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Another Place to Go in San Francisco: The Hotel Adagio

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  Site Where: 550 Geary St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
September 14, 2012 at 4:39 PM | by | ()

San Francisco has been on our radar lately. There just always seem to be a question of where to stay. We’re always being asked. Well, now there’s more news to add to the mix, the under-the-radar Hotel Adagio has undergone a seven-million dollar renovation which will make it more appealing for those looking for a Union Square-area option.

Opened in 1929, the historic Spanish-Colonial style hotel was once lauded for its great penthouse views, but over the years it's struggled in its theater-district location, which can be hit or miss depending on who you talk to. And despite being part of California's popular Joie de Vivre boutique hotel brand, Adagio parted ways with the company and has joined with the Evolution Hospitality management group, which has San Diego's Hard Rock Hotel under its wings. So, who knows perhaps the hotel's future may be brighter.

The 171 guestrooms and penthouse suites, said to be the largest of the cities historical hotels, have been updated with luxury linens, flatscreen televisions, and iHome docking stations. There is Wi-Fi available, but at $10 a day, though it used to be free during the Joie de Vivre days.

A facelift was given to the public areas as well, replacing the drab palette with bold, eye-popping colors. The restaurant supposedly looks more sophisticated with a menu to reflect the decor, and lobby-level bar Mortimer has been lit with LED lights to attract a more youthful crowd. Perhaps the better to see the new twists on classic cocktails like the Blood Orange Bourbon Sour, made with fresh lime, sugar, egg whites and blood orange bitters.

Reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp seem to be the usual 50/50 split on Hotel Adagio's new look and service, so we'll be keeping an eye out until we eyeball it ourselves.

In the meantime, if you want to give it shot, rates start at $289 a night.

And if you've stayed there already, tell us what you thought about it!

[Photo:Hotel Adagio]

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