Hotel Vitale-a Joie de Vivre Hotel is located in central San Francisco, close to U.S. Mint, TransAmerica Pyramid, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Nearby points of interest also include Union Square and Coit Tower.
Hotel Vitale-a Joie de Vivre Hotel features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. The property's full-service health spa has massage/treatment rooms. This 4-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, a technology helpdesk, and limo/town car service. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This San Francisco property has event space consisting of banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. Business services, concierge services, and tour/ticket assistance are available. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include valet parking, multilingual staff, and express check-in. This is a smoke-free property.
There are 200 guestrooms at Hotel Vitale-a Joie de Vivre Hotel. Guestrooms have city, sea, or water views. Beds come with pillowtop mattresses, down comforters, down blankets, and premium bedding. Furnishings include desks and ergonomic chairs. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, makeup/shaving mirrors, designer toiletries, and bathrobes. Wired high-speed and wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to complimentary newspapers and in-room safes (accommodate laptops), guestrooms offer cordless phones with voice mail. Televisions have DVD players and pay movies. Air-conditioned rooms also include CD players, minibars, blackout drapes/curtains, and electronic check-out. Guests may request a turndown service, refrigerators, and microwaves. Housekeeping is available daily. Cribs (infant beds) and rollaway beds are available on request. Guestrooms are all non-smoking.
"Nice, but not worth the extra money"
My wife and I decided to stay at a different hotel this New Year's Eve and Hotel Vitale was highly rated, but a bit of splurge for us. We decided to do it, thinking it would be quite a step up from the Hyatt Regency, where we normally stay for New Year's Eve. The staff was wonderful and the hotel is nice, modern and clean. The room service was also quite good, especially for being New Year's Day. Breakfast came in less than 45 minutes, was still hot and the food was very good. The room however, was quite small, especially when you consider the price. Being on the corner (two windows) and on the third floor, the street noise was also quite loud in the morning. Although we had a wonderful time New Year's Eve in the city, the extra money spent for this hotel didn't really give us the "splurge" value we thought it would.
"Dissappointing customer service"
I booked a room for the New Years Eve last minute and was very delighted about the Bay view option to see the fireworks. 2 hours later I received a call telling me that they made a mistake and only have a city view room available. Unfortunately the room rate would also be 75% higher, since its a special occasion, I was told. Neither the booking person nor her supervisor were able to offer me any 'good-will' deal to make up for their mistake. VERY DISSAPPOINTING!!
"A convenient, modern, "green" place to stay"
We stayed at the Hotel Vitale on the long Christmas weekend for the first time and were very pleased with our experience. The location is terrific since it is convenient to the BART and allowed us easy access to visit our daughter in Oakland without traffic delays or expensive taxi rides. The hotel is also very near the Embarcadero and allows for a visit to the Farmer's Market on Saturday to pack a picnic lunch. The staff was responsive and pleasant. The Christmas decorations in the lobby were simple but tasteful. Although there were always guests coming and going, it still has a small hotel feel. Our room was immaculate and simply decorated; we especially appreciated the recycling bin so our accumulated papers found a responsible home. We ate breakfast at the restaurant before departing and it was just fine. I understand other reviewers reacting to the $30 fee but that was listed upfront on the website. We will be returning to the Bay Area regularly for family visits and plan to stay at the Hotel Vitale as long as they maintain the same feel.
"A room with a great view"
We decided to relocate to the Vitale having spent 3 nights in a more central hotel (which was actually less than 10 minutes away in a cab). I glad we moved as the Embarcadero is quieter but still close to downtown shops etc. Our top floor room had a great view of the Bay Bridge and would recommend spending the extra if you can to get this view. The hotel is very close to the Ferry Building and some decent restaurants. We hired bikes close by and cycled to Sausalito and caught the ferry back which dropped us nearly opposite the hotel. Would recommend this hotel and would probably would stay here again.
"Good Urban Spa Hotel"
I'm an SF local, and the Hotel Vitale is our favorite for an urban weekend staycation. I've also been there for company conferences and it's a very solid business hotel due to its central and easy location right off the Embarcadero (easy access to BART and MUNI as well as taxis, or a nice long walk or run). The hotel is decorated in a soothing palette and enjoys great views of the San Francisco Bay. You'll see the Bay Bridge, not the Golden Gate Bridge, if you do get ocean views. But the Bay Bridge has a great light show at night and is still really cool. Rooms are comfortable and well appointed, staff are very helpful. Massages at the spa are very good, and if you have time definitely take advantage of the deep soaking tubs on the rooftop surrounded by bamboo - all the better on a misty or a foggy night. My only complaint about the Vitale is that the restaurant is not very good quality, and certainly not on par with the hotel. It's kind of a meat market crowd after work on Thursdays and Fridays, and consistently average food. Fortunately, you're across the street from Boulevard, which is marvelous for a nice meal, and have all the Ferry Building eateries to nosh your way through for other meals. Saturday farmer's market at the Ferry Building is also quite wonderful, and has good food vendors as well. So lots of nearby alternatives.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM