W San Francisco
The W has worked hard to please since its arrival as one of the most boutique of all boutique hotels in San Francisco just as the dot-com bubble burst. The lobby is surprisingly comfortable and inviting, considering the cutting-edge design sensibilities, and it makes an inviting place to order a drink and unwind. Grab a seat at the circular bar, where ultrachic versions of board games invite interaction with your neighbors. Behind the bar is the vibrant XYZ restaurant, and upstairs is W’s first West Coast Bliss Spa. Signature products, movie-while-you-manicure stations, a brownie buffet, and 5,000 square feet devoted to pampering add up to a breathtaking place to get groomed. The guest rooms feel like your own modernist home, with shades of brown and blue, window seats, luxury linens, high-tech conveniences, Bliss bathroom products, and snacks. Most have city and Bay Bridge views, and the concierge has a stash of CDs and movies to plunder. The service-swift and professional-is best exemplified in the “Whatever Whenever” button on the room telephones. The other guests? High-end business-pleasure travellers in favor of the national trend toward playful, modern, chic hotels.