Words by Carlie Tucker
A little bit laid back, a little bit funky and a little bit chic, San Francisco is a city that marches to the beat of its own drum. It also happens to be a high-tech hub where big business draws travellers from around the globe. If you're heading to 'The City by the Bay' for work, make the most of your stay with these top five corporate traveller options.
Fairmont San Francisco
Dabble in the finer things with a stay at the Fairmont San Francisco. This historic hotel holds a top spot on Nob Hill, which not only provides guests with a sweep of amazing views but also a convenient location close to key business districts in the city. There are 592 guest rooms and suites, each decked out with all the fineries one would expect of a 5-star stay.
Along with spacious, individually furnished interiors, each room comes complete with a spacious work desk, multi-line telephone with voice mail and access to High Speed Internet. Beyond the room, a 24-hour Business Centre is available with access to such services as binding, printing, office supplies, photocopying and individual computers.
There are three different dining options, making client meet-ups a breeze. This includes the historic Tonga Room. Or utilise your after work hours to maintain your fitness routine in their Active Sports Clubs at Nob Hill. What's better is this SmartSTAY property offers complimentary access to the fitness centre, free Internet access and an upgrade to the next room category (if available) when you book through your FCBT Travel Manager.
Grand Hyatt San Francisco
Proudly perched in the heart of Union Square, the Grand Hyatt San Francisco draws corporate guests with the perfect mix of convenience and style. It offers up a fine array of views across the city skyline and San Francisco Bay along with a sweep of business-friendly facilities that will make any work trip a breeze.
Modern yet comfortable, guest rooms range from Standard to Suite with Hypo-Allergenic and Accessible options available. There is even a Business Plan room offering the added convenience of a continental breakfast for one, newspaper delivery, and pressing for one item per day. The room itself is punctuated by floor-to-ceiling views of the bay, Union Square or downtown. It also offers a king-sized pillow top Grand Bed, power outlets in the nightstand and in-room WiFi.
As far as business services go, this hotel is no stranger to providing corporate travellers with everything they need. There is an on-site business centre with photocopying, scanning, equipment rental and office supplies available. There is also a 36th Floor event space with amazing city views. A 24-hour fitness centre and One UP Restaurant and Lounge are also accounted for, adding a little extra convenience.
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Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Recently renovated to incorporate a sleek and modern feel, this Financial District hotel is a perfect choice for business travellers. Its downtown location puts you in the perfect position to walk nearly anywhere you need to go. It also happens to be close to a number of the city's best sightseeing attractions should you have a little time for leisure.
There are 543 rooms and suites available, each styled with a comfortable home-away-from-home aesthetic. Along with plush Serenity Bed by Hilton beds, each room is appointed with a large work desk with an ergonomic chair, two phones with voicemail access and daily newspaper delivery. Professional guests have the option of selecting a room on the special Executive Level that also comes with access to the Executive Lounge for breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres.
A 24-hour Business Centre makes it easy to wrap up any last minute duties, and on-site dining options are great for a quick bite before or after work. If you've had a particularly hard day at the office, unwind at the fitness centre or rebalance at the on-site spa.
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Hotel Union Square
Along with being an affordable option for business travellers, there is a little city history in this stay. It was San Francisco's first boutique hotel and it continues to offer an authentic San Francisco experience. It's placed in the heart of one of the most vibrant districts, making it easy to walk or hop on Powell Street's famous cable car line to where ever you need to go.
There are a range of guest rooms and suites to suit any pocket size, including the petit and perfect-for-one No Frills Double. No matter what you choose, you can rest in comfort with platform beds, feather pillows and comforters and in-room high speed wireless internet. Corporate guests will also appreciate the iPod docking stations, a cordless phone and in-room coffeemaker.
Further proving that great things come in small packages, Hotel Union Square also offers up a 24-hour Business Centre, complimentary use of a fitness centre within walking distance, laundry service and room delivery from Tad's Steakhouse.
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Club Quarters San Francisco
Striking the perfect balance between comfort and convenience, with a little value on the side, this San Francisco hotel is an ideal option for corporate travellers. It's within easy walking distance to many of the city's top sights as well as key business centres. It also happens to offer the option of standard guest rooms or serviced corporate apartments for guests staying a bit longer.
There are four different types of rooms to choose from, including the budget-friendly Club Room. It may be a bit smaller but will comfortably accommodate a solo traveller. All rooms feature a designated work space, unlimited chilled bottled water and high-speed WiFi. You can even request exercise and yoga kits delivered to your room, along with air purifiers, ambient sound machines and a 'Sleep Better Kit' with an eye mask, ear plugs and aromatherapy.
If that weren't enough to sway you, the hotel also features a Private Club Living Room, which allows guests to work, meet and/or socialise. In addition, guests have access to free wireless printing and use of iPads, a laundry service and access to five different meeting and event rooms.