Friday, August 23, 2013

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco - A Nest In the Clouds

Packed and ready to go!

I've always wanted to stay at a Mandarin Oriental. They seem to have quite the reputation. So, I was thrilled to be invited to celebrate my 5th wedding anniversary at the Mandarin Oriental in San Francisco. Now, I realize most people leave the city on the weekends, but when you live in the burbs, the twinkling lights, horns blowing and non-stop movement is appealing for a night or two....and so it was that my husband and I decided to hole ourselves up in a lovely room, high up on the 39th floor of the 3rd tallest building in San Francisco. 
This was a first for Adam and I. Our first time staying at the Mandarin in San Fran, and also the first time we'd actually enjoyed our city escape....(we'd stayed at the Westin on 3rd about a year ago and it was by far one of the worst experiences to date). 
Luckily, the Mandarin gave us one of the most delightful city stays I've had in a long time. And I have to admit, the perfect weather really set off the whole weekend. Weather can be fickle in the city by the Bay - glad we lucked out!


The hashtag to follow during our brief weekend escape was #ShopSaveSequinsTakesSF. The lovely Mandarin Oriental put us up for the nights we stayed. It truly was a sad thing to have to leave our nest in the sky after all was said and done...especially when the hotel goes above and beyond to make your special stays something memorable, as they did with us.
Knowing that Adam and I were celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary, the moment we checked into our room, a fabulous chilled bottle of Chandon and chocolate dipped strawberries made their grand entrance. It was beyond perfection to say the least...I mean hello! Bubbly with the sun setting on San Francisco...









Cheers baby!


The sun goes down, setting the horizon ablaze!


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THE ROOM


Entrance to our room...tre chic.




How serendipitous that my duffle mtach my ladyfingers...lol...yum

At check-in they'll ask you if you'd like to have tea service brought to your room as a warm welcome...say YES! It's lovely. The perfect way to start your stay and settle into your room. Adam didn't get a chance to munch on those ladyfingers...I swallowed them in a second! :)










Mirror, Mirror on the wall...

Hi babe...Happy Anniversary!



I decided to leave my shamps/condish at home expecting the Mandarin to be equipped w/ a brand I trust. I assumed correctly.

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THE VIEWS


The girls came out...


FOGGY Frisco!


With the fog far at bay, you can clearly see Alcatraz island, Coit Tower and the Transamerica pyramid building up close.

Close-up shot of Alcatraz and Coit Tower.



Palace of Fine Arts in the distance.


Alcatraz and Coit Tower

Tieks 'Starstruck' flats...one of Oprah's "go-to's"


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THE CLOTHES


Arriving to the Mandarin Oriental: Topshop neon green, long-sleeved dress (long sleeves for that unpredictable San Francisco weather) and Dolce Vita sandals. Alice + Olivia for target luggage. Matching my luggage was unintentional, kinda.






For Cocktails: 3.1 Phillip Lim silk dress. B by Brian Atwood gold heels and 3.1 Phillip Lim bag.


For Dinner: Vince t-shirt. Zara printed pants. Michael Kors leather bomber jacket. Kurt Geiger shoes. Kelnarchy clutch. Target sunglasses.



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EVERYTHING ELSE


Friday afternoon, I enjoyed a light lunch in our room. I had to try the tasty won-ton soup. And I just had to have their jasmine tea service.


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Many thanks to the Mandarin Oriental for a wonderful city escape...everyone was so nice! From the check-in desk and the bell hops to the hostess at the Brasserie and the ladies in the spa (Valerie & Veronica!) They all truly made for an excellent, "at-home" feeling we always look for in a hotel.

Our only regret was we couldn't stay longer! Thank you for making our anniversary and our first Mandarin Oriental experience a memorable one. 


I recommend this hotel for the executive looking to get work done in a chic and serene setting. And I most certainly recommend this location for the couple looking for that exquisuite, luxurious escape to the city. And when I say luxurious, I mean it. The view that you get from being in the 3rd tallest building in San Francisco comes with a price...and once you get into your room, pop open a bottle of bubbly and feast your eyes upon the city by the Bay, you soon realize the price is worth every penny.

I will always remember those beautiful sunsets and champagne-filled conversations with my love as we gazed out over San Francisco. Totally priceless.


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FOR MORE ON 
THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL
SAN FRANCISCO

222 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
415.276.9888

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*Special Thanks to Edwina for organizing everything.

**Please note that this post was sponsored in part by the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco. All thoughts, opinions and photos are mine.

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