SAN FRANCISCO ●Hotels●Financial District
Hyatt Regency San Francisco 5 Embarcadero Center/Market St. 17 stories; 802 rooms. 1 restaurant; room service. Exercise room. No pets. Valet- and self-parking. This elegant and stunning hotel resembles a pyramid on the outside, and every room has a view of either the city or the bay. Nifty glass elevators run the 17-story height of what is the world’s largest atrium lobby (they are famous for their role in the “Towering Inferno” movie). Guest rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, and Pulse Point Oil, Face and Pillow Mist, and Foot Cream amenities are available by request--I fell in love with them! All rooms have a white noise machine, which I also really liked, especially the ocean channel, but my room was so quiet I didn’t need it. Staying in the Regency Club category includes all-day snacks--light bites and skinny cocktails as well as a buffet breakfast and freshly baked cookies—along with the extraordinary view that comes on the top level of the hotel in what once was a revolving restaurant. Conveniently, one end of the California Street cable car line loads just outside the front entrance, and the Ferry Building, Embarcadero shops and movie theater, and Exploratorium are just a short walk away.
Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco 222 Sansome St./Pine St. 48 stories; 158 rooms. Health spa; fitness room. 2 restaurants; room service. Valet parking. Located in the heart of the Financial District, this luxury hotel’s lobby and restaurants occupy the first two floors of a skyscraper. Guest rooms are in twin towers on the top 11 floors of the 48-story building (it is the third-tallest building in San Francisco). This translates into quiet rooms with stupendous views. Furnishings are contemporary, with an oriental flair, and upon check-in a pot of hot jasmine tea is delivered to the room. All bathrooms are stocked with fine English soaps and lotions, and some bathtubs feature a city view--permitting bathers to literally soak up the sights.
An afternoon Asian tea service, with snacks in a bento box and tea in a cast-iron pot, is presented in MO BAr.