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JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square
500 Post Street (cnr Post & Mason)
San Francisco, CA, 94102

Stunning Skyline Panoramas
Cozy corners, hushed intimacy
by Hilary Leila Krieger

The entrance to The JW Marriott Hotel San Francisco at Union Square
The JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square recently underwent a $25 million dollar renovation

San Francisco is a city of overlapping worlds in close proximity: hub of international finance and progressive activism; beacon of technological innovation and cultural creation; home to the trendy as well as the crunchy. So perhaps it’s only natural that the $25 million transformation of the 21-story JW Marriott Hotel San Francisco Union Square, built in 1987 by architect-developer John Portman, has made it one of the city’s top downtown hotels.

The latest renovations took place in the Spring of 2008, and the hotel now boasts a signature look by blending the buildings that house the many guest functions—registering, dining, drinking, waiting—into one harmonious entrance space. The warm hues, dark wood furniture and cozy corners of the JW Marriott’s lobby-cum-bar-cum-restaurant-cum-meeting rooms offer a stay that is at once sophisticated and inviting.

To make the stay as smooth as the layout, food is served throughout the day, though the menu at Level III restaurant (under the purview of awarding-winning chef Ben Mattman) expands during peak meal hours.

Guest room at the JW Marriott San Francisco Level III restaurant under the purview of chef Ben Mattman

The 337 redecorated rooms evoke the same spirit as the redesigned lobby, with the added benefit of snippets of local San Francisco photography. In fact, one of the hotel’s best features is its insistence on drawing in the city—the rooms have gracefully arched windows with beautiful views of the surrounding metropolis—while maintaining a hushed intimacy. And the many function rooms offer stunning panoramas of the skyline.

The interiors are also an eyeful: marble bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs, hi-tech perks such as large flat-screen TVs, pay-for-use wireless Internet and multiple phone lines, and luxurious beds that make shut-eye enjoyable as well.

And to cap off this deluxe experience, the city of San Francisco beckons. The mélange of Chinatown, the theater district and high-end shopping are all within easy walking distance, making this a perfect downtown stay, for both business and pleasure.

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