Adult Getaways to San Francisco

Archived Q&A and Reviews

Oct 2008

Re: A getaway for only one night
We have done one-nighters on weekends at some of the bigger hotels in San Franciso. Most recently, it was the W. We have also stayed at the St. Regis. Both of these are nice because they are near good restaurants and the museum. We did one night at the St. Francis on Union Square before, too.

March 2006

Re: Place for one-night getaway in SF
The Argonaut Hotel in Fisherman's Wharf is my new favorite get- away spot in SF. We went there purely out of just trying to find a reasonable place to stay for an overnight getaway and it ended up being really nice for so many reasons. The architecture and interior design of the hotel and hotel rooms is very cool and the rooms are fun, unique, and made for a romantic kind of setting (dimmers on the lights and things). They give you a CD to play with some nice local artists and we opened a bottle of wine from the minibar. We then got our coats and walked around and found a nice spot to eat. It's also a Kimpton Hotel which means they offer spa services, so we planned ahead and had massages in our room after dinner. The whole night was great. When we booked I thought it would be kind of lame being in a touristy area, but it ended up being fun and we could kind of pretend that we were on a mini-vacation.
Argonaut Hotel fan

Sept 2005

Hi there, My husband and I will be celebrating our 10th anniversary on October 1st. We have already arranged for our daughter to spend the night at a friend's house that night, and we are planning on spending the night at a hotel (don't know which yet) and possibly seeing a show and of course having a lovely dinner (not in that order!). Anybody have any recommendations for (a) a hotel, (b) a great place for dinner, and possibly (c) a fun cultural event such as a theatre production or concert? We're in Contra Costa, but would stay anywhere within a few hours drive of here. SF seems like the most obvious choice, but we're open to suggestions all suggestions. Many thanks!

How about a lighthouse? No show, but dinner is served...

There are many great hotels in San Francisco, but I'd recommend the Mandarin Oriental. Its' right in the middle of downtown, close to the theatre district on Geary St., and many great restaurants. The rooms are really nice, and they all have a deep sunken tub placed near a window (the hotel is on the top floors of an office tower) with great views of the Bay Area. Since many businesspeople stay there, I have found them to have good weekend rates; ask about specials when you make reservations. Have a happy anniversary! Kim

We love going to SF when we get a night off -- you can pretend to be on vacation in a city people come from all over the world to visit. Hotel Nikko is a Japanese-style hotel -- it has a pool and a deep tub. It also has a fun japanese buffet for breakfast(you can also get American breakfast food). It feels very elegant. Last week (a friend babysat for my birthday), we stayed at the Washington Square Inn in North Beach. The rooms are a bit small, but everything is attractive and the staff is very helpful. The location is great for walking (Telegraph Hill/Coit Tower, North Beach, City Lights Books, etc.) have fun!

I don't have any recommendations on where to stay, since I don't seem to do that, but I LOVE a good dinner & show, or even just a good dinner (where you'll spend a couple of hours eating & talking and really enjoying the meal). Some really good shows that I've seen lately are: Not a genuine black man (Brian Copeland, one person show, really powerful, entertaining, moving)-it's not your typical ''romantic'' venue, being in the Mission, but there are some good local restaurants in the area, and it's not expensive (only 50 or 75 seats in the theater, so you're right up front), and Our Town (Berkeley Rep), and plenty of restaurants in the area. Just saw it, loved it... janet

March 2005

Re: Wedding night romantic getaway in the Bay Area

The Majestic Hotel. It worked for us before we moved here. Lovely butterfly collection, great bar, great restuarant..wonderful appointed rooms with four poster bed & fireplace.

The Clift Hotel at the bottom of Nob Hill on Geary St. is a lot of fun. I spent my wedding night there. We had a suite which was worth the splurge. The decor is very modern, but the rooms are super nice. They treat newleyweds very well too. We spent the following morning walking around Nob Hill. anon

My Husband and I were given a one night stay at the Sherman House as a wedding gift. It is a beautiful, small hotel in San Francisco's Pacific Heights area. Our room had a fireplace with a canopy bed. It was warm, cozy, elegant and very romantic.
A perfect gift

My husband and I love the San Remo Hotel in San Francisco. It's a romantic, European-style building not far from the touristy Pier 39 area. The prices are affordable, and they have a very private ''Penthouse'' on the roof level of the hotel for only $155/night. The website is: Hope this helps, good luck finding the perfect getaway for your friend! Jessica

Feb 2005

Our 10 yr. anniversary is coming up in 2 months and we would like to celebrate by having a romantic weekend in SF (without the kids!). Our thought is to spend one or 2 nights in a nice hotel or B, and do lots of fun, even touristy, things. We are up for something ''splurge''-y, but draw the line at take-out-another-mortgage exorbitant. Any ideas on places to stay, places to dine, and things to do would be most appreciated!
--Looking forward to a long-awaited getaway

On one of our anniversaries we stayed at the Bed and Breakfast Inn 415-921-9784 near Union St. It was very nice, and Union St was really fun.

I recommend the Sherman House. Lots of character, very elegant, luxurious, but less than a mortgage payment. It's in Pacific Heights. I stayed there with my husband one night a few years ago; my demanding Russian clients had insisted on staying there, so I thought I should check it out. We loved it. Fran

March 2003

Re: Romantic Getaway for Couples

My husband and I recently spent a weekend in SF at a B and B called the Chateau Tivoli @ 1057 Steiner, between Golden Gate and .....can't remember the other street. It was a lovely place. It's an old restored Victorian with a very interesting history. It has about 13 rooms, all named after famous people (The Enrico Caruso, the Mark Twain, etc.) and decorated very beautifully in that period. The prices start at about $95.00 per night and go up. They have beautiful 2 room suites, or smaller rooms with or without private bath. The breakfasts were yummy and very lovely at a long table for about 12. We went out for dinner on Friday eve (walk to Japan Center so you don't have to look for parking when you get back) and on Saturday we walked all over the city, down to the theatre district, got tickets for a show that night, walked to Yerba Buena Gardens, went into stores, ate, etc. AFter the show we took a cab back. It was a wonderfully romantic weekend (without kids of course) and I can't recommend the Chateau Tivoli more highly. Have fun. anon

I couldn't agree more with the Chateau Tivoli recommendation. My husband and I just spent the weekend there and it was absolutely delightful. The weekend breakfasts were plentiful and the suite (major splurge but well worth it) we stayed in was so cozy and beautiful we spent little time away. We parked our car on Friday night and from there we cabbed to dinner that evening ($6, including tip, to the Civic Center), walked to Japantown the next day and then took the 22 Fillmore to Chestnut for Saturday evening. Because no one was checking into our suite on Sunday night, we got to stay all day. I can't wait to go back. (Thanks to the person from the digest who originally recommended this to us) Shoshana