Heading to San Francisco and looking for the perfect boutique hotel? Located just one block from Union Square, the centre of San Francisco, the boutique Hotel G makes a fabulous base for exploring the city. Many of the main attractions are within easy walking distance, as is Frisco’s famous cable car.
The most well-known attractions in San Francisco seem familiar after years of seeing them in films and on television. However, no footage can capture the fantastic high energy of this exciting city. From the seals on Fisherman’s Wharf to the wonderful foodie Ferry Building to world famous Alcatraz, San Francisco crackles with a unique variety of things to do and see.
Hotel G is a great fit with this friendly, fun atmosphere. The façade is from 1908 which is rather old in this part of the world! As you enter a small runway takes you up to the reception desk. Interesting artwork is on display throughout the hotel – all of which is available for purchase.
Stripped back Scandinavian style is the design theme at Hotel G. Luxurious white linen, walnut oak and hints of textured wallpaper create a relaxed and calming environment in this busy city. I stayed in a greater double room which came with two large and comfortable double beds and mod cons including a docking station, Nespresso machines and 42 inch TV.
The bathroom had everything you could need with Metis toiletries and lovely fluffy bathrobes. A powerful hairdryer comes in a cute drawstring bag with the word Blow on the front and an iron and ironing board are already in the room.
The cocktail and oyster bar specializes in craft spirits, however, it is only open in the evening. There is also a small gym and a meeting room suitable for up to 10 people but no restaurant.
If you are eager to sample some of California’s fabulous wines outside of their opening hours head to Eno Wine Bar. This wine bar and charcuterie is only a couple of doors up from Hotel G and offers some fabulous wine “flights” as well as delicious meats and cheeses.
Service is warm and friendly – the staff are quick to offer to help with activities and restaurant bookings. We were moving on to Napa after our stay and the friendly staff were helpful and honest in their advice that we should take an uber rather than have them organize transport. Such assistance is always appreciated!
If you are looking for strong design credentials, a great location and value for money in San Francisco Hotel G is hard to beat.
My 2 San Francisco Highlights:
The Ferry Building
The food scene in San Francisco has exploded in recent years. You can still find clam chowder in a sourdough bread roll but the city has moved on. Whilst in San Francisco I took a food tour which took me to the Ferry Building.
This stunning building opened in 1898 and was the gateway to San Francisco for many years. The only way to get to San Francisco until the 1930s was by ferry boat. As the city became more accessible the Ferry Building became less relevant and eventually ended up providing office space.
That all changed in 2003 when the Ferry Building re-opened as an artisan food market after four years of reconstruction. Today it is filled with innovative and delicious food stalls and restaurants. You can visit for lunch, brunch, drinks and/or dinner. I highly recommend the wonderfully named Cowgirl Creamery for the best toasted cheese sandwich ever and Blue Bottle coffee for a flat white.
Cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge
The best way to see the famous Golden Gate Bridge is by riding over it. Pick up a bike near Fisherman’s Wharf at Blazing Saddles and then cycle down the bay past the Presidio and then over the bridge. On the other side is the lovely Sausalito – a perfect place to stop for a well-deserved snack and coffee.
After you have explored Sausalito you can take the car-friendly ferry back over to the wharf and drop off your bike. A fantastic way to experience one of the world’s best-known monuments.