Orchard Garden Hotel
If green is chic, then Orchard Garden is one of the best places to stay in San Francisco, one of only five hotels worldwide to garner LEED certification. It is the little black dress of the hospitality industry, proving that a social conscience is the most stylish accessory. The Orchard Garden draws a mixed crowd with one thing in common: sincere concern for a healthy environment. The vibe is lighthearted and sunny, with cool greens and crisp white throughout, and furnishings are minimalist without sacrificing comfort. The bronze balconies were handcrafted by a local artist, and the plush beds are covered in machine-washable Egyptian cotton linens. Organic Aveda products in the bathrooms promise guilt-free pampering. Just steps from Union Square and the Chinatown gate, Orchard Garden is a stone’s throw from the best of downtown shopping, nightlife, and dining. The hotel’s own eatery, Roots, is helmed by chef Russell Rummer, formerly of Absinthe and Acme Chophouse. The low-key restaurant serves locally sourced organic fare with a Mediterranean flavor.