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Not many new large hotels have opened up in San Francisco recently, but come mid-February, the first new hotel to open its doors in the city since 2008 is the Hotel Zetta. Located on 5th Street near the Westfield Shopping Centre in downtown, this innovative hotel is technology driven and pet friendly. Much of the modern decor is made from recycled items like old wine bottles and sunglass lenses.
A new bed and breakfast, the Inn at the Presidio, opened last spring at the historic Pershing Hall in the Presidio. What used to house the US Army back in the day is now home to the lodge's 22 charming rooms. Many of the rooms, which are decorated in a casual masculine style, have porches with rocking chairs.
The fabulous thing about San Francisco is that there's always something new, and hot off the presses is the news that Hotel Zetta, managed by the Viceroy Hotel Group, is a posh new addition to the group’s Urban Retreat Collection, and set to open mid February at 55 5th Street. Not far from Union Square shopping, the Museum of Modern Art, and South of Market galleries and night spots, guest will get a good dose of all that San Francisco has to offer. The rooms will be super teched out too (See the posting on startle's blog about several other of hotels for tech lovers) and the hotel's "playroom" for adults is sure to win you over, with gaming consoles, a pool table, and a London style telephone booth for video chats.
After a seemingly long drought when no new hotels opened their doors in San Francisco, the area is having a mini hotel boom. It started in November 2011, when an existing hotel on the edge of Union Square was rebranded as the Mystic Hotel by Charlie Palmer, a discreet and minimalist property with the Burritt Room and Burritt Tavern offering great drinks and cuisine. In April 2012, the historic Inn at the Presidio opened with 22 restored rooms and amazing views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge.
The hotel choices near SFO improved dramatically when Starwood opened Aloft San Francisco Airport there in September 2012, with modern and breezy rooms, business amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, a 24-hour takeout café and the re:mix lounge with live entertainment during the week.
But the very newest hotel in San Francisco — Hotel Zetta — debuted in February 2013. This urban property sets a new standard for both technology and eco-consciousness. The public space includes oversized games, Apple computers and a chandelier made of recycled sunglasses, while spacious rooms feature G-Link docking stations and tony Neil George bath amenities.