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Luxury in Downtown San Francisco
By: Mark Alyn   |    January 7, 2013   |   0 Comments (0) (0)

Omni San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the greatest places to visit in the world. It has culture with theatre, an amazing array of restaurants and great hotels. A treasure in the downtown financial district is the Omni.

Omni hotels are establishments reflecting local charm, great service and wonderful staff. The San Francisco Omni is no different. It has itís own unique personality with outstanding service and staff.

Entering the lobby, you whisk back in time to another era. This is an old world style of hotel, with a wide view of the front desk, a sitting area and entry to the bar and restaurant.†

Old-fashioned luxury is the key to this Omni. You can feel the years of the hotel, yet there is a contemporary quality as well. Doing some homework, I found the building was originally a bank built in 1926. Italian marble floors, Austrian crystal chandeliers hanging and elegant fabrics adorn the lobby. The Omni San Francisco is listed on the Historic Hotels of America, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Omni San Francisco has a boutique hotel ambiance. I like boutique hotels, because of the service. At small hotels, staff will often greet you by name and service is extraordinary. With more than 360 rooms, you get boutique service here with big hotel advantages. It was amazing to me that with all the guests the front desk staff remembered my name. Hotel staff throughout the hotel always said hello, good morning and how are you. Itís a refreshing change from corporate culture hotels. Itís no wonder that the Omni hotels again received the highest satisfaction rating from J. D. Power and Associates in 2012 for Upper-Scale Hotel Chains.

The rooms feature marble vanities, plush bedding and high ceilings. Everything is spotless and clean. I always sleep well on Omni beds. Iíve always wondered if Omni sell their beds and if they specially made for their rooms. I have to remember to ask. The beds are very comfortable. Some hotel beds are extra hard or super soft. I just fit well on the Omni beds. I found a luxury element in each room that just feels good.

In many of the Omni Hotels, there is a Bobís Steakhouse. Regarded as one of the best steak restaurant chains, this Bobís has a city styling rather than the western motif I saw at locations in Texas.

As Iíve stated at the heart of Omni hotels are their people. I travel a lot and meet different levels of hotel staff, from housekeeping to management. At the Omni San Francisco, I met Concierge Lex Doherty. Itís rare when someone enjoys their job and goes out over the top to help.

We wanted to have dim sum because itís a real treat to have. Lex made one recommendation from the many available in the city and gave his reasons for selecting it. He went as far as to suggest dishes.

Returning from lunch, Lex asked us how we liked our lunch, chatted us about food in San Francisco and offered to make any reservations we needed. We shared with him our wonderful meal and thanked him.

Later that day we needed directions. Lex was ready to help. He advised us to take the cable car located right outside the front of the hotel. Go up to the top of Nob Hill and walk less than a block to our destination. Lex recommended that after our meeting we explore the area in Nob Hill before coming back to the Omni. We had such a good time just walking, talking and visiting all thanks to Lex.

The Omni in San Francisco has a great location. For business, youíre right in the heart of all the action. Youíre blocks from malls, near one of a kind boutiques and other interesting window-shopping opportunities. Restaurants abound from cafes to the in-house steak place as mentioned. The oldest restaurant in California, The Tadich Grill is just a short walk away.

With old world charm, convenience and tremendous service, Omni San Francisco is a great place to stay when visiting the City by the Bay.†

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