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Hotel Highlights

  • San Francisco's buzziest seafood restaurant
  • Central museum-district location
  • House butlers and a Bentley to borrow

Overview

Hotels really don’t get much more refined, tasteful, sophisticated and centrally located than San Francisco’s St Regis Hotel. It's hard not to be impressed by perks such as a Bentley on hire for city tours, a butler to unpack your clothes and a state-of-the-art spa. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the new tower, which stands alongside the museums in the SOMA district and offers spectacular views of the city. There’s also a superb restaurant and a cool cocktail bar.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking St Regis Hotel with us:

Daily Continental breakfast for two (up to $60 daily and excludes alcohol) and $100 Remède Spa credit

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

260 (47 suites).

Check–out

Midday, but ask reception. Check-out as late as 4pm and early check-in are subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $495.00, excluding tax at 16.37 per cent.

Also

The butler can help you unpack and press anything crumpled, and is on hand to make reservations at the spa and restaurants for you. There's also a house Bentley – book it for a glamorous drive around town.

Hotel closed

Never.

At the hotel

Spa, valet parking, butler service. Rooms have Remède toiletries, big showers and all the stylish mod cons you'd expect, plus underfloor heating, roll-top baths and minibars.

Our favourite rooms

Rooms here – tricked out with art and finished in zebra wood and leather – are among the city's largest; there are even LCD TVs in the bathrooms. The higher you go, the better the views: superior rooms are on floors 5–8; Deluxe rooms are on floors 6–18. Executive Premier corner rooms have views of the museum and the bay. Metropolitan Suites are lovely – 1408 overlooks the Yerba Buena gardens and you can have a bath with a glorious city view. St Regis Suites are corner sites on the 19th and 20th floors with commanding vistas of the Financial District and Bay Bridge; there are six-seater dining tables, enormous beds facing giant windows, and vast bathrooms with limestone wet rooms. If one of the luxurious suites is beyond your budget, try to book a room on the same floor as the spa – they have the highest ceilings.

Poolside

The spa's indoor infinity pool has day beds to lounge on while you admire the high-rise views.

Packing tips

Cute flatties for jumping on and off trams in sprightly fashion and for negotiating those famously steep streets.

Also

Pets allowed (US$150 deposit). There are smoking and non-smoking rooms. The gleaming white Remède Spa offers customised treatments, prefaced by champagne, cheese and truffles.

Children

It's more of an adults' hotel, but children can be accommodated; cribs are available.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Ame is in the Williams Building lobby and serves New American cuisine with an emphasis on seafood - the sashimi bar is excellent. Take breakfast in the light and airy Vitrine brasserie, or alfresco on the Yerba Buena Terrace.

Hotel Bar

The dramatic and sexy bar is classic American club style with a hefty helping of streetwise pizzazz. Need a hangover cure? The NY St Regis invented the Bloody Mary, so you've a good reason to be in here as early as you like, curing a sore head.

Last orders

Lunch, 2pm; dinner, 10pm; drinks, 1am.

Room service

24 hours.

Smith Insider

Dress code

City chic – this is one of the best restaurants in town, so you should dress accordingly.

Top table

Go for a table at the back by the windows and watch the world go by.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Art lovers are spoiled for choice here, with the Museum of the African Diaspora (+1 415 358 7200; www.moadsf.org) in the hotel and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (+1 415 978 2700; www.yerbabuenaarts.org) right opposite. 

One of San Francisco's legendary cable-car stops is just a short stroll away – a ride on one of these is not to be missed. The California Street line runs from the Financial District up and over Nob Hill, via Chinatown; tickets cost US$3 each way, payable in cash.

Local restaurants

There's always a buzzing atmosphere at Salt House (+1 415 543 8900) on Mission Street near the Yerba Buena gardens; its exposed bricks and European-style gastropub menu is perfect for Sunday brunch or upscale bar snacking. Townhall, 324 Howard Street (+1 415 980 3691), has funky chandeliers, a long bar, exposed pipework and sensational seasonal food. Ask the waiter for advice on the best dish of the day. The diverse wine list offers gems from the Napa and Sonoma valleys, as well as international favourites. Mecca SF (+1 415 621 7000) at 2029 Market Street has a boudoir feel, with a lively circular bar and glittering crystal chandeliers. Food is simple, seasonal, and delicious, and served up to a backdrop of soulful tunes.

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San Fran's cultural hub

St Regis Hotel

125 Third Street, San Francisco, California 94103, United States

Planes

Fly from London to San Francisco with Virgin Atlantic (www.virginatlantic.com) – the drive from here to the hotel shouldn't take more than an hour, even when the roads are busy.

