What Ellis Island was to the East Coast, Angel Island was to the West Coast. Graffiti left by immigrants who were awaiting admission or deportation can be seen on the walls of the holding areas. The wooded 740 acre (300 hectare) island sits peacefully in the middle of San Francisco Bay. In addition to the immigration facility, the island is also home to two now-abandoned military installations, Fort McDowell and Camp Reynolds. Hiking and biking trails circle the island and offer spectacular views of the poppy-colored peaks of the Golden Gate Bridge and the iconic San Francisco skyline. Volunteer guides lead informative tours of the island's historical sites and you can even catch a glimpse of the indigenous deer population. Camping is allowed with proper permits. Ferry service varies according to the season.
Situated strategically across the street from Downtown's Yerba Buena Gardens in the SoMa neighborhood, the St. Regis Hotel is the last word in luxury. The Williams Building, which has long been a landmark, was renovated into a five-star restaurant and the 13,700 square-foot (1273 square-meter) Laboratoire Remède Spa. The hotel sets a new trend for urban chic in the area, with all the world-class amenities for its guests.
This unassuming house in the Mission District is really a cozy bed and breakfast. Originally built on what was known in the 1870s as Mansion Row, it was owned by John English, a City Commissioner known as the Potato King. It is now restored to its original Victorian elegance and offers individually decorated bedrooms awash with style. The Inn San Francisco is well equipped with guest friendly amenities and services.
Hotel Drisco offers special amenities like limousine service, an epic continental breakfast in the mornings, wine in the evening and umbrellas on rainy days. Built in 1903, the building has been named a historic landmark with architecture that combines Edwardian and Victorian influences. The European-style hotel is known for its incredible views and excellent customer service. The elegantly appointed rooms are like a trip to San Francisco's gilded past.
Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, the Omni Hotel places guests just walking distance from some of the finest shopping and most visited tourist sites in the City by the Bay. Luxury abounds in this early 20th century Nob Hill building. Originally constructed as a bank, the hotel lobby welcomes with Italian marble, illustrious fabrics and Austrian crystal chandeliers. Combining old time class with all the modern amenities, the Omni San Francisco is the perfect mix of both--making this hotel an ideal choice for romantic getaways.
This is a Victorian townhouse mansion built in 1892 that now serves as a posh bed & breakfast in the Alamo Square Historic District. It has gained state recognition time and again, once awarded best restoration of a Victorian home by California Heritage Council and "The Best Bed & Breakfast" award by Chronicle Books' The Best of San Francisco guide. Its entire appearance inside and out, is wrought with architecture and furnishings from the Victorian Era. Its attention to service cannot be ignored. A stay here is guaranteed to be a pleasurable experience for every traveler. Even San Francisco, locals have been known to book a night in the inn for a romantic getaway.