I've stayed at this property several times and every time I've had to book directly as my travel agent and various online reservation services invariably show no availability. This is not necessarily a bad thing because this allows you to reserve the exact type of room you want and ask specific questions about the floor, view etc. Try to ensure you have a view of the Bay Bridge on a high floor if you're willing to pay a little extra.
The location is fantastic, on the Embarcadero near great restaurants on the waterfront, off Market Street and Union Square and walking distance to much of the financial district. Unless you have a specific reason to be located elsewhere, most visitors will find this ideal. The hotel has a boutique feel to it and while serene in the early morning, there is a funky vibe after work when the bar fills up - especially in the warm season when there is outside seating. The staff is extremely friendly when engaged and they provided me with a temporary room to change following an overnight flight when my (larger) one was not ready. The rooms are clean and well-appointed with an very easy to regulate thermostat (a must have in US hotels). The beds are comfortable enough although I generally prefer more support.
The Americano Restaurant is excellent and service is very efficient early in the morning (fastest breakfasts in SF) although at times the service staff seemed to take a while to warm up. I recommend the wild mushroom scramble for brekkie and the pizzas/pasta for lunch or dinner.
The gym is tiny but for a nominal fee you can get full access to the 55,000 square foot YMCA a few minutes away with state of the art training equipment. Also, unless it is raining heavily outside you should be running along the water instead of on a treadmill.
My only other advice is book early to get a good choice of rooms and a good price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax and rejuvenate while enjoying our stunning water and city vistas, in-house spa with rooftop soaking tubs and signature Americano Restaurant & Bar. It's time for some "you" time.Our guestrooms offer luxurious limestone bathrooms, soothing color palettes, honor bars with decadent and healthful options, and the rejuvenating LATHER line of bath amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vitale Hotel San Francisco
- Hotel Vitale
- Vitale San Francisco