Where The Thrillist Boys Party in San Francisco
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Our next VIP in the series is Ben Lerer, the co-founder of Thrillist.com, a daily e-newsletter for guys detailing the best in food, drinks, events, gear, services and travel. Thrillist just recently launched a San Francisco-centric edition and here's where Ben stayed on his last trip to the City by the Bay. Enjoy.
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On my last business trip to San Francisco, I was put up in the Hotel Tomo in Japantown. I can't say I was giddy about the lodgings -- Tomo's essentially a Best Western, and Best Western isn't exactly the sexiest company out there* -- but I was completely blown away by my experience.
The property was cool, with a boutique hotel feel, the service was great, and the price was fantastic.
My room was a "Players Suite", with a small bedroom attached to a larger living area with a full-screen projector screen hooked up with various video game systems and a DVD player.
The room was built for hosting events, fitting 15-20 people comfortably, with a refrigerator (not a minibar -- an empty refrigerator) that I was able to stock to make entertaining cost effective.
We ended up having two nights of parties in a row without even meaning to, because no one wanted to leave the hotel.
As for design, the entire hotel feels like you're in a Nintendo game. Bright colors, very Japanese. The materials were clearly not expensive (lots of plastic to say the least) but that only added to the charm.
Obviously this place isn't ideal for the snobbish, or the elderly, but the beds are very comfortable, there's fast wireless throughout the property, and the restaurant on site is more than adequate for any business trip or weekend away with a few friends.
And at between $100-150 a night in SF (with a cheap onsite garage) it's a great deal overall -- a place I'll stay at again without question.
*The Tomo is actually now a JDV Hospitality property.
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