It is swank, it is seductive, and it is one of San Francisco's sexiest hotels. Clift is inspired by its own glamorous past and is infused with ultramodern touches. Designer extraordinaire Philippe Starck set out to create one of the city's most talked-about retreats, and Clift is just that. Located just off Union Square, within easy reach of tony Nob Hill, the hotel's collection of rooms is striking, featuring subtle hints of color, displays of avant-garde art, and million-dollar views of the city skyline. Below guest chambers, the soaring lobby hosts an eclectic and renowned furniture collection, including work by Salvador Dali and a 35-foot bronze fireplace by Gerard Garouste. With such dramatic grace and contemporary energy, the Clift promises a noteworthy experience at every turn.