Behold, SFist's newest feature, One Night Stand, ready to help Bay Area locals plan a getaway inside San Francisco or within a 71-mile circumference thereof. How did this come about? Well, being SFist, we are blessed to have associates and colleagues with enough money who get to say such insane things as "I just had a fight with my girlfriend, so I crashed in a suite at Hotel Vitale last night" or "My roommate is a jealous nightmare of a human being, so my new boyfriend and I screw around at The Fairmont" or best of all, "We were bored [with our palatial estate in Woodside] so we checked into the Ritz-Carlton for a few days." While your editor does not have the funds to toss off such casual statements, some of you do. Many of you do, in fact; especially all of you new IPO types. This feature, where your SFist editor dirties up a San Francisco hotel room for one weekend, is for you. And for hotel porn junkies. You and all the locals. First up? Campton Place in Union Square.
Billing itself as a boutique hotel, Taj Campton Place San Francisco is a shockingly luxurious getaway smack-dab in the heart of touristy Union Square. They've got 110 guestrooms and suites, and their restaurant boasts a rare Michelin star. (Executive chef Sri Gopinathan helped the restaurant achieve its first Michelin Guide star in 2010, which was retained for second consecutive year, and pastry chef Rikki Garcia was a Food & Wine ‘best pastry chef’ nominee this year.) The hotel room we stayed in, a suite on the ninth floor, had insane views of the cityscape. (So much more preferable to the SF Bay, yes?) When we weren't gazing outside we were taking one of our 10 hot baths (we love bathing) in the massive tub found inside our marble-drenched bathroom. Hot water and a big tub is pretty much heaven for us.
Now, since the hotel is in Union Square, most travel guides we came across online recommended dining at Burger Bar or going to Vessel for the "ultimate nightlife experience." Do not do this. Burger Bar is overpriced and crowded, and Vessel is frequented by human garbage cans. Instead, eat at Campton Place Restaurant (it's worth the price tag) and head out afterward to The Tunnel Top or Li-Po Lounge in Chinatown. Both places are just hip enough without having to go to the Mission or Divisadero. Then go back to your hotel room for yet another hot bath.
Although the hotel has been around for decades, Taj will celebrate their 5th anniversary at Campton with special cocktail offers, dinners, and hotel room packages. The big 5 is on April 30th, so if you would like to book a room or grab some grub during the festivities, visit Campton Place's site or call them at 415-781-5555.