San Francisco, United States

The Battery San Francisco

Rates from (ex tax)$545.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD633.56), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Exclusive members’ club

Setting

The city’s hippest address

WINNER: BEST NEWCOMER – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2015
RUNNER-UP: BEST-DRESSED HOTEL – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2015

Every city has that one cool spot everyone’s always trying to get into. San Francisco’s is The Battery, the members’ club with rooms (and a spa, and a restaurant, and four bars) that was hitherto only available to particularly in-the-know guests. But now, we can get you in: just tell ‘em Mr & Mrs Smith sent you… 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Fourteen rooms and suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $545.00, excluding tax at 16.25 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD633.56), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Also

Hashtag aficionados, prepare to step away from your devices: cameras are verboten in public spaces. The Wine Cellar can be rented out as an event space, when it's not hosting member events.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, library, garden, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Nespresso machines, minibars, Malin & Goetz bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Room #1 is the lightest and brightest, and one of the better choices for longer city stays. If you’ve friends in town, book the 6,200sq ft Penthouse and invite them to join you at your 14-seat outdoor dining table…

Spa

Hide out from the city buzz in the steam room, sauna or over-sized hot tub. Book from the spa menu in advance to guarantee your deep-tissue bliss.

Packing tips

San Francisco’s the sort of city you’ll see best on foot, so come prepared for lots of walking (up hills) and avoiding rain, at any time of year.

Also

All public spaces are wheelchair accessible; one guest room is wheelchair accessible, and one has features for hearing-impaired guests.

Children

Well-behaved little ones are welcome. Sunday brunch is a family affair with special child-friendly activities.

Food and Drink

Photos The Battery San Francisco food and drink

Top Table

For secluded Saturday night drinks, disappear into a booth or an oversized couch. Otherwise, a shared dining table or high-stooped bar perch is the way to go for the more social diners.

Dress Code

No need to dress up (West Coasters err towards the casual), but don’t dress too far down, either – a scarlet lip won’t go amiss.

Hotel restaurant

717B shares its industrialesque good looks with the rest of the hotel, and the buzz starts at breakfast and continues all day till last call at the bar. Most of the ingredients you’ll find on the menu are naturally-sourced, seasonal and organic, and chef Nicolai Lipscomb is a dab hand at deliciousness. As such, you’ll need to book ahead to guarantee your table. 

Hotel bar

There are four – sample them all. First, enjoy a quiet cocktail at the sun-soaked Garden Bar. Later, head to the House Bar for small plates and craft cocktails. The Living Room Bar is an intimate setting with a weekly cocktail menu shaken up by the Battery’s resident mixologists, and the Musto Bar is the most exclusive drinking den.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7am–10.30am, and Sunday brunch 9am–2.30pm; grab lunch 1.30–2.30pm, Monday to Saturday; and you can dine till 10pm (10.30pm on Friday and Saturday). Last call for drinks is midnight (1am Friday and Saturday).

Room service

Room service is available, but 717B is well worth leaving your room for, too.

Location

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Address
The Battery San Francisco
717 Battery Street
San Francisco
94111
San Francisco
United States

Planes

A host of major airlines serve San Francisco Airport, about 40 minutes’ drive from the Battery. You’re equally likely to touch down at Oakland International Airport, just 25 minutes from the hotel.

Trains

The BART system skips the traffic and connects San Francisco to both SFO or OAK airports. And, the Amtrak Coast Starlight Line takes you north and south through California, if you’re travelling around the state.

Automobiles

You don’t really want to drive in San Francisco. Really. The traffic’s crazy, and the one-way system intimidating (and public transport and taxis are plentiful). But if you must, the hotel can help you find parking at a garage close by; the charge is usually around $50 a night.

Other

The boats from the Ferry Building, a short walk from the hotel, can ferry you all around the bay, including to Sausalito and Marin County (www.sanfranciscobayferry.com).

Worth getting out of bed for

Gastro-loving turf and thirst-quenching bars are only a short stroll away, as are waterfront views along the city’s Embarcadero. Worldwide flavours are prevalent: Yank Sing (49 Stevenson Street) provides what many dub the best dimsum in SF, Nopalito (1224 9th Ave – a direct tram ride away) is an organic, Mexican love affair for locals, and the impeccable design inside The Cavalier (360 Jessie St) is the perfect setting for British-style brunch and a bloody mary. Step inside the red brick exterior of Cotogna (490 Pacific Ave) for a dinner of rustic Italian cuisine made using only superior, Northern Californian products, and be tempted by Dorothy’s Distraction or the Hemingway Daquiri on the cocktail menu. At the much hyped about PABU (101 California St), co-owned by celebrated chef Michael Mina, seat beneath the soft glow of Japanese lanterns and heavy timbers, and try out perfected culinary flavours of Izakaya-style dining. Not so peckish? Head to the dynamic bar, be inspired by its 35-page strong menu and remember that the comfiest of pillows will be waiting for you back at home, to rest any weary heads.

