San Francisco Hotels, Part 2
By jack.flynn on Jun 20, 2008
The City's Hippest Hotels
Your hotel says something about you. Some pay to be pampered at a classy place. Others plug in their laptops at a businessperson's hotel. We're guessing you're another type altogether: the hip traveler. Otherwise you would've made reservations at your favorite (INSERT HOTEL TYPE OF CHOICE) last year.
No, you're looking for something else.
You're thinking, "How can I do San Francisco right?" We have some suggestions. After conducting a poll of our coolest friends, reading all the local trend rags, and actually hitting the San Francisco scene to see and be seen, we offer a couple options for the funk-o-tech in you. Of course, rates, services, and amenities vary, as do your chances of running into members of Green Day at the bar or Mayor Gavin Newsom at the restaurant.
Hotels with an asterisk (*) are on the list of Oracle OpenWorld 2008 official conference hotels. They offer special rates to attendees.
Where the hip techie stays ...
The staff writes personal guidebooks to San Francisco. Rooms are packed with electronics. Upscale and fashion-conscious travelers look especially good sitting around the lobby in overstuffed chairs.
If you'd like to pretend you're Montgomery Clift or Joan Crawford having a weird dream, Hotel Bijou is it. They show a free nightly double feature, and all the rooms are named after movies shot in San Francisco.
Towering foyer designed to contain the equally towering aspirations, and budgets, that pass through this Philippe Stark-designed beacon for the jet set. The Redwood Room bar is a San Francisco landmark, and the Asia de Cuba restaurant has a global following.
Rooms can be small, but comfortable and high tech. Location can't be beat.
Cool San Francisco with dreams of being Paris. Great interior spaces and a terrific restaurant. Ultra convenient for the tech-chic convention attendee.
Stay in a room designed by Jerry Garcia. How cool is that? No, really.
They cater to the young and hip (read: have money and don't mind spending it), yet offer reasonably priced accommodations, many with terrific views of the Bay. The restaurant/bar is itself a destination.
Other hip hotels:
But if you just need a place to rest your pocket protector ...
Your friends at Oracle are here to help. Here are a few more links to accommodations in San Francisco.
Oracle OpenWorld '08 hotels link
Google OpenWorld Hotel Map
For our favorite 2.0 word from the street, check out Yelp.com
Check out our previous post on luxury hotels