Welcome To San Francisco
Welcome to the InterContinental San Francisco. My Concierge colleagues and I are eager to show you how much we love our 'City by the Bay'. We're here to assist you with whatever you need and make your stay with us a memorable one.
The InterContinental San Francisco, a graceful tower of translucent cool-blue, soars 32 stories above the vibrant South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood. Our LEED® EBOM GOLD certified hotel features 550 guest rooms including 14 luxurious suites, an indoor lap pool, a spa, lobby Bar 888, and our own Michelin rated restaurant Luce. Conveniently located next to the Moscone Convention Center and 5 blocks from Union Square, we are so centrally located it's only 2 blocks to the famous cable cars!
Start your day with a ride on our historic F-Line streetcars. Take one down to the Ferry Building to the foot of Market Street and have a delightful organic gourmet breakfast at Boulette's Larder before taking a wander through the artisan food shops. Sample the cheese at Cowgirl Creamery and dip a piece of Acme bread in McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil. It's also hard to pass by the sweet confections of Recchuiti or the marvelous chocolates of Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker. From there, have a wander along the Embarcadero toward the Filbert Steps which take you up through well-tended gardens nestled among quaint houses on the hillside. You might even catch a glimpse of the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill that call this neighborhood home. At the top, you'll find Coit Tower with an amazing view of the bay below.
Take the Powell-Mason Cable Car to North Beach. This vibrant area is SF's 'Little Italy.' Have a stroll through City Lights Bookstore on Columbus where Jack Kerouac and the Beatnik generation once hung out. Continue up to Washington Square Park and stop in Liguria Bakery for the best piece of foccacia you'll find anywhere. But get there early! When they run out, the shop closes for the day. Afterwards, sit outside Stella Pastry enjoying a piece of their house specialty rum and cream cake, Sacripantina, along with a cup of espresso.
Have dinner at a wonderful little neighborhood restaurant called Oola for some gourmet comfort food. Follow this with a cabaret show at Beach Blanket Babylon, another San Francisco institution with extravagant costumes and, in particular, the largest hats you'll ever see. Cap your evening with a visit to the Top of the Mark at the Mark Hopkins Hotel for some martinis and, if you have some energy left, a dance. Top of the Mark is famous for its spectacular views, and the twinkling lights of San Francisco at night is a sight to take your breath away.
Not always sunny in San Francisco
Many people think California has sunny skies and warm weather 365 days a year, but it’s not true in San Francisco. It’s often foggy, temperatures over 80F are considered a heat waves, and the water is too cold for all but the heartiest souls at the beach. It rains in the winter, but seldom the rest of the year. April and October are two of the nicest months to vacation here. To have a comfortable vacation, check the climate for the time you plan to visit. You will probably need to pack warmer vacation clothing that you might think. As you may have heard uttered once or twice before….”The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”
Forget the car
Public transportation in San Francisco is quite convenient, and it is easy to get to even the farthest corners of the city. You can buy a one day visitor pass for $13, a 3 day pass for $20, or a 7 day pass for $26 from the ticket booth at the cable car turnaround at Powell and Market Streets. If you don't buy a pass, a one way fare with a 90 minute transfer is only $2 for the buses and streetcars, and a one way ticket for the cable car is $5.
San Franciscans and other Bay Area residents love to dine out in SF, filling up restaurants every night of the week. There are only a handful of restaurants that request the gentlemen to wear jackets, and a button down shirt or blouse with jeans is acceptable almost everywhere. After all, we are the home of Levi Strauss. And you won't have to spend a lot of money to get great food; head down to the Mission District for healthy cheap eats.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Angel Island is the West Coast's version of Ellis Island where over 175,000 Chinese and Japanese immigrants waited for entry to the US. Now it is a tranquil retreat with bike and hiking trails, and even a few campsites. Ferries leave daily from Pier 39, or from Tiburon across the bay.
