Like cupcakes? Me too. But staying at the W San Francisco hotel for 5 days is the REAL treat this week.
The rooms are both super stylish and comfy. Seriously, as I drifted off to sleep last night I contemplated staying in bed for 24 hours and missing my first day of business meetings. Okay, not really, but... I love my king-size bed. The duvet, the super-soft sheets, the size, everything. That's it, I'm ordering one of these next week for my condo.
Like getting out of the shower smelling like bliss? Of course you do. I love the Bliss toiletry line, and the fresh lemon-sage scent is unassuming enough that you won't offend everyone in your conference room meetings with an overpowering scent. The bathroom is huge and the water pressure? Perfecto.
The room has everything I need including a couple of nice touches, such as free (and robust!) wi-fi, Buddha night light and the window seat with a gorgeous view (27th floor, baby!) of the city. Reading before bed is going to be an entirely new experience!
The lounge downstairs is actually happening (unlike a lot of hotel bars) and the staff has class-act down to a warm science. Only one suggestion: get better blowdryers, W! 1600 watts of power on a compact dryer doesn't do much for me and I'll probably end up purchasing my own at some point this week. Otherwise? W, you're one of my San Francisco favorites.
I always enjoy staying at the Westin. Even more so when my office is literally two minutes away, doorstep to doorstep!
The bed with its gazillion layers is truly heavenly. I also dig that they give you pillows in varying sizes and levels of firmness. I'm a stomach sleeper so getting the pillows right is a rarity: I like them softer and mushier than most people. Westin gets it right!
The room was simple yet spacious and stocked with amenities. Powerful blowdryer? Yes, finally. White tea fragranced toiletries? Still swooning. A large bathroom with good water pressure and a bathtub so I could soak? Amen.
I always start my day off with a cup of coffee, and I love that the Westin includes Starbucks pods, creamer and sugar so I can brew a cup while I take my shower. The staff is always welcoming and cheerful... can I move in please?
We were friends from the start.
Coming off a 4-hour flight from Chicago yesterday afternoon, I was warmly greeted upon entry and asked if I cared for a glass of wine or sangria while checking in. Why yes, I would!
My room looks a bit like a summer candy cane with it's thickly-striped lime and lemon walls, but it's well-appointed and quiet. The bathroom is large and the Aveda bath amenities further boost the tranquility factor (rosemary mint, take me away!). I have a thick head of hair and really appreciate good water pressure in the shower-- Hotel Monaco's has the best I've encountered... ever!
24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi. They could upgrade the hair dryers from 1600 to 1875 watts, but otherwise no complaints. Best part of my stay so far? Seeing Jack White in the lobby this morning. I'd call that 'good location'!
When accepting $400 of United flight credit, two meal vouchers and a free hotel stay to voluntarily give up my seat on a flight back to Austin, I didn't really stop to assess what kind of hotel I'd be staying at. And after five nights at the W in San Francisco, my pampered body and soul wasn't really prepared for what awaited me at the Best Western Grosvenor.
But I was exhausted. Possibly hungover. And definitely ready to hit the hay, immediately.
When I got to the hotel after being shuttled sardine-style, I waited in line for about fifteen minutes before making it to the check-in desk. Once up there, it took almost another ten minutes to complete the check-in process. What gives, you ask? Unhappy employees and Mesozoic-era technology. A high-volume hotel contracted to provide on-demand rooms for at least one (if not more) major airline should probably give their employees the best tools available, considering they're dealing with the type of customers who are already disgruntled before they arrive at the property. I'd be willing to bet my flight voucher that most of the patrons aren't here by choice, like me. But anyway, I digress...
The room. Well, it was adequately comfortable but by no means aesthetically pleasing. Sheets? Not so soft. The HVAC runs really loud and the light fixtures are tough to find when walking into a dark room - optimal ergonomic design wasn't taken into account when laying out the rooms. I even woke up at 5:30am nightmaring that I was feeling the wrath of wasps stinging the crap out of my hand... I won't speculate about the possibility of the B word (bugs!) touching me mid-slumber but nevertheless, it was creepy to dream about it.
The upside: Free breakfast, which looked exactly what you'd imagine a free breakfast to look like, though I can't comment on how it tasted. I was too busy scamming a spot on the next shuttle to the airport - after opening the lobby door, I realized a few dozen people were already waiting! Lucky for me, my suitcase was already in Austin by this time so I was able to jump on the shuttle and stake out a spot while the others waited in a long line to load their luggage. Was the experience worth the $400 United floated me? Maybe not, but 'twas still a cool social experiment.
I believe this is when one says 'hasta la vista, baby"! And so it goes.
|Here's where I like to come alive after five!||Where you'll catch me sipping on a Dark & Stormy.|
|Where I head for mimosas and benedicts in the North Bay.||Because you gotta get there somehow!|
|All things German!||Just like Austin Powers... kind of. Read on for reviews of some of the international airports I've visited!|
|I'm with the band! From conventional live music venues to DJ dungeons to festivals, this is where I get my melodic fix!||Mixologist approved.|
|Off the Broadway bus route.||Stay classy, Chicago!|
"There's a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."
San Francisco, CA, Vereinigte StaatenYelper seit
Januar 2008Dinge, die ich mag
Writing, traveling, learning languages, photography, epic film scores, winter, finding adventure in the everyday, the unbelievably clear Adriatic sea, Beirut (the band), Chicago (the city), Belgian beer, Meyer lemons, beautiful minds, Hemingway, romance, accordion busking, winged eyeliner, Tom Ford everything, cafe culture, and reading your reviews.Hier bin ich häufig anzutreffen
the middle of a Strokes song.Heimatort
St. Louis, MOMein Blog oder meine Website Wenn ich nicht gerade yelpe, dann ...
I'm planning my next international getaway.Warum du meine Beiträge unbedingt lesen solltest
I'm going places... literally.Meine zweitliebste Website Was ich zuletzt gelesen habe
Stranger Music by Leonard Cohen.Mein erstes Konzerterlebnis
Depeche Mode.Mein Lieblingsfilm
True Romance//Inception//Before Sunrise//Good Will HuntingMeine Henkersmahlzeit
Love.Erzähl's nicht weiter, aber...
I have writer's block.Meine neueste Entdeckung
Life is meant to be experienced to a Hans Zimmer soundtrack... on repeat.Ich schwärme gerade für
My mini Shar Pei Sasha and Croatian football coach, Niko Kovac.