Cristina Tudino

Correspondent

  • San Francisco, CA, USA

Cristina Tudino is a correspondent who lives in San Francisco and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. After working on staff at various magazines in New York City, she moved out West and is taking advantage of the Bay Area’s hiking trails, food scene and proximity to Wine Country. A few of Tudino’s favorite destinations are Big Sur, California, and Cartagena, Colombia. She writes about lifestyle, travel, health, wellness, food and cocktails, and has been published in Better Homes and Gardens, Women’s Health, Self, the New York Post and O, The Oprah Magazine.

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    Does Spa Claremont offer couples treatments?

    Spa Claremont encourages couples to book treatments together, offering many of their massage services side by side—one of their special “duet rooms” has a private bath so you can go for a soak before your rubdown. When you’d prefer to enjoy the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa separately, there’s a whole menu of services especially for men featuring sports massage, express facials and hand and food treatments. If you care to extend your stay, book an Evening for Two, which includes two 50-minute therapeutic massages and dinner at Meritage at the Claremont or Paragon Restaurant & Bar.
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    What is the style at Spa Claremont?

    Soothing earth tones and calming scents surround you at Spa Claremont. Though it’s part of the gracious Claremont resort, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa has its own extremely peaceful, relaxed ambiance—it was originally built in the simple California-inspired Craftsman style. Glass tiles line the walls and treatment tables are draped with brocade blankets and fresh orchids. Before your massage, facial or scrub, the whirlpool room summons you to take a soak in one of its tubs where windows showcase expansive views of the San Francisco skyline and bay (a beautiful view by day or evening).
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    What kind of massages are offered at Spa Claremont?

    Spa Claremont offers pretty much every type of massage you can imagine. On the traditional side, choose from a therapeutic, aromatherapy, deep tissue, shiatsu or sports massage. Completely mellow out with the spa’s Tibetan sound massage, during which ancient Tibetan bowls are rung to get you to focus on the relaxation at hand. You can also transport yourself to a peaceful place with the Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, which employs long rhythmic strokes mimicking ocean waves. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa’s hot stone massage uses smooth, warmed basalt stones to relieve your sore muscles. Prenatal massages are also available for expectant moms. And if you want to target specific stress points, try the spa’s neck and shoulder massage, reflexology or acupuncture, where therapists will tailor treatments to your body’s needs.
  • On September 27, 2013
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    What is the design style of The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa?

    Conceived in the style of an English estate, The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa has a romantic, old world charm. The white Tudor-style façade harkens back to the privately owned castle that was originally on the property. You can imagine the horse-drawn carriages arriving at the entry of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel and the full-skirts of early 20th-century guests billowing down the wide hallways. Chandeliers hang from the ceiling of the grand main lobby, where a grand piano sits in the middle and photographs of the resort’s famous guests line the walls. But not everything is about the past. While the Claremont has maintained a great sense of its history, it has been fully restored and updated.
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    What restaurants does The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa have?

    Though San Francisco is famous for its food scene, you don’t have to leave The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa to eat a great meal. Its signature restaurant Meritage at the Claremont opened in 2009. Sip on a glass of wine from the extensive but well-edited list at the mahogany bar before settling into a bay view table in the stately but cool dining room with its two-story high ceilings, white columns, green wallpaper and leopard upholstery. Chef Scott Quinn puts his own twist on the farm-to-table menu that offers small and large plates. Don’t miss the delicious Sunday brunch buffet.
     
    The Claremont’s more casual Paragon Restaurant & Bar dishes out American brasserie-style meals made with local ingredients, such as the Berkshire pork chop with quinoa, mint, toasted pine nuts and grilled fruit relish. Specialty cocktails rival the food, too. Sit on the panoramic deck and sip on a Botanical View, concocted with gin, cucumber, lime, simple syrup and soda. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star resort honors its tradition of hosting famous musicians such as Louis Armstrong by playing live jazz Friday and Saturday nights.
     
    Bayview Café is the resort’s third and most low-key dining facility. Located in the pool area, it offers quick bites and beverages while you lounge in the sun. You can also enjoy salads and sandwiches on the patio. In the evenings, which can get cool in Northern California, small fire pits are lit and s’mores kits are passed out.
  • On September 27, 2013
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    Where is The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa located?

    The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa is set at the foot of Claremont Canyon in the exclusive Berkeley Hills neighborhood in Berkeley, California. Though the majority of this Forbes-Travel Guide Four Star hotel is actually in Oakland, its address is technically in Berkeley where you’re a short walk or drive to the town’s cultural center and lots of restaurants and shops. Of course, the real draw location-wise is The Claremont’s proximity to San Francisco. Just 12 miles from the city, it’s a quick drive (the resort can arrange car service) or BART ride to San Fran’s restaurants and attractions. The property’s elevated vantage point gives you panoramic vistas of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. The resort is also just 1.5 miles from UC Berkeley, and has developed a tight relationship with the university and its alumni over the years, reflected in the blue and gold décor that gilds many of the rooms.
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