Traveling around from place to place, I've developed a love for nice boutique hotels. Doesn't have to be fancy schmancy, just give me the necessities - a shower with good water pressure and a comfortable bed with just hard enough pillows and I'm a happy woman. Throw in free wi-fi, premium bath products, and some good design elements and now you've given me an experience.

Hotel Palomar was recommended from our friend and favorite panda bear, Ju, through a forum question and it did not disappoint!

Located at 4th and Market, the hotel is just steps away from some fabulous shopping (Barney's, Ben Sherman, etc) and two blocks away from Union Square. Great location for late night grubbin (more on that later).

Now on to some pics.

From the outside:

As part of the Kimpton chain you could tell as you walked through the lobby that they paid attention to small details. An interesting and unique chandelier made up of light bulbs:

The floors had the MC Escher/Qbert thing going on. A nice touch but a bit dizzying.

In terms of covering the basics, this place had it all. Free wi-fi was a bit slow but did its job. TV was flat screen and just big enough.

Bed was comfortable, no complaints. The bed and pillows were just firm enough...made for a very peaceful night's sleep.

The bathroom was stocked with wonderful L'Occitane bath products.

Extra nice touch was the hosted evening wine hour they have between 5p-6p. We stayed on the 5th floor where they had a table set up with a nice guy who poured you free wine. A GREAT way to take a nice break before your evening festivities.

Overall? Service was excellent. We checked in quickly, no hassles. As we were retiring for the night, it was always nice to see the bellman greeting us at the door. The hotel actually starts on the 5th floor, we had no problems with noise from the street below. We booked through the website at $195/night. It was a smaller boutique hotel that was pretty basic and that covered the necessities plus some. At that $200 range we felt like we were getting a great deal given the location and the amenities. There was a gym and a business center on the 5th floor along with a restaurant.

Tips:
+ Powell street exit from the BART station is about a block and a half from the hotel
+ There is a Coffee Bean one block away on market street for us caffeine addicts
+ To catch a cab, we suggest walking across the street to the Marriott where there's a taxi stop

Who Should Go?
+ People who want to spend in the range of $200 a night for a nice boutique hotel in a great location
+ People who like a little free drinkey drinkey

Hotel Palomar
12 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
866.373.4941

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Comment by Annie on September 3, 2008 at 9:02am
so cute and what a great deal. thanks for the tip! next time i go to sf i will definitely stay here.
Comment by PANDA JU on September 3, 2008 at 8:21am
Nice! Free wine and proximity to caffeine rule.
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