I just ran across the TripAdvisor listing for the Kensington Park Hotel and had to share a memory with the rest of my TripAdvisor family.
(FYI -- this is not a recent review) I started dating my wife in April of 1996. In September, we made our first trip together as a couple, and decided on San Francisco as a destination. I had contacted my travel agent and told him I wanted something romantic, close to everything and reasonably priced. He asked if I needed anything else and I suggested either a violinist or spanish guitar player in a courtyard playing up to her in the evenings. While the musicians never materialized, everything else was met to perfection with his booking of the Kensington Park for us.
Upon check-in, we were told that our travel agent had gotten us an upgrade. We took our keys and headed up to our floor. As I walked down the hallway, I read the room numbers, looking room #920: 912, 914, 916... the last two doors were marked "Presidential Suite." "No way," I thought and tried the key. The door opened on about 2000 square feet of opulence: lead crystal chandelier above the 12 person dining table, two full bathrooms with jacuzzi's, a reading/music area and an oversized king bed on a pedestal sitting four feet off the floor, with a control panel on the wall for the fireplace, television, lights and curtains! Wow!
The staff at the Kensington was nothing short of sensational. Everyone there offered their opinions on restaurants, tours, activities, shopping... they were all great! Here's a hot tip: there are 22 restaurants that will deliver to the Kensington Park! You never have to leave the hotel. I have a photograph of my wife lounging on a couch in our suite, looking like the cat who ate the canary! It's one of my favorite pictures of all time.
The Kensington Park Hotel was instrumental in the formation of a relationship that led to a great marriage and I will always look fondly on our days and nights there. While we haven't been back since, I am very happy to hear that the service and style of this grand San Francisco treat haven't changed.
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