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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Just steps from the waterfront, the Vitale is a serene respite from busy downtown, but with all the access you'd need to explore this vibrant city. Public transportation is plentiful, but walking is also a great pleasure along the water. You'll see people jogging or bicycling the wide Embarcadero pathway at any time of day, south towards the Bay Bridge and ballpark or north towards Fisherman's Wharf and Crissy Field. The Ferry Building, with its celebration of local food (and great markets three times a week), can't be missed. It's also where you'll find many of the ferries that go to Angel Island, Sausalito, and other points north.
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Rooms: 200 rooms. Deluxe rooms, including city and waterfront views, range from $380 – $700. Suites, including Terrace Studios and Circular Suites with panoramic views of the Bay range from $899 – $2,500 Check-in: 3pm; check-out: noon Dining options: Chef Kory Stewart helms Americano, where he brings more than a decade of experience, cultivated from travel and from working in esteemed kitchens, to create Italian-inspired dishes. Stewart bases the menu on what’s available at the adjacent Ferry Building Farmers Market. Seasonal cocktails and a curated wine list pair with housemade pastas and wood-fired pizzas topped with fresh accouterments. Spa and gym details: The Spa Vitale, located on the Penthouse Level,offers enticing treatments like the Signature Bathing Ritual, a bath infused with lavender bath milk powder that takes place in a soaking tub on the rooftop deck. Though there’s no gym on site, purchase an Urban Retreat to get access to the Bay Club and the YMCA.
Who's it for: Eco-minded travelers looking to retreat, relax, and recharge in a natural kind of luxury. Our favorite rooms: The Terrace Studios. Each room has its own private terrace equipped with heat lamps and lounge furniture. Book an Urban Retreat: For $30, get access to additional amenities such as daily yoga, hot towels at check-in, and a 20% discount at Spa Vitale.
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.
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.