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Romantic Staycations In San Francisco

by Teresa Rodriguez

Tony Bennett isn’t the only one who left his heart in San Francisco. Our fair city has been the setting of a fair share of epic romances. After all, it is one of the most romantic places on earth. Why bother jumping on a plane with your sweetheart, when you can book an unforgettable staycation in our city by the Bay? We found some impressive hotels that happen to have dreamy dining destinations just steps from their lobbies.


Downtown Decadence

Private butlers, an unbelievable spa, and a bar sparkling with Champagne—no, it’s not heaven; it’s the St. Regis. In this town of endless charm and elegance, The St. Regis hotel exemplifies all things that are wonderful. Only at this legendary hotel will you get to enjoy its signature butler service.  Just call your butler, and he will carefully unpack your suitcase, and when you have to leave, he will repack your luggage with lovely pieces of tissue between your clothes. To add to your extraordinary night on the town, dine at one of the most highly acclaimed modern Cantonese restaurants in the world—Hakkasan.  This restaurant’s Michelin-starred international executive chef Ho Chee Boon has created an outstanding menu with a focus on new, innovative dishes using the finest local and seasonal ingredients. Hakkasan San Francisco is located only two blocks from the St. Regis, so dress up and enjoy a splendid dinner with your sweetheart. Wake up and indulge in a morning at the Remède Spa, where you can enjoy a sumptuous couple’s massage. Rates at the St. Regis start at $525 per night.


St. Regis Hotel

125 Third Street



One Kearny Street


Putting on the Ritz

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is one of those hotels that little girls dream of—white-gloved teas and teddy bear parties make this hotel a dreamlike wonderland. Stop dreaming and surprise your grown-up girl with a memorable experience at the Ritz. From January 31 through March 1, 2014, starting at $499 per night, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco will offer a romantic escape during the most romantic month of the year.  Included in the package are:  overnight accommodations, Recchiuti chocolates, wine pairing welcome amenity, and a Champagne and caviar breakfast in bed the next morning. The best part is you don’t even have to leave the property for dinner. At Parallel 37, the romantic and delicious restaurant right there at the hotel, you can fall in love all over again with a little help from chef Michael Rotondo’s five-course Valentine’s Day menu with optional beverage pairing.  Dinner will be priced at $125 per guest on February 14 and 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations highly recommended.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel

600 Stockton Street


Parallel 37



Clandestine Encounters

The Taj hotels are world-renowned for their impeccable service and international flare. And, for more than 100 years, the Taj Campton Place hotel has been a sanctuary for discerning travelers from around the world. The property is considered the quintessential boutique hotel on Union Square and embodies classical European style and service. Known worldwide for its privacy and warmth, this is the perfect destination for those looking for a little tête-à-tête. For a sweet night, book the Campton Suite, which starts at $621 per night. To add to your enchanted evening, dinner at Bouche is a must. It is just a whisper away from the Taj hotel—just up the street and up a set of hidden stairs. Bouche has been named one of the best French restaurants in the country. St. Tropez-born chef Jerome Albaric will be ready to make your romantic night a hit with delicious cheeses, an amazing charcuterie selection, and crisp Champagne.


Taj Campton Place

340 Stockton Street




603 Bush Street


A View to a Thrill

Hotel Vitale’s location can’t be beat. Just steps from the Bay and across the street from the Ferry Building, it is the perfect location for the active couple who wants to enjoy all that the Embarcadero has to offer. Presenting the best, unobstructed views of the new Bay Bridge, Hotel Vitale’s Bay Lights rooms are the most sought-after accommodations at the hotel. In these spacious rooms, couples can relax in the luxurious seating area, take in the incredible bay window panoramas, and indulge in the spa-style limestone bathrooms with rain forest showerheads—plus, several rooms have soaking tubs. First, unwind at Spa Vitale, a penthouse-level urban oasis. With the Romantic Restoration treatment, you’ll enjoy a massage instruction class, the signature Bathing Ritual (which offers relaxation in rooftop infinity tubs set in an open-air bamboo garden), and finish with two full-session, side-by-side couple’s massages. After your massages, you can take a short stroll to the celebrated Epic Roasthouse for great food and more fabulous views. The Bay Lights rooms start at $599 per night.


Hotel Vitale

8 Mission Street


Epic Roasthouse

369 The Embarcadero



Urban Adventure

Take on the city like the local technorati and slide into the W. The hotel is a landing place for many tech stars who want to enjoy a cocktail at the Living Room Bar. The space is a funky fusion of vibrant décor and creative energy that reflects the pulse of SoMa. Or, if you want a bit more privacy, walk upstairs to Upstairs. Upstairs is where you can find top-shelf liquors and eight exclusive seasonal signature cocktails crafted from an exploration of molecular gastronomy. After your mind-blowing cocktail, walk a few doors down and sneak into Fang Restaurant. Owned by the young and beautiful Kathy Fang, the food is an impressive collection of traditional Chinese dishes with a healthy sway.  She brings her passion for cooking and well-being into all the dishes she creates. Book the W Romance Remix package, which includes a $50 credit, a bottle of bubbles, and a late 2 p.m. check out. The starting rate is $349 per night.


W Hotel

181 Third Street



Fang Restaurant

660 Howard Street



Step Back in Time

The Fairmont San Francisco is one of the always ageless and impeccable fine hotels. For a classy evening, check in, and then amble two blocks to OSSO Steakhouse, which is reminiscent of a Chicago speakeasy, filled with art deco flourishes and private cabanas for your privacy.  If you really want to impress your sweetheart, make sure you’ve booked The Fairmont’s penthouse suite. This $15,000-a-night apartment is world-renowned for its stunning architecture and interior design. Stay there and add your name to the list of illustrious past guests—from rock stars to royalty. Or, for some spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, book a balcony suite: rates for Valentine’s Day start at $1,199. There, you can toast with your love on your own private terrace. Then, wake up to a luxurious breakfast atop Nob Hill, al fresco. Insider tip: when booking, request to receive a guaranteed upgrade to one of the landmark hotel’s newly renovated guest rooms or suites in the main building.


Fairmont Hotel

950 Mason Street


OSSO Steakhouse

1177 California Street


Be a Tourist in Love

When was the last time you looked at San Francisco through the eyes of someone who is visiting for the first time? It’s like relationships: sometimes we forget the little things that make our beloved so special. On this Valentine’s Day, why not fall in love with Fisherman’s Wharf? Kimpton’s Argonaut Hotel is offering a “Chart Your Course for Romance” package that includes: deluxe accommodations, bottle of Champagne upon arrival, spa basket with lotion, massage oil, spa sponges and bubble bath, Ghirardelli chocolates, Continental breakfast at the Blue Mermaid Chowderhouse, valet parking, and a Pier 39 fun pack. The package starts at $389 per night. To continue your evening of touring, first stop by the Buena Vista Cafe for an Irish Coffee, then walk down to the Wharf and feast on a traditional crab cioppino dinner at the world-famous Scoma’s, which is one of the last not-so-touristy Italian seafood restaurants there. End your night with a hot bubble bath and massage.


The Argonaut Hotel

495 Jefferson Street


The Buena Vista Cafe

2765 Hyde Street


Scoma’s Restaurant

47 Al Scoma Way




    Teresa Rodriguez is a travel expert and the founder of She is also the author of several books, including Fly Solo: The 50 Best Places on Earth for a Girl to Travel Alone and Body, Mind, and Solo: 7 Keys to Conquering the World Alone. 

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