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Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, San Francisco

by TerriAnn
Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Hotel California Sunset

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Hotel Review, Stay Provided…

Price: $$$ – $$$$+
For: Couples, singles
Cleanliness: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Recommended: Yes
Gorgeous views, bright and open layout, memorable ambience, private, fantastic custom Jasmine tea

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The Mandarin Oriental San Francisco provides a romantic, luxury getaway without actually getting away. Located in the Financial District, rooms in this particular hotel start on the 36th floor then go from the 38th to 48th. Rooms are pricey but the views make it completely worth it. What a wonderful way to celebrate a second honeymoon, anniversary milestones, or any other occasion in which you want time to stop for a while with just you and your honey.

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Hotel California

With so much going on, my husband and I kind of put off celebrating our last anniversary. Staying at the Mandarin Oriental was kind of a belated date weekend for us. We were on the 38th floor and had a Premier Bridge to Bridge room. I can’t rave enough about the amazing views just outside our windows. We took some 300 photos as we caught the sunset and the sunrise over the bay. Sometimes it’s easy to forget but, wow, what a beautiful area we live in!

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Hotel California Sunset
Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Hotel California Sunset

From the moment we approached the hotel, something felt different. The bellhops welcomed us as they assisted with parking our car and getting our luggage. The hotel door was opened for us as a smiley desk crew helped us with a painless check-in. We were personally escorted to the elevators after our attention was directed to the Brasserie S&P. I felt like Annie when she arrived at the Warbucks manor:

♫ I think I’m gonna like it here… ♫

The elevator ride up went pretty quickly. We followed the tasteful and well-light hallway until we reached an extra walkway to our room. It was extremely private and we even had a doorbell! The room itself was very simple yet situated in a way that melted away any stress we had been dealing with. Everything was so clean and fresh. We even slipped into the packaged Mandarin Oriental slippers provided in the bathroom.

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Hotel California Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Hotel California
Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Hotel California

Complimentary tea was brought to our room and it was delicious. It was the first time I had tea without sugar and still liked it (I know, bad, bad Chinese girl)! Apparently, it’s some special blend of Jasmine that was from the UK and only locally available for purchase at the hotel. Not a tea drinker? Then maybe the local gin and tonic will help you wet that palette.

My husband and I just sat across from each other at the desk, chatted a bit, gazed across the city to the Golden Gate bridge, smiled, and just completely decompressed. It was so quiet and peaceful. We could spend all day there or relaxing on the huge king bed that faced the Golden Gate Bridge, Transamerica building, Coit Tower, and Alcatraz and had the Bay Bridge to the right.

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Hotel California View

In nice weather, several local attractions are easily within a 10-20 minute walk. In cold, windy weather, though, you’ll want to have access to a car as those few blocks will seem like miles. Some suggested areas are Chinatown or Beldin Place for good eats or the Ferry Building for the huge farmer’s market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. After a quick bite, we couldn’t wait to get back to our room to warm up and get some shut-eye.

I don’t know what sheets / bedding they use but the bed was unbelievably smooth and soft. Getting out in the morning was extremely hard because it felt so good to just snuggle in the sheets. Plus, the pillows were the perfect density – squishy but supportive. Even when taking pictures of the sun rising over the bay, Frans and I took turns jumping back into the bed to simply ‘chill’.

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Hotel California Sunrise

There were two important factors that we had to keep in mind when staying here – the type of hotel this was and the clientele it generally hosts.

Our room didn’t have a coffee maker or microwave. After all, most of the people that stayed here were pretty well-to-do and could have their assistant run out to get them something to eat or drink. There was a phone near the toilet, a standard for those workaholics that can’t stop conducting business even while doing their business. The hotel provided services for anything you needed. They’d fetch your car so it was downstairs when you arrived, a town car was available for quick transportation around the city, you could put your shoes outside the door and they would be shined.

Everything was expensive. Period. It was assumed that price was no object to the guests. The mini-fridge was locked so you had to pay for access to it. Wi-fi was not complimentary for guests, that was paid too. A small cup of tea-to-go from the restaurant downstairs was $6 and had a Peet’s coffee sleeve around it. Parking was $62 per day. I couldn’t even bring myself to imagine what room service or spa services cost. As a note, parking in the other underground garage is only $15 per day on the weekend and $35 on weekdays but with no in-and-out privileges.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Mandarin Hotel San Francisco. My husband and I felt reconnected, enjoy each other’s company and not even talking about ‘kid’ stuff. The hotel is supposedly family-friendly but the highest selling point, the view, probably wouldn’t be appreciated to the same degree by little ones. Still, a splurge to keep the love alive is sometimes a special treat for overworked, stressed-out, exhausted parents and couples. The views we had put us in awe the whole time. It’s hard to explain the feeling we got from going to sleep and waking up with that scenery surrounding us. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate any special occasion, this is a wonderful place to do so.

