St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco
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Best Rooms in San Francisco by Far!
The St. Regis San Francisco offers perhaps the very best accommodations in the city. I have stayed at several others including the Four Seasons, W, Mandarin-Oriental and the Ritz-Carlton, and the rooms at the St. Regis are by far the best.
The rooms are innovative and luxurious, more so than most other hotels I've experienced worldwide in this class.
The service was also commendable, but not quite as good as the Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton. It's not quite as personal of an experience, but the rooms and facilities make it worthwhile.
One final note: The restaurant (for dinner) has a very limited menu offering in my opinion. You can't find anything basic ie. steak, chicken, etc. Everything is "Fu fu" in my option, but lunch and breakfast in the more casual cafe are great.
World Class Five Star Hotel
What's not to love about this place? I stayed here for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I didn't even want to leave my very luxurious room to explore the city! The overhead dual shower was a near orgasmic experience, and the flat-screen in the main room and bathroom were top of the line. The touch screen computer by the bed put the experience over the top. With the touch of a button you could turn all the lights on or off, request maid service ... even raise and lower the shade and get information on local attractions. The spa was amazing and made you feel very relaxed. Service at the hotel was top notch and everyone was very friendly and accommodating. No doubt it is very expensive, but it is an excellent value for the money.
Beautiful and elegant St. Regis
We arrived at the St. Regis in SF very tired from a long flight from the east coast and were immediately rejuvenated by the beautiful hotel and fine service from the front desk. we were upgraded 2 levels to a corner executive suite since our room was not ready and we were clearly ver ytired. The concierge was exceptionally helpful and after finding out that it was my birthday sent up a beautiful cake with candles and all. The bar and restraunt were excellent, attentive, efficient and beautiful. I would highly recommend this hotel while in SF. BTW, the location is great for shopping, walking and eating.....
New 5 Star in San Francisco
My wife and I spend New Year's eve in the 2 months old St. Regis hotel. From the moment we drove up to the hotel to our departure, we enjoyed the friendly staff, good food, and great modern amenities.
Compare to other 4 to 5 star hotels the check-in process seems to be quicker than other's. After checking in the receptionist assigned us a butler and escorted us to our grand deluxe room on the 19th floor. The butler show/demo some of the room amenities to us; the touch screen control panel, LCD TVs, CD/DVD player, and printer/scanner/fax machine. The touch screen controls the shades, room lighting, telephone, temperature, radio, and alarm clock. It also supports a MP3 or iPod, if you forgot to bring the audio cable the butler can provide one to you. Other amenities like the mini refrigerator, CD/DVD player, safe, printer/scanner/fax, and closet are stylishly hidden behind the wall/door. In our room there were 2 LCD TVs; one small 15" in the bathroom area, and the second 32" mounted on the wall in the main area.
After several hours of shopping in Union Square we decided to relax and order room service for dinner. A decent menu that require some improvement in entree and dessert selection but overall our dishes were flavorful and nicely presented.
The hotel location is fairly convenient. It's right next to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, a block away from the Sony Metreon and Moscone Center, and a mile away from Union Square. Luckily our room has a view facing the Bay Bridge direction and was able to see some of the fireworks.
Overall we were impressed with St. Regis's services, amenities, and interior décor. Comparing with other 4-5 star hotels we have visited in the US and other countries, St. Regis staff members are one of the friendliest (not stuck up friendly if you know what I mean) we have ever experienced.
Chimes at midnight (and beyond)
When you pay $51.00 for overnight parking, $71.00 for breakfast for two (in the dining room; room service, we were warned, would be forty-five minutes in coming), and sleep in a Grand Deluxe Park View room priced at the same level, you expect certain basic amenities. A decent-sized closet, a coffee maker, and more floor space would all have been welcome. And while motorized drapes and flat screen TVs are diverting, at the end of the day you want a good night's sleep. This is what you don't get at the St. Regis, where the cardboard thin walls transmit every hallway noise with perfect audio fidelity. Especially annoying are the loud chimes that announce the arrival of an elevator. Even five doors down the hall from the elevator bank, the din is penetrating enough to waken a tired man throughout the night. Of course I could have asked the 24 hour "butler" for ear plugs...
Everything was the best
My wife and I stayed in the executive suit, which included a corner "lot" (lots of windows), a king size bed, flat screen TV, 5 DVD-disc changer, stereo surround sound and a marble bathroom. I signed up for the holiday package, which included $40 for breakfast served in the room.
The design in the hotel is pacific-modern (lots of browns, slate, cream, etc.) Each room has central air/heat and my suite had a electronic touch-panel display that allows you to control the climate, drapes, and lights from the console. It also has the ability to hook up with your MP3 player - just make sure you bring your own cables. You dial the phone through this device too - which has a speakerphone and takes some getting used to.
We don't splurge very often, but I'm glad that we spent the extra money to come here. Service, atmosphere, and FOOD was all top-notch.
Great Urban Retreat
We're San Francisco locals and stayed at the new St. Regis for Thanksgiving as a special treat. It was well worth it!
