Traveler invited HotelChatter senior editor Juliana Shallcross to share her favorite San Francisco hotels in September's cover story, "Classic San Francisco." Juliana revealed some gems, including the Hotel Vitale, which she describes as a "small but elegant 199-room property on the Embarcadero, the city's traditional waterfront." When booking, she says, request a room overlooking the water. "The Bay Bridge views are great. And there are free yoga classes, too."
Another reason to like the Vitale: It belongs to the Joie de Vivre hotel group, which aims to donate a minimum of $200 per guest room per year to community organizations. Hotel Vitale's philanthropic partner is the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, whose members and volunteers build trails, restore wetlands, propagate and plant thousands of native species, study hawk migration, and bring 15,000 schoolchildren to the Parks each year for educational programs. Hotel guests can help by donating one dollar of their total bill to Joie de Vivre's "You Can Make a Difference" program.
One more plus: The Hotel Vitale is located within walking distance of a wide variety of public transportation, including BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), the historic waterfront trolleys, ferries to the North and East Bay, cable cars and Muni (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency).
Thanks for the tip, Juliana!
Photo: Hotel Vitale