Hotel Palomar San Francisco - a Kimpton Hotel
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After finishing the beautiful coastal drive on Highway 1, my Dad bravely deciphered the creative road system to bring us to our hotel in San Francisco. Doormen greeted us and carried our bags up to the 8th floor (I'm dreading the return to bag-lugging in hostels after San Fran), and we settled into the room. It had become routine now to check in, …
... quarried limestone, produced lime. Wood barrels for transporting the finished lime were made here from local redwood. The stone was fired at 2000 F in kilns on site for five days to make lime. No doubt many trees were cut down in the area to fuel the fires.
One has to pass through grassy fields which were historically a part of a ranch to get to the heart of the University. The campus buildings are set in the ...
We were out of our cabin well before 8am and into the Vista Lounge where the "A group walk-offs with luggage were congregated. We knew where we were departing from so queued up. We were given clearance around 7.50am. A few at the head of the queue moved but others didn't. Turns out they had a "B" clearance – why the heck do they get in everyone’s way and hold up the “A" ticket holders when you have to squeeze past ...
... and found a Westfield where we went a little crazy. We both got a new watch, I bought some clothes and Bradden got some sneakers. Good day!! We got back to the room around 7.30pm and made ourselves mac and cheese and decided to stay in as we had Alcatraz tomorrow. Alcatraz was awesome. It was how I remembered and getting there was pretty easy. It was also sunny outside so it was good. Although by the arvo it was freezing! We got back in the arvo and went ...
... dedicated pedestrian/bike path, so you are not on the freeway itself. Two words of warning though 1) watch out for the tourists who have little idea that others are using the bridge, and 2) just be aware that the bridge vibrates and sways a lot! The first time I stopped I thought I was experiencing an earthquake, but no, just a combination of trucks passing me and wind! Been getting out and enjoying the night life and food too. There are heaps of bars ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Palomar San Francisco - a Kimpton Hotel
I recently spent a week at the Palomar for a conference at Moscone Center. The hotel is an easy walk to Moscone and also perfectly situated for tourist activities (cable car line and Union Square are steps away). Don't stay here if you want "normal" business travel support (although there is high-speed internet access in most rooms), but do if you want to avoid larger hotels (the Marriott is across the street at the end of the block) and the rest of the conference crowd.
This is a classy boutique-style hotel. Location is great, on the corner of Market Street & just a couple of blocks from Union Sq, walkable to many areas of town. Guest rooms aren't huge but they certainly were large enough so that we didn't feel cramped. The rooms & other facilities are very stylishly decorated. A nice plus - upscale toiletries in the bath and coffee in the morning in the lobby. Most importantly, the staff is very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. We spoke with the concierge beforehand to set up some day tours and she contacted us by phone & e-mail several times with information and confirmations. We also received some excellent suggestions from the desk staff regarding restaurants not on the tourist list. I highly recommend the Palomar and would stay there again.
I was so deceived by all the reviews. Our room was never serviced (luxury hotel?), valet took more than 20 minutes, and the web site announcing a free upgrade was not accpeted by the front desk. I've stayed in many hotels, and this was BY FAR the worst experience.
What a fabulous "hideaway" the Palomar is - just south of Market in San Francisco. Close to all the best shopping, the cable car terminus, BART, the baseball park, you name it! And I was stunned to find out the luxurious room was so affordable. Check out their website. This place is a find!
O.k. this is a decent hotel, and I'm not trying to say it's gross or that the staff is really rude or anything like that, but there seems to be a lot of fuss about nothing. First, the views from the rooms are terrible unless you can get a room that faces Market Street. If you don't, you're going to be looking at the side of a building. Second, if you get a room that faces Market, the windows are definitely not "soundproof" as the hotel claims...you can hear the people, trolleys, and subways very easily. Fourth, the bathroom was o.k. but small...if you get a deluxe room it's apparently better. Fifth, the workout room was dismal. The SF Holiday Inn in Pacific Heights has a workout room much better than that tiny little thing. We never tried the restaurant since it seems it also was much ado about nothing. The best thing about this hotel was the free coffee in the mornings...the coffee really was delicious. The beds are fine, but definitlely not worth going on and on about like the hotel would lead to you to expect. I had large expectations for this place and was highly disappointed. Maybe if your expectations are low, you will think it's spectacular. I wish I would have been back in my 23rd floor room at the Argent. All in all, the hotel is in SF, and if your room sucks, at least you know the city doesn't.
The Palomar Experience was Grand!
The Palomar was the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in to date. The staff was very attentive to my every need. The room was very spacious and always clean. This is a very modern and contemporary. This hotel is centrally located to all the major sites. Great shopping is just outside your front door. I highly reccommend this hotel to anyone traveling to San Francisco. I would stay at this hotel again if given the chane to travel to San Francisco.
The only place to stay in San Fran
I agree with the other writers; what a wonderful place to stay. My room was large, clean, comfortable and the designer wins hands down for ambience. All the amenities you could imagine and what a great location, 4th and Market. My only issue was the price of parking; 32 US dollars a day!!!; outrageous but... it is San Francisco. The staff were polite and friendly. This is my new place to always stay at in San Francisco.
Just a fabulous hotel in the best location! Incredible service with terrific accommodations. I am an experienced traveller and it has been a very long time since I have seen a hotel that actually pays attention to the details!Room was large and very quiet, water pressure was just like home, duvet was a perfect weight, closet offered a variety of hangers, in-room safe, a flashlight in case of emergencies, sloping bathtub for a relaxing soak, plenty of towels and pillows, great stereo system complete with a CD. Design details included a granite threshold and bathroom counter, undermount sink, stepped ceiling, sheers, sumptuous bedding with a decorative turn down, monogrammed white on white towels, cotton balls and Aveda bath products. What a treat to see dogs in the lobby belonging to visiting guests! The management of this hotel could really teach the industry a thing or two on what it takes to treat people as guests instead of paying customers. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a home away from home.
It was a great experience staying in Palomar. Excellent location, friendly staff and a great spa tub in the room (we stayed at the deluxe suite). Valet parking was a little expensive.
The Palomar has to be the best boutique hotel I've ever had the pleasure of staying at. Very modern atmosphere with more than just a touch of old world elegance. But I have to say the service is the most outstanding aspect of the property. One only needs to ask and you shall receive. Being centally located in Union Square is another major plus. I can confidently recommend this hotel to all!