Old World glamour in San Francisco
362 Rooms / 14 Suites
When you walk into the Omni San Francisco Hotel in the bustling Financial District, you can’t help but feel as if you’ve stepped back to a simpler, grander time. The cheerful doorman smiles warmly and helps you with your things. The front desk attendant walks out to meet you graciously at the bottom of the glamorous wrought-iron staircase. The stunning Austrian chandelier in the center of the lobby glitters like diamonds. It’s all so beautiful and calming that even the most harried person will feel relaxed.
The 17-floor hotel was originally built in 1927. The Omni took over the building in 2002 and embarked on a complete renovation that finished in 2012. The color palette is royal gold and regal blue in the lobby, and white orchids are the flower of choice. There is a compact 24-hour fitness center with plenty of cardio equipment, complimentary champagne on Fridays and Saturdays, and approximately 12,000 square feet of event space, including a large ballroom that brings to mind Old World glamour.
The luxury hotel occupies a prime spot at California and Montgomery streets. One of San Francisco’s historic cable car lines runs up and down California Street and passes by the front door of the Omni countless times during the day. It’s within walking distance of many of the city’s most-visited neighborhoods, including North Beach, Chinatown, Nob Hill and the Embarcadero. From celebrity chef Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern to the salon where tech heiresses get their hair done, Cinta, the area is teeming with fine restaurants, fun cocktail bars and interesting boutiques. The Omni doesn’t have a pool, but guests may acquire passes to the nearby pools at Bay Club and Equinox.
The 362 guest rooms are luxurious and sophisticated, decorated with warm creams, rich navy, wood and amber. Details like rotary telephones, gold sconces, damask curtains and wooden headboards lend a classic look. All artwork, from abstract paintings to black-and-white photos, features a San Francisco tie. Many of the bathrooms come with both showers and tubs and they all have sleek marble and superior lighting. If you’re a frequent guest of the hotel, you’ll find a nice touch on the wooden work desk: a welcome note hand-written by the room attendant waiting for you upon arrival.
Bob’s Steak and Chop House is one of the best steakhouses in the city. Located on the first floor of the San Francisco hotel with entrances from the lobby and Montgomery Street, Bob’s has a large dining room and simple bar that is always packed with tourists and locals. The space is filled with dark wood, elegant high-back chair and smooth white tablecloths. The menu offers more than six different cuts of steak to choose from and delicious sides like skillet-fried potatoes with sautéed onions and peppercorn gravy, and wedge salad with blue cheese dressing and bacon. Martini lovers take note: Bob’s make one of the biggest and most potent martinis in town. And here's a fun fact: A rooftop bee program allows the restaurant to make its own honey.