Breathtaking Vistas and Views in San Francisco

By Kaye Cloutman

Cue Tony Bennett’s “I left my heart in San Francisco” – after all, we are truly spoiled living in this beautiful location. Aside from the nostalgic romance the place provides us daily we also benefit from the city’s exemplary venues which regularly offer outstanding dinners that feature local artisans and winemakers. Our evenings are constantly radiant and vibrant, from the Opera’s stellar galas to San Francisco’s nightlife which feature a broad array of the hottest mixologists, artists and fashion designers. Fantastic historic sights of the bay plus the financial district’s endless choices in luxury shopping, dining and recreation – we definitely have it all. So whether you’re planning your next San Francisco getaway or just want to briefly experience this remarkable town, we certainly recommend visiting these venues  which offer breathtaking views and vistas of San Francisco.

Hotel Vitale San Francisco, Ca. 

Hip and holistic, stylish yet accessible, the Hotel Vitale is the perfect San Francisco hotel located at the junction of the revitalized Embarcadero waterfront and the Financial District which offer a spectacular evening view of the Bay Bridge’s “The Bay Lights”. This current attraction is an iconic light sculpture designed by world-renowned artist Leo Villareal. This stunning fine arts experience will shine from dusk until 2:00 a.m. on the San Francisco Bay Bridge West Span from March 5, 2013 through March 2015.

One of the things frequent guests remark about at this hotel is the little design details that they miss the first time they visit the hotel: the sprigs of lavender that sprout from the guest room doors, the lit-up river stones that are embedded in the bedside tables, the portraits of “American Dreamers” on the ceiling of the hotel’s extremely popular restaurant and bar – Americano.

The Vitale is the true reflection of the ideal San Francisco experience: water views across the street, the historic Ferry Building with its Farmers Market and gourmet shops, and the multiple modes of transportation from cable cars to old trolley cars to bay ferries to BART right at the hotel’s doorstep. Like its surroundings, the Vitale is a mixture of beauty and commerce on the Embarcadero in San Francisco’s Financial District.

CLIFT Hotel San Francisco, Ca.

The Private Apartment at CLIFT is most notable for its sweeping of San Francisco from its floor-to-ceiling windows and two balconies. In fact, the view from the space is so captivating, it is often the first comment made by guests. Giving an almost 360 degree view, CLIFT’s private apartment is the perfect vantage point to take in San Francisco. The nearly century-old CLIFT’s modern and daring sense of diversity perfectly captures San Francisco’s spirit. CLIFT’s classic stone exterior opens onto a glowing purple entryway that prepares guests for the wonderland within. Luxurious 400 thread-count bedding, down duvets and Merino wool blankets make-up the property’s 317 guestroom’s muted elegance. Indulge in lavish MALIN+GOETZ bath amenities or enjoy entertainment on demand, and in-room wireless. Downstairs is the recently restored and reinvented Redwood Room, an exceptionally elegant and modern San Francisco bar suffused with all-out glamour, as well as the next door Velvet Room, a unique dining venue where Executive Chef Thomas Weibull partners with local farmers and growers to produce seasonal menu items of high-end fare. All the best in food, beverage and accommodations come together at CLIFT to create a dreamlike environment and a stylish ambiance.

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

Cast your eyes over some of San Francisco’s most famous attractions from the comfort of one of its most stylish hotels. With breathtaking rooftop views, stunning rooms and one of the city’s best restaurants; Mandarin Oriental San Francisco aims to delight. The year is half over, but have you had time for a moment to yourself? Enjoy the delightful scenery from their yoga terrace or you can rejuvenate and revitalize with their remarkable Spa Reset overnight stay package. First, unwind in a luxurious guestroom then head to The Spa to enjoy your stay with their 1 hr 20 min Red Eye treatment, created to help you recover from long-distance travel and everyday stress.

InterContinental San Francisco

The InterContinental San Francisco is located at 888 Howard Street in the heart of the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood. The 2,000 square foot Presidential Suite is located on the 31st and 32nd floors of the hotel. The first floor living room and lounge area are surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, offering uninterrupted views of San Francisco – from bridge to bridge. The Suite includes a dining room table with seating for eight plus two private outdoor terraces. The skyline views continue on the upper floor with the Master Suite that features a king-size bed and two bathrooms. Each master bathroom includes separate showers, tubs – one with a Jacuzzi.

InterContinental Mark Hopkins

Located on the top of Nob Hill, the historic InterContinental San Francisco has been a popular destination to see all of San Francisco from the top floors of the hotel, including the 19th floor Top of the Mark lounge. The beautiful California Suite, located on the 18th floor, encompasses over 2,240 square feet and features two bedrooms, dining room, living area, and parlor area, offering views of the Golden Gate Bridge. With a predominantly black and white color scheme and hardwood floors, the suite suggests a very contemporary feel. Beautiful accents in gold and primary colors offset the original crown moldings present throughout the main living room. The wonderfully spacious master bedroom features an upholstered kin-size sleigh bed providing a distinctly residential ambiance. Guests also have the option of reserving the adjoining Presidential Suite, creating a three-bedroom private floor.

Take pleasure in these images of San Francisco from featured photographer Tubay Yabut