CliftSan Francisco, California
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.
Within Clift you will find a number of landmark lounges and public retreats. The historic Redwood Room has been recently transformed and now plays a central role as one of the city's most elegant bars. Just off the lobby, Living Room is fashioned after a traditional British club or drawing room, and invites guests to imbibe in its oversize velvet sofas and leather wing chairs. Perhaps Clift's most notable contribution to the city though is Velvet Room, the award-winning eatery that first introduced the concept of Asian-Latin cuisine. Guests graze on innovative fare served with a side of dramatic appointments - billowy silk drapes, oversize banquettes crafted from mahogany and leather, hand-blown Murano lamps imported from Italy, and illuminated tables configured into a design that promotes conversation. The sensory experience continues beyond Clift, onto the bustling streets of San Francisco that fan out in every direction. Take the cable car to Fisherman's Wharf or head towards the Embarcadero where the century-old Ferry Market Building is brimming with savory food stalls and a weekly farmers' market. Discover the style and vitality of San Francisco, beginning with your very hotel room, with a stay at Clift.