A few years ago I visited San Francisco and I walked by an extra nice hotel and noted the Palomar name. Last month I finally got around to staying there.
From SF International Airport to the center of town you can take a cab, a shuttle, a bus or BART.
I chose the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) as my method of reaching central San Franciso because all I had to drag on wheels was my carry-on bag. The fare was $5.10 or $5.20. It takes half an hour. As you go up the esculator from the Powell Street station you can see the sign for the Palomar. Can't beat that. Half a block walk and you are there. Map it online ahead of time.
I was early for my reservation but the staff got me directed to my room. It faced away from the street and over a glass atrium. It was also a bit cramped. I could be in any hotel in the country with this view. I went back to the lobby and asked for a better room. For $20.00 a night more I got a slightly larger room that overlooked Market Street, a main San Franciso street. Granted I did hear some street musicians through the window in the evening but stuff like this stops at around 10 PM. I had three quiet nights of sleep.
I can't say enough nice things about the staff. Want an opinion about a restaurant? You can get several. It happens that the historic, reasonably priced John's Grill is only a couple of blocks away.
As for the room again. It was clean.
No walk-in shower but a nice bath.
Nice, light cover for the bed so you can see how clean it is.
Kind of weird to have two desk chairs. Great if you are going to have a couple of visitors to your room.
Reading lights for bed reading could be better (as with most hotels).
Mattress was comfortable as were the pillows.
NY Times delivered to the door. At check out I was told I could have gotten a SF paper if I had told them.
I have to admit that the room didn't have any cutting edge design features like I have seen in Park Hyatts or Westins but it had a nice contemporay look and I felt it was a notch higher than the standard HIlton, domestic Radisson or Sheraton.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Named one of the world's top 500 hotels by Travel + Leisure, the centrally located Hotel Palomar San Francisco offers a sophisticated urban sanctuary. This luxury boutique hotel occupies a beautiful historic building five floors above the bustling city streets. Showcasing the acclaimed Fifth Floor restaurant, the hotel is within easy walking distance of Union Square, Moscone Center, the Financial District, the thriving SOMA district and the best of San Francisco's theaters, shops and galleries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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