Walking into the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco I felt an air of opulence envelope me. I knew immediately I’d feel right at home and was disappointed my stay was only one night. The location near Union Square also provided a great base for my exploring.
Staying in one of the Intercontinental San Francisco’s accessible rooms allowed me to gather information for this review.
INTERCONTINENTAL SAN FRANCISCO – ACCESSIBLE ACCOMMODATION
Before children arrived in our lives, Hubby and I travelled in what I like to call the golden era of travel. It was a time when hotels went the extra mile and detail was at the heart of everything they did. Turn down service used to be the norm in high-end places, and at one hotel they changed the welcome mat in the elevator according to the time of day, with a greeting of good morning, good afternoon and good evening. Much of this has been lost in budget cuts and because of a change in traveller behaviour. But at the 4.5 star Intercontinental Hotel San Francisco I felt I’d returned to the golden era of travel. A chocolate on my pillow and my room prepared for the evening was a welcome sight after returning from a night out with friends.
A spacious room with two queen beds had good circulation space and room to store luggage out of the way. The option of an interconnecting room makes this ideal for family or friends travelling in a larger group.
My days were full while I was in San Francisco so I was happy to have such a blissful bed to climb into at night. The beds are somewhat high for someone needing to transfer from a wheelchair with a bed height of 75cm. Space between the two beds is 115cm.
A large sliding door provides easy access to the spacious bathroom (door opening 90cm).
The bathroom is equipped with grab rails throughout, lever taps and a wheelchair accessible wash basin. Space beside the toilet is available for easy transfers from a wheelchair. Toilet height to seat is 45cm and to the pan is 40cm.
A height adjustable shower with shower seat is provided. The door opening to the shower area is 90cm. Check the video below for a clearer idea of circulation space within the shower area.
Free WiFi, iPod docks, plasma TVs, an in-room safe and coffee machine complete the comforts provided in the room.
The room I stayed in was close to the elevator, but not close enough to get noise from people waiting there. A double-peep hole is provided with one at a lower level for wheelchair users.
When only staying in the hotel overnight I didn’t have much time to explore the hotel’s leisure facilities but I did check out the pool area.
The indoor pool and spa are both equipped with a pool seat to enable access for all. Although standard in the US, thanks to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), it’s still something I get excited to see.
While my room was my sanctuary, I will admit to spending quite a bit of time in the Club Lounge. Not only did the delicious food entice me back, but the staff were lovely. They were attentive and considerate without intruding if I was reading or working.
I enjoyed the quiet space and the views of San Francisco, particularly in the evening.
The standard of the food and variety on offer is well worth booking a room with club lounge privileges. Breakfast, afternoon tea and evening drinks & canapes were all included with my stay.
I’ve stayed in many hotels with a club lounge but the Intercontinental Hotel San Francisco’s lounge provides the greatest variety and quality I’ve come across.
Due to my busy schedule I didn’t have time to dine in the other restaurants in the hotel but judging by the quality of the food in the lounge I imagine it would be excellent dining.
You can explore the Intercontinental Hotel San Francisco further on their website.
I was hosted for my night at Intercontinental Hotel San Francisco but my opinions are my own. The dreamy night’s sleep and delicious food totally won me over.