San Francisco Hotels, Part 3
By jack.flynn on Jul 07, 2008
Staying Close to the Action
Our last hotel blog is about choice. You come to San Francisco; you’ve got choices. It’s what San Francisco is all about. Choose your coffee: organic, organic-fair-trade, organic-fair-trade-shade-grown, organic-fair-trade-shade-grown-biodynamic—or just go for whatever they serve at breakfast. Choose the Giants or the A’s. Choose tie-dye (plenty still do) or pinstripes.
So, you may choose to stay someplace really deluxe. Someplace that understands your black-perigord-truffle soufflé (served, perhaps, in a rich venison demi-glace) goes just fine with a Palmina Alisos 2004.
On the other hand, you may not want much more than a clean bed, warm shower, and maybe an instant-coffee packet in your room. You won’t have to justify anything to the bean counters.
Fortunately, you have choices either way. And either way, you’ll be in San Francisco; you’ll be at Oracle OpenWorld 2008.Our final list gets you pretty close to Moscone Center, where the event takes place. Also, check out the links to previous blogs. Because a few of the hotels on those lists are close by.
Hotels with an asterisk (*) are on the list of Oracle OpenWorld 2008 official conference hotels. They offer special rates to attendees.
Hotels that are downtown-y or near Moscone ...
Grand Hyatt San Francisco*
Hotel, capital-H. Big. Expansive. Waves of international tourists are constantly surging through the towering lobby. Although during Oracle OpenWorld, it’ll probably just be a bunch of your friends.
InterContinental San Francisco*
A 32-story tower of blue glass that forms a nexus of every conceivable luxury, accommodation, service, amenity, and provision. The restaurant is run by an all-star chef; the bar serves all-star drinks to the little-black-dress/Prada loafer crowd.
Sir Francis Drake*
This is the granddaddy of refinement, all bathed in the warm familiarity of old San Francisco money. Go to Harry Denton’s Starlight Room to see women actually wearing disco dresses and fur.
W San Francisco*
For the sophisticated techie. It’s right across from Moscone Center and Yerba Buena Gardens. The scene is vibrant, the bar and restaurant are lively, and the hotel prides itself on the world’s most comfortable bed.
Conveniently close to Moscone Center. It houses one of San Francisco’s finest restaurants, The Fifth Floor. If you want to eat there, make your reservations and secure financing now.
Other hotels close by Moscone:
Courtyard by Marriott—San Francisco Downtown*
Hilton Financial District*
Hilton San Francisco*
Marriott San Francisco*
Parc" 55 Hotel*
Westin San Francisco Market Street*
Or, you can do your own research ...
Here are a few links to accommodations in San Francisco.
Oracle OpenWorld 2008 hotels link
For our favorite 2.0 word from the street, check out Yelp.com