The Prescott Hotel: A Classic Boutique Hotel in Union Square
It's truly mind boggling how much urban eye candy San Francisco packs into seven square miles. But the city's most high-profile hub has to be Union Square. Welcome to shopping nirvana. Here, the world's top brands and fashion houses sit shoulder to shoulder with small restaurants, bars, and boutiques, while visitors from around the world peruse the flower stalls and take their first cable car rides on the Powell Street line.
At the center of it all is Union Square itself -- a 2.6-acre urban oasis of palm trees, public art and free WiFi (this is San Francisco, after all). The park is just one short block from the Prescott, and there's no better seat than at one of the shaded outdoor tables at Emporio Rulli's Il Caffe. Order an espresso and enjoy the view. When you're ready for some exercise, walk half a block and give your credit card a workout at Neiman Marcus. Then head upstairs to lunch with the ladies under the stained-glass dome of the Rotunda restaurant. You might even be treated to a fashion show while you eat.
Stroll down the pedestrian-only Maiden Lane for both haute couture (Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent) and high modernism. Once the V.C. Morris Gift Shop and now the Xanadu Gallery the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 140 Maiden Lane is a gem of modern architecture. For other kinds of gems, stop by Gumps, a San Francisco institution. You'll find not only exquisite jewelry but also a registry's dream of housewares, gifts, and fine china. For those more interested in stitching up their own finery, don't miss Britex, a four-story wonderland of silks, satins, ribbons, buttons and fabrics.
With so many stores, boutiques and department stores, Union Square can keep you shopping all day long. And when you're ready to drop, the Prescott is right there to refresh you with a glass of wine and signature Kimpton hospitality. Lucky you.