Checking into The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel San Francisco
Is The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel the most colorful property in San Francisco? With richly hued redwood walls in the lobby, a triple-height backlit yellow bar and lavender communal corridors that evoke the fragrant fields of Sonoma, it is a feast for the eyes. But what else would you expect from Ian Schrager, co-creator of Studio 54, who reinvented the urban hotel concept as a scene-stealing haunt in its own right? With a little help from superstar designer Philippe Starck, they filled the lobby of The Clift with curious and oversized furniture seemingly straight out of Alice In Wonderland, and in doing so added another temple of design-cum-decadence to the Sonesta group portfolio, which currently includes nearly 80 properties across seven countries. Plus, the 372-room hotel’s location couldn’t be better: It’s only a 10-minute walk from some of our favorite pit stops such as the Ferry Building—where we will take the poached eggs at Boulettes Larder, thank you—and Leo’s Oyster Bar, where we keep winding up for a plate of rock crab and a glass of Chablis. 495 Geary St., S.F., 415-775-4700; sonesta.com.
Written by ANDREW BARKER.