San Francisco Hotels, Part 2

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 ...

Hotel Adagio*
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.

Hotel Bijou
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.

Clift Hotel*
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.

Hotel Diva*
Rooms can be small, but comfortable and high tech. Location can't be beat.

Hotel Monaco*
Cool San Francisco with dreams of being Paris. Great interior spaces and a terrific restaurant. Ultra convenient for the tech-chic convention attendee.

Hotel Triton*
Stay in a room designed by Jerry Garcia. How cool is that? No, really.

Hotel Vitale*
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:

Galleria Park Hotel*
Hotel Rex
Orchard Garden Hotel*
W San Francisco*

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
Check out our previous post on luxury hotels


Damn !! Two posts on SF Hotels and I don't see the "Nikko" hotel I registered to... Is it that bad ?

Posted by Sebastien THOMAS on July 02, 2008 at 04:27 PM PDT #

Hi Sebastien, Actually, you made a great choice. Hotel Nikko is an Oracle OpenWorld 2008 official conference hotel, and it will be included in the final post of our hotel series. Keep an eye peeled for "San Francisco Hotels, Part 3: Staying Close to the Action." In the meantime, check out the Yelp reviews. Thanks for your comment.

Posted by Jack Flynn on July 03, 2008 at 02:20 AM PDT #

Your Oracle blog team is here for you. This is what we've heard about Hotel Nikko. People love the location; it's between Moscone Center and Union Square and an easy walk to either. The hotel is surrounded by great places to eat, shop, and browse. They say the staff is very accommodating, that the rooms on the Imperial floor have great views, and that the Japanese breakfast is terrific. Wifi is free in your room. See you at Oracle OpenWorld 2008.

Posted by Richard Levitt on July 03, 2008 at 02:51 AM PDT #

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