Hotel with Haute-Cuisine Restaurant in San Francisco’s Posh Nob Hill
Executive Hotel Vintage court is located in the upscale Nob Hill, one of San Francisco’s most iconic neighborhoods. But much of the hotel experience calls to mind the vineyards of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, located north of San Francisco. Each executive room in the hotel is named for a California winery. And each day, the hotel holds complimentary wine tastings from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. that highlight reds and whites from nearby producers. A concierge is on hand to give you local winery guides, too.
Masa's Restaurant, the hotel’s onsite fine-dining restaurant, was named one of the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. by Gayot and has earned a slew of other awards. It serves haute French cuisine and features a wine list of more than 800 varietals. Executive Chef Gregory Short uses locally sourced ingredients to concoct prix fixe menus that artfully accompany Master Sommelier Alan Murray's thoughtful wine selections.
If you book three consecutive nights at the Executive Hotel Vintage Court, they'll include a bonus bottle of red California wine with your stay.
San Francisco's Nob Hill: Fashionable Neighborhood with Lovely City Views
San Francisco's iconic cable cars trundle up and down the streets of Nob Hill, one of the original seven hills on which the city was built. It’s a fashionable, upscale neighborhood; small, local boutiques and eateries mingle with couture clothiers and theaters in the blocks surrounding nearby Union Square. Huntington Park, located about a 10-minute walk from the hotel, serves as a centerpiece for the bustling district.
Just downhill from Nob Hill is the Russian Hill neighborhood. It has some of the city’s steepest roads and most scenic vistas. You can drive to the top of the hill and then head back down via Lombard Street, often dubbed “the world’s crookedest street” for its series of eight hairpin turns lined with stately mansions and meticulously manicured gardens. The tiny Ina Coolbrith Park tucks into a steep slope between Russian Hill and Nob Hill and is considered a local hidden gem for its postcard-worthy views of downtown. In 2008, SF Weekly named it the Best Park Named for a Poet Laureate—Ina Coolbrith was the first to hold the esteemed title in California.
The city's iconic, manually operated cable cars run straight through the heart of Russian Hill, with several local stops. The nearby Cable Car Museum provides the historical context to this nearly 140-year-old San Francisco tradition. Ride north to reach the shops at Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39’s seafood restaurants, or take the cable car south to see Chinatown—one of the largest Chinese communities outside of Asia—and the quaint cafés in the Italian-influenced North Beach neighborhood.