This is the 4 th or so time we have stayed at the Donatello on a timeshare exchange. This is an exceptional location for exploring San Francisco. (TIP: Unless you absolutely need a car consider using the public transportation. The cost of a 7 day Muni pass is $28 per person and will grant you unlimited rides on the cable cars (normally $6 one way!), trolleys and buses. Parking can run $30-$50 per day in overnight lots and an empty street spot is very hard to find at any time of day. Plus negotiating the cable car right of ways, bus only lanes and pedestrians is not for the meek at the wheel.)
Our room had been refurbished since our last stay and was nicely appointed, comfortable and spotless. Should you be on an extended trip and need clothes washed you will either have to pay hotel fees or walk to a nearby laundromat as there is no guest laundry on site. There was a Shell Vacation timeshare booth in the lobby but we were (thankfully) never bothered. The lobby is staffed 24 hours a day and is very secure. The top floor has a nice lounge area, sauna and hot tub.
We were 1 block from Powell Street and Union Square where it seems the city never sleeps. Two of the three cable car lines original at Powell and Market just a couple of blocks from the Square. It's a short walk to China Town (Grant is loaded with tourist themed shops but Stockton is where you will encounter most of the genuine Chinese markets. Just at the North edge of China Town you enter the North Beach and Washington Square and area with many Italian restaurants. A little bit further and you will be at the Fisherman's Wharf area. All within casual walking distance of the Donatello. Tired of the walk? Catch a cable car back to within 1 block of the Donatello. Another good walk is from Market and Powell down Market to the Embacadero area passing thru the finacial district. You will see major high end stores, street people and panhandlers of all sorts. Thursday and Saturday there is a farmers market at the Embacadero that is a favorite scene to take in. Plan to eat at one of the food trucks on site.
Now back to the Donatello. Everybody travels differently. Some folks choose to be catered to, my wife and I prefer to be left alone for a weeks stay and leave the unit neat and clean on departure. There is a frequent tip mentallity here. Tip the bellman to take your luggage up, tip to get an ice bucket, tip (I assume) for a turn down service in the evening and daily restocking of the mini fridge of grossly over priced (non-perishable) stuff. We place everything on the counter and use the fridge for our juice, etc. Having someone enter our room a couple of times a day violates the privacy I am paying for. We therefore leave the do not disturb sign out and it is honored. As I said, some folks opt for more service than others. We just are opposed to what appears to be a fabricated industry of tipping. It doesn't feel much different than the street panhandlers. That sais the Donatello is a great place to stay in SF.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- FIVE-TIME WINNER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE! Located in the heart of San Francisco's fashionable shopping and theater district by Union Square is the spacious Donatello. Settle into tastefully appointed rooms and enjoy the top floor fitness center, with a whirlpool spa and private saunas, which provides the perfect retreat after a day exploring the city. You can take a cable car up and down San Francisco 's colorful neighborhoods or explore the many streets of Chinatown. And when you work up an appetite in a city know for its cuisine, the Zingari Ristorante, located onsite, is a Northern Italian feast for the taste buds. Fully experience fine dining, theater and shopping in San Francisco at our luxurious retreat in the exciting City by the Bay-a San Francisco getaway perfect for romance, leisure and business travel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Donatello Hotel San Francisco
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