So, I had posted on the forums for "hip, trendy hotel" ideas other than the W near the Moscone Center......everyone pretty much shot down my thoughts of the St Regis fitting the bill, but it DID.
We've stayed at the W before (and did again for a few nights this trip), but the St Regis feels so much more luxurious for the money. The furniture at the St Regis is better quality (the W furniture reminds me of IKEA), the bathroom actually has SPACE you can use, they give you shower caps, cotton balls, etc.....things you would expect for the price.
We were in town for a very large video game developers convention (GDC). This may have led to the younger (most of the guests were 25-40), Silcon Valley vibe at the hotel during our stay, but it worked perfectly for us. We are Starwoods Gold members and even though we were on a conference group rate, we were upgraded to a large, lovely corner room, free WIFI, and given a 4pm checkout.
The room was modern, sun-filled, and spacious. It had a great shower and nice separate soaking tub. On the 7th floor, you could barely hear some outside street noise which might bother a very light sleeper. We didn't really have any views, but that was fine. The hotel itself is right next the Moscone center and an easy walk to many restaurants, coffee places, shopping, and transportation.
The downstairs bar/lounge area was hopping early to late afternoon, but then quieted down later in the evening. It's great little area to have a quick cocktail or meeting and actually be able to hear each other speak. If you need a more rockin' late night crowd, you can walk one block down to the W which carries on much later (and louder) into the night.
The spa was lovely. Had a massage with Dennis Trump (I usually always go to a girl, but none were available. He did not disappoint).....what a nice guy!! At the end of the treatment, I asked him for some restaurant suggestions and he gave us some wonderful choices. The pool at the hotel is outdoor only so that was a bit of a bummer, but would be great in the warmer months.
I would def. recommend this hotel for a romantic get-away or a business trip. I think this will probably be our go-to hotel in San Fran in the future.
Corner suites are FULL of great sunlight and have lots of space!
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