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Westin St. Francis Has Its New Look Ready

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  Site Where: 335 Powell St [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
June 30, 2009 at 11:47 AM | by | ()

In San Francisco, the famous Westin St. Francis has finished its extreme makeover, and almost on time, too. When we last checked into things, they were promising a Spring 09 finish, and they've nearly got that right. And we're pretty impressed – spending $40 million in just two years is not easy to do.

It sounds like everything we were promised has been delivered: 37" flat screen TVs and handsome dark wood furniture in the rooms, a massive lobby renovation and the new Clock Bar opposite the restaurant. There is now WiFi throughout and as promised, a snazzy new security system, and they've also spent $2 million modernizing the elevators so you'd hope at that price there's no waiting around or stair-climbing ever required.

The six penthouse suites have also had a thorough going-over. When we first heard about the renos, we were concerned that the bathrooms wouldn't get a look in, but they have – they've had complete makeovers too with custom vanities and marble floors (and thankfully, no modern peekaboo style); unfortunately, the bathrooms in the regular rooms don't seem to have had quite as much attention.

Typically for a Westin, this place is rolling in special deals but they don't seem to have one celebrating the big makeover, or at least not yet; you can get a Michael Mina package though which includes a welcome cocktail in the new Clock Bar, dinner, a cookbook and accommodation in the Grand Deluxe Tower, starting from $569.

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