The Clift is Ian Schrager’s contribution to the collection of design hotels in San Francisco. Schrager unveiled a Philippe Starck-driven remodel of this time-honoured gathering spot in 2001 and whilst Schrager no longer owns the property, it continues to be one of the city’s trendiest crash pads. As with most historic hotels in San Francisco, the monochrome pale purple and cream-hued rooms can be small, but the high-end details are in place: Egyptian cotton sheets, duvet comforters, high-speed Internet access, in-room massage and spa services, and luxury fabrics throughout. The views get better the higher the floor you’re on, naturally. Overall, the style factor is larger than life, from coloured mirror accents to the gorgeous wood-panelled Redwood Room, still one of the sexiest bars in the city. Adjoining the bar is Asia de Cuba. Stay at the Clift and you’ll never be more than an elevator ride away from a West Hollywood-style, beautiful-people nightlife scene, but don’t expect great water views or a spa.