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Hotel California City View

I received a one-night stay for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell June 5, 2013 - 8:05 am

Wow, that’s luxurious and I’ve never been in a hotel where the rooms started up so high. That’s interesting and it makes total sense. Glad you two got all reconnected with the quick getaway!

Anne - Mommy Has to Work June 5, 2013 - 8:45 am

Beautiful room and I love the view from the windows! Gorgeous!

Lisa June 6, 2013 - 8:01 pm

I agree!

Maryann June 5, 2013 - 9:31 am

when I went to SF I did NOT stay in a place like that.

Vanessa: thequeenofswag June 5, 2013 - 10:40 am

Wow this looks like an amazing place to stay. So glad you got to have a great getaway! Everyone needs one!

nicole @nicky_olea June 5, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Looks amazing! LOVE San Fransisco!

Jennifer June 5, 2013 - 12:36 pm

My husband is from the Bay Area but we have yet to spend much time there. That hotel sounds amazing but I would probably choke upon having to pay that much for parking. I’m glad you had a nice time!

Mellisa June 5, 2013 - 1:51 pm

What an amazing hotel! We’ve never been to this area before but hope to in the future.

Jenn- The Rebel Chick June 5, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Wow I would go there just for those views alone. Gorgeous.

Tricia Nightowlmama June 5, 2013 - 10:40 pm

what an amzing view and your hubby was being a good sport

Angela June 6, 2013 - 8:10 am

Wow! The view from your room just says it all.

Penelope (NYC Blogger) June 6, 2013 - 8:21 am

Wow, what beautiful photos, and it looks like an amazing place!

Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy.com June 6, 2013 - 10:07 am

$62 for parking…are you kidding me.

Looks like a lovely hotel though.

Tammy June 6, 2013 - 11:34 am

The views are amazing! I admit that when it comes to hotel bookings we take the cheap way out and use Hotwire.com. We’ve always been really satisfied with our rooms for the prices we’ve paid.

Jenn June 6, 2013 - 2:37 pm

How romantic! Your hubby is cracking me up. He looks like my husband when food arrives. Patiently waiting to eat until after I’ve snapped pics.

Donna June 6, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Wow! What a great looking place to stay. And I love the pic of your husband (looks awfully familiar). 😀

LyndaS June 6, 2013 - 4:51 pm

Wow! That would leave me breathless – it’s so beautiful.

Stefanie June 6, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Your pictures are gorgeous! I’ve never been to San Fran, but I would love to stay here.

Robin Gagnon {Mom Foodie} June 6, 2013 - 6:23 pm

Nice modern interior and the architecture of building itself is amazing.

Kathleen June 6, 2013 - 6:44 pm

That looks like one amazing hotel! I love hotels with a modern design.

Colleen June 6, 2013 - 8:21 pm

I love your landscape photos.

Theresa June 6, 2013 - 11:02 pm

Oh my goodness. This looks amazing.

Leilani June 6, 2013 - 11:23 pm

Wow! The room and view are amazing! Definitely not some place we could ever afford to stay at, but a girl can dream.

Marcie W. June 7, 2013 - 7:51 am

What a beautiful hotel with an exquisite view, however, it seems a bit out of my price range. I’m happy you and your husband were able to indulge a bit!

Tiff @ Babes and Kids June 7, 2013 - 9:50 am

Your view is absolutely spectacular! This hotel looks like a really nice one.

Jennifer June 7, 2013 - 9:52 am

Wow, the view of the skyline alone is worth the stay! What a beautiful hotel!

Emily @FamilyNLifeLV June 7, 2013 - 10:43 pm

Those views are amazing! What a patient hubs you have! Love that picture. If we ever make it to San Fran I will consider this for sure!

Lolo June 7, 2013 - 11:00 pm

You sure do live in a beautiful city! I have been in the Mandarin in Vegas, and it is pretty amazing too, but not with those views!

Shell Feis June 8, 2013 - 1:47 am

That is stunning! I’d love to stay there.

Courtney June 8, 2013 - 10:05 am

The scenery is just breath taking! HAHAHA love the picture w/the caption.. that’s my husband too!

HilLesha June 8, 2013 - 8:33 pm

Beautiful pictures!

Rachel @ following in my shoes June 8, 2013 - 10:12 pm

Those views are AMAZING!!!!! But, good grief!! Those “extras” are pricy!!

Toni June 10, 2013 - 2:11 am

That is a gorgeous view and room!

Tricia Nightowlmama June 16, 2013 - 7:51 pm

looks amazing I would love to visit

Brandy August 9, 2013 - 7:38 am

What an experience. Looks amazing!

5 Road trips from Oakland August 26, 2013 - 1:31 pm

[…] Overnight without the kids: Mandarin Oriental TerriAnn from Cookies and Clogs took her husband on a romantic getaway within San Francisco. She says, “A splurge to keep the love alive is sometimes a special treat for overworked, stressed-out, exhausted parents and couples. The views we had put us in awe the whole time.” If you have some money to burn, send the kids to Camp Grandma and book your trip to the Mandarin Oriental. […]

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