The Battery San Francisco
717 Battery Street
Up on the northern tip of the city, the Battery’s location makes exploring on foot easy.
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.
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.
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.
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
The hotel's steam room and sauna will ease your stresses whether you're a tech giant or not, as will a spell in its peaceful garden – or maybe a yoga class or gym session (the hotel have top personal trainers on speed-dial). Feel even more rejuvenated with a walk along the Embarcadero waterfront, stopping to pick up a raw, organic juice at Pressed Juicery. Peckish? You can opt to continue the gastronomic experience with a visit to artisan-dense Ferry Building Marketplace (make sure Vietnamese eatery 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.
The hotel holds frequent art exhibitions and a diverse range of talks, but there's culture aplenty on your doorstep too. Famed indie bookstore City Lights hosts author readings, Pier 24 Photography displays sophisticated snaps, Et Al has cool contemporary work and the International Art Museum of America has a wide-ranging collection of paintings, portraiture and sculpture.
Gastro-loving turf and thirst-quenching bars are only a short stroll away, as are waterfront views along the Embarcadero. Worldwide flavours are prevalent: Yank Sing (49 Stevenson Street) provides what many dub the best dim sum in SF, Nopalito (1224 9th Ave – a direct tram ride away) is an organic, Mexican love affair for locals, and the impeccable design inside Hotel Zetta's 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 the James and the Giant Peach or the Pacific Ave Punch on the cocktail menu. At the much hyped about PABU (101 California St), co-owned by celebrated chef Michael Mina, sit 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.
Hard Water has an enviable whiskey collection, which they serve by the dram or in curated flights. Look out for the limited runs and pair your pour with jalapeño hush-puppies and fried boudin balls. Eno Wine Bar has bottle-lined walls and an oenophile-pleasing list, while Bar 587 is a cosy brick-walled spot where barkeeps will create a bespoke cocktail for you on request.