Best Four Seasons San Francisco: Embarcadero Vs Market Street


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There are currently two Four Seasons hotels in Francisco: Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco Vs. Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero.

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero is currently known as the Loews Regency San Francisco, but the Hotel will be renamed in 2020 following renovations. The same company owns both hotels, the one on Market Street and the hotel at Embarcadero, and is in the process of building and delivering one of the best luxury residential products on the West Coast with the new Four Seasons Private Residences coming to 706 Mission Street in 2020.

The decision regarding which is best is actually relatively easy as both are located close to each other, about a 10-minute walk away from each other. The Embarcadero Four Seasons is in the Financial District and close to the waterfront, which means that it has the most incredible views. Once the refurbishment has been completed, this will also feel the newer of the two properties in terms of decor, at least for the time being.

What both these hotels offer, which is so very important, is excellent beds, so you are virtually guaranteed a good night’s sleep. Expect spacious rooms and large bathrooms, Four Seasons’ excellent service (how do they know who you are!), and a wonderfully luxurious ambiance and environment.

Whether it is in the bar or restaurants or in the corridors and communal areas, everything is always immaculate. A certain level of room, service, and decor is guaranteed at all Four Seasons hotels around the world. It is one of the many things that makes them great!

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1. Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero is housed on the top 11 floors of the 48-storey building (the city’s fourth-tallest building). This means that this Four Seasons is not the one to pick if you don’t like heights!

Consequently, it is the one to pick if you like views. Just look at the astounding shot showing the view from this property above. The Hotel’s 155 rooms and suites afford enviable skyline views, including the Coit Tower and Transamerica Building, and sweeping views of the Bay, including landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.

The Hotel offers an all-day restaurant and bar and a well-equipped fitness center, including treatment rooms. With an entrance at 222 Sansome Street, the Hotel is centrally located in the city’s financial district and within walking distance to Union Square, SoMa, and San Francisco’s tallest building, Salesforce Tower.

2. Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, which includes Private Residences, is beautifully located two blocks from Union Square and the Museum of Modern Art, with close proximity to all that San Francisco offers. It opened in 2001 and remains one of the best luxury hotels in San Francisco.

It currently offers the city’s most spacious guestrooms, its finest sports club, an indoor lap pool and spa, and, of course, the intuitive Four Seasons Service.

The Hotel’s 277 guest rooms, including 46 suites, are generously sized with a warm, residential feel. Guestrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase stunning views of the city or Yerba Buena Gardens and San Francisco Bay from window seats.

Guest room amenities include Nespresso machines; flat-screen televisions with DVR and casting capabilities; complimentary L’Occitane toiletries; down pillows and duvets; an in-room safe (that can accommodate a laptop); overnight laundry service; private stocked bar/refrigerator; twice-daily housekeeping service; Bose speakers; complimentary shoe-shine; and kids’ amenities and toiletries.

The stylish MKT Restaurant and Bar builds on San Francisco’s reputation for California cuisine, accented by a hand-selected list of regional wines and handcrafted cocktails along with small plates and sustainable seafood.

While this original Four Seasons hotel is the perfect location for taking in the sights of the Yerba Buena cultural district and Union Square, it does not offer the astounding views of its new sister property, detailed and pictured above.

Our best pick, assuming one hotel is not significantly cheaper than the other (if it is, go for the cheaper Four Seasons as every Four Seasons offers an exceptional level of luxury and service), would be the brand-new Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero for the views and the brand new and stylish decor.

Four Seasons has also opened hotels in Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto (in 2006), and, coming in 2020, the company’s first standalone residential project in the San Francisco, Four Seasons Private Residences at 706 Mission Street, San Francisco. In addition, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley can be found 90 minutes north of San Francisco in California’s legendary wine country and is another Four Seasons hotel to look forward to.

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