InterContinental San Francisco – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 17 June 2012
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Many a business traveler finds himself attending events at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, the largest conference space in San Francisco.  Starting in 2008, when a cool-blue glass tower made its appearance on the skyline, those attending events there, as well as others just visiting the city, had a modern and elegant alternative to the typical San Francisco hotel.  In the past year I’ve visited the city numerous times and my travels brought me to the new InterContinental San Francisco several times.

As I drove up to the main entrance, I noticed a charging station for electric vehicles nearby.  That set the tone for the visit as the InterContinental has achieved Gold status in the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System created by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Check-in was pleasant and quick each time and I was escorted to my room where various features were pointed out.


In the course of my several visits over the past year, I’ve stayed in several different types of rooms.

My one-bedroom suite had a stylish living room with a dining/meeting table for four.  I held several meetings there during my stay and my guests marveled at the view presented by the floor-to-ceiling windows.   I enjoyed it as well and took numerous photos of the city, both in daylight and at night.  The bed itself was very comfortable and provided for a comfortable night’s sleep.  The marble and wood bath had a separate tub and shower.

On another stay, my King Club IC room, located on one of the top floors of the building, had equally amazing views.    While more intimate than the suite, it was comfortable and elegant and, being a corner room, had views in two directions.  Needless to say, I took photographs here as well.

Rooms on the Club Floor receive maid service twice a day, complimentary local and toll-free calling, a pillow menu, and most importantly, access to the hotel’s magnificent lounge (more about the lounge in the next section).

Other benefits of a stay on the Club Floor include discounts on spa treatments, early check-in and late check-out, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

While the hotel has a total of 550 rooms, including 14 suites, each floor has only 22 rooms, which makes the hotel feel far less daunting and far more personal.

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