This eco-friendly hotel towers over the heart of SoMa.
by Sophie Gayot
The InterContinental San Francisco is one of those hotels destined to become a must-stay location in the city by the bay. The moment you take in the soaring 32-story glass tower at the corner of Howard and Fifth streets, you know this building is another landmark in the making. Situated in the South of Market area (SoMa), adjacent to the Moscone West Convention Center, and within walking distance to some of the city’s best museums, the hotel is the perfect location for business travelers and tourists alike.
The ideal location of this hotel is matched by the equally elegant and warm décor, which embraces visitors as soon as they enter the building’s doors into the main lobby. Floor-to-ceiling windows abound and offer stunning views of the Bay Bridge and the cityscape, especially from the hotel's upper levels — and the entire structure is teeming with natural light — so it is a wonderful vantage point day or night.
Relax in one of the 550 guest rooms, decked out in rich wood and marble with walls filled with contemporary art and every hi-tech amenity imaginable. At night, the views are even more spectacular with the city lights twinkling in through your cavernous windows, which can be heightened by around-the-clock room service.
Make your way to the sixth floor to the Day Spa at InterContinental San Francisco, where you’ll encounter spacious hallways, more natural light and Asian-inspired décor complete with bamboo floors and yes, floor-to-ceiling windows as well. You'll be overwhelmed with choices at this spa, complete with lap pool, Jacuzzi, fitness room, Vichy showers, yoga classes, an aromatherapy blending bar and a special spa menu for lighter fare.
The property boasts 43,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes two ballrooms and 21 meeting rooms where unique variations of space can be created for all types of events. The hotel's conference and banquet facilities feature natural light and are technologically advanced by way of high-speed Internet access, independent climate control and advanced security.
No great hotel is complete without a restaurant, and the InterContinental San Francisco doesn't disappoint. The Luce restaurant offers sophisticated California cuisine, with northern Italian touches. Bar 888, specializing in grappa and grappa-based cocktails, complements the restaurant and rounds out the Italian flair of this unique property.
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