W San Francisco immediately had this examiner’s vote because she knew her friends would tease her later when they saw the W on top of the pink neon Christmas tree. But the experience would offer so much more than that.
Mom and I stayed on the 28th floor, at the end, overlooking the currently closed-for-renovation Museum of Modern Art. That seemed to thrill Mom, an art lover and weekend artist, who told me she had read that it reopens this coming spring. Even with its closure, views of the architecture from up above were still striking – modular cutouts jig-jagging, a colorful mural screaming from several stories down.
It would be the view from the eastern-facing window that would tickle me, though, with its panoramic sweep of the bay and Bay Bridge. It was slightly unsettling to see all the cranes and skyscrapers, but that’s the native in me, who has found so many changes since departing for LA in 1995.
Inside our King suite, the turquoise cushions on semi-daybeds at the window animated a simple decorating scheme, with white branches above the mantle, a mod lime-and-ivory wooden cabinet bursting with goodies (bar, flat screen TV, etc.), and a spectacular bed touting down pillows.
Pure luxury, albeit with a couple glitches: the television should be moved so one faces it while lying in bed; and wireless isn’t free except for one time in the lobby. I asked about a business center, and someone downstairs mistakenly told me that it would be complimentary on the 3rd floor. It wasn’t. I think a bit over six bucks for the lowest rate and amount of time.
One plus, though, was the modern and well-appointed bathroom, from its generous metal bowl sink to the Bliss bath products (purrrrr!), a super bath and shower with decent water pressure and plenty of puffy towels. The hotel is eco- friendly and conscious, so skip the request for extra linens.
Parking is pricy unless you get an inclusive deal, so we took a cab from the Richmond District, which most people can’t do. If you are lucky enough to make these arrangements, you will save money. Or better yet, just take the 38 Geary a couple blocks up.
The hotel offers fine dining at its Trace restaurant, a fireside bar, and a Pac Man machine for those of us trying to relive our youths, or for those whose parents introduced them to it. Millennials can hit several clubs in the area, from Temple Nightclub to Infusion Lounge. The hotel is also right cross the street from the Jewish Museum.
Our room went for about $275 a night, but rooms can be much cheaper or more expensive.
W San Francisco is part of a worldwide chain of hotels, for more info including holiday deals, visit: www.wsanfrancisco.com