紐約瘋什麼 / New York Raves No.7
舊金山番外篇 (上) / Hello, San Francisco! Part 1
在早春走訪了舊金山一趟。距離上一次真正在舊金山當個觀光客已經20年了吧, 當時還是個小女孩, 和全家一起出國, 一個字的英文也看不懂傻傻的跟著導遊走。這次因為工作關係也放自己個小週末, 興致憧憧的把想吃和想看的通通做了筆記就出發了。天公作美在我們造訪的這個週末給了灣區非常溫暖及漂亮的天氣, 連當地人都說一年中也許只有15天是這樣的好天氣呢。
We took a mini vacation in San Francisco in the early Spring. The last time I was really playing a tourist in San Francisco was probably 20 years ago. I was still a little girl, with my family, with not a word of English, following the tour guide around. Thanks to work, we got to steal a tiny weekend trip to the west coast. After some research and planning of the things I wanted to see and eat, we took off for the bay area. We also totally got lucky with the weather, it was probably the most sunny and warm weekend San Fran has seen in months! Even the locals told us we lucked out, and they probably only have 15 super nice days in a year, and we got to experience 2 of them.
Before going on any trip, the one thing I care about the most is the hotel. While doing my research, I came across Clift hotel, which belongs to the trendy Morgans Hotel Group. I know of the Morgans Hotel Group because of their two beautiful locations in New York, Hudson Hotel and Mondrian Hotel. So to see that they have a hotel in San Francisco as well, I decided to make a reservation right away. And of course we see thoughtful and playful design inside and out once we’ve arrived. The hotel is most famous for the different chairs and seating areas around the entire property, and this feature is definitely one of the guest favorites.
An oversized round mirror is placed in front of the elevators on every floor, very nice way to check if you’re ready for town. The cozy guest room area is decorated with shades of soft lilac and warm beige in layers, it creates a romantic feeling.
The chairs and lamps in the room are carefully selected, floor to ceiling decorative curtains soften the atmosphere and brings in the feeling of a retreat. I bet this is really popular with girls!
The entire Morgans Hotel Group uses (Malin + Goetz) products in the guest rooms. So I was happy to see the entire toiletry kit provided at Clift, before leaving for San Francisco, I noticed that they include my favorites, the peppermint shampoo and the vitamin b5 body moisturizer, so I left my pre-packed toiletry kit at home in New York.
房內有雙向的超大鏡面, 製造出無限鏡面的假象, 也放大了房間, 而我玩的不亦樂乎。房間內有Bose音響的配備, 插上iPod或iPhone就可以馬上有自己熟悉的音樂了。
In the guest room, there are two facing over-sized mirrors, creating the illusion of inception and gave more volume to the room itself. And of course, I had tons of fun photographing. There is also a Bose speaker for your iPod or iPhone, setting the mood in the room with your own music is at a snap.
在旅館Lobby出名的Great Chair是所有旅客排隊照相的地方。坐上去會突然以為自己是愛麗絲喝下了變小的藥水, 非常有趣。Clift Hotel 除了房間住的舒服外, 也有舊金山潮男潮女在週末夜喜歡小酌幾杯的Redwood Room, 到了週末是異常的熱鬧。除了夜生活之外, 旅館在每一個角落都貼心的設計一些客人可以靜靜休息的空間, 甚至還有西洋棋盤可以和對手好好比試一番。
The Great Chair in the lobby is an ultra attraction for photo-op. Everyone feels like Alice after the shrinking potion in The Wonderland, it’s a load of fun. Besides comfy guest rooms, the Clift hotel hosts one of the most popular weekend night spot, Redwood Room, which attracts chic locals and out-of-towners. Also, one of the very special feature of the hotel is all the hidden nooks. There are hidden chairs and seating areas to allow private conversation all over the lobby. And if you’re up for it, chess and backgammon tables are also free for guests. I imagine a pair of guests playing chess with a nightcap before heading back to the room.
Clift Hotel雖然離所有的交通工具都非常的近, 也在Union Square(購物天堂)的旁邊, 但周圍晚上的治安並不是上等。若是單獨出遊的女孩們可要特別的注意喔。除了晚上不要亂跑之外, 我非常推薦這個旅館, 客服人員也都非常的有禮貌及親切。問我下次會不會在入住Clift? 答案是肯定的。
Clift Hotel is close to all of the public transportation, and it’s right by Union Square, but I wouldn’t exactly call the area safe during the night. Girls, please pay extra attention if you’re traveling alone. Besides a little caution needed during the night time, I actually highly recommend this hotel. All the receptions and bellhops couldn’t be more polite and helpful. And would I stay there again? Definitely.
495 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Please look forward to my reporting of sights and eats in Part 2 of the SF trip!