Monday, December 11, 2006

Where to Stay in San Francisco: Part IV - Financial District

The Financial District lies between Union Square and the Embarcadero (waterfront). This district is home to banks, law offices, and many other businesses. On weekdays, this part of San Francisco is bustling. At night and on weekends, the Financial District is pretty quiet.

If you are coming to San Francisco to conduct business in this part of town, there are a few big hotels located in the heart of the Financial District: Omni, Mandarin Oriental, Hyatt Regency, and Le Meridien. These are all well-known international brands. The Mandarin Oriental is probably the most upscale of these and is home to a well-regarded restaurant Silks. On weekends, discounts may be available from these hotels as they tend to attract weekday business travelers.

Just outside of the heart of the Financial District is the Hilton Financial District. This new hotel is across from Portsmouth Square, where the Financial District meets Chinatown.

Just south of the Financial District, along The Embarcadero, are three boutique hotels: Hotel Vitale, Hotel Griffon, and Harbor Court Hotel. The Vitale has a hot bar scene in the Americano Restaurant. All three are close to Steuart Street's restaurant row, which includes Ozumo (Japanese), Boulevard (one of the top rated restaurants in the city), Shanghai 1930 (Chinese with jazz), and Chaya Brasserie (Japanese-French fusion). The Ferry Building, with its Marketplace, is just a block away.

I recommend staying in the Financial District if you are working in the area and proximity to your place of work is a priority. If you are willing to walk a bit, then try one of the hotels along The Embarcadero or in the Union Square area (see previous post). You will find more life in these parts of town after work and on weekends.

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