San Francisco Journals

Business in San Fran

An April 2003 trip to San Francisco by ShannonBrooke

Buddha Bar Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: Visited San Francisco for a conference, but still managed to see a lot of the city, thanks to local friends.

Business in San Fran

Overview

Buddha Bar Photo, San Francisco, California
Quote:
  • Walk around Chinatown and just take it all in.
  • Visit Coit tower.
  • Get out to Alcatraz--touristy or not, it's still cool.
  • Try some of the amazing food here.

Quick Tips:

The weather is so variable, you may need clothing for a few different climates.

Best Way To Get Around:

San Francisco was so easy to walk around, but because some neighborhoods are dangerous, you may want to call a cab or take a bus.

Clarion Hotel Cosmo

Hotel | "Hotel Cosmo"

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This is a cool, cool hotel. It is located near Union Square in a funky neighborhood near lots of Indian restaurants. The hotel's theme is art, and there is art displayed throughout the building. We missed the wine tastings, but they looked fun. The hotel plays a soundtrack of hip, electronic music. Riding up in the elevator to Lamb, I felt like I was in the coolest hotel on earth.You won't be able to miss its lavendar street frontage. It's right on Post street, convenient to Union Square and Nob Hill. When you enter this cool oasis on Post Street, you are greeted by friendly staff that help you with your bags.The rooms are small, with interesting decor. I didn...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2003

Clarion Hotel Cosmo
761 POST STREET
San Francisco, California 94109
415-673-6040

Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Hotel | "San Francisco Hilton"

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Location and Amenities The San Francisco Hilton is a huge, but impersonal hotel. Taking up a full city block, its location in Union Square is convenient for business travellers. No more than a few steps from one of the entrances, you have your pick of noodle shops and diners, as well as pharmacies. The hotel itself has a sushi restaurant, a snack bar, and a full service restaurant. The Rooms The rooms vary significantly. Some rooms have a kitchenette and a balcony, while others are just the basics. My room had those windows you can't open, giving me a view onto other skyscrapers. One of my associates, however, scored a large room with a king-size bed, a kitchenette, and a balcony overlo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2003

Hilton San Francisco Union Square
333 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 771-1400

Sushi Rika

Restaurant

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Sushi Rika is decorated in a modern style, and has some modern sushi to boot. They excel in unusual and daring maki, such as the Tropical Delight or the Cherry Blossom roll. Both are salmon and avocado in an inside-out maki, drizzled with a mango-strawberry sauce.

I am a sushi snob, and try to eat at the best sushi places wherever I go. I will personally vouch for Sushi Rika as one of the better sushi places I've eaten at.

You can check out their menu at SushiRika.Com.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2003

Sushi Rika
900 Bush Street
San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 923-1141

Borobodur

Restaurant

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Borobodur is a small Indonesian restaurant near Hotel Cosmo on Post Street. Named after the famous Buddhist monument on the island of Java, the restaurant features Indonesian cuisine. You might be surprised then to see a dutch word, Rijsttafe, on the menu unless you know that the Dutch once colonized Indonesia. Rijsttafel (Dutch for "Rice Table") is a collection of small Indonesian dishes, reminding me of Dim Sum. We ordered the Rijsttafel. However, our order must have gotten confused as we received something completely different. Seeing another table receive the Rijsttafel, we realized that we wouldn't have been able to have received the mystery dish instead, which eat it all. It was a lu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2003

Borobodur
700 Post Street, Union Square
San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 553-4410

Asian Art Museum

Attraction

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The Asian Art museum had just re-opened in San Francisco when I visited. As it was raining, we opted to see this rather than the Japanese Cherry Blossom festival we had planned on. The Asian Art museum feels small, but they pack a lot into the space they have. Still, I'd love to see what they could do with more space, as I'm sure they have a lot more art to show. Currently, the main focus of the museum is on the development of Buddhism in Asian art. Beginning with the Vedic and Hindu art in India, we progress from India through Southeast Asia to China and Japan. It must have made quite an impact, because I still remember much of what I learned as I research my upcoming trip to Asi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2003

Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, California 94102
+1 415 668 8921

Alcatraz Island/The Rock

Attraction | "Alcatraz"

Alcatraz Island/The Rock Photo, San Francisco, California
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Even the most hardened traveler will enjoy Alcatraz. I know that my companion didn't want to go, but once we were there, she had a great time. The boat ride is part of the tour, and it's a nice introduction to the San Francisco bay. If you take a late cruise, you'll see a beautiful sunset over the ocean. Alcatraz was once burnt down, in the 60s. The main cell building is still intact, and this is where you'll pick up your self-guided tour. All around it are the burnt shells of other buildings, now inhabited by wildflowers and seabirds. The view from the island and the mix of nature and man-made structures is a photographer's dream. The self-guided tour is quite interesting, pe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2003

Alcatraz Island/The Rock
San Francisco Bay
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco 94133
(415) 705-5555

Coit Tower

Attraction

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I found Coit Tower quite by accident. I was walking in the North Beach neighborhood, and came upon a charming street lined with townhouses. I turned up the street and climbed to the top, and then walked up a small path to a major road. Across from the road, I could see a huge tower, with a path leading up the hill to it. Atop the hill, there were tons of people. San Francisco has provided coin-operated binoculars. From here, you could walk around the hilltop and see most of the city: Alcatraz, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, the skyline. It is free to enter the base of the tower and view the frescoes that depict life in San Francisco. There was a fee to climb to the top. No matter, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2003

Coit Tower
1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 362-0808