During a business trip in September, I added a few extra nights for personal travel, and ventured north to San Francisco. I couldn’t wait for my first Kimpton experience, and it didn’t disappoint! I loved it the minute I walked into the hotel. Referred to as a boutique style of hotel, this property in the Kimpton collection centers around pop culture and art! The lobby (referred to as the living room) features colorful furnishings where guests may enjoy the complimentary wine hour nightly at 5pm.
Check-in was friendly and quick, and I was on my way to the 4th floor. Even the halls featured vibrant and funky colors. My room was fresh and clean and bright. The bathroom vanity and mirrors sparkled, and ample and trendy lighting was everywhere. The room featured a work desk (great for looking up area attractions in this case, or getting work done if you must), a flat screen TV, a comfortable queen bed (I slept great), relaxing chair (to contemplate your next move), a mini-bar (refresh yourself) and individually controlled AC and heat unit. As a member of their free loyalty program, I enjoyed complimentary Wireless Internet in my guest room – it worked ok considering I was in a room at the end of the hall and it stayed connected.
With a few hours to spare before Wine Hour, after relaxing with the treats immediately delivered to my room, I went exploring. Outside the front door, to either side, dining options from casual to upscale. Around the corner, cafes abound for a quick coffee or breakfast. By foot, you can walk the city to your heart’s content, and it’s roughly a 12 minute walk to the Montgomery Street BART station, with direct travel to/from SFO (I took BART from SFO and walked to the hotel with my rolling luggage and laptop). Steps from the hotel entrance is Chinatown, and I was just a few blocks from a wonderful piano bar (Zingari) at the place I stayed when I first visited San Francisco in 1994. Back by 5pm, I indulged both nights of my stay for Wine hour. Traveling solo, it served as the perfect way to meet other guests, chit-chat, or just watch the people pass by on the sidewalk. By morning, the hotel offers complimentary coffee in the lobby. Again, options for food are everywhere, some literally steps outside the front door.
The Hotel Triton is an excellent choice for the seeker of independent and/or historic lodging! This vintage building hails to the early 1900’s – but is fully remodeled with every modern amenity. Because of its age, rooms are size appropriate not only for the time period, but for the price paid in the heart of the city. If your style is very traditional or conservative (or bland), you may be better off with other ‘standard fare’ hotel options. If you have the least bit of interest in art, conversation, history, being independent, trying new things, and experiencing the word unique, absolutely visit the Triton!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Triton is a creative vision made real. Sprung from the imaginations of San Francisco artists, the Hotel Triton is a colorful and ever-current showcase of the pop culture that keeps this city vibrant. It is a welcoming wonderland that cares for you as if you were the Greek god for which the hotel is named. Across from the Chinatown gates, the Hotel Triton is conveniently located near San Francisco's top destinations and attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kimpton San Francisco