For all but a privileged few, driving a Ferrari or Lamborghini is just a dream—no more attainable than throwing a perfect game or going to space with your dog. This didn't sit well with the crew at Club Sportiva, which is why they decided to apply the timeshare concept to exotic cars. Now, club members and average joes can take the wheel of fine autos once reserved for celebrities and society’s elite.
Available for luxury rental or timeshare membership, Club Sportiva’s fleet includes some of the fastest and rarest cars on the planet, from the 562 horsepower of the Ferrari 458 Italia to the electric engine of the Tesla Model S. Members are also privy to even more exclusive wheels, such as the Noble M400, which can launch from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds thanks to 600 horsepower under its hood. Club Sportiva also hosts exotic-car tours, during which drivers can sample the speed of their favorite supercars, feel the rush of the road, and hear the whistle of the wind through their teeth.
The staff at Vickers Auto Rental and Repair knows that most people don’t have a contingency plan for when their cars break down. So, rather than let their clients fend for themselves when disaster strikes, the team offers short- and long-term car rentals to keep clients rolling until their own wheels are back on the road. This level of customer service epitomizes all of Vickers’ repair services, whether techs are simply aligning wheels or overhauling the transmission. Technicians can fix a range of foreign and domestic makes and models, allowing them to tackle most vehicles that are brought in for repairs or that are left in the lot after the qualifying round of a monster-truck derby.
In a wide-ranging fleet of vehicles, the chauffeurs at After Hours Limousines whisk away clients for airport service, winery tours, and special events. Cadillac Escalades, stretch Hummer H2s, and Chrysler limousines transport parties big and small, keeping passengers entertained with DVD players, flat-screen TVs, and luxury bars. Chauffeurs track air travelers' flights for prompt airport pickups, ready to carry bags and dust off any cloud residue from passengers' clothes. Clients can reserve limos for one-time concerts or sporting events or as month-long hibernation spots for bears.
Elegance and punctuality distinguish California Carriage Limousine’s stylish human-ferrying services. The company's chicly appointed, sedan-length mobile penthouses glide alluringly up to the appointed airport at the appointed time, making it easy for you to greet business partners in style, arrive at a family reunion in no-fuss fashion, or surprise the double-crossing deckhand who had assumed you'd never swim back to dry land. When it's time to go home, a limo arrives anew to cart travelers to departing flights, leaving plenty of time for airport check-ins and pre-flight pancake-eating competitions.
With a stay at Hyatt Regency San Francisco in San Francisco (Financial District - Ferry Building), you'll be minutes from San Francisco Railway Museum and Embarcadero Plaza. This 4-star hotel is close to Union Square and Pier 39.
Make yourself at home in one of the 802 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-panel televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Cable programming and iPod docking stations are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness facility, or other amenities including wireless Internet access (surcharge) and a concierge desk. This hotel also features gift shops/newsstands, wedding services, and a television in the lobby.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a business center, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in San Francisco? This hotel has 67000 square feet (6225 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite, and additional parking (subject to charges) can be found nearby.
Members of City Carshare, the company reports on its website, drive 50% less than individual car owners, annually saving more than 20 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. This is exactly what the local nonprofit had in mind in 2001 when they opened more than 200 Bay Area lots full of fuel-efficient, alternative-fuel, and electric cars and sleighs pulled by Virginia creeper. These vehicles are the linchpin in their two-fold social commitment to creating healthy urban spaces and strong communities.
The first part of that is relatively straightforward: fewer cars on the road mean less congestion and smog and reduced demand for parking lots that could be transformed into parks that grow into concrete jungles. The company defrays the high monetary costs of car ownership by providing insurance coverage, 24-hour roadside assistance, and all the fuel your vehicle needs to get on the road. To foster a sense of community, they hook members up with a private ride-sharing program and entice them to explore the city via their key fob, which unlocks perks at other local businesses. Their mission is backed by a global network of transportation visionaries in the international CarSharing Association, of which City Carshare is a founding member.