Author Dashiell Hammett wrote the book "The Maltese Falcon" and one of his haunts was John's Grill on Ellis Street. Opened in 1908, John's Grill hasn't changed their menu much; fresh steaks and local seafood. Sam Spade was very fond of the lamb chops, or so the books tell us. You can order them as well, as they are still on the menu.
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco" was written by Douglass Cross and George Cory. After you have been with us here in our beautiful city for a few days, we bet that you will lose your's here too.
WHAT TO PACK
Dress in layers
Our city is known for its many microclimates. Dress in layers as the weather can be cool and foggy one minute, then warm and pleasant the next. Sweaters are not really necessary, but a sweatshirt or wind breaker is always helpful. You won't find many of the local women wearing sun dresses here in town due to the wind and weather; pants and fitted skirts work best. And don't forget a hat and some sunscreen, as when the sun shines it's stronger than you'd expect.
San Francisco has a lot of hills, and walking is the best way to see the city. Bring some shoes that you can walk comfortably in, and forget the flip flops; the beach is cold and the city sidewalks are not the place for open toed shoes.
Avoid carrying $100 bills with you as you'll find that many small shops don't accept anything over $20.
- 888 Howard Street
- San Francisco , CA , 94103
- United States
- Front Desk +1-415-6166500
Distance 13.7 MI / 22.05 KM SOUTH to Hotel
Shuttle Charge (one way): $16.00 (USD)
Taxi Charge (one way): $40.00 (USD)
Time by taxi: 20 Minutes
101N to SF - stay to right - to 80E towards Bay Bridge. Take Fourth Street exit toward Embarcadero. Turn left onto Bryant Street then left onto Third Street. Left turn on Howard Street. Hotel is on the right.
Oakland International Airport (OAK)
Distance 19 MI / 30.58 KM SOUTH EAST to Hotel
Taxi Charge (one way): $65.00 (USD)
Time by taxi: 35 Minutes
Train Charge (one way): $3.50 (USD)
Follow signs to 80-W/Bay Bridge and cross over bridge. Exit Fremont Street and take first left onto Howard Street. Continue on Howard Street for 0.7 miles and Hotel is on the right.
San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Distance 47 MI / 75.64 KM SOUTH to Hotel
Taxi Charge (one way): $140.00 (USD)
Time by taxi: 60 Minutes
Southwest on Terminal Drive. Turn left at Airport Blvd. Turn Right towards Skyport. Turn left to merge on CA-87N towards 101N. After 43 miles, take the I-80E. Exit 7th Street and turn right at Mission. Right on 4th. Right on Howard.
Station Name: Caltrain - 4th & King Station
Distance 0.9 MI / 1.45 KM SOUTH WEST to Hotel
Taxi Fee From Train Station: $10.00 (USD)
Stay on King Street, Left on 3rd Street, Left on Howard Street, Hotel on Right
Subway Name: Powell Street BART Station
Distance 0.2 MI / 0.32 KM SOUTH to Hotel
Taxi Fee From Subway Station: $5.00 (USD)
2 Block walking distance heading South on 5th street to Howard Street
- Valet parking only, with in & out privileges. $60 per 24-hours, inclusive of tax.
- Valet Parking Available: $60.00 (USD)
- Valet Parking Available
- Controlled Access Gates to Parking
- Parking Area Equipped with Lights
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is located about 14 miles from the hotel. From SFO, take 101 North towards San Francisco. When you reach the city, follow the signs for 80 East Bay Bridge and take the Fourth Street Exit. Stay in the left hand lane, and make a left onto Bryant Street. Take the next left at 3rd Street, and than another left onto Howard Street. The hotel is on the first block on the right hand side. Airport shuttles are available to the hotel from SFO for between $17 and $19 per person. A taxi will cost approximately $40. Our subway, BART, will cost $8.10 for a one way fare. Go to www.bart.gov for more information.
Languages spoken by staff
Pet Fee $50.00 per night
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