Another great aspect of the hotel is its initiatives to contribute locally to its city via creative projects. At the end of this month, The Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco will finish a two-month long campaign—Hotels with Heart—with the American Heart Association. Donald Bowman, the hotel's General Manager, and the Hotel Council of San Francisco, are aiming to raise $250,000 for the national non-profit with hotel packages, cooking classes, and weekly evening runs led by marathon devotee Bowman himself. Later in February, a "Climb the Stars" event will urge supporters to climb the 48-story building that houses the hotel and happens to be the third tallest building in the city.
Because I'd visited the brand’s Hong Kong and Las Vegas spas before, I had exceptionally high expectations for this urban version. And following this experience, I can now happily add myself to its growing fan base because my expectations were both met, and exceeded.