Warwick San Francisco, California – Hotel Review

By Karin Sun on 8 August 2014
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It was a sunny, crisp day as I made my way through the crowded streets of downtown San Francisco toward the Warwick San Francisco, situated on the other side of Powell Street from the area’s iconic Union Square.

The historic establishment, which first opened in 1913 as the Maryland Hotel, sits on a busy street packed with small shops and restaurants. The lobby of the hotel is small and cozy, with a sitting area opposite the reception desk. A splendid golden chandelier hangs from the middle of the ceiling.

As I stepped into the building, I was greeted right away by the friendly receptionist behind the desk. The welcoming and speedy desk service made it immediately apparent to me why the San Francisco Chronicle had dubbed the hotel the “Sunshine House” for its hospitality years ago. Check-in only took a few minutes, and then I was on my way up to my sixth-floor room.

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As I entered the suite, I was immediately struck by its elegant décor featuring shades of white, soft gold and tan, and deep navy blue. I was later told that the striking interior design was added to the hotel’s guestrooms and suites as part of a recent renovation.

The suite was in two halves separated by sliding French doors, with a living room and work area on one side, and the bedroom on the other. Two large, flat-screen swivel TVs were mounted in the corner of the room on both sides, one facing the living room and the other facing the bed. Ceiling LED lighting was installed throughout the suite.

The king size bed had a soft mattress, warm, heavy blanket, and extra pillows that made for a comfortable night’s sleep. The reading lights mounted on each side of the headboard gave me an opportunity to do some light reading before bed. Small, round bedside tables and power outlets also made recharging my mobile devices overnight convenient while keeping them within reach.

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