Clift Hotel is not only the best accommodation in San Francisco, but also the oldest boutique hotel in San Francisco. The century old hotel was the first hotel to be built after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. It was the largest hotel on the west coast as well as the first earthquake and fireproof hotel after of the 20th century. Frederick Clift, a local attorney, who founded the hotel came up with the idea of creating a surreal entrance, making the individual feel like he is stepping into a decompression chamber when entering the hotel. Today, Clift Hotel is one of the best hotels in San Francisco. The dimly lit hotel lobby makes the visitor forget about the hustle and bustle of the big city as he enters into the eclectic wonderland of the hotel. The lobby is furnished with the some interesting pieces of furniture. A giant chair in the center of the lobby invites the visitor to climb up and take photos. In the lobby you can find a lamp and a coffee table from Salvador Dali, chairs from Ray and Charles Eames. It is one of the most exciting boutique hotels in San Francisco.
Some other pieces were designed by Ralph Laurent. The sofa in the lobby was acquired in a Parisian flee market.
In the center of the lobby you can find a thirty-five-foot fireplace with a Bronze chimney sculpture by Gerard Garouste. Designer Philippe Starck, wanted to create the atmosphere of a Northern-Californian lodge in the lobby of the CLIFT Hotel. When it comes to design, Clift Hotel is one of the best hotels in San Francisco.
Location of CLIFT Hotel
It is a Union Square Hotel in San Francisco at the intersection of Geary Street and Taylor Street, close proximity to all the restaurant, shopping, nightlife and transportation. If you are looking for a good hotel in San Francisco, in a good location, then this is the hotel you should stay at. You wont be disappointed as this is one of the hotels near Union Square in San Francisco. This is the best area to stay in San Francisco.
When I first entered the hotel, the porter was not there to help me with the luggage, so I was not sure how good of a service I can expect from the hotel staff, however, the receptionist was overly kind and helpful and everyone I met in the hotel ensured that I had a pleasant stay. Overall, I believe the hotel staff is well trained, helpful and friendly. Sometimes, the first impression can be wrong. Overall experience was very good.
Guests have to take one of the three colorfully lit elevators in order to get up to the room. One elevator is lit up with orange, another one is with green and another one with violet light. The designer wanted to make the visitor feel like he is stepping into a decompression chamber, when he enters the elevator.
All the floors are painted lilac. The rooms are colorful and there are mirrors all over the room. Each room is a small studio, with a living room and a separate bedroom.
The living room is furnished with beautifully crafted furniture custom-designed by Philippe Starck. The room is painted pink and lilac colors and the whole place has a very sophisticated, sensual style. The lamp in the room is an original lamp from 1915. The orange lucid reflection of the furniture is the symbol of the sunlight reflection of the Golden Gate Bridge. This hotel is one of the best places to stay in San Francisco.
The bathroom is supplied with lavish Malin+Goetz bath amenities. The strength of the wifi in the room is decent.
The room was designed in 1934 in the height of the art deco era. The room turns into a vibrant bar every evening. Visitors should definitely check out the bar in the evening when visiting the city. The DJ plays great music and a crowd is glamorous. According to the legend, the bar was made out of a single redwood tree. The room has monochromatic furniture to allow the visitor to focus on the wooden walls instead of the furnishing. This is the best bar of any San Francisco boutique hotels.
Breakfast is served in the elegant Velvet Room next to the Redwood Room. Guests are given a good choice of cold cuts, croissants, eggs, sausages, bacon. There are lots of choices for breakfast. The hotel prides itself of only serving organic produce. This hotel offers a tasty breakfast compared to other hotels in downtown San Francisco.
If you are visiting San Francisco and looking to stay at a modern glamorous hotel with a fascinating history and design, CLIFT Hotel should be your primary choice. It is one of the best San Francisco hotels. I promise, you will love the place.
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