The eco-friendly Hotel Vitale occupies an enviable position at the foot of the Embarcadero, the eastern waterfront of the Bay of San Francisco.
The Vitale is an eco-inspired hotel where the main theme is that of vitality. This is showcased in all of the 200 rooms, which have limestone showers and noise machines echoing sounds of the ocean.
There is complimentary yoga and a Vitality Concierge to put guests in touch with 'wellness' experts, as well as a spa with three treatment rooms and penthouse-level private soaking tubs in a bamboo walled garden.
The Americano restaurant serves Italian-influenced Californian dishes, and spills out onto a terrace where the atmosphere comes alive.
Why We Love It
Hotel Vitale is a Certified Green Hotel by the City of San Francisco, so gets our vote.
St Regis San Francisco
Located in the SOMA district of San Francisco, the city's cultural hub, the St Regis is in the heart of this lively city.
The 260 bedrooms all have a contemporary décor, yet remain resolutely elegant. An arty factor is prominent throughout, examples being leather walls and a great art collection. While all rooms are great, the higher up they are the better the views. Some bedrooms have city views, with floor to ceiling windows and others overlook San Francisco Bay and the Yerba Buena Gardens.
The St Regis has two restaurants for guests to choose from, the chic Ame restaurant and the more casual Vitrine. The former focuses on New American cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, and has a sashimi bar. There is also a decanting station with a selection of award winning wines, and a super swanky bar which whips up great cocktails.
Service is key to the hotel's ethos, and butlers are on hand to unpack guest's bags or bring up a drink, and the concierge can help organise a day out and about in San Francisco. Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, a fantastic spa and a gym.
Why We Love It
A cable car stop is just a short stroll away and is a must do for views over the city.