San Francisco, CA
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Located in the heart of SoMa (South of Market Street), the San Fran neighborhood that's home to such tech giants as Salesforce, Google, and Facebook, Harbor Court is the hotel for next-gen Zuckerbergs. After a $10 million renovation, the boutique hotel has all the fixings a modern-day business hub requires, having traded its former dark lobby bar for apartment-style co-working spaces, bookable-by-the-hour private offices, and a 24-hour cafe that serves late-night snacks, coffee, and kombucha — you know, essential brain fuel for any startup. Modern guest rooms offer unobstructed views of the Bay Bridge and downtown waterfront, while luxe Frette sheets and electronic blackout shades guarantee a restful night's sleep. (Seriously, techboy: Go to bed!) Aside from the high IQ neighbors, the SoMa area is also home to a bounty of local farmer's markets, boutique restaurants, fitness classes, and cultural superheroes such as an underground art gallery-turned-nightclub. Looking for the San Francisco that never sleeps? Look no further.
At a Glance
The Vibe: A tech-savvy waterfront retreat.
Standout Detail: Whether you're planning a political rally, launching the next Facebook, or in town for the Goop summit, you can receive special room blocks for your work gang and book office spaces ahead of time.
This Place Is Perfect For: Young business travelers who feed off the buzz of SoMa's entrepreneurial spirit.
Rooms: All 131 contemporary rooms recently underwent an extensive renovation. Updated amenities include Italian Frette linens, electronic blackout shades, Bluetooth music alarm systems, Malin + Goetz bath products, organic mini bar snacks, and large-window views of the downtown area, Bay Bridge, and Treasure Island. The Penthouse has a connecting bay view room that opens up onto an expansive two-bedroom suite with working desks and lounge seating.
On Site: Olympic-sized swimming pool and 24-hour wellness center with access to fitness classes at the next-door YMCA. A flexible co-working lobby with velvet sofas, a long, reclaimed wood table, a 24-hour cafe, and bookable office spaces for extra privacy. At COB, take your networking to the fireplace lounge, where the hotel serves daily wine happy hour.
Food + Drink: When you're in the mood for sushi, sake, and cold Japanese beer, head next door to Ozumo, the Financial District's showstopper, for an extensive sake list that earns its own private tasting room. Menu highlights here include fried Brussels sprouts with smoked tare, nori, and shiso, and braised Spanish octopus with edamame gazpacho. Shoes-off floor seating surrounded by tall bamboo trees creates an upscale dining experience, while a casual sushi bar serves a daily happy hour from 5-6 p.m., with Omakase-style light bites and half-prices on the full bar menu.
What to Do Nearby
Thanks to the dot-com boom of the 1990s, what was once an industrial wasteland of warehouses and sweatshops is now arguably the cultural hub of San Francisco. Defined by the streets south of Market Street, SoMa is home to such popular museums as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Cartoon Art Museum, and the striking Contemporary Jewish Museum across from Yerba Buena Park. A cultural superstar, 111 Minna Gallery lives a double life: contemporary international art gallery by day and dance club by night. (Cue tech moguls rubbing elbows with art-collecting Burning Man-ers.) The bar itself is a work of art — a 25-foot, rolled steel-and-copper vessel created by local sculptor Jud Bergeron. Located in the majestic Pacific Bell building, Trou Normand has an organic following among the tech happy hour crowd, with tall glass windows, a curved marble bar, and outdoor courtyard with a glass canopy for dining al fresco, rain or shine. Open from 8 a.m. to midnight on weekdays, it's SoMa's perfect pitstop for the awkward hours between coffee and cocktails.
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