Rejuvenate with a walk along the Embarcadero waterfront and a raw, organic juice at The Plant (Pier 3). You can opt to continue the gastronomic experience with a visit to artisan-dense Ferry Building Marketplace (make sure The Slanted Door is in your address book), or hop on board one of Hornblower’s unique cruises to catch that San Fran sea breeze while the beats of local DJs accompany you on the panoramic journey. Slightly further from the hotel, but well worth the adventure, is a bike ride through Presidio to capture that envious Golden Gate sunset shot, a night tour of Alcatraz, and seats at a San Francisco Giants game.

Reviews

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Victoria Lewis

Anonymous review

It’s just after dark when my car pulls up in front of what is allegedly luxury hotel the Battery: a nondescript building on a quiet San Francisco side street. I step out of my Uber (the chariot of choice in this tech-obsessed city) and give the brick edifice a once over. I’m contemplating whether I’ve been duped by my driver, or if this is some sort of Alice in Wonderland magic trick where a turn through the door will lead to an alternate – and hopefully more design-centric – world. Then, a flock of laughing women spill through that very door and onto the street. Mystery solved.

A little context: the Battery itself is a members’ club-slash-hotel. A sort of Soho House for the tech set. And, like similar clubhouse concepts, it plays the role of meeting venue by day before converting into a hip, see-and-be-seen sort of place after dark.

I grab my bags, push through the aforementioned doors and find myself an unwitting guest of a buzzing Thursday night fete. To my left, cliques of women stroll up and down the stairs, cocktails in hand, and ahead, groups of friends crowd into dimly lit banquettes while others spill out onto a wide terrace, taking advantage of the mild California night.

If I weren’t still holding a boarding pass confirming that I’d just landed in San Francisco, I’d be inclined to think I was still in New York. The scene in the hotel is lively and sophisticated. ‘So this is where the city’s fashionable set have been hiding away,’ I think; though, the area’s de facto uniform – a fleece Patagonia pullover – was still on prominent display among the men. Signs are posted near the bar, instructing members to please put away their phones after 6pm – an effort to nudge guests in the direction of good, old-fashioned, app-free fun.

I finally spot a front desk discreetly tucked into a corner of the entry hall. Check-in is deftly handled, and moments later I’m in a glass elevator, rapidly rising above the fray and emerging into a quiet hallway. My room is generously sized by any city’s standards. The focal-point of the space, a sleek, metal four-poster bed with downy white linens, calls my name, but I’m meeting a friend in the bar, so I hold out. I peek into the bathroom (bigger than most New York studio apartments) and note an egg-shaped tub and sizable rain shower. Also, a super-soft robe (a hotel essential in my mind), which I want to hibernate in. But, my friend is waiting for me downstairs, so I splash water on my face and I’m soon headed to the lounge.

The evening passes in a blur of excellent California wines and even better bar food, especially the burgers. Unlike New York, the scene dies down early here, and soon I’m back upstairs donning that robe. I sneak a bite of the freshly-baked cookies left on my bedside table before switching off the light and slipping into bed.

In the morning, I rise and step out onto my narrow private terrace. It’s a little chilly for my AM cup of tea, but affords an engaging city view. When I emerge for breakfast, the lobby is transformed completely from its nighttime persona. In the previously-packed banquettes, a few duos confer in hushed tones as they pick at egg whites and avocado toast. There’s a subdued ‘power breakfast’ ambience.

I order my own plate of organic grains and eggs (when in California!) and stroll around admiring the masterful mid-century modern design. The Battery’s one of those places that breezily throws together velvet, metal, jewel tones and bold prints without looking over-the-top. I snap a picture of a chair that I’d like to relocate to my own living room and am quietly chastised by the staff. Like most members’ clubs, this is a strictly photo-free zone: there will be no artful ‘avo on toast’ Instagrams.

The hotel offers enticements aplenty: a spa, library, plenty of pretty nooks…  But, I decide to explore the city after breakfast. I make it exactly one block on foot before seeking out an Uber. You see, the benefit of being one of the first businesses to gentrify an otherwise quiet, industrial neighborhood is great space, street cred and, of course, lower rents. The downside is that there’s not much to see in the Battery’s immediate vicinity. But, San Francisco is compact and nothing is ever more than a quick car ride away.

Upon my return, the same merry crowd greets me. And though I have already committed to a date with my room-service menu and a bubble bath, it’s a delight just to know that all the beautiful humans are buzzing about in the rooms below me.

All one can really ask for from an urban escape is a bit of possibility. Want a raucous night on the town? At the Battery you can indulge and still keep your hotel slippers on. Prefer a quiet escape far from the rabble? Your serene room will happily oblige. Suffice it to say, in San Francisco this place is undeniably one-of-a-kind.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Battery San Francisco’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Peace and a special treat. We loved the bar!

Don’t expect

...very private place.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Oct 2016

We loved

The large modern room and decor breaks out of the mould of many corporate San Francisco hotels. The mood and exclusivity of the Battery is a great selling point. Close to the Ferry Building and just twenty minutes from Downtown. The new SFMOMA is fantastic.

Don’t expect

Although sold as a club don't expect intimate lounges, the communal areas are larger and open.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Aug 2016

We loved

Everything! Service, food, decor, linens, fitness, outdoor space ......avocado toast is divine!

Don’t expect

Any caneras

Rating

Stayed on 22 Jul 2016

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