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    St. Regis San Francisco

    • May 19, 2014

    • By:Kathy Osborne

    Situated in the SoMa (South of Market) District alongside the SF Museum of Modern Art, the St. Regis San Francisco hotel incorporates an astonishing amount of comfort and modern sophistication with its bespoke, luxury spa experience with a level of indulgence that borders on narcissistic. Upon entering, I was immediately welcomed by the warmth of a 16-foot fireplace complimented by Zebrano wood — also known as “Zebrawood” for its dark striping — while guests seated alongside floor-to-ceiling windows sipped spirits and lost themselves in conversation in the hotel lobby, designed by Toronto’s Yabu Pushelberg.

    As I continued to make my way through the hotel, I was informed that the interior of the 260-rooms and 100 luxury residences maintains a contemporary design aesthetic to ensure that a night’s rest or a day of traveling feels as luxurious as it looks. Personalized services and custom design features, (such as their deep-soaking tub with resort-style shuttered windows) sets the St. Regis apart — aesthetically, architecturally, spiritually — from other hotels at this price-point.

    Every 5-star St. Regis property (part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Group) is consistent in combining stylistic influences of the surrounding area, and at the St. Regis San Francisco for example, Bay Area luxury is expertly evinced by Bella Crema marble and Mozambique wood doors. While inside the Grande Deluxe Suite, there is an artistic yet fashionable and modern-day look and feel, which is often felt walking throughout the SoMa District. Guests also have the accessibility of not just the visual space but also the entertainment space, with a dining and living room area that transforms a hotel room into a livable space.

    But perhaps the place that I could’ve spent the most time lost in overindulgence is the hotel’s Remede Spa, rated 4-stars by Forbes. It’s the perfect retreat after a day of shopping in Union Square or an easy pick-me-up before a dinner engagement. The new Spa Director, Randy Pierce, has focused his energies on the most recent phase of the Remede Spa, embracing treatments that enhance a guest’s inner well-being with two decades of spa and wellness expertise. One classic bespoke service I had the opportunity to experience is the St. Regis Refresher Facial. A wonderful option to boost the facial contours and overall radiance of your skin that may often diminish after long hours at work and the stress of traveling, the treatment began with a paraffin foot wrap and upper body massage. Then it was onto my face for the layers of exfoliation, extractions and creams. And all of this with the light smell of lavender and blended warmth radiating from the heated blankets instantaneously places your mind, body and soul in a place of complete serenity. You walk out of facial paradise with unparalleled results and back into the St. Regis spa, booking your next appointment.