Planning a weekend to San Francisco and looking for a central location - close to shopping, eateries, the arts, and entertainment? Then look no further than the recently renovated Hotel Stratford. Originally constructed in 1910, the independently owned, eight-story boutique hotel has just completed an extensive multi-million dollar renovation, updating the property from top to bottom.
The 95 room hotel, located just a half-block south of Union Square, on Powell Street, offers cozy accommodations with elevated essentials including - contactless check-in, eco amenities, artwork by acclaimed Sausalito-based artist Eric Zener, modern fixtures mixed with warm tones and natural light, contrasted with blue and brass accents. Step out the front entry of Hotel Stratford and onto Powell Street, one of San Francisco’s famed thoroughfares. From here you can go just about anywhere! Hop on the classic San Francisco Cable Car, Powell Line, heading over the hill and down into Fisherman’s Wharf. Head out on foot - North, South, East, or West to experience unique neighborhoods, art & history museums, shopping, sports, and more. Everything is truly at your fingertips!
Ready to grab a bite? Head over to Bartlett Hall! Located just a block away from Hotel Stratford, sister property Bartlett Hall is a casual gastropub and microbrewery offering generous portions of New American fare. Yes, that’s right, in the heart of downtown San Francisco, there is an award-winning microbrewery serving up quality, comfort, and craft. Added bonus, Hotel Stratford guests can enjoy Bartlett Hall’s to-go offerings via a QR code. Bottled beers and cocktails alongside food are available to be delivered to hotel guests directly for in-room imbibing.
With the hustle and bustle of the City by the Bay slowly beginning to return to pre-covid levels, it’s the perfect time to visit this iconic destination. Whether driving in from a neighboring county or making the long journey from the East Coast or beyond, San Francisco offers a vast variety of experiences to enjoy and Hotel Stratford is ready to be your home base. Start planning your visit today! Need some inspiration? Check out our suggested itinerary below.
Day 1 -
Arrive and check in to Hotel Stratford. Unpack and head over to Bartlett Hall for Happy Hour.
Wander around Market Street/Union Square for some window shopping.
Head to a late dinner at underground Sushi Restaurant, Ryoko's - This place is always jamming and why wouldn't it be when there’s a resident DJ. This was when I lived in the City, and still is one of my favorite Sushi restaurants… Insider tip, while no longer on the menu, you can ask for Jumpin’ Tuna, but seriously everything is good!
Before heading home stop in for some Tiki Time at The Zombie Village - Outside may not look like much, but you’ll know you’ve arrived by the Tropical Lantern hanging outside and the bouncer checking ID. As you enter, be transported to a tropical oasis. Belly up to the bar or see if you can score a private booth, adorned with velvet prints and bamboo siding, and other various amazingness, then sit back, relax and enjoy a little aloha.
Head on back to the hotel and call it a night, tomorrow is a busy day!
Day 2 -
Skip breakfast and have an early lunch when you order pick-up or delivery with Square Pie Guy’s in the SOMA district - Shelling out Detroit-style pizza, with an infusion of toppings and flavors it is truly mouth-wateringly delicious. Crunchy bottom, fluffy middle, and crispy cheesy edge in every bite will fuel you up for the day ahead.
Next, visit one of the many art museums, several being a short, easy walk from Hotel Stratford. Take in an afternoon ballgame at Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, or head to a matinee theater performance.
Head back to Hotel Stratford to rest, recharge, imbibe on togo bottled beer and cocktail from Bartlett Hall and get ready for the evening.
Grab a cab or ride-share and head to the Alamo Square for a Cal-Italian inspired dinner at Che Fico - Where to begin… homemade pasta, pizzas, salumi, cocktails, and much more. Come hungry and eat everything, it’s all good and we mean ALL!
Day 3 -
Before you pack up and check out of Hotel Stratford, head around the corner to ONE65 Patisserie & Boutique - Offering a wide selection of coffee, French pastries, confections, and other decadent sweet treats, one can also enjoy a savory bite and shop their togo items.
One last stop before departing San Francisco, Golden Gate Park - Roam the expansive, 1,000 + square foot urban park, including lakes, groves, meadows, and gardens. Or visit one of the park's attractions, including the California Academy of Sciences.
Head home or to your next travel destination!
Happy Traveling - Lindsay, Poppy & Vine