Mid-Market, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Proper
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What it is
A Kelly Wearstler-designed, 131-room gem in the Mid-Market district, with a rooftop bar dotted with fireplaces.
What it isn't
A new build. The historic, triangular building is chockablock with charm, including rococo plasterwork and soaring ceilings in the art-filled lobby.
What we think
Hotels with style to spare can be surprisingly rare in the city by the bay, which is why this one is such delicious eye candy. Guest rooms look sprung from the pages of a European design magazine, with mixed pattern prints in steely hues, sculptural lamps and plenty of pampering touches (California-made mattresses, Italian linens, Vifa bluetooth speakers, and a mini-bar full of locally made eats). Friends traveling together rave about the Bunk Rooms, which have walnut bunk beds that recall the glamour of old world rail travel. Want to splurge? Ask for the Premier Suite, a 533-square-foot triangular room with a panoramic overlook of the skyline.
You're here because
The hotel has a fleet of loaner Shinola bikes for whirling around town, plus a sleek gym stocked with Peletons and other schmancy machines.
After an afternoon of buzzing around the bay—and huffing and puffing up the steepest possible hills—you’re spent. Only one thing can revive you: a sunset cocktail with a view. On the hotel roof 120 feet above the city, you feel a bit like the free bird you saw taking wing over Ghirardelli Square...if not for the Proper Cup (Pimms) cocktail in your hand.
Restaurants & Bars
Villon - the hyper-seasonal menu reflects twists on S.F.’s culinary culture and bounty
Charmaine's - a greenery-laced rooftop bar with inventive cocktails, a living room, fire pits and patio
La Bande - a light and bright cafe serving top-notch coffee and small bites
San Francisco’s Mid-Market district, a quick walk (or even zippier trolley ride) from Union Square and the SF Museum of Modern Art.