Campton Place Hotel, San Francisco
January 28, 2008
Linda and I stayed four nights at The Campton Place Hotel from January 24 to 28, 2008. We were very happy with it. Our room, 312, had a bedroom, completely separate sitting room and a spacious modern bathroom. The hotel has been completely redone in the last few years. The location, just off Union Square next to the upscale shops on Post Street, is perfect. Even on the third floor, the soundproof windows kept it very quiet. The concierge cheerfully took care of our requests. There is a Starbucks next door, so if you wake up at 5 am, still being from a different time zone, you can get a coffee.
The restaurant used to have a high rating, but lost its star chef, Daniel Humm, to Eleven Madison Park in New York. We stayed in for lunch one day when a downpour made going out seem unwelcome. There is a spectacular chandelier in the middle of the dining room. There is also a downscale bar/bistro on the other side of the hall. We were surprised to find a Restaurant Week “Dine About Town 2008” menu at $21 with two choices for each of three courses. (Most of the a la carte dishes cost more than that.) We started with the Parsnip Soup with Duck Croquette.
The second course was Lamb Confit with Black Olive Risotto and Broccoli di Cicco.
The dessert was Grapefruit Meringue Sorbet, Poppyseed Teacake and Brillat Savarin.
I had a glass of Taz (Central Coast) Pinot Noir. The meal was a step above the light lunch we had had in mind, but was very good and a great bargain.
If you will be in San Francisco for a few days, be sure to buy a City Pass, which gets you into the museums and onto the trams, busses and cable cars. It can be ordered in advance on the internet or bought at the first museum you visit.
Click here for the Campton Place Hotel website.