With three kids in the house, it’s been a while since my husband and I were able to get away for time with just each other. When I started planning our trip to Northern California, I knew the Mandarin Oriental was the place to capture “us time” in the city.
7 Reasons to Stay at the Mandarin Oriental
Hospitality. From the moment we drove up to the valet, the hotel went above and beyond in the hospitality department. From knowing our names as we entered and upon leaving the hotel, to making sure we had walking directions to all the wonderful destinations within the city limits. The Mandarin Oriental knew we were there for pleasure and made sure our experience was one of a kind! Upon arrival we were greeted with a delicious bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and fresh picked organic pears from a local farm.
The hotel is not small to say the least– 151 rooms, 7 suites, and many, many floors. But the hotel staff made it personalized every moment we were there. One of the many instances was when my husband asked the door man where the nearest Starbucks location (we have a small addiction…). The door man gave directions, and then offered to get our coffee himself! Service beyond compare!
Location Location Location. The Mandarin Oriental is located in the Financial District of San Francisco. Looking from a map, I knew the hotel was near great destinations, but not until we could walk it for ourselves did we find out that the hotel is truly in the best location for touring the city by foot. Within a couple 1-2 mile walking distance, we had the world renown Ferry Building, Fisherman’s Wharf, China Town, North Beach, SFMOMA, the BART station, Union Square and more! Not only were we within walking distance to major tourist destinations, but also some of San Francisco’s most loved restaurants including Wayfare Tavern, Perbacco, Tadich Grill and more. The hotel also provides two beautiful cars for guests to use for short distances based on a first come, first serve basis. We did not use the car service, but loved having it there just in case!
The View. Based off of the website and following along on Facebook, I knew that the Mandarin Oriental would have some amazing views. We were situated on the 36th floor. Let me just say the views in the daylight and at night were breathtaking.
The Spa. The Mandarin Oriental’s Spa is rated Five Stars by Forbes. With comprehensive facilities and an emphasis on healing, the Mandarin Oriental’s luxurious spa is an oasis for the mind, body and spirit. Featuring contemporary styling and an array of subtle Asian design features, it provides the perfect environment blending Eastern traditions with modern techniques. I did not get to indulge in the spa on this visit, but the next time I am in San Francisco, I will be getting the Diamond Brilliant ritual.
Delicious Dining at the MOSF. The Mandarin Oriental dining options are wide and diverse. Three options including the Brasserie S&P, The Bar at Brasserie S&P, and in-room dining. Brasserie S&P is named for the hotels locations between Sansome and Pine– California cuisine at it’s best; combining fresh local ingredients with flare and a casual elegance. The Bay Shrimp Louie was divine– and a must try for a light delicious lunch!
The Room. The room and the view goes hand in hand. We could literally see from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz, to Coit Tower, to the Bay Bridge in one view! The king bed in our room was amazingly luxurious and comfortable. Down comfortable, high end sheets, wonderfully soft pillows. A dream night’s sleep… and even better with no kids! Our room had a large bathroom with tub and walk in shower; luxurious robes and slippers to relax in.
Kid Friendly and #MOHolidays. I know I know… my stay was sans children, but the hotel also caters to the little ones too! The next time my family is to travel north to the Bay Area, the Mandarin Oriental will be on the top of the list for a family friendly hotel. They provide kids with all the amenities of home, but with the uniqueness of staying in a hotel. The hotel provides cribs, bathrobes and slippers, baby bath amenities, and bottle sterilizers and warmers. In addition, they have lots of items to keep little ones entertained including DVDs and video games!
Coming in December, the Mandarin Oriental will be having a Holiday Afternoon Tea. Saturdays and Sundays from 3pm to 5pm, enjoy a variety of world-class teas from Jing accompanied by an assortment of savory and sweet delights. The children’s tea includes delicious hot chocolate!
And lastly, adults and children alike can embrace the holiday spirit and let their imaginations run free with two hours of gingerbread house decorating on December 7 from 2pm to 4pm. Children will receive a chef’s hat, apron and carry box for their creation. A hot chocolate “bar” and holiday cookies will be served and festive cocktails and small plates will be available for purchase for parents.
With the many many choices in hotels travelers have in San Francisco, I highly suggest staying at the Mandarin Oriental. You will not be disappointed.
Thank you to the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco for the media stay. We had a wonderful time and appreciate the personal touches you provided. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.