We are often told not to “mix business with pleasure”, however to its credit the InterContinental San Francisco has been able to do just that.
The hotel is located in San Francisco’s multifaceted South of Market (aka SoMa) district, where tech-savvy entrepreneurs rub elbows with well-read bohemian types, and museum curators share the sidewalks with ill-groomed individuals. Only a short stroll from the financial district, several museums, plenty of shopping and the Powell Street BART station the InterContinental is one of the best value “all rounder” hotels in San Francisco.
With the Moscone West Convention Center directly next door, 21 meeting rooms and 2 spectacular ballrooms you have all the resources at your fingertips to accommodate your most important business needs.
While its convenience for business travellers is unrivalled, San Francisco’s newest luxury hotel is also within easy walking distance of Union Square, hip bars, clubs, specialty coffee cafes and a number of major San Francisco tourist attractions. Room service is available around the clock and the spa boasts 10 treatment rooms, a couples room, and a Vichy Shower experience.
The InterContinental had to work hard to gain its reputation as one of San Fransisco’s premier hotels. Built in 2008 the 32-story InterContinental was the newest luxury hotel in two decades to hit the San Franciscan skyline. Some critics likened the glassy turquoise hotel to a deodorant stick, a gigantic Popsicle and even a futuristic toaster.
However once inside its hard to deny the impressive 180 degree floor-to-ceiling window views over the bay and city skyline. The décor is clean and contemporary, with inoffensive browns and beige. Rooms are elegantly appointed with rich wood and marble, striking contemporary art, sleek, stylish furniture, and the latest high-tech amenities.
WHAT SETS IT APART
Next to the lobby is ‘Luce’ a reasonably priced Michelin star restaurant serving artisanal California cuisine and ‘Bar 888’, a cozy lounge which specialises in grappa.
On the 6th floor is Club InterContinental – a private lounge and business centre where guests can find a continental breakfast, afternoon tea and happy hour (the club fee is $80 a couple).
This hotel is a great escape to rest your tired legs after conquering the gruelling San Franciscan hills or attending a conference. While not the crème of the crop, but most definitely not slumming it, the stunning views and comfortable rooms make it a luxe getaway we would definitely recommend for business travellers and shoppers alike.
Standard rooms start at $229 through the reservations desk, though discounts can be found online.
The InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard Street; (888) 811-4273; www.intercontinentalsanfrancisco.com