Le Meridien

Le Meridien

Away from the noise and congestion of Union Square, Le Meridien (formerly the Park Hyatt), sits in the middle of the Financial District. There are 360 modern guest rooms and suites, with breath taking views of the San Francisco Bay, Bay Bridge and the city, especially from the upper floors of the 24 story building. (Ask for a corner room on an upper floor with a bay view.) Warm wood furniture, dark carpets, curtains and red accents contrast comfy, white pillow top beds. Rooms come with one king or two twins. Granite baths, big screen plasma tv’s and wireless internet ($12.95/day), robes and refrigerators are standard. Lots of positives, including a decent fitness center but there’s not much night life, and shopping and restaurants tend to close on weekends. It is, after all, the Financial District. But Le Meridien is within walking distance of Chinatown and the Embarcadero, which is handy if you want to experience the sumptuous farmer’s market outside the Ferry Building on Saturday morning.

The hotel’s Park Grill serves California cuisine. Weather permitting, there’s outdoor patio dining on the terrace in a lovely garden setting with amazing views of the San Francisco Bay. Breakfast M-F, 6:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Sat/Sun 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Lunch M-F, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Brunch, Sat/Sun 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Dinner M-F 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Valet parking complimentary for 3 hours for dinner. Breakfast and lunch, $8 for three hours. 415/296-2933.

Rates start at $239/night. Valet parking is $49/day.

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