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Hotel review: The InterContinental Hotel San Francisco

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On entrance of The InterContinental San Francisco Hotel, you can feel its buzzing atmosphere and clean space. Energetic and friendly staff will welcome you to this 32 storey hotel that towers above Howard Street, offering spectacular views of the city and San Francisco Bay and beyond,.

The luxury hotel offers 550 guest rooms including 14 suites. Featured rooms are categorised in groups of standard, classic view (for floors 14 to 24) and premium view (for floors 25 to 30). I was lucky to spend the night at a premium view room on the 28th floor. The spacious room, appointed with wood and marble, was elegantly decorated in relaxing green and yellow colours; the king size bed was more than just comfortable and I could see sophisticated art on the walls. Through my floor-to-ceiling windows the striking views of the entire city of San Francisco took me from the distant bay to downtown’s busiest streets. The working wooden desk was nicely located in front of a large window, an excellent area to finish off outstanding emails and to follow up with friends and associates on Skype (showing off the awesome views). Electric outlets were placed conveniently on the desk so I didn’t have to unplug the alarm. The heavy curtains kept the room dark during the night but I rushed to open them at the dawn not to miss the unique sunrise from the 28th floor.

The top three floors 31 to 33 are dedicated to private and loyal customers offering club accommodations, and junior, one bedroom, bay and terrace suites. InterContinental’s signature presidential suite where at least one US President spent the night is also located on those floors and features a master bedroom, two bathrooms and an exclusive Jacuzzi together with awesome views of the city’s skyline. There is also a piano for the more artistic customers and two external terraces. Some of the exclusive amenities for the club accommodations include premium bathrobes and slippers, unpacking service and even a pillow menu!

But the InterContinental hotel in San Francisco can be more than doing business. Travellers who want to relax and pamper themselves, can find a peaceful sanctuary at the 10-room spa. This luxury spa provides a comprehensive array of treatments that include numerous personalised massages (from hot stone to aromatherapy to mother-to-be), body therapies with a detoxifying wrap amongst others, skin therapies, hair and makeup services, manicure and pedicure. Guests who want to keep in shape while staying at the hotel can access the heated lap-pool or the fitness center.

Loyal customers have access to the club lounge on the 6th floor. Guests can also use the club lounge at a nominal daily fee for extra privileges and privacy. Finally, the meeting and function spaces include two ballrooms and 21 meeting rooms on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors.

Luce Michelin Starred Restaurant

Luce, the one star Michelin awarded restaurant is located on the first floor of the luxury hotel and offers a seasonal menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Brunch is also offered during the weekends. Dishes feature contemporary American cuisine with worldwide influences. Guests have the unique opportunity to experience Chef Daniel Corey’s dishes including but not limited to Handmade Sweetbread Ravioli, Striped Bass and Local Clams, Slow Cooked Berkshire Pork Loin, Biodynamic and Dry-Aged Carnaroli Risotto. The wine list is impressive with 350 labels that reflects the taste of manager and sommelier, John Wight.

InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco, California, 94103, US, intercontinentalsanfrancisco.com

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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July 29, 2013 | Travel Reviews | View comments

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