Stayed at the Vitale last April for four days. Meant to write a review sooner but never got around to it until now.
The hotel, the flagship property of the Joie de Vivre group (an overly cheerful name for a hotel chain, I must confess), is located reasonably centrally, by the Ferry building. Although the views from some of the rooms are rather nice, I wasn’t crazy about the location. Aside from the Ferry building (which houses a large market – mostly, though not exclusively, food related), there didn’t seem to be much of interest on the Embarcadero for quite a while. Also, although very close to Market Street (one of San Francisco’s main thoroughfares), you have to walk for a good 15 minutes before you get to the shopping area. In my view, both the Four Seasons and the St. Regis, located further down Market Street are better situated.
As to the Vitale itself, although designed in a subtle and elegant style, it is starting to show signs of wear. This was evident in both some of the communal areas and the rooms. The Amarericano Bar, in particular, was in dire need of a revamp, with many of its leather lounge chairs sporting unsightly tears. Also, some of the furniture in both rooms we had booked was stained and the carpet had started to fluff visibly.
Only ate in-house for breakfast, which was perfectly nice throughout our stay, with a good selection a la carte (no buffet). Also, when the weather allowed it, Americano would host an al fresco aperitif which, although we never managed to attend, seemed quite pleasant. I should also mention that there are two Michelin starred restaurant within a block of the hotel: Boulevard and One Market (I can recommend the latter for the food, which really was rather good and of decent value; as to the atmosphere, the place is so large and busy, and the service so swift, it feels like being in a highly sophisticated fast-food joint).
Service was good throughout, though not memorable.
To be fair to the hotel, our stay wasn’t very expensive, with an average nightly rate of slightly less than $300 (for Deluxe Waterfront rooms), hence the relatively generous rating. However, if I were to return to San Francisco, I would probably upgrade to a better property. The recently opened St. Regis, in particular, seemed rather impressive; the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton decidedly less so - both seemed in need of a make-over too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax and rejuvenate while enjoying our stunning water and city vistas, in-house spa with rooftop soaking tubs and signature Americano Restaurant & Bar. It's time for some "you" time.Our guestrooms offer luxurious limestone bathrooms, soothing color palettes, honor bars with decadent and healthful options, and the rejuvenating LATHER line of bath amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vitale Hotel San Francisco
- Hotel Vitale
- Vitale San Francisco