Thursday Nov 27, 2008

Matthew and the Cable Car

I took BART out to SFO today to get my son, Matthew, who flew in from OKC. Very convenient. Just walked down from Nob Hill to the Powell Street Station, boarded BART, got out at the end of the line, took an automated shuttle, and that was it.

We rode back from the airport the same way. However, to get back up to the hotel, we took a cable car up Powell Street. When I was getting in line to get tickets, a girl offered me two three-day pass tickets. She and her friend had used two days, were leaving, and didn't need the third. I said sure and asked her if she wanted anything for them. She said nope, and, just to make the experience more pleasant, "Happy Thanksgiving".

Indeed.

Matthew's room is on the fifth floor looking out at the Transamerica Building and surrounding skyline, with a wonderfully illuminated Coit Tower in the background. Looking straight down, he can see both the Powell and California cable car lines, which cross right outside the hotel.

The room itself is wonderfully updated, just like mine. I have to say that Marriott did a wonderful job in restoring the Stanford Court, which finished a $35 million dollar renovation earlier this month. A fantastic combination of old and new.

This is the first time he's ever spent more than a day in The City. I think it is a great way to start.

(I'm also blown away that each of our rooms are only $115 a night... a special price through their website.)


For dinner, we walked down California towards Van Ness Avenue, walked over to Hyde, and ate at the Nob Hill Grille. The food was great. And, for desert, I had one of the best cupcakes I've ever eaten.

After dinner, we once again made use of our cable car passes and caught a ride back up the hill. This time, we sat on the outside benches.


The streets aren't nearly as busy as I remember them, or would expect them to be during the holiday season. Also, the receptionist told me that there are floors in the hotel that are closed... just not enough people registered to keep them all open.

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