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Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, San Francisco

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Berkeley, California, United States, North America: terrace of the Oriental Suite at the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco overlooks the apex of
222 Sansome Street
San Francisco , California
Tel: 800 622 0404
Tel: 415-276-9888's insider take:

San Francisco's best hotel with a view, this Mandarin Oriental property occupies the top 11 floors of the city's third-tallest building. The apex of the Transamerica Pyramid rises at eye level, and the Golden Gate Bridge looks like a child's toy in the distance. The 158 contemporary rooms are subtly Asian-style, with Chinese-inspired furnishings and a bold palette of gold and cinnamon red. The smallest rooms are a bit tight on space and have only a view of downtown's towers, but the big windows make them feel larger than their 350 square feet. For the best sightlines and more elbow room, request a corner location—these have bridge-to-bridge vistas. For pure indulgence, it's hard to beat the Golden Gate Mandarin King rooms, which have a bathtub perched in the window. Service is the hallmark of the Mandarin Oriental chain, and here it doesn't disappoint. Need a new charger cord for your iPod? Call the concierge, and it will be in your room before you're back from Alcatraz. Downstairs, Silks restaurant serves Pacific Rim cuisine in one of the city's most intimate white-tablecloth dining rooms; the MO Bar serves full afternoon tea.—John Vlahides

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 87.9
  • Design: 85.7
  • Food: 82.1
  • Location: 84.0
  • Rooms: 94.4
  • Service: 93.2
This elegant Financial District property occupies the top 11 floors of one of the city's tallest buildings, 345 California Center. Views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge are "truly breathtaking from gorgeous rooms" done in a cinnamon-red scheme and with glowing headboards. Amenities include iPod stations and binoculars. Silks prepares California cuisine and Asian-inspired dishes. At MO Bar, sip a lychini cocktail, made with lychee puree, vodka, Chambord, and fresh lime. "The staff and service are superlative."

(151 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
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