Stay: Hotel Monaco, San Francisco

Located just footsteps from downtown San Francisco’s Union Square lies the quirky recluse of the Hotel Monaco. The Renaissance-inspired entryway boasts an Instagram-worthy marble staircase, a cozy French-inspired sitting area and fireplace, and an illustrious large baobab tree dedicated to the hotel’s founder, Bill Kimpton.

Behind the Art-Nouveau grandeur of the lobby are contemporary guest rooms – equally as noteworthy and unique in their own regard. Bright striped walls, floral pillows and global patterns combine for a quirky, contemporary aesthetic. Outer rooms boast views of the bustling theatre district and Union Square. We have to give credit to the Hotel Monaco for its attention to detail and commitment to delivering an experience for guests – wine evenings are daily with complimentary vino, each room has high speed internet (for Kimpton reward members), and comes equipped with a complimentary yoga mat for the ever important zen time, which, is indeed why we chose the Hotel Monaco for our recent trip to the Bay.

Also not to be missed is the newly renovated BDK restaurant (formerly the Grand Cafe), offering a delicious menu of refined American classics and artful craft cocktails that will make you ever so grateful that home is just a few floors away.

Book your next stay at the Hotel Monaco here.

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Local hotspots nearby:

Mr Holmes Bakehouse: A local Nob Hill bakery serving some of (in our opinion) the best pastries in the city. Guests line up early down the block for the infamous cruffin (a sweet croissant-shaped muffin delicacy), so get there early. If you choose to skip the cruffins and the line, there are plenty of other delicious sweet and savory treats to satisfy your SF sweet tooth.

Farm : Table: Our favorite local coffee / breakfast spot, serving a small, albeit excellently crafted menu of fresh fare and great brews. The daily toast – a think slice of housemade brioche topped with mascarpone and a seasonal assortment of fruit. To die for.

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