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5 Vital Things to Know About San Francisco's Hotel Vitale

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January 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM | by | ()

We closed out 2012 with a one-night hotel stay in San Francisco and while we tried to do the right thing by our budget, we couldn't help but splurge on the Hotel Vitale in the Embarcadero.

This JDV Hotel has been a fave of HotelChatter's for nearly a decade, but we haven't physically checked in on the place since 2007. But instead of giving you some laborious hotel review, we'll make it short and suite (ha!).

Here are 5 Things You Should Know About the Hotel Vitale: (pics included!)

1. Splurge on the Water View Rooms: We said it way back in 2005 and nearly eight years later the same still holds true--the water view rooms are the ones to book. From your little perch, you can admire the stunning San Francisco Bay with the iconic Bay Bridge in the distance as well as the San Francisco Ferry Building. During our stay, these were going for about $308 a night with an AAA discount.

2. But Ask for a Higher Floor: We were placed on the third floor which still offered great views of the Bay Bridge and the Ferry Building but the Embarcadero is especially noisy in the morning. We found ourselves up at around 7am despite vowing to "sleep in" 'til 830am.

3. Order Room Service for Breakfast: Now that you've splurged on the upgrade, take some time to enjoy it with room service breakfast from the hotel's Americano restaurant. We ordered up the banana pancakes and the simple but really tasty two eggs with avocado and sourdough toast. The food came up quick (within 15 minutes) and was a great way to start our day.

4. Snag the Slippers in the Closet: Snagging the free slippers in hotel rooms has become our favorite pastime of late. We especially loved the Vitale's soft slippers because they feature a good message on them--"Slow Down." The Fresh toiletries in the bathroom ain't too shabby either!

5. Valet Parking is $50: Yeah, that's the only buzzkill here. Although, it's not too surprising as most hotels in San Fran charge upwards of $50 to park your car overnight. Just another reason to take BART!

[Photo: Juliana Shallcross for HotelChatter]

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