Two blocks from Union Square, Hotel Adagio is a stylish retreat from the frenetic energy of downtown San Francisco. Built in 1929, the Spanish colonial revival building has a stunning cream facade with intricately carved arches that surround the entrance and windows. The interior also retains many of its original features, including rope crown molding and the top floor’s hand-painted ceilings. Conference-goers and event attendees will be impressed with the hotel venues’ city views, elaborate woodwork, and high ceilings.
Hotel Adagio is part of the Marriott’s Autograph Collection, and the recently renovated rooms are appropriately named Audition, Act One, Encore, Applause, and Actor’s Studio. The decor uses a contemporary palette that mixes warm burgundy and chocolate hues with lime green and white. Get ready for a night out as you jam to your own music, thanks to each room’s iHome docking station. Then, head down to the hotel bar, the Mortimer, to start the evening with a craft cocktail.
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Union Square is the action-packed center of downtown San Francisco. Massive department stores, designer boutiques, and the flagship Levi’s store beckon shoppers with their elaborate displays. The pedestrian Maiden Lane is a space of calm amid the craziness, where upscale shops and galleries flank the city’s only Frank Lloyd Wright building. In the evening, head to the theater district, and settle into a jazz bar or attend a show at the Tony Award–winning American Conservatory Theater. Chinatown, North Beach, Market Street, and the Financial District are also a short stroll away. The diverse dining scene teems with options; gems include the ramen shop Katanaya and the French-Vietnamese restaurant Le Colonial.
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Rooms: 169 rooms, 2 suites. From $199. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Open daily for breakfast, the Green Room features such indulgences as brioche French toast and a Ghirardelli chocolate-laced waffle with maple syrup. A daily frittata dictated by the chef’s whims is served with a potato cake. The Mortimer is the hotel’s evening lounge and bar. The namesake Mortimer’s Choice cocktail takes the Sazerac to a new level, combining rye, cognac, orange liqueur, and Peychaud’s Bitters with an absinthe rinse. Bar food also gets a refined twist, with such dishes as a roasted poblano quesadilla and a wild mushroom pizzette topped with goat cheese and truffle oil. Happy hour, every day from 4 to 7 p.m., offers inexpensive bites and drink specials. Spa and gym details:There’s no spa, but a 24-hour fitness center has elliptical machines, treadmills, and free weights.
Who's it for: During the week, business travelers who work in the Financial District frequent the hotel. On the weekend, families, couples, and visitors check out Union Square’s shopping and theater scenes. Our favorite rooms: Located on the 16th floor, Hotel Adagio’s two suites have impressive skyline views. The 900-square-foot Stone Suite is the biggest, while the slightly smaller Samuel Suite has a spacious outdoor terrace. Request a room on or above the eighth floor on the north side for views of Nob Hill or on the east side for views of Union Square. Plan ahead: Hotel Adagio offers custom, off-the-beaten-path guides to San Francisco for its guests. Before your trip, contact head concierge Eric Waldron (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your interests, and he’ll put together an itinerary of activities, dining options, and transportation tips before you arrive.