Fun fact: who knew that the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco is housed in the third tallest building in the city? I grew up in Bay Area and have driven by their address, 222 Sansome Street, a million times and had no clue that this building was so tall. On a stellar overnight last summer, I discovered that the height is a huge treat, as rooms have dramatic, panoramic views of San Francisco, the bay, and beyond.
San Francisco’s iconic landmarks are front and center out guest room windows and create a wonderful connection between the hotel and its host city. Despite having the honorary position as the first Mandarin Oriental property in the United States, the hotel is updated throughout with a contemporary, timeless aesthetic paired with subtle Asian design elements. It’s elegant, but not formal, which is what makes it work for the variety of guests, including children.
158 rooms and suites are well-equipped for business or leisure, comfortable, and designed in cool, neutral tones as the star of the show is the incredible views. Accommodations come with binoculars to further investigate details in the distance. Double rooms can accommodate an extra bed and there are also connecting configurations available for families of four or more people, as well as suites.
The Brasserie S&P restaurant is the heart of the lobby with buzzy atmosphere. We had time for breakfast here only, but it’s the kind of lounge-like space where people come after work, for a coffee, or a long dinner. It’s well-suited for multiple occasions throughout the day.
The spa at the Mandarin Oriental is a special place. There’s no communal area and all experiences are 100% customized. Treatments are structured so guests book time, not a specific treatment. I love this concept! It means everyone gets something tailored for their needs on that specific day. There’s a fitness room and guests are able to get a pass to the extensive Equinox Health Club facility next door.
Although the lounge and dining option is onsite is limited in scope compared to some of the other San Francisco luxury hotels, the excellent location in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district means that any of the city’s main attractions are accessible from here via walking, taxis, and public transportation. It’s also walking distance to the redeveloped waterfront area with excellent restaurants, shops, and a bustling weekend market. In other words, the property could have five restaurants and it wouldn’t make a difference for guests given the plethora of surrounding options to explore.
There are not extensive amenities for kids as the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco is a city hotel, but they’ve put thought into offering kids the same pampered service experience as their parents. Our age-appropriate welcome gift was a customizable scrapbook. A clever, cute way for kids to remember their experience in the city.
The Mandarin Oriental San Francisco also offers seasonal children’s activities like gingerbread house workshops over the holidays and Mother’s Day Brunch, as well as a kids’ menu in Brasserie S&P.
Service at the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco is delightful. The door man wowed me shortly after arrival front as he knew our names by the second time we walked through the door. An impressive feat given the volume of people going in and out of the hotel. The can-do service is efficient, friendly, and eager to please. There’s a double concierge station to help with city activities and reservations.
The starting rate for a Perfect Pair set of connecting rooms that are ideal for families is $US 1,325 per night plus tax; this is the room category that is used for the “Summer Family Fun” Package and all family related packages at the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco. The starting rate for the Deluxe City View Double Room is $US 655 per night plus tax.
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Editor’s Note: The Mandarin Oriented provided a media rate to give Ciao Bambino the opportunity to review the hotel for families. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy.
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