A travel journal
to California by Jglassb311
Quote: This journal will attempt to point out some of the hotels that the "tiffany twisted" state of California has to offer its visitors. Being a CA native, I have been to many of the state's hotels and will do my best to share the memorable ones.
Hotel | "The Sir Francis Drake"
This vintage hotel is very large and very regal, on the corner of Powell St. It has views of the city, and of Union Square, which is quite a sight, especially during Christmas time, when the tree in the square is up and lit. The hotel also fills its large, plush, red lobby with about 50 decorated trees during Christmas, each with a different theme. It's magnificent.
The rooms are not incredible but are spacious, with big Jacuzzi tubs and comfortable beds. The start at about $135 dollars per night. The elevators are on the outside of the building, with great views of the square and the high-rises around.
Brunch at the Sir Francis Drake is always fun. There is a huge buffet to partake in or a menu to order from.
This hotel's best feature by far is the location. Right outside is the city center, with Macy's, Saks, Neimans, Nordstrom, French Connection, Levi's, Adidas, and MANY others all within a short walk.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2005
Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Hotel | "The Four Seasons Aviara"
Aviara, a Four Seasons Hotel in south San Diego, is a prime example of the luxury that awaits you at their hotels. The hotel is built to reflect its natural surroundings and blend in very well. In fact, all of the Four Seasons resorts strive for this. At Aviara there is a world-class golf course, two pools (a family pool and a quiet pool), a state-of-the-art fitness facility, a full day spa offering every kind of treatment, and four restaurants or room service.
While sunning at the pool, you will be poured fresh ice water and served whatever you want from the poolside grill. Oftentimes, staff members will walk around with complimentary frozen melon, popsicles, or even watermelon granita. They will also mist you with water if you so desire and come around once every 10 minutes or so to see if everything is to your liking. It’s a very odd thing to be waited on, especially if you aren't normally. Believe me, though, you get used to it... maybe too used to it.
The rooms are well appointed and almost have a hacienda feel to them. Fireplaces are in every room, and the romance is almost overwhelming. The bathrooms are all granite with showers and tubs, complete with a bevy of L'Occitane products to pamper yourself.
There is fresh coffee in the lobby in the morning and a paper waiting at your door.
Rates start at about $330 per night. For that price I assure you, you will want for nothing. Enjoy!
Park Hyatt Aviara
7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, California 92011
Santa Cruz, California