Hotel Vitale

8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94015

With its waterfront location across from the San Francisco Ferry Building on the edge of downtown, the Hotel Vitale is an ideal launchpad to explore San Francisco. Rooms have expansive views of the Bay or the city, and travelers can step out onto the Embarcadero for a morning run, to browse at one of three weekly farmers’ markets at the Ferry Building, or for a quick trip to AT&T Park to see a ballgame. Dine on Italian-influenced dishes at Americano, which also has a beautiful outdoor bar—heated throughout the foggy San Francisco summer. The property’s decor is freshened with thoughtful details like sprigs of lavender tucked in guest room doors and river stones on bedside tables.

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Honeymooning in San Francisco

Just married? Look no further than the Hotel Vitale for your San Francisco honeymoon. Couples can reserve the “We Do, Finally!” package, which gets you a Deluxe Panoramic Circular Suite with spectacular views over the waterfront, a signature bathing ritual for two and a 50-minute couples massage at the in-house Spa Vitale, and $100 of room dining credit. Pop the bottle of the Perrier-Joüet Champagne delivered to your suite with a selection of chocolates.

Waterfront Boutique Stay

At the intersection of the San Francisco Bay, SoMa, and the city’s famous Ferry Building marketplace, you’ll find the Hotel Vitale, my favorite waterfront boutique hotel. Built in 2005, the space brings together Victorian elements, contemporary design, and Northern California inspired style. Here, open floor plans, sleek bay windows, light drapes, and natural elements exude both the classic and emerging characteristics of San Francisco. From the waterfront patio of the Vitale’s Americano Bar—drink in hand, of course—I am always reminded of how proud I am to be a fourth-generation San Franciscan. With the revitalization of the historic piers and boutique waterfront businesses, the Embarcadero has transformed over the last 20 years into one of the most beautiful areas of the city. Right outside the Vitale’s door, modern innovations are layered over brick-and-mortar foundations. Immersing yourself in these contrasts and exploring the vibrant east side of the city will put you in touch with what it means to live here.

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