Quirky touches make this central hotel a real feature of any San Francisco trip
City | Food & wine | History & culture
This laidback hotel full of quirks is ideally situated on Market Street, and it's the perfect enhancement to any San Francisco trip. There’s a distinct emphasis on the creative, and eclectic touches abound – think metal sculptures, red telephone boxes, chandeliers made of spectacles and an empty wine bottle display behind the central lobby bar, adjacent to a wall of Alcatraz prisoner faces that make for an unnerving but innovative backdrop to a pool table and virtual reality room. Abstract artwork and neon quotes adorn most walls, and murals creatively decorate rooms alongside sweeping views of the city, black leather headboards and large pinewood writing desks. Minimalist grey and black bathrooms add to the stylish ambience and charmingly old-fashioned bikes are free to rent to explore the city.
You needn’t go far for excellent dining – Zetta’s Cavalier restaurant, where bright red walls are adorned with fascinating black and white photographs, offers an eclectic English menu with a San Fran zest. Just below is the darkly-lit club and salon of Marianne’s, with candle chandeliers, book cases, maroon walls and leather sofas providing an intimate speakeasy vibe. There’s also yoga classes and in-room body treatments and massages, perfect for indulging after a day spent exploring the sights from your doorstep. There's everything from Union Square's art galleries and buzzing maze of Chinatown to the countless museums of the SoMa area, such as the famed SFMOMA.
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