Hotel Zetta San Francisco
(Westfield San Francisco Centre, 55 5th St)
The hotel is steps away from the busy BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and the Powell Street Cable Car, yet maintains an intimate boutique feel with its chic décor. For the comfort of home, each room is furnished with a recycled handcrafted Persian rug and an Illy espresso coffee machine. The oversized bathroom with walk in shower and Neil George amenities is a plus. The cosmopolitan S&R Lounge is the perfect spot to meet friends and on the second floor, the Playroom is complete with a giant 30 ft. Plinko game wall. The hotel is conveniently located to shopping at Union Square and beautifully renovated SFMOMA.
(295 Terry A Francois Blvd.)
Opened in May 2016, ATwater Tavern is close to the AT&T Park and the new Warriors arena at Pier 50. It boasts a beautiful outdoor patio overlooking Mission Bay and has a second level great for private events. The main floor hosts the wrap around Chef’s table, where you can watch all the succulent seafood prepared and indulge in the buck a shuck happy hour. The local king crab leg is an excellent start to any meal.
(Hotel Vitale, 8 Mission St.)
With views of the Bay Bridge and the Ferry building, the Americano restaurant is not your average hotel restaurant with basic décor and mundane menu. Housed in Joie de vire’s Hotel Vitale, the restaurant has a semi circle patio that can facilitate any function or networking event. The menu features flavorful Italian plates great for sharing like the heritage pork & beef meatballs al Forno and the grilled octopus. I’m definitely a fan of the wood fired pizza funghi.
Loews Regency San Francisco
Escape the frenzy of city life at this five star sanctuary nestled in the heart of San Francisco. This tranquil zen oasis reflects a soothing Asian décor that immediately soothes the senses with ambient music, warm lighting and relaxing herbal aromas. The spacious suites feature individual rainforest showers with city scape views. Massages use ancient Eastern methodologies combined with Western therapeutic techniques to relieve tension rejuvenate the mind. For an enhanced experience to penetrate sore and release sore muscles opt for the signature Hot Stones to incorporate into any massage.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA (151 3rd St.)
After a massive 10-story, 235,000 square feet expansion, the new SFMOMA opened its doors to the public in May 2016. The living wall by Habitat Horticulture creates an inspired outdoor retreat. Art enthusiasts can explore the 19 inaugural exhibitions, including a curated selection of 260 postwar and contemporary works from the Donald and Doris Fisher Collection, among many other artworks, using a unique audio guide created in partnership with Detour. The Detour system is smart – it knows where you are and can help you navigate through the Snøhetta-designed space. With a group? No problem – you can sync the iOS app up to four phones (soon to be offered on Android). The tours are not standard either – they highlight special interests such as architecture. Thankfully, unlike most audio guides with predictable narrators, SFMOMA’s audio excerpts are narrated by interesting voices in a friendly conversational manner.
(690 Folsom St #100)
The SF spot of Susan Sarandon’s cool, swanky ping pong social club opened its doors in early May. Chef Mike Betancourt’s concoctions of delicious food are served amongst the 19 ping pong tables and art installations from noted artists like Shepard Fairey and Stikki Peaches. With two bars, a large private room and a late night close – it really doesn’t matter how you fair at ping pong because it’s all about the socializing and having fun.