After months of deliberation we eventually decided to start our 25th wedding anniversary trip in San Francisco, staying at the Hotel Monaco - we are so glad we did. The hotel is in a great location (not sure why people seem to think this is any more 'dodgy' than other areas, sadly we saw homeless people throughout our tour of the west coast) it is ideally placed for Union Square, shopping at the Westfield Center, the cable car terminus and the street cars(trams) which run along Market. The hotel is a chic boutique hotel, our room was beautiful (loved the animal print dressing gowns, umbrella, yoga map and handy sockets in the bedside tables), with the most comfortable king bed, but it is the welcome we received which sets the Hotel Monaco apart, from friendly helpful staff, to the bottle of champagne left in our room. We enjoyed the daily afternoon wine reception and had a scrumptious breakfast in The Grand Cafe.
We are on a mission to visit every state in the US, but are now reconsidering maybe our mission should be to visit every Kimpton hotel!!