Nobody would argue that San Francisco is a fun town. It has lots of bars and restaurants, a very famous Chinatown, and a reputation for European-style sophistication that not many American cities can match.
The Spanish settled the tip of the peninsula, establishing a fort at the Golden Gate and a mission named for Francis of Assisi but it was the California Gold Rush that propelled the city into one of the largest on the West Coast. San Francisco is now famous for its landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the cable cars, Coit Tower, its steep rolling hills and its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture.
Compact enough to explore many areas on foot, the city is divided into distinct neighbourhoods and eating out is spectacular in each and every one. See the wharf with resident sea lions and fresh seafood, Chinatown for curiosity shops and authentic Dim Sum, North Beach for the hangouts of the Beat Poets and Italian cuisine, Castro for health food and the gay scene and if in Haight Ashbury, birthplace of the hippy movement, there is always bean burgers.
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- Philippe Starck has created a contemporary and elegant setting full of glamorous boutique style.
- The Velvet Room, Redwood Room and Living Room are the epitome of San Fran cool.
- In the heart of the SoMa district, opposite the SF Museum of Modern Art.
- The fourth floor is home to the Bliss Spa, a 5000 sq foot haven of tension busting treatments.
- Kick back in the Living Room, the W signature lounge - equally inviting and dramatic.