717 Battery St., Embarcadero
Ok, so you have to be invited to stay, which means this isn't technically a hotel, but those lucky enough to be nominated—and actually accepted—to this Ken Fulk-designed private social club get access to a slew of membership perks, including 14 sprawling rooms, several bars, a restaurant, and spa. Exclusivity aside, Michael Birch and Xochi Torres, a couple of tech geniuses who came up with the concept, wish to promote diversity and community via strategic membership approvals that don't actually depend on status or financial standing (they offer "scholarships" for those who can't swing the hefty membership dues).
8 Mission St., Embarcadero
Situated right across the street from the Ferry Building, this super-holistic hotel has a full menu of spa treatments for both vacationing and business travelers in addition to plush amenities like rooftop soaking tubs and a bamboo garden. Guest rooms are kept purposely neutral to give all five sense a break at the end of the day.
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