When I travel there is little I like more than getting up really, really high to get my bearings. Whether I am up a mountain, or up on a roof, I feel as though the world is my oyster. Failing that, I’ll happily settle for a room with a view.
On my last trip to California back at the beginning of November, I scored pretty lucky. First there was The Fairmont in San Francisco, perched on the tip of Nob Hill, and then there was the brand, spanking new Hotel InterContinental where my corner room on the 23rd floor (out of 32 stories) had 180 degree views of the city, up towards the Bay, and down across SoMa.
And the best thing is that the hotel is not overlooked at all, so you need not fear putting on a show for the neighbours. I had fallen asleep with the curtains open, so that I could watch the city by night — better than any television show, (I shot the video below at night, where you can see the city lights flickering for miles), and so I woke to clear blue skies and the promise of a glorious day.
The hotel itself is one of San Francisco’s newest and shiniest. With 550 rooms, it’s not small, but it’s cleverly designed so it still feels intimate in scale. There’s a Michelin starrred restaurant, Luce, on the ground floor, and a bar that serve more types of grappa than I will ever see again. It’s perfectly situated for concentrated sightseeing, being just a few blocks below Market, and a matter of minutes from Union Square, the Powell cable car stop and MoMA, as well as the Moscone Convention Center right next door.
Back to my room. When I could tear my eyes from the floor to ceiling glass windows (all the rooms have them, so I recommend asking for a room as high up as you can go to maximise your views), I had a wonderful time poking around: as the hotel is a new-build, it’s been very carefully thought out, with power points just where you need them, a fabulous bathroom with tub placed so you can look out the windows, and a bed of extreme squishy comfort. I slept the sleep of the just after a day of hardcore cable car riding, museum gazing and general exploration. God I love San Francisco.
(If reading this on email or from a reader do click through to watch my video of my room.)
INTERCONTINENTAL SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL
888 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
LLG was a guest of the InterContinental San Francisco