Address: 222 Sansome Street
Web Address: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/sanfrancisco/
"HALL OF FAME"
Few luxury hotel groups understand the importance of a “view” when selecting a location and design as well as the Mandarin Oriental. Great views can take a wonderful room and transform it into a spectacular one. In New York, it’s Central Park, in Washington it’s the Jefferson Memorial and in San Francisco it’s Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay. As readers know, I am a huge fan of this hotel group. They “get it” from design to the service and everything in between.
Located in the downtown area, The Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco is a wonderful base for a visit to the City by the Bay. Key attractions are within walking distance. The rooms are large, the views breathtaking and the service among the best you will experience. The Asian influence is evident throughout the hotel from the furniture to the artwork to the ever gracious customer service. As I have said after visiting other Mandarin hotels, there is a sense of serenity and tranquility when you are here that is unmatched in other hotels.
There are 151 rooms and 7 suites and all are located from the 38th to the 48th floor of the City's third largest building, so the views of the City and the Bay are quite spectacular. Sizes range from 350-575 square feet for regular rooms. My Golden Gate Bridge Mandarin room was 575 square feet with views of the Bridge, the Transamerica Pyramid and the Bay....amazing. The room was decorated in exquisite Asian detail with the fine bamboo floorings, window sheers with ginkgo leaf motifs and silks in cinnamon red. Two sides of the room were all windows. Bed linens and bath towels were luxurious. The bathroom was huge with a tub beside a picture window and a separate glass enclosed shower.
The only negative is that they still charge for WiFi which is a pet peeve of mine. No reason for that.
MoBar, on the ground level, is a popular and sophisticated lounge that serves tea in the afternoon with a selection of sandwiches, scones and cookies and in the evening delicious cocktails, small plates and sushi from 4:30-8pm.
The hotel’s elegant signature restaurant, Silks, a Forbes (Mobil) 4 Star award winner, combines elements of Asian inspired cuisine with the flavors of California. Interior designer Cheryl Rowley has created a look that evokes Marco Polo’s travels and the discovery of silk, through wall treatments, floor covering and hand-painted silk chandeliers. The Venetian adventurer’s journey to Cathay is celebrated in the textures and artifacts, and in the colors themselves- cinnamon, nutmeg and persimmon.
Here’s a recent prix fix menu at a very affordable $45.: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup –Fuji Apple, Hen of the Woods, Applewood Bacon, Steelhead Trout –Braised Rainbow Chard, Fuji Apple Purée, Yam Gnocchi, Sage, Kaffir Lime Crème Brûlée –Citrus Lace Cookies.
MoBar and Silks will be replaced by a new food & beverage concept in April 2012.
Mandarin has been able to teach their people to extend superior customer service without pretense and in a way that seems natural and comfortable. It does not feel as if they are acting a role, it feels as if they are genuinely happy to see you. In addition there is twice a day maid service, 24 hour room service, overnight shoe shine and same day laundry service
Weekend rates from $395
WHAT OTHERS SAY
The Hotel-Experience pure “bliss” and “utter luxury” at this “sublime” Financial District hotel, thanks to “sumptuous” rooms with “spectacular” baths (you’ll “feel like an emperor in the tubs”) and “impeccable” staff that “genuinely cares”, “excellent food” at Silks and “postcard” perfect, panoramic views of the City and the Bay: its all so “calm” and “soothing” that even the top dollar pricing doesn’t rattle. ZAGAT
The Restaurant- “Exceptional” Asian-inflected Californian cuisine creates “lasting memories” at this “gracious” “sleeper” in Downtown’s Mandarin Oriental, where “silky-smooth service” and “well-spaced tables” in the “gorgeous” and “quiet” dining room lend the “right ambiance” for a “romantic” occasion or a “business lunch or dinner”; but “bring lots of money”, because all this “elegance” requires an “expense account. ZAGAT
WHILE YOU ARE THERE:
The hotel maintains a 24 hour fitness center and has spa privileges at the Equinox across the street. A new spa will be introduced in the summer of 2012.
San Francisco and the surrounding area is a great American destination. As a major city it has a full range of professional sports, wonderful museums, top notch cultural events, great sights, outstanding dining and terrific shopping. The wine country is an hour away and golf at Pebble Beach and spectacular Big Sur a few hours south.
Sacramento: 1 hour 36 minutes
Santa Rosa: 1 hour
San Jose: 1 hour
The hotel is undertaking a massive renovation which will include a redesign of the lobby, restaurant, meeting rooms and guestrooms. All will be completed by the end of May 2012. Please click here for more information.