The room was wonderful, large, comfortable and beautifully furnished, great view of Yerba Buena Gardens and the Metreon (we were on the 18th floor). Shades, phone, music, lights, and climate are all controlled by a touch screen panel by the bed. A large, flat panel HDTV sits facing the bed (and sadly blocking some of the best view).
The bathroom is cozy but well designed. Deep soaking tub and separate (powerful) shower, but just one sink - which I always think is a shame. Double doors on one side of the tub open up into the bedroom allowing you to stare out at views, or just enjoy the spacious room while you soak.
Closet space is adequate for a short stay but would benefit from nearby seating. The bar was well stocked with wine, but other drinks were poorly catered for, no snacks were included, and their was no price list. Also, bottled water was distinctly lacking in the room. But these were minor inconveniences and we spent a lot of time in the room and thoroughly enjoyed it!
We tried out the spa and gym (the pool had not been finished). The Spa service was exquisite, but the rooms felt a little unfinished and the area, especially the waiting rooms were cramped and lacking natural light. The locker room was very stylish and well designed. The sauna, whirlpool and steam room had not been finished, they looked adequate but not particularly noteworthy. The locker room would have benefited from refreshments - especially water.
The gym was on a different floor and not connected to the spa, which didn't suit my plans but probably isn't much of a problem for most people. Service at the gym was attentive (a little too attentive for me - unusual at a place this good). There were plenty of machines, mainly TechnoGym cardio, though a good selection of weight machines too. Very little space for stretching or free weights. I passed a door marked Yoga Studio but didn't go in. The gym has no locker rooms, shower, sauna, etc.
Public spaces are beautiful. Grand but modern. I love the fireplace between the bar and foyer.
The bar pours very generous whisky and makes a fantastic French 75. More of a scene bar than an intimate meeting place.
We ate at Ame for Thanksgiving Dinner. The food was incredible. Seafood is the specialty, with a Japanese flair. Had some of the best food I've eaten in the city (and there's a lot of good food here!). Thoroughly recommend. I expect we'll come back to the bar and restaurant even if we can't justify staying in the rooms again!
Room service for breakfast the next day was excellent if a little slow (45 minutes from ordering - which they warned us about). Eggs benedict and an omelet. Both perfectly cooked. Good coffee.
Service was good, though there are still a few kinks to be worked out. Staff weren't as familiar with the hotel as you might want (spa staff weren't sure where the gym was or what it was like, reception staff had trouble with the computers, it took people a while to answer questions). Nothing that a few months of experience won't sort out. Everyone was helpful without being intrusive (except at the gym!), and very professional.
We left feeling very relaxed and pampered, and wishing we didn't have to head home. We're looking for our next excuse to go back!
Very Nice Hotel
Stayed at the new St. Regis hotel for one night. Beautiful hotel with exceptional service. Checked in around 5 pm and was taken to our room on the 18th floor by our butler. She explained everything in the room to us. Yes, it is a very high tech room. Almost everything is controlled by remote, even the roman shades. Great flat screen tv, both in the room and a smaller one in the bathroom. What a unique bathroom! Individual floor to ceiling glass doors for the toilet room and the shower. The shower had a shower head that came down from the ceiling and one from the wall.
Rooms are good size. Built in cabinets allowed the room to have lots of space. We had a nice view out of our room.
The service is great. I needed over 20 pages faxed, and because the fax in our room was not working, the front desk was nice enought to fax for me at no charge.
My husband and I had a drink at the bar. A little pricey, but nice. They also give you some little snacks with your drinks.
My only complaint was the noise. We unfortunately had noisy neighbors that kept going in and out of the room around 2 am. The street noise could be heard from our room as well. I was not able to sleep that well until after 3 am. Also, the spa had not yet open and we had initially had reservations, so that was disappointing.
Other than the noise, this is a great hotel. I would
love to go back to stay and try the spa.
Fantastic, the best new hotel I have stayed at in years
I travel to SFO every week and am a Four Seasons regular, excellent location but getting a bit blah!!
Thought I would give this new St. Regis hotel a try and what a treat. Read a lot of press about this new venture and saw it rise up over the past few years. Fantastic entrance and lobby, great staff although obviously new they did wondeful job and you would never know the hotel was just opened last week. The room was amazing, very luxurious and techy. I wish my NY apartment was designed like this. Elegant, clean lines, bright and airy and what a view of the water. The bathroom was a dream, great amenities and plush, did not look like a hotel bathroom. I did not have a butler but heard someone in the elevator rave about the service, maybe next time.
The new restuarant (can not remember the name) was alive and kicking and the bar was full also. I read about the Spa, sounds amazng but I never get the chance to indulge on my business trips, my wife does when she comes along. She has read aout the new St. Regis Spa and is planning to come along in December.
All in all this St. Regis is a treat and well worth the extra bucks. Its totally different than its NY sister but it fits the SFO scene. It will give the other high end hotels in the bay a run for their money, not a bad thing in my oponion.
A charming hotel, great value
I recently stayed 3 nights at this hotel and it is very nice- great staff, very nice rooms decorated in a "boutique style" and quiet. The windows do open but when they are shut, it is very quiet. It is right in the heart of the theater district and very accessible to mass transit. I thought it was a great value in a great location.