A contemporary boutique hotel on the waterfront, offering seafood specialities and complimentary wine tasting
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Food & wine | History & culture
Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the must-see sights of San Francisco and this beautiful, historic building sits right at the heart of it. Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39 are just around the corner, as are the ferries to the prison island of Alcatraz. North Beach, one of the most enjoyable neighbourhoods to stroll around, is a 20-minute walk away. For high-end shopping, try taking the cable car over the hill to Union Square.
A nautical theme runs throughout the hotel, with exposed red brick and Douglas Fir beams the backdrop to a tastefully presented medley of vintage steamer trunks, antique telescopes, maps, compasses, braided ropes and wooden, spoked steering wheels. Many of the rooms enjoy views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Bathrooms, some of which have whirlpool baths, are stocked with C.O. Bigelow beauty products, and – this being health-conscious California – every room comes supplied with its own yoga mat.
The maritime theme extends to the hotel’s restaurant, the Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar, which offers no fewer than six different types of homemade chowder, all served in edible San Francisco sourdough bread bowls. Other specialities include steamed mussels and cioppino, San Francisco’s classic fish stew. All can be enjoyed on the deck with sea views. To accompany the food, choose from a selection of craft beers, Californian wines and cocktails; they even have Mai Tai on tap.
If you’re looking to stay trim, you’ll find a well-fitted gym on the second floor that’s open 24 hours a day. For something more pampering, choose from a wide range of spa treatments available in-room, all featuring Kerstin Florian organic and environmentally friendly body and skin care products. To understand more about the maritime history of the area, head to the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park museum and visitor centre, adjacent to the lobby. Walking and jogging paths start outside the hotel and run along the waterfront. And every evening at five, the hotel’s sommelier hosts a complimentary wine tasting in the comfortable Living Room.
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Book by: 31 March 2018
Northern California is a region of immense nature, world-leading wines and culture-packed cities, showcased in such icons as San Francisco, Sonoma and Yosemite National Park. Take in its headline acts on this fly-drive holiday.
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