This is a report of our trip July 1-8, 2012.
I love reading and writing trip reports and even though I don’t see many on this forum, I thought I would share ours in the hope that someone will find it helpful. We did just about every touristy thing you can do in SF and then some (with the exception of Alcatraz—for some reason we left that out even though I told my husband that everyone loves it).
This trip consisted of myself, my husband (DH) and DH’s best friend “Ned.” DH had been to SF once about 10 years ago but it was my first time. Ned is a frequent visitor to SF and since he has been so many times, he planned our entire itinerary for the trip. This was hard for me since I love to plan, but I knew that Ned would make sure we saw everything we needed to see.
After much research and debate, we decided to break up our trip into 3 parts: 4 nights at the Le Meridien with the days spent doing all the “touristy” stuff, then a day trip to Sonoma and a night in Napa Valley, then our last two nights would be spent at the W, with our last day sort of open with no set plan, other than dinner at Gary Danko.
We chose the Le Meridien for a few reasons: one, we needed to be close to Ned who was staying at a budget hotel, the Grant Plaza. We were also concerned about noise and we figured being in the Financial District would mean that it would be pretty quiet at night. But the real reason we chose it was because it had the most square footage in our price point.
I know the Financial District is not a popular choice here but we had a pretty aggressive itinerary involving a lot of walking. As in 4-6 miles a day on average. So for the above reasons, we went with this area over some of the more popular ones.
We were very impressed with the Le Meridien—it was our favorite hotel of the 3. The room was indeed spacious for SF standards, the bed was comfortable and we heard no noise other than a siren or two whatsoever. We arrived early and were allowed to check in around 10:30 am and were given a partial bay view room.
We thought the lobby area was nice but we really just walked in and out of this hotel coming and going straight to and from our room. We did not use the restaurant or bar although we did go up and look at the restaurant which has a terrace area. I will write a complete review of the hotel on TA if anyone is interested in more details. But overall, we liked it very much. Our only real complaint was that the internet service in our room was pretty spotty.
We flew Virgin for the first time and loved it. We had an uneventful flight and took a cab from the airport. The fare to the Le Meridien was around $44. Days 1-7 to follow.