SF Hotels

15 01 2008

So you’re coming to visit The City and which hotel should you stay?

Hotel Tomo in Fillmore – Lobby’s vending machines sell anime toys.  125 rooms with bean bag chairs, glow in the dark desk vlotters and manga murals. Video game suites have 6′ screens and PS3 consoles. On Tuesday nights, all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu. But popular with small children so watch out. 1800 Sutter. 888-822-8666, from US$139

Sir Francis Drake in Union Square – Beefeater uniform clad doormen. 417 small rooms with curved walls. Pet-friendly floor and free yoga kits (to borrow). Sunday brunch with drag show. Piles of tourists checking in. Post-work partiers in the lobby bar. 450 Powell St. 450 Powell St. 800-795-7129. From US$139

Hotel Beresford in the Tenderloin – Original woodwork and period furnishings. Writing desk in a parlour off the main lobby. Refurbished 114 rooms with crown moulding and colonial style door frames. Hallways lined with photos of popular city sights. White House Tavern & Restaurant for pre-theater dinner. Not that friendly. 635 Sutter St. 800-533-6533. From US$89.

Orchard Garden Hotel near Chinatown and North Beach – City Lights bookstore. Italian neighbourhood. Earth-friendly from fluoro bulbs. Soy ink to print on bills. Lobby of reconstructed cement. 86 rooms with headboards of sustainable maple. Toilet paper recycled. Wi-Fi. iPod docking stations. Key cards that turn on electricity when you enter the room. Too much leaf patterning all over. 466 Bush St. 888-717-2881. From US$189.

Galleria Park Hotel in Financial District – Renovated last march. Victorian crystal skylights. Art nouveau fire place. 177 luxury rooms with gossamer curtains, leather head boards and clocks with MP3-player hookups. 3rd floor outdoor terrace with landscaped jogging track connecting to the Crocker Shopping Galleria. Walk one block north to Belden place for eats. Cafe Bastille has jazz Fridays. 191 Sutter St. 800-792-9639. From US$149.

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