Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Throughout the summer, San
Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area are awash in new-and-old-school
entertainments—and the changing face of the hospitality scene that
accommodate them. In San Francisco proper, Loews Hotels & Resorts
recently re-branded the Mandarin Oriental as the Loews Regency San Francisco,
the second property (following the Loews Regency New York) in the new Loews
Regency brand. Apart from spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the
Loews Regency San Francisco is being aesthetically re-tooled and—thanks to
Executive Chef Amol Agarwal of the hotel's Brasserie S&P—remains in
synch with local foodie culture at the nearby Ferry Building. The gourmet
complex features Oakland-based Blue Bottle coffee, Berkeley's Acme Bread,
and San Francisco's own Recchiuti chocolates—and in September, Chef
Agarwal will join the fray by providing free weekly walking tours of the Ferry
Building, a draw for gourmet-minded guests. In Berkeley, the 1930 Berkeley
Women's City Club—a beautiful dollhouse version of Hearst Castle at San
Simeon just steps from downtown—has been reimagined as a hotel. The
Berkeley City Club is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the
property was designed by Julia Morgan of Hearst Castle fame. The 35
guestrooms boast views of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco, including
landmarks like the Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Berkeley Campus and
Hills, and guests have access to the property's lap pool. San Francisco
is home to the first-rate de Young museum, and on Saturday, July 25, the
museum will provide a welcome glimpse of Bay Area history. The de Young's
"Portals of the Past: The Photographs of Willard Worden" features early
20th Century images of a lost Chinatown, a slice of old San Francisco London
would have enjoyed. Tom Austin is based in Miami and covers the Florida
beat for Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter at @TomAustin.  
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