Francisco. The location is secluded and rumored to be a celebrity hideaway. Look out! Who knows who you might bump into along the quiet corridors.

Rooms are spacious and feature comfortable, overstuffed furniture.

Rooms are charmingly cozy, with overstuffed furniture and plush robes. A complimentary breakfast offers a wide range of choices and is elegantly served. Excellent wines are provided in the evening along with with artisan cheeses, charcuterie, fruit and hors d'oeuvres.

A complimentary breakfast and excellent wine service are available daily.

Guest room features include a pillow menu along with nightly turndown service. Luxury bath amenities from San Francisco perfume house, Agaria, are guest favorites as are the gourmet honor bars. Weekday morning chauffeur service can be arranged as well.


8 Mission Street, Embarcadero & Financial District

The Hotel Vitale might just have it all - chic design, views and proximity to city attractions.

This great little hotel just might have it all -- chic design, beguiling water and city views, with proximity to San Francisco's top attractions.

Terrace Suites, located on the top floor of the hotel, provide 663 feet of space and large private balconies overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Family Studios have sofa beds and a dining table for four. Additional room options are available. All guest rooms have limestone baths, a large Ergonomic desk & chair, and an honor bar.

Extra-roomy Terrace Suites have large private balconies with spectacular views.

The Americano Restaurant celebrates the essence of Italian farm-to-table cooking. An expansive outdoor patio is seasonally available for lunch, as well as in the evenings, for cocktails and lighter dining. The Cocktail Lounge is uniquely designed in a circular fashion to offer 180 degree panoramic views. It is a popular gathering spot for local business executives from the city's financial district. The hotel is also very near the Ferry Building and some of the city's best gourmet dining.

All guest rooms have luxurious limestone baths.

Spa Vitale provides a number of services including Thi Herbal Infusion, Stress Busters, and Massage Instructional Classes for Couples -- all to keep you feeling “vital” even after you leave.


335 Powell Street, Union Square

Visitors and locals have been "Meeting at the St. Francis" since the hotel opened in 1904.

Front facade of the St. Francis Hotel on Union Square.

The St. Francis Hotel opened in 1904 -- during the years San Francisco was still referred to as “The Paris of the West.” The structure sustained fires and earthquakes, but reopened in 1907 to become the largest hotel on the Pacific Coast.

In 2009, the hotel completed a $40-million renovation, updating all the guest rooms and common areas, while maintaining its turn-of-the-century Victorian appeal. The historic Main Building, has high ceilings, crystal chandeliers and crown molding. The rooms and suites in the Tower feature a modern design and commanding skyline views.

A $40-million renovation of all the hotel's guest rooms added high-tech features while maintaining historic charm.

Dining options include Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak and his lounge, the Clock Bar. (Read more about Michael Mina in Food Quest.) The historic Oak Room serves throughout the day. The St. Francis also offers a spa and full gym.

Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak is one of the dining options at the St. Francis.

The historic Clock Bar at the St. Francis.


665 Bush Street, Union Square

The Orchard Hotel is one of the few LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) hotels in the world.

Guest rooms are spacious with large wood desks and sitting areas.

The Daffodil Restaurant & Bar at the Orchard Hotel, located off Union Square.

A true 21st Century hotel, the Orchard was built in 2000 with grand architectural design -- think arched entryways, vaulted ceilings and stone floors. Guest rooms continue the design themes, with large wood desks, sitting areas and spacious baths. Other treats for guests include a mini-bar refrigerator with a separate dry snack tray, coffee makers and complimentary newspaper. Evening turndown service provides an extra touch of comfort.

The Daffodil Restaurant & Bar features the freshest local ingredients and produce from small farms. A great selection of California wines enhances the plates. The Orchard Hotel is one of the few LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) hotels in the world.


600 Stockton Street (at California St & Nob Hill)

Elegant Georgian exterior of the Ritz-Carlton on Nob Hill

The Ritz-Carlton Club Level provides gourmet dining service throughout the day.

The Parallel 37 restaurant presents contemporary food and a broad wine list.

One of San Francisco's great hotels for decades, the city’s Ritz-Carlton continues to provide luxury and service. A $12.5-million renovation in 2006 helped maintain the polish.

All rooms have featherbeds with 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton Frette sheets, flat-screen TV’s. Original artwork by local artists adds unique decoration to each interior. The Ritz-Carlton Club Level provides gourmet dining service throughout the day and access to a 24-hour business lounge. 60 full suites are available.

The Parallel 37 restaurant presents contemporary food and a broad wine list. The lounge features hand-crafted cocktails paired with small plates. A spa and fitness center are also on premises.


863 Bush Street, Nob Hill

All rooms at the Petite Auberge have fireplaces for chilly San Francisco evenings.

Who would expect to find a bit of Provence in the middle of San Francisco. But that’s exactly where you’ll find yourself transported at the Petite Auberge. Almost all the rooms have fireplaces -- welcome on almost any night in chilly San Francisco. Pretty chintz comforters and antique furniture add to the charm.

A full breakfast buffet and evening wine with hors d'oeuvres is complimentary. Fresh-baked cookies, coffee and tea are available through the day. The only thing sweeter is the rate.

Pretty chintz patterns and antique armoires add to the charm.

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