Truthfully, besides the 24 hour room service, most romantic weekend getaway couples are looking to make as much noise as possible. For this reason, I highly recommend independent hotels instead of chain hotels and bed and breakfasts.
In my opinion, there is nothing quite as embarrassing as harassing my neighbors with the sounds of lovemaking. Call me a prude, but when I consider a bed and breakfast or hotel for a romantic getaway, I don’t want to know my neighbors. Mainly, I am concerned about the thinness of the walls.
• I don’t want to wake up and share a family style meal with bed and breakfast mates that are giving me stony looks and raised eyebrows.
• I don’t want disapproving looks and awkward questions about “the sounds coming from my room” prompted by great grandma’s travelling with their six year old grandsons.
• I don’t want a thumbs up on last night’s performance from every person that walked past my door the night before.
Admit It, You Like To Scream During Sex
As I have said, I would like to keep my bedroom life and my breakfast life separated. As much as I love the ambiance of the classic romantic bed and breakfast, I simply scream too much and too loudly during lovemaking to be able to live up to it later. I’m pretty sure I share this sentiment, secretly, with millions of other love-makers. We just feel too awkward to call ahead and ask those kinds of things from reservation taking staff. After all, they don’t pay the people that answer the phones THAT much money.
Traditional corporate hotels, however, are not an option. I can’t stand the vibes and business casual energy thrust in front of me despite the fact that I love 24 hour room service. Chain hotels are like repeat experiences of airports in my opinion. Unfortunately, unless you are in a city near the equator, chain hotels can’t spell romance to save their lives.
Spend a Mint and You Get Gold On Your Pillow Everyday
Corporate hotels generally aren’t sexy unless you get their honeymoon package. I have seen many photos from friends that decided to go with a hotel and honeymoon package for their weddings. The hotels in San Francisco will definitely show you a good time for the money you spend. However, we can’t all pay that much money just to go have a romantic getaway. Plus, Honeymoon rooms are only available if booked months in advance.
If you want a honeymoon suite anyway, then call ahead and see if there has been any cancellations. If you want a high end hotel that I consider 5 stars for scream proof walls, amazing views of the city, and 24 hour room service, then I highly recommend the St. Regis Hotel in downtown San Francisco. It is a five star luxury hotel and all their rooms are ultra elegant and roomy – not just their suites. Who knows what the prices actually are. I think they have some sort of pricing system that varies depending on what time of the year it is but generally start at $329 per night. They are not a lot more expensive than some of the independent hotels I mention below.
Independently Owned Hotels Are the Perfect In Between
If you are in limbo with romantic getaway lodgings, I have the perfect solution for you! In San Francisco, there are a number of independently owned small hotels. The walls there are thick and the chances of you getting “the look” from other inn-mates for your wild nights of romantic getaway sex are practically zero. Plus, if you accidentally break the hotel room’s desk in half, they will just bill you for it instead of telling you a long story about how their grandfather made it, from scratch, with no tools, in the old country.
In no particular order, I have listed the top independent hotels that my friends have suggested as ideal when they visit San Francisco. I have judged the term “romantic getaway” to mean:
• Scream Proof Walls Made of Steel
• No judgment by staff or other guests that you are bringing 3 partners, a film crew, and a slip and slide into your hotel room at 3 AM.
• Roomy and beautiful interiors
• Lack of business casual ambiance, wall papers, carpets
• Sexy Vibes
• Room Service (especially late night)
• Nice bed fabrics
• Photo Ops
• (okay and so I put things in about parking because parking in San Fran sucks and how can you get in the mood when you are moving your car every two hours?).
Hotel Bijou – 111 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, Telephone # (415) 771-1200, website hotelbijou.com. Valet Parking $28/day, SUV $35/day. Rooms start at $79 per night. Features an old Hollywood style movie theatre.
Washington Square Inn – 1660 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133 , Telephone #(415) 981-4220 – (800) 388-0220, website wsisf.com. Valet parking $35/day, self-parking $20. Rooms start at $209 per night. Limited room service and only 15 rooms. Near Fisherman’s Wharf and next to a park.
The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel – 950 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108, Telephone # (415) 772-5000 – (866) 840-8402, website fairmont.com. Valet Parking and paid parking. Rooms start at $155 per night. Has 24 hour room service.
Hotel Vitale – 8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, Telephone # (415) 278-3700, website jdvhotels.com. Parking paid. Rooms starting at $255. Has 24 hour room service and is a four star hotel.