Short Stay: InterContinental San Francisco – Hotel Review

By Christian Stampfer on 9 September 2014
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After a lengthy drive from Yosemite National Park, I arrived at the InterContinental hotel in San Francisco, a city I had never been to before.  The hotel, which opened in 2008, is adjacent to the Moscone Center, the largest convention complex in San Francisco, and stands out by virtue of its modern glass façade.

As my companion and I pulled up to the hotel’s entrance on a sunny Saturday afternoon, the streets in the hotel’s vicinity were rather empty, but we were met by a bellman who offered his help. Within seconds, the car was unloaded and we were at the front desk where check-In formalities took only a few minutes.


Our Junior Suite was located on the north-west corner of the hotel’s 12th floor, one of the Club Floors, and provided a magnificent view of the city thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows.. The bellman provided a short and efficient introduction to my room along with a complete description of the hotel’s amenities. A welcome gift from the hotel, consisting of two fresh bottles of water and chocolates, awaited us on a sideboard and was, after a long journey, most welcome.


The room was furnished with two king-size beds, a Plasma TV-screen and a Cisco Voice-over-IP telephone. Tired after a long day’s drive, I quickly fell asleep on the comfortable bed and woke up refreshed the next morning.

The beige tiled bathroom was thoughtfully laid out with a marble sink, a bathtub as well as a separate shower, and a telephone next to the commode. InterContinental hotels provide shampoo, conditioner, and bath and shower gel from Agraria, a San Francisco-based supplier of bath amenities.

Club Floor rooms receive maid service twice a day, complimentary local and toll-free calling, a pillow menu, and access to the Club InterContinental lounge. Other Club Floor benefits include one-hour suit pressing, a discount on spa services, early check-in and late check-out, and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access.

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