Trains

You can walk to San Francisco's Caltrain station in 10 minutes.

Automobiles

Follow the Bay Bridge across the water, then turn off onto 3rd Street. If you reach Mission Street, you've gone too far.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Benji Wilson , Square-eyed scribbler

San Francisco is a wonderful city, with plenty to offer everyone from gastronomes to boulevardiers to barflies. That, at least, is what I am told. Myself, I couldn’t possibly comment, because in my stay there I was too busy playing with all the remote-controlled stuff in our room at the St Regis. The hotel itself is brilliantly situated a crab’s scuttle away from Market Street and the …
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St Regis Hotel

Anonymous review by Benji Wilson, Square-eyed scribbler

San Francisco is a wonderful city, with plenty to offer everyone from gastronomes to boulevardiers to barflies. That, at least, is what I am told. Myself, I couldn’t possibly comment, because in my stay there I was too busy playing with all the remote-controlled stuff in our room at the St Regis. The hotel itself is brilliantly situated a crab’s scuttle away from Market Street and the Embarcadero by the bay, but, again, I bring you news of its stellar location courtesy of Mrs Smith. I might as well have been in downtown Addis Ababa for all it meant to me: the room at the St Regis was so laden with gizmos that it seemed churlish to waste time actually walking anywhere.

Tech-wise, a bedroom at the St Regis is pretty much the GTi of boudoirs: remote-controlled curtains, automatic lights, 21st-century entertainment system. The only things missing are robots – instead,  you get a butler, whose primary function is to explain how the rest of it all works.

The hub of the wizardry is a bedside touchscreen console, which they call a GDA. I have no idea what that stands for, but suffice to say that without even sitting up, and with just the tenderest flick of your pinkie, you can fade the lights, close the blinds, call room service, fire up the plasma, order a movie, summon the butler, check-out, book a massage, set up a wake-up call… Just about everything short of getting K9 to bring you your slippers. Traditionalists and Luddites may question the usefulness of all of this, but touchscreen remote-control anything is good news in my book. The St Regis comes fully pimped.

Luckily for an increasingly irascible Mrs Smith (‘But darling, see how the blinds go up, blinds go down… Blinds go up…’) the St Regis has plenty more to offer than just technology. In a city where countless stylish urban hideaways compete for space, service matters, and at the St Regis it begins before you even get there – I received an email from the hotel’s Guest Historian (ridiculous name; neat idea) in the week leading up to our arrival with an advanced welcome, directions and requests for any special requirements.

It got better – a few minutes after our bags had been dropped off, along came that much-vaunted butler. Not quite Jeeves in his scope or capabilities, but just what you need in rooms that have been beamed back from 2098, and as first-timers in San Francisco, a useful sounding board for places to visit. He was there when we left as well, and even came up with a couple of suggestions for other rooms we might like should we return. All of which increases the chances that we will return.

When it came to eating out, there are so many reasonably priced, carefully sourced eateries in San Francisco that it felt morally indefensible to stay in the hotel for food (even in spite of the fact that, yes, I could order room service from the GDA). We did sample breakfast at the St Regis on one occasion, at the fourth-floor restaurant Vitrine, which boasts a huge roof terrace looking out over downtown. So proud were they of the house granola that they even gave us a grab bag or two to take home, and I can report that it tastes just as good second time round. In fact I’m eating some right now.

Having spent far too long either ensconced in our room or gorging on Bay Area produce, we found ourselves enrapt with the customary delusion that a swim and a Jacuzzi could help counteract several days of melted cheese, so we headed to the spa and pool. Gratifyingly, you could actually swim in the infinity pool – not always the case on the West Coast – and the spa contained all the usual steam rooms, Jacuzzis and staff dressed in crisp white, plus some lesser-spotted, but equally important touches such as full disabled access.

Downstairs in the lobby bar later we nursed flagons of Pinot and became increasingly entranced by the giant free-floating fireplace that makes the entire hotel – all 20 floors of it, with residences on top – look like it’s being gently barbecued. Then, with some reluctance on my part, we headed out in to the night. A courtesy car was a nice touch, making an already eminently manageable city even more so. But as we tucked in to the greatest Mexican meal I have ever eaten (at a place called Mamacita in the Marina district, where they serve enchiladas that could start a revolution), I found myself feeling slightly all at sea. Without my GDA by my side, how would I function? I mean, how else was I going to summon my butler?

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