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Four Seasons, San Francisco’s finest luxury hotel

With a perfect location on Market Street, opposite Union Square, within walking distance from the port and other major attractions, the Four Seasons is San Francisco’s top choice for leisure and corporate guests alike. Although housed in a contemporary skyscraper, the warm and cozy interiors of the hotel create an ideal synergy with the classic architecture of the surrounding buildings, most of them from the early 1900. The large windows and high ceiling of the main restaurant and lobby bar are inundated by the stunning views of the classic buildings of Market Street, a setting which could make you feel you are in any European city.

Four Seasons San Francisco, living room of Executive Suite, 11th floor

Having stayed at many Four Seasons around the world, San Francisco is probably one of the few which perfectly embody the Four Seasons DNA – an ideal location – direct access from Market Street which connects to the main entrance with valet parking from the back street of the hotel, perfect for those arriving by cab or public transporation but also those arriving with their own cars;  functional, comfortable and welcoming architecture, with top quality materials and finishes. Although opened in 2001, the hotel is so well kept that one could think it is brand new.

Needless to say, the San Francisco property features all Four Seasons basics, with no exception – large bathrooms with separate walk in showers (perfect water pressure), excellent soundproofing,  a heavenly bed and an overall residential feel, warm and plush. Throughout my stay, I did feel I was at home at the hotel, each time returning from the city. The floor to ceiling windows with comfortable sitting areas which are so inviting to gazing at the city, provide an additional sense of space, even if you opt for a standard room or a suite (the Four Seasons boasts the largest rooms in San Francisco). Take a look at my short video of the Executive Suite.

But the true WOW factor comes from the Four Seasons family ! It is one of those properties where I have felt staff behave like a family, welcoming you as a guest in their family home. From the doorman to the receptionist, from the housekeeping attendant to the bar tender, from the hotel manager to the concierge, they all have a genuine and caring attitude towards the hotel guests. Efficiency and anticipation of needs are two other natural service features of the Four Seasons San Francisco. I was so happy to approach the concierge who would, each time, be so thrilled about introducing their city.

And there is so much to do and see in San Francisco – from lunch at great restaurants of the Port of San Francisco with incredible views of the Bay, to taking a ferry ride to the infamous Alcatraz prison, not to mention the every so enjoyable cable car rides – there are two routes which provide a fantastic views of the city, such a unique means of transportation which has been so well preserved for over a century. I would suggest taking one of these cable car rides to the top and on the way back, stop in China town, a truly unique destination within the city – said to be the most dense Chinese population in the entire United States.

As for shopping, San Franscisco rivals not only New York but other major European cities – with several major international major brands operating in San Francisco global flagship store types. Among the major luxury brands with exceptional stores both in size and latest interior design concept: Prada (among the largest in the U.S), Louis Vuitton (one of Vuitton’s 15 Maison stores worldwide), Emporio Armani (probably the most beautiful EA store in the world). Apart from the stores of major international luxury brands, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barney’s are all within walking distance from the Four Seasons (including a brand new Saks Fifth Avenue). Future openings includ: Tiffany flagship, Saint Laurent, Nespresso Store & Cafe, Tom Ford etc.

Like the address of the hotel indicates, the Four Seasons’ dining is based on fresh and mostly organic products from Californian farms, from meat to vegetables and fruits. Without necessarily high sounding names for dishes, the entire menu of the Seasons Restaurant is flawless – do try the salmon salad and the sinful deserts! Your experience would be incomplete without trying out the bar of the hotel, a gathering for locals and guests as well.

On the evening before my departure, I had a special cocktail blend, part of the hotel’s Violet Evenings – and on that evening my cocktail was inspired by legendary Julia Child who would have turned 100 on that day – what an amazing idea from Oliver, the manager of the bar, one of the many Four Seasons staff, who have always shown so much warmth and care !!! And there were so many such beautiful details, which made each and every day feel special: my Santiago Huckleberry candle in the room, the welcome amenity with an array of the finest German/Austrian cuisine or the world’s first exclusively men’s organic beauty line – Organic 4 Male, entirely made in the U.S.A, available at the SPA of the hotel.

Understated, luxurious, well kept and managed, excellent service and food : Four Seasons, Hotel, San Francisco

Oliver Petcu in San Francisco

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