Intercontinental Hotel San Francisco
In an industry filled with stiff competition and in a city that hosts some of the world’s most infamous properties, one would think that the relatively new kid on the block would be shaking in its shiny new boots. The Intercontinental San Francisco, however, has redefined the heights of metropolitan luxury and excellence in service to the point where it is making the old kids tremble look drearily outdated and archaic. Forget whatever Intercontinental hotels you may have seen in the rest of the world. This one sets the standards.
With 32 stories of translucent azure blue glass, the Intercontinental has already become one of the City by the Bay’s most recognizable landmarks. With an enviable location in the heart of downtown San Francisco, the hotel offers the best of both the business district as well as world-class shopping and dining at its doorstep. As much as there is to experience in America’s most beautiful city, guests will find it difficult to leave the confines of the hotel, with gloriously airy rooms that feature floor to ceiling windows with breathtaking views of the city.
Streamlined modern elegance is the tone here, with rich woods and marble enveloping both guest suites and opulent bathrooms with soaking tubs. With plush beds and luxurious linens that are amongst the industry’s finest, the Intercontinental SF spares nothing in providing guests with the ultimate San Franciscan journey.
Restaurant Luce and Bar 888 are both quickly becoming Bay Area favorites and deservedly so with exquisite cuisine (you can find me there every month), decadent and innovative desserts, extensive wine and specialty drinks list with a sophisticated yet warm ambiance. For guests needing to unwind, the fabulous I Spa offers the best of traditional treatments while the 24 hour state of the art health club and (one of the city’s only) indoor heated lap pool are serene oases in a metropolitan city.
Between the gorgeous views, sumptuous interiors and top of the line amenities, it’s easy to grow spoiled here. What makes this hotel stand out among so many others though, more than anything else in its impressive arsenal of offerings, is its incredibly gracious and warm service. Every staff member from housekeeping to dining to front desk projects genuine smiles and makes guests feel truly welcome and at home. It is this superlative service that will continue to place the Intercontinental SF above its competitors, evident in the one button all guests can dial to instantly reach a real live person, happy to talk to you, happy to grant your every request.