Friday, January 05, 2007

Where to Stay in San Francisco: Part V - SOMA

SOMA (the acronym for South of Market) is the area of San Francisco closest to our convention center, the Moscone Center. This area is also home to some of the city's better restaurants and hottest clubs.

Aside from a few budget hotels, the area mostly includes properties own by the big chains. Marriott is represented by both a Courtyard by Marriott and the San Francisco Marriott. The latter hotel is San Francisco's second largest and can accommodate large meetings in its own convention facilities.

Two five-star properties are located in SOMA. The Four Seasons and St. Regis are both within two blocks of the Moscone Center. The St. Regis is home to the well-reviewed Ame restaurant.

The Palace Hotel, a Starwood property, is the oldest hotel in San Francisco. Founded in 1875 and rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake and fire, the hotel's Garden Court is a beautiful restaurant and a great place for Sunday brunch.

There are also two boutique hotels in the area. Kimpton's Palomar Hotel is a short walk to the convention center and houses the acclaimed Fifth Floor restaurant. The Milano Hotel is located on Fifth Street, next door to the San Francisco Center; home to Nordstrom's, Bloomingdale's, and many other stores.

If you are planning a trip to San Francisco and want some help with your accommodations, dining options, and activities, Blue Heron provides custom designed vacations. For more information, call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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