San Francisco – Mandarin Oriental

A few weeks ago my wife and I stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, located in San Francisco’s Financial District at 222 Sansome Street. The hotel was a short walk to the shopping district, which was the main reason for our visit; San Francisco is the greatest city to shop for clothes, especially mens.

After being pleasantly greeted by a red-coated doorman, the check in procedure took only a few minutes, and we were in our elegant room with its picture windows offering extensive views over the Bay and city. Our room had wonderful views with such great landmarks as Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, the famous Transamerica Building, this hotel has possibly the greatest views on any hotel in San Francisco, I recommend the slight additional cost for a high floor room, the views are worth it.   I love a good bathroom and was not disappointed, a large bathtub and separate shower recess, the array of fine toiletries pleased my wife.

Apparently the hotel had recently undergone a refurbishment. The room and public areas were in such good taste.  A Brasserie and bar, were off the main lobby where we enjoyed breakfast each day and a fine dinner one evening.

I appreciated the hotels location on the flat making for easy walking, especially to the shops at Union Square, not to be missed is the nearby Ferry Terminal Building with its Farmers Market, restaurants and specialty food shops.

For me, the Mandarin Oriental ticked all my boxes; I am looking forward to my next visit there.  John Pond

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About John Pond, J.P.

Pioneer in television as producer of thousands of hours of TV shows on Australian and American television including Graham Kennedy, Tommy Leonetti, People in Conflict, Hollywood Bowl, Major Specials and Dr John‘s Casebook TV Shows. TV manager J. Walter Thompson & McCannErickson Advertising and head of production for Columbia Pictures TV. John changed careers to the hospitality industry working for Sydney’s top 5 star hotel as director of sales and marketing and GM. Then with Harrah’s/Caesar's World, the world’s largest hotel and casino group in Nevada. Playboy Magazine in Chicago, head of worldwide PR/Marketing, for their Resorts, Clubs, Hotels & Casinos. Producer at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Co-creator of hit US network TV show Joker, Joker, Joker, first TV show to give away a million dollars. Writer travel articles for magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, American Playboy as well as local Australian papers and magazines. In the USA represented many personalities including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, and many other major names. John is Editor at Sea of Australia’s leading cruise magazine, Travel & Cruise writer for The Retiree Magazine, Destinations Magazine and Spectator Group of Newspapers. John reviews cruise ships, Destinations and Hotels, and is ably assisted by his Associate Editor Sandra Tiltman.
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