Even though the busy summer tourism season is over, San Francisco remains one of the world’s greatest destinations. With the city hosting the world’s most prestigious yacht race, the America’s Cup, the San Francisco Opera season commencing and a host of Broadway shows opening, there’s really never a bad time to visit the famous City by the Bay. In fact, with San Francisco typically experiencing its best weather during the fall, now might be the best time of the year to visit, with smaller crowds and better value from boutique hotels and rejuvenating spa services. The following are five of the best San Francisco hotels with spas.
495 Jefferson St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Just minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf, the Argonaut Hotel is located in one of the most widely visited sections of the city. This luxury boutique hotel, a block from Aquatic Park, offers in-room spa services and a fitness center. Spa treatments include a variety of massage treatments, soothing body wraps and deluxe facials. Many of its accommodations feature breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay and the city’s most recognizable sites – the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. The Argonaut Hotel is also close to a classic cable car turnaround, Ghirardelli Square and the world famous crab stands at Fisherman’s Wharf.
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1625 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Located in the heart of the city’s Japantown, Hotel Kabuki offers in-room spa services, in addition to an elegant Japanese-styled bathing facility a few minutes walk from the hotel. The off-site Kabuki Springs and Spa features a steam room, sauna, communal baths and a variety of spa treatments, including facials, massages and acupuncture. One complimentary pass to the Kabuki Springs and Spa communal baths is part of the hotel’s amenities. All hotel rooms are styled with a fusion of Eastern and Western décor, with most rooms equipped with a Japanese-style deep-soaking tub for additional comfort.
8 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
A luxury hotel along the city’s Embarcadero waterfront, Hotel Vitale offers spa treatments at its penthouse level. In addition to massages and body treatments, Spa Vitale also offers a bathing ritual at its celebrated outdoor rooftop soaking tubs. In honor of the America’s Cup, Spa Vitale is offering a spa package comprised of a revitalizing back and shoulder scrub, bathing ritual and 50-minute massage. Located directly across from the landmark Ferry Building and one block from Market Street, Hotel Vitale’s Americano Restaurant features a cocktail lounge with 180-degree panoramic views of San Francisco Bay.
1075 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
The Huntington Hotel is an acclaimed luxury boutique located in one of the city’s most exclusive sections, Nob Hill. Named after one of the Big Four rail tycoons of the Old West, the Huntington Hotel is home to Nob Hill Spa, on the fifth floor, and highlighted by an indoor relaxation pool, whirlpool, saunas and steam rooms, 10 treatment rooms and a private Premier Spa Suite. Guests may also choose healthy selections from the hotel’s a la carte menu while relaxing at the pool. The Huntington Hotel’s Big 4 Restaurant, led by “Chef of the Year” award-winner Gloria Ciccarone-Nehl, is recognized as one of the city’s top 20 restaurants by Gourmet Magazine.
450 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
A landmark hotel in San Francisco, the Sir Francis Drake is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the popular Union Square shopping district. World renown for its famous door greeters dressed in Beefeater attire, the boutique hotel offers in-room massage, body and facial treatments. A stay to the Sir Francis Drake Hotel must include a visit to popular Starlight Room, a “don’t miss experience” in San Francisco, located at the hotel’s top level, with spectacular views of the city. Nearly as famous as the Starlight Room is the hotel’s Scala’s Bistro, led by Executive Chef Larry Finn and Executive Pastry Chef Tim Nugent, and an impressive list of more than 80 wine selections from the California Wine Country and Italy.
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