St. Regis San Francisco, San Francisco, California $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Staying here can feel a little like you've discovered how to control others with your mind: Your desires are often fulfilled before you knew you had them. Need a shirt ironed before that meeting? The butler is at your service. Broke the strap on your bag? The concierge desk will have it fixed. Touch screens control the lighting, temperature, window drapes, and alarm clocks in the 260 rooms, all of which are outfitted with minimalist modern furnishings, plasma TVs, abstract art, and neutral colors. The slightly sterile aesthetic can make the place seem a little like a futuristic airport lounge, but its location makes it a good bet for business travelers and art lovers (it's close to the Financial District and next door to SFMOMA). Our only regrets: The rooms' giant picture windows don't open, and there's a fire station next door. Request a room not facing Third Street if you're a light sleeper, though you'll sacrifice the gorgeous west-facing view of Twin Peaks. For those seeking a spa experience, the St. Regis does not disappoint. Remède Spa—with whirlpool, steam room and sauna, an infinity pool overlooking the city, and chocolate truffles and Champagne in the waiting lounge—is among the most lavish in town.—Updated by John Vlahides
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Aesthetically speaking, the newest St. Regis is a 180-degree departure from the New York City original. Sleek woods and stitched-leather wallpaper supplant gilded accents, and modernist Asian pieces replace Louis XVI furniture. Unchanged are the trademark service (including personal butlers) and the down-to-the-details indulgences, including Pratesi sheets and doors fashioned from single pieces of Mozambican wood. The 260-room tower (with another 102 condos above) is adjacent to both the new Museum of the African Diaspora and the Museum of Modern Artfittingly so, since the hotel's art collection is worth $3.5 million. And while this St. Regis has yet to achieve its counterpart's landmark status, with its instantly popular Ame sushi bar and Remède Spa, it's only a matter of time. 2006 Hot List
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