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San Francisco: Hotel Vitale

8 Mission Street, Phone: (415) 278-3700

Reviewed by: stella from NY, review #2132

When: November 2007

A hip, sleek, modern boutique hotel on the Embarcadero Waterfront in San .

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Hotel Vitale is a hip and trendy hotel located directly across the street from the Ferry Terminal Building in San Francisco, along the palm-tree line Embarcadero. The décor in the lobby and room is sleek and modern, and the staff is very professional, yet welcoming.

The room was big, with a huge, king-sized bed and a generous bathroom. The colors were muted gray and white, with touches of lavender, and dark wood accents. My favorite thing was a big, comfortable settee, which was great for lounging, reading or watching the large-screen TV. The huge, plush terry robes were to die for.

Each guest is greeted with a small box of handmade chocolates from Recchiutti Confections, located in the historic Ferry Building Marketplace. My other favorite touch was the small sprig of fresh lavender tucked into the door number marker outside of each room; the scent wafted through the hallways and made me look forward to coming and going.

This is a hotel to stay in if you are a foodie. I’ve already mentioned how close it is to the Ferry Building Market, where, on every Tuesday and Saturday is San Francisco’s most popular Farmer’s Market, featuring farmers who practice sustainable agriculture.

There are a number of San Francisco’s top restaurants within walking distance, including Boulevard, and The Slanted Door. Visit the Ferry Building Marketplace on any day for terrific shopping and eating, or to stroll along the water with a fabulous view of the Bay Bridge.

I spent three very comfortable nights at the Hotel Vitale, and would definitely stay there again when visiting San Francisco.

Reviewed by: jnini from USA, review #1502

When: May 2006

I loved my stay at this hotel.

Room price: $200+ per night. On the Embarcadero.

This hotel sells itself as natural and organic. All natural fibers are used on the linens, which are very nice, and natural materials are used throughout, such as travertine on the floors. The colors are muted earth tones, greens, blues, beiges.

I had a room overlooking the water with a king bed. There is a plasma tv in each room, a CD clock radio with an assortment of CDs, a HUGE shower with a rain shower head. My room was quiet and spacious.

I ate at the restaurant (Italian-ish) once for breakfast. The hotel was adding an outdoor patio so it was closed for dinner. For breakfast, I had the spinach and goat cheese frittata, which was fabulous. I highly recommend this hotel.

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