An iconic San Francisco giant that anchors the trendy SoMa District.
This hulking hotel --- situated near Yerba Buena Gardens and the Moscone Convention Center --- is affectionately referred to as the Jukebox by locals, because of its scalloped shape. It opened on October 17, 1989, the day the city experienced its second-most-famous earthquake (the most famous one came in 1906). Everything at this property is big. The atrium lobby is five stories high, and there are 1,499 guest rooms and suites. Standard room amenities include flat screen televisions, work desks, down comforters and granite-topped vanities in the bathrooms. The hotel boasts a spa and fitness center, an indoor pool, a business center and three restaurants. The View lounge at the top of the hotel affords spectacular views through an arched three-story window.