Points Miles & Martinis contributor Nicky shares his thoughts on the St. Regis San Francisco after a recent visit
The St. Regis San Francisco is located in the SoMa District, the hotel is surrounded by the Yerba Buena Gardens, SFMOMA, and the Moscone Center, along with being in walking distance to Union Square, The Embarcadero, Financial District, and Chinatown. This particular 42-story St. Regis has been open since 2001 and is part hotel, part residential.
I took an Uber from SFO to the hotel, which was about a 25 minute ride. There is a small driveway and when I pulled up, a doorman in a snazzy bowler hat opened the car door, welcomed me to the hotel, assisted with my luggaged and led me to the front desk.
From first impressions of the lobby, it was quite intimate and modern, not like the flagship St. Regis in New York. You will first be greeted by a small fireplace and the lobby bar followed by the small front desk and concierge desks.
I arrived around 1pm and there was no line at check-in. The friendly front desk agent mentioned that my room wasn’t ready (I booked a Superior King but was upgraded to a Deluxe King room on a higher floor) but would call me when my room was ready.
I walked around and grabbed lunch and about an hour later, I got a call as well as a push notification from the Marriott Bonvoy app that my room was good to go.
As mentioned, I booked a Superior King room but was upgraded to a Deluxe King room on the 16th floor. I had a fantastic view of downtown San Francisco of the SalesForce Tower and SalesForce Park.
Upon entering the room, there was a small foyer area with a welcome letter from the General Manager and chocolates. To the right was the oversized marble bathroom with separate tub and shower, a large sink, and toilet.
Toiletries were from Laboratoire Remède and smelled great. Be advised that there is a sliding door for the bathroom with no lock and there are also doors that open out to the room next to the tub.
Moving to the main bedroom, you will notice the king sized bed with a bench at the foot of the bed and one nightstand on each side, an armchair with a matching footrest, two large windows fitted with mechanical blackout blinds, modern art accents, a sleek desk, and a 55in. TV.
Closets are cleverly hidden within the walls which also included a minibar with many overpriced items for sale. Complimentary bottled water is restocked daily to quench your thirst. There is no in-room coffee maker however complimentary coffee and tea is served in the lobby in the mornings as a grab and go option.
The room had a lot of natural light due to the large windows. When it was time for bed, the room gets really dark with the blackout blinds.
The hotel has a gym, indoor pool, and spa. I only used the gym, which was small but served its purpose. There were Peleton Bikes and a yoga room along with the typical gym necessities – free weights, treadmills, etc.
There is an all day dining restaurant, The Grill at The St. Regis along with The Lobby Lounge. Both I did not experience with the exception of getting complimentary coffee in the morning (Lobby Lounge).
Guests of the hotel can experience a daily ritual of champagne sabering in the evening, serving a complimentary glass of champagne. Unfortunately I did not have the chance to partake in this event.
Service at the hotel was fantastic, professional, and delightful. All staff members were willing to help and go out of their way to make guests feel special. Doormen were always greeting guests with a smile. Housekeeping was very attentive. There is butler service however it is only offered to Suite guests.
Overall, I had a fabulous stay at The St. Regis San Francisco. The room had a modern and luxurious approach to The St. Regis brand, while preserving some of the brand’s roots. This is one of the best luxury hotels in San Francisco. I can’t wait to see what other St. Regis properties are like.
Have you stayed at the St. Regis San Francisco before? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.