*Guest post by Dana Andrews and the team at Personality Hotels
Traveling to San Francisco for business can be both daunting and exciting. There is so much to do and see, while at the same time dings on all our devices remind us that real work must be achieved. The question lingers, "how to fit it all in?" One sure-fire answer: Plan – or in this case, let us do the planning for you.
We recommend starting your morning off right with a nice cup of joe. Most San Franciscans tend to lean toward the well-crafted stuff, no Dunkin' Donuts for us. So head to Blue Bottle in the Mint Plaza just South of Market for a gourmet taste of some of the most delectable, heart warming coffee you've ever had, certain to provide a nice, motivating buzz for the work day ahead. Also, be sure to try one of their tasty breakfast items or a quick fix pastry to provide the sustenance needed for your day, BUT be prepared for a bit of a line if you arrive during peak hours!
Our newly designed meeting spaces at both Hotel Diva and Kensington Park Hotel are perfect for both larger executive meetings and smaller, more intimate gatherings. Check them all out here to find the one that best suits your needs.
Good work! You got through the meeting bit. Perhaps it's time to wind down or maybe you have a little more work to wrap up. Either way, head over to Bartlett Hall for the perfect business man/woman's lunch! A top-notch new American bar meets restaurant - seasonally driven dishes created by Chef Emmanuel Eng are sure to leave your taste buds satisfied. If it's in your lunch regimen, try one of the unique barrel-aged cocktails or locally crafted beers (and check out their beautiful gastropub in the back), after all, you're on vacation!
While you are in one of the fastest growing tech hubs of the world with booming economic growth, you're also in one of the most European cities in the country with a great sense of style. So why not celebrate a successful work day? Update your wardrobe with a couple items from any of the retail stores in Union Square. We've got Neiman Marcus, Saks, Macy's, and the Westfield San Francisco Centre all in the same hood and many luxury stores if you feel the urge to splurge! Also, if you're in need of some indulgent bath items, we highly recommend the sensuously rich products at Art of Shaving or Lush, right around the corner from one another.
Everyone loves a good old fashion surf and turf dinner after a productive day of hard work, especially while traveling. Our standard go-to steakhouse favorite remains Morton's, always a reliable quality experience with some of the best meat on the block. If you're looking for something a little fishier, check out Farallon Restaurant, offering one of the most extensive seafood menus in town. Go for it, you've earned it!
Our go-to's for a great cocktail after a long day at the office are Swig or Cantina. Each of these are just a few blocks away from Union Square, making for quick access to and from your hotel and a damn good cocktail, guaranteed.
Dana Andrews works as a marketing assistant for Personality Hotels in San Francisco and as a freelance writer for various publications out of the Bay Area. Her work has been published online and in print via notable journals including Red Light Lit and Sex+Design Magazine. Read more of her work on her online portfolio.