Perched next to San Francisco Bay, Hotel Griffon makes an ideal base for business travelers who work nearby and visitors who want a waterfront location. Free town car service to the Financial District is available every weekday morning, while a top-floor boardroom provides a short commute for conference-goers. Leisure travelers can arrange Alcatraz tickets, tours, and sought-after reservations through the concierge.
The eco-friendly hotel is green down to the smallest details, from soap with a hollow core that creates less waste to recycled notepads produced by a wind-powered plant. All of the rooms were recently remodeled and get turned down every evening with chocolates and bottles of water. Other small touches extend to the suites, which come with a yoga mat and an instructional DVD to help guests stretch out any stress. Top-floor suites also have a wet bar so guests can raise a glass to their view of the city or bay and toast their time in San Francisco.
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Practically next door to the iconic Ferry Building, Hotel Griffon is in the heart of the Embarcadero, San Francisco’s east waterfront. Stop by the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market—held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays—to sample some of the best produce and artisanal foods from Northern California. Baseball fans will want to see AT&T Park, home of three-time World Series Champions the San Francisco Giants. The Embarcadero is one of the flattest areas in a city known for its hills, so to get higher, hike up to Coit Tower. Other nearby destinations include the Exploratorium, the shops of Union Square, and the Yerba Buena Gardens.
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Rooms: 57 rooms, 5 suites. From $200. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:Perry’s on the Embarcadero is a casual breakfast, lunch, and dinner joint open daily. Try the seared ahi sandwich with scallion-Dijon aioli and housemade chips or the deconstructed chicken potpie with shiitake mushrooms. Weekend brunch calls for a California Benedict with avocado and grilled tomato. The drink list focuses on California wines by the glass and bottle, as well as craft beers and cocktails. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow uninterrupted views of the stunning Bay Bridge and open onto a terrace when the weather’s warm. Lunch reservations are strongly recommended; call (415) 495-6500. Spa and gym details:While there isn’t a spa or gym, the hotel sells reduced $5 day passes to the YMCA next door. The full fitness facility has classes, weight machines, a basketball court, a lap pool, and treadmills that overlook the bay.
Who's it for: Luxury business travelers who seek convenience, and leisure travelers who want easy access to iconic city sites. Our favorite rooms: On the top floor, two executive suites with an outdoor terrace offer sweeping city views, and two bay-view suites provide an impressive vantage point for the evening Bay Bridge light show. If you can’t book a suite, go with one of the six bay-view king rooms. Explore the area: The hotel organizes 90-minute culinary tours of the Ferry Building on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Visit such popular outposts as the Acme Bread Company and Cowgirl Creamery, and chat with local producers while snacking your way through the farmers' market. Group tours cost $68 per person. Custom private tours are also available upon request. Custom two- to six-mile routes will take clients past such popular sites as AT&T Park and Coit Tower.