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Four Seasons San Francisco: Hidden in Plain Sight



San Francisco is one of the most distinctive cities in the world. As such, it’s a city that begs travelers to stay in hotels that drive its unique character right through the front doors and into guest spaces.

Four Seasons has long championed a sense of place at the brand’s properties around the world, blending standard comforts like the Four Seasons bed with hyperlocal touches like a mini Boeing airplane to indicate the sheets should be changed in Seattle to a ceramic cowboy boot in Houston.

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At The Four Seasons San Francisco, the local touch is undoubtedly the menu at the hotel’s MKT Restaurant. Named for the hotel’s position on the city’s bustling Market Street, the menu reads of the region’s best delights.

Names of oysters of diverse provenance are chalked up on the board daily, and on my visit I grazed on a Crudo of Hiramasa (Yellowtail Amberjack) with Meyer Lemon Gelée and ponzu before digging into a bowl of cioppino big enough to satisfy a crew of gold miners, with a generous side of rustic sourdough bread with two kinds of butter infusions.

Situated on the fifth floor of the hotel high above Market Street, it’s even a satisfying haunt for locals to slip away from the melee of the street and dine, or enjoy a cocktail at the comfortably furnished and surprisingly lively bar. During Pride Month, the rainbow flags of the city streets found their way into the hotel’s public spaces, and the hotel even offered a number of Pride-inspired cocktails with a portion of the proceeds going to a local AIDS charity.

Guest rooms having soothingly neutral colors evocative of the foggy marine environment that keeps the city so temperate. Greys, aquas and whites don’t compete for attention in higher floor guest rooms with views of the city and surrounding waters. It’s tempting to pour a cup of coffee from the Nespresso machine and take advantage of the window-front bench seating reminiscent of what one might find in a Victorian mansion to ponder the views.

The familiar Four Seasons bed and other standard amenities like shoe shine, one-hour pressing, and a wired television that will stream guests’ personal content are all there as expected, and guests can melt away their days of travel or sightseeing in the full marble baths with separate shower and soaker tubs. For guests with little ones, staff will also provide cribs, baby powder, baby shampoo and other amenities like welcome milk and cookies.

Guests also have access to the Equinox gym in the same building, and on the upper floors, the eucalyptus scent from the gym’s steam rooms manages to seep into the corridors and elevator vestibules, giving the hotel an almost spa-like feel.

It’s surprising to find this luxury tucked away into an unassuming building on one of the busiest streets in one of the largest cities on North America’s Pacific Coast. Aside from some discreet signage and a welcoming doorman, there’s not much to indicate the serene spaces that lie beyond the front door. There’s a ground floor lobby that operates virtually as a pass-through to the fifth-floor sky lobby, which manages to provide similarly quiet respite. Walking into the hotel is akin to putting on a noise-canceling headset.

The vaunted Four Seasons service doesn’t disappoint either. Quietly helpful service? It’s there. Special requests at breakfast? Confirmed via the app, double-checked the night before, and flawlessly delivered with my toast. Pants need pressing for a wedding? They’ll be back in an hour.

For intrepid explorers, the hotel is well-located for transit. It sits atop the BART line that runs beneath Market Street, and the stations are a short walk from the front doors. Nearby Powell street is also the terminus for the city’s famous cable cars, which climb over Nob Hill to Fisherman’s Wharf.

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It makes for a pleasant San Francisco visit to know that, however one chooses to spend their day, there’s a cozy hideaway with a good view of the city waiting to come home to.

The Takeaway

Four Seasons executes guest experience with vibrant local color and virtually no flaws in most cities around the world, and San Francisco is no exception.

The Math

Rates start at $395 plus tax and vary by season and occupancy.

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Guest room views are sure to catch attention.


Four Seasons does not have a loyalty program.

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No self-parking; the hotel’s valet entrance is on Third Street.

Early-arriving and late-departing guests not wishing to book additional nights can access Equinox to freshen up before or after their rooms are ready.

Accommodations were furnished by Four Seasons San Francisco in preparation for this story.

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Las Vegas Sands Donating Two Million Pieces of Personal Protective Equipment



WHY IT RATES: With the Palazzo and Venetian shuttered in Las Vegas, parent company Las Vegas Sands continues to pay some 10,000 furloughed Team Members and provide full health-care benefits, and has just announced a fresh donation of two millions pieces of personal protective equipment to support the work of those battling coronavirus on the ground in New York and Nevada. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer

Las Vegas Sands today announced it will donate two million medical masks and 20,000 protective suits to help health-care professionals, first responders and nonprofit organizations in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Medical mask donations will be distributed in the company’s corporate headquarters of Nevada as well as New York, which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Each state will receive one million masks. The 20,000 protective suits will be donated to hospitals and first responders in Nevada.

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“Hopefully our donations will help protect people on the front lines so they can continue their invaluable work, and we can start to see the numbers of people affected begin to diminish,” Sands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon G. Adelson said. “Our properties in Las Vegas may be empty right now, but our hearts are full of hope for the future. The determination and courage I have seen in our Team Members, which I know is the same throughout this country, gives me every confidence we will get through this unprecedented crisis.”

This contribution marks the second round of personal protective equipment donations Sands has made. The company previously provided 100,000 masks to the Las Vegas health-care community and 5,000 masks to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. It also donated 1,900 coronavirus test kits to the state of Nevada.

Mr. Adelson said the one million masks being sent to New York will help health-care professionals and first responders in the state currently with the most cases of coronavirus.

“People are looking to New York as a bellwether for what comes next, both in terms of the pandemic’s impact and for how quickly the region, particularly New York City, is able to recover from the aftermath of the virus,” he said. “It’s important we steer resources to the places where the need is the greatest and most urgent.”

In addition to the protective gear donations, Sands is fulfilling its pledge to give $250,000 to several important local organizations during this time of need. The company is making contributions to ‘Three Square’, Southern Nevada’s largest hunger-relief organization; ‘Communities In Schools’, which is helping provide meals to students who would otherwise be participating in their school’s free and subsidized meal programs; and ‘Share Village Las Vegas’, a veterans assistance organization that also runs a community food pantry.

Sands also has donated 60 pallets of food and more than 55,000 bottles of water to local organizations. In addition, the company is currently paying each of its nearly 10,000 Las Vegas Team Members, along with providing full health-care benefits, while its properties remain closed.

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SOURCE: Las Vegas Sands Corp. press release.

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