Located in the heart of the Financial District is SPG’s swanky & hip, W San Francisco.  If you are looking for a hotel that offers a lively atmosphere but doesn’t sacrifice providing a high level customer service and spacious accommodations, all while putting you close to all major attractions then look no further.  The W covers all basis and very well.  

San Fransico Financial District

The rooms are very well appointed, especially if you prefer to stay in and enjoy the comforts of your room on a chilly day.  I typically pack my own bottle and snacks but if you don’t have time for all that you’ll surely enjoy their expansive Mini bar offerings.  

Another bonus with the W is the fact that they’re one of few Hotel Brands that still value their elite members.  Often times I have to talk my way into an upgrade but that wasn’t even necessary here as they automatically upgraded our room to a fabulous King which provided incredible views of the city.  This is a very solid 4-star property with the only flaw being a limited selection for on-site dining as well as menu options especially for those with Gluten allergies.  That being said, it actually forces you to get out and enjoy the city and the many other restaurants that it has to offer.

Things to do

Golden Gate Bridge at Chrissy Park

Head over to Chrissy Park to get the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge as well as the infamous Alcatraz.  Take a stroll through the retired military base that is now a beautiful park and take in the beautiful landscape that the Bay Area provide

While you are in the area head over to Chestnut street and grab some lunch and a cocktail at one of the several restaurants or bars on this posh strip in the city.  If you’re in the mood for shopping be sure to check out one of the boutiques on the strip and support the local businesses. 

One place you don’t want to miss is The View Lounge. Located on the top floor of the Marriott Marquis, this joint has a sexy vibe with some awesome craft cocktails and the most amazing 360 degree views of San Francisco. The best time to go is in the early evening before sunset but expect a big crowd and getting a spot maybe a little challenging as it’s mostly self-seating and extremely popular spot.  Once you’re there, you’ll see why…#breathtaking

The VIEW!

No trip is complete for me with out a visit to a cigar lounge.  So after some research I decided to check out the Occidental Cigar Club.  This classic old school tavern decorated with dark wood paneling, with great selection of whisky was the perfect way to unwind after a long day of walking the San Fran streets sightseeing. Truly a dying gem, one of the very few places in America where you can still pair cigar with a proper cocktail indoors in the same place. Their stick selection is somewhat limited and a tad overpriced but it’s still a decent selection or you can bring your own and pay a modest $5 cutting fee which is cool by me.

San Francisco is a great city that has a lot to offer to nearly everyone.  Make sure you pack warm clothes regardless of when you go because that hawk can come out at any given time. It’s an international hub which provides various flavors. It also has a fair share of poverty and homelessness so the streets especially within the downtown and central areas can be very dirty. I can understand why some might be turned off by its Charm. However, it is also part of what makes it such an authentic experience. So if the city life is your flavor of choice, then you’ll definitely enjoy getting lost in San Fran!

Take a ride on a Cable Car

Quincy Dawkins

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