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A Touch of Class – The Donatello Hotel San Francisco

December 1, 2021

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Riley’s Joanna Bomers shares details of a recent stay at the classy Donatello Hotel San Francisco

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Located in the very heart of one of California’s most vibrant downtown areas, The Donatello Hotel San Francisco is perfectly situated amongst the top cultural focal points and attractions of the city and its famous Bay area.

From here you can easily walk just two minutes to the city’s hub, Union Square, and catch one of ‘San Fran’s’ famous cable cars to Little Italy, Fisherman’s Wharf, or Chinatown. It’s also a fantastic base from which to explore this dynamic city’s best dining, shopping, and entertainment options.

Among the most popular activities for guests of The Donatello are shopping in the boutique shops at Union Square, along with its numerous designer stores and art galleries. It’s also the location of many annual festivals, as well as a host of historic theaters that present live acts of all kinds.

The Classy Donatello Hotel San Francisco

Also within steps of The Donatello are some of the finest restaurants in the city, including a number of Michelin-star eateries owned by some of the country’s leading celebrity chefs.

Exterior of the Donatello Hotel San Francisco at night

The Donatello Hotel San Francisco is one of the city’s iconic landmarks (All photos courtesy The Donatello)

A world-class dining experience can also be enjoyed right on-site at The Donatello’s Zingari Ristorante. This first-rate restaurant is popular with locals and visitors alike for its authentic, traditional northern Italian cuisine. When it comes to entertainment The Donatello’s Mezzanine Bar comes alive with the sound of regular live jazz performances.

There’s certainly plenty more to recommend The Donatello, too. Enter the luxurious lobby and you’ll instantly be captivated by the hotel’s elegant Tuscan-inspired décor.

Luxurious Suites With Plenty of Room to Relax

Once in your well-appointed, pristine suite, you’ll be rewarded with great views overlooking the city – a pleasant reminder of just how well positioned this hotel is to enable you to enjoy all that’s good about downtown San Francisco.

Each spacious suite is brightly decorated and comes with a king bed, as well as pull-out queen-sized sofa bed. They also feature a kitchenette with wet bar, plus a mini fridge, microwave, and coffeemaker.

The Donatello Hotel San Francisco lobby

The Donatello offers chic stays in the heart of downtown San Francisco

Be sure to visit the Club Donatello Rooftop Lounge, a definite must during your stay. Here you can enjoy a complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, all the while enjoying a superb 270° view of the city. This pleasant space is also used as a place to socialize during the hotel’s frequent guest receptions and live jazz presentations.

The fitness centre, hot tub, and sauna are located on the same floor, as well as a massage therapy room (massage services can be booked with the help of the concierge staff). The Donatello also offers an activities program, complimentary Wi-Fi, and indoor valet parking.

Riley Recommends: To learn more about The Donatello, check out our preferred hotel partner at The Donatello Hotel San Francisco.


Contributor Joanna Bomers is a freelance writer based in British Columbia, Canada, who recently travelled the length of California

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