If you’re looking for thoughtful luxury, exceptional service, and lovely views without the clamor of crowds downtown, stay at this just-renovated, elegant yet understated hotel nestled among the multimillion-dollar mansions of swanky Pacific Heights. What looks from the outside like an upscale apartment building is actually the place for guests seeking discreet, high-class service and amenities, mercifully free of pomp and pretension. The hotel’s complimentary “continental” breakfast is more like a full gourmet meal—it includes more baked goods than one person can possibly choose from, local organic sheep’s milk yogurt, a selection of meats and cheeses, lox, eggs, and espresso drinks made to order. The evening wine reception allows guests to socialize in the renovated parlor while noshing on cheese, charcuterie, and hot hors d’oeuvres. Room service is available 24 hours a day and while the menu is limited, the food is tasty and the prices surprisingly reasonable. Boutique shopping and great restaurants (without the tourists) on Fillmore, Union, and Chestnut streets are short scenic walks away. You can also hop on the 1 bus to be in the heart of Chinatown or the Financial District in less than 30 minutes, or take advantage of the hotel’s free weekday morning chauffeur service. With all of these amenities, the price of a stay seems quite reasonable. Hint: If you're lucky enough to be there when Shay is working, ask her about the history of the hotel or for recommendations of any sort—she’s a veritable encyclopedia of knowledge.
San Francisco› Hotel
2901 Pacific Ave (at Broderick St)
Our Rating Neighborhood The Marina/Pacific Heights/Cow Hollow Transportation Bus: 3 or 24 Phone 415/346-2880 Prices $389–$900 doubles and suites. Amenities Concierge; exercise room and free pass to YMCA; room service; free bikes to borrow; free Wi-Fi. Units 48 units URL http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/drisco.html?aid=1254987 &label=frommers-hotelpage-deeplink Web site Hotel Drisco Other Room rates include breakfast, afternoon tea and cookies, and evening wine reception. Free street parking available.