I’m lucky enough to have already visited today’s dream destination, however, I’ll shortly be returning there and thought I’d share a couple of hotels, whilst asking you guys for your trip tips!
Last time Pete and I went we were on honeymoon, and spent 4 nights at The Clift, a Phillipe Stark design hotel in the Morgans Hotel group, which we loved. The rooms are super glamorous while also still being cosy, which was perfect as the windy city can be quite temperamental with its pacific coast and bay climate.
If you’re a foodie, then the hotel restaurant was immense. Previously Asia de Cuba, it’s now The Velvet Room. Next door is the equally famous Redwood Room, where the long bar is supposedly carved from a single giant redwood tree and backed by antique mirrors, along with literally EVERY cocktail ingredient known to man. The asian style fusion food was amongst the best I’ve had – Pete and I ate there one night and not only felt like minor celebs, as the clientele were clearly movers and shakers, but completely pigged out on the tasting menu with course after course of sample dishes.
The other fun thing about The Clift is the quirky decor. Blending industrial edge with glamourous touches like the aforementioned bar, there are pieces scattered throughout the hotel that give a slightly alice in wonderland feel and make the place feel unique.
This time around we’ll be staying at the Hotel Vitale, a Joie de Vivre hotel in the newly regenerated Embarcadero area of the city. I love being by the sea and as the rest of our trip would be thoroughly landlocked, I wanted to get some bay area air and view before heading inland. Odds are, the weather won’t be great but if it is there’s a gorgeous deck area to enjoy drinks on and the rooms look exactly up my street, quietly luxurious.
The Embarcadero area is right next the the ferry building and hosts the city’s food market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, making it a mecca for foodies and packed full of gourmet destinations. As Californian cuisine is amongst my favourite I can’t wait to try a few of them out. We’re going to try and find the sea lions on the pier head and have a bowl of the amazing chowder in sour dough bread bowls.
So, tell me, have you been to San Francisco and did you stay anywhere worthy of a mention? We did a lot of the major tourist things to do last time around (Union Square, the SF MoMA, a theatre trip to see Wicked, Alcatraz and cycling the Golden Gate bridge to Sausolito,) so this time we’re looking to get off the beaten track a little and see the real San Francisco. I’d love to hear your tips and insider recommendations or if we missed anything last time.