In general I’m not a big fan of newer hotels with streamlined contemporary decor, but Hotel Vitale offered a very positive experience. I greatly enjoyed the decor and materials which emphasized nature and natural elements. The unique artwork (also nature-themed) throughout the hotel was eye-catching and refreshing. Altho’ our brief stay didn’t allow time to visit their spa (the rooftop garden soaking tubs sounded great), just being at the Vitale provided relaxation and peace.
Valet service (cost was $57 per night inc. tax) and the check-in process were quick and friendly. The small but very attractive, comfortable lobby area had a noteworthy “Bay Lights” art piece on display. The hotel’s restaurant, Americano, has a delightful lounge area. We had breakfast at the restaurant the next morning and I had the best omelet ever: Spinach, chives and smoked scamorza cheese!
We stayed in Room #357 having been upgraded from a “city view” room to a room with a partial view of the Bay Bridge--wonderful! The iconic Ferry Building was also an enjoyable sight thru our Bay windows (very appropriate name). That night we walked the short distance to Waterbar for a superb dinner, afterwards lingering to take in the “Bay Lights” display. Arriving back at Hotel Vitale we were able to continue our “Bay Lights” viewing thru our room’s windows--a special treat!
I was impressed by the hotel’s excellent soundproofing--we experienced no obtrusive noises from the adjacent room which was occupied by 3 people or from the outside. Amazing since the busy Embarcadero was right below.
Room size was a little less spacious than I had expected, but it had a well laid out floorplan and the group of large windows made it feel more expansive. Our King bed seemed almost too firm at first, but I felt great the next morning, having had a sound, comfortable sleep.
Amenities included: Free Wi-Fi, LCD flat panel TV, iPod player/dock, CD player, in-room safe, well-stocked honor/snack bar, daily newspaper, bathrobes and hairdryer. Hotel guests also get complimentary passes to the closeby YMCA which has a pool and fitness equipment.
Our bathroom had interesting limestone flooring and counter and a unique lighting feature. The countertop offered a decent amount of space. There was a shower only; no tub.
I did have some complaints: The bathroom sink faucet was placed too close to the basin's edge, allowing water to splash all over the counter. The shower stall needed the correct size curtain. Instead, it had a full-size curtain that was folded in half and didn't extend all the way across and wasn't long enough, resulting in water going out over the floor. Ventilation in the bathroom wasn’t adequate enough to prevent steam buildup from the shower. The windows in our room were quite spotted when we arrived, but the next day the window washers arrived; just a bit too late for us. Lighting in one of the bedside tables wasn't functional. Altho’ coffee was available in the lobby, it would also have been nice to have even a single-serve coffeemaker in the room.
All things considered, we had a very enjoyable stay at Hotel Vitale. With its fantastic view location on the Embarcadero across from the Ferry Building, it offers the perfect combination of relaxation and invigoration!
- 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