Last week I had the opportunity to stay two nights at the St. Regis San Francisco courtesy of SPG American Express and the SPG Amex Stars blogger program for 2012. San Francisco was my staycation destination.
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While my stay specifically was at the St. Regis San Francisco, this post will share views of the city with photos I have taken over the past few years from rooms in each of the seven Starwood Hotels in San Francisco.
Westin Market Street San Francisco, SPG category 5
View down Third Street to AT&T Ball Park on the waterfront, home of the San Francisco Giants MLB team. Moscone Convention Center and Yerba Buena Park are right foreground, San Francisco MOMA Museum of Modern Art is left foreground with W San Francisco the tall white building at left.
The Palace Hotel San Francisco, Starwood Luxury Collection
SPG category 5
The Pied Piper of Hamlin is a 1909 Maxfield Parrish painting in the Pied Piper Bar of the Palace Hotel. Most rooms at The Palace Hotel do not have much of a scenic vista view of the city outside with the historic 9-story hotel dwarfed by newer skyscrapers all around.
The charm of the Palace is its interior.
The Garden Court stained glass dome, The Palace Hotel, San Francisco.
W Hotel San Francisco, SPG category 5
San Francisco Bay and AT&T Ball Park seen from W San Francisco Hotel.
WET at the W San Francisco offers 24 hour swimming. Nightswimming is one of the pleasures I enjoy at the W.
The W Hotel and the St. Regis are located on the same city block separated by the San Francisco MOMA. The two hotels have many of the same views.
Looking west across the city at night from W San Francisco.
St. Regis San Francisco, SPG category 6
View at Sunrise from St. Regis San Francisco.
Westin St. Francis, SPG category 5
Union Square view at night during the holiday season. Westin St. Francis is another historic hotel originally opened in 1904 and restored in 1907 after the great quake with the 12 story old building and the 32 story Pacific Tower.
One of my great delights was seeing a rare peregrine falcon on the ledge outside our window during a stay in 2008.
Le Meridien San Francisco, SPG category 5
San Francisco Bay Bridge seen from Le Meridien San Francisco.
Top of Le Meridien Hotel reveals its close proximity to San Francisco’s iconic TransAmerica Pyramid skyscraper in the financial district of the city.
Sheraton San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf, SPG category 5
Most rooms in the four story Sheraton do not have much of a view. Iconic Coit Tower can be seen from a few locations around the hotel. This is the only Starwood Hotel in San Francisco with an outdoor pool. W Hotel, St. Regis and The Palace have indoor pools.
The real advantage of this tourist location at Fisherman’s Wharf is the room rates are typically lower on weekdays November to May than all other San Francisco Starwood Hotels. The hotel is one block away from the waterfront, yet the proximity of the hotel to the Alcatraz Island Prison cruise and tours from the Fisherman’s Wharf area is another feature of this hotel.
Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary
Starwood Hotels offer many choices in San Francisco.