The Battery isn’t really a hotel at all: it’s a members’ club that happens to have 14 luxurious rooms you can stay in, overseen by staff who are chatty, helpful and happy to give solid recommendations for things to do and places to eat nearby, or guide you through the club’s range of restaurants and bars.
This level of service is perhaps to be expected from a place that costs upwards of $500 a night (if you’re traveling on a budget, turn away now), but you do get a lot of bang for your buck here. Rooms are absolutely enormous, with wide hallways and even wider beds, and you could spend days in the luxurious bathrooms without ever coming out, thanks to the spacious walk-in showers and bottomless baths. Plus, guests get access to all of the members’ club’s facilities during their stay, including gym classes, concerts and a jazzy private bar.
Sitting on the fringe of San Francisco’s Financial District and sandwiched between Chinatown and the Embarcadero, The Battery is in an ideal location for exploring some of the city’s most popular landmarks, including the Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s also a handy spot for anyone who wants to cross the bay and explore Oakland.
1. Museum of Ice Cream: For an immersive journey into your favorite sweet treat.
2. Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory: For seeing how your fortunes are made.
3. Spec’s: For enjoying a beer in one of SF’s quirkiest bars.
Time Out tip:
Make the most of The Battery’s events program, which includes fitness classes, talks, tarot readings, music and more.