Sofitel San Francisco Bay

written by Julie Cohn

After our adventure with the cockroaches, we were looking forward to a decent hotel stay. We stopped in Buellton on Friday night, staying at a nondescript, yet very clean and dog-friendly Quality Inn. While searching for a dog-friendly hotel in San Francisco for Saturday night, I discovered the Sofitel San Francisco Bay. They offered a great weekend rate, allowed dogs (with a low pet fee), and I knew from my travel agent experiences that Sofitel was a wonderful chain of luxury French hotels. Being the hotel snob that I am, I knew we had to give it a try. We were not disappointed.


Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the bell captain, who cordially offered to take our luggage to the room (since we had a dog to contend with, I happily obliged). The front lobby was large and airy, with white and black accents, as well as modern French furnishings. The front desk attendant, with a gracious attitude and a slight French accent, checked us in.


We rode the elevator to our third floor room, remarking at the beautifully adorned décor along the way. Upon entering our room my son exclaimed, “This was the biggest hotel room I have ever seen!”

For some unknown reason, we were given a suite ($119.00 a night–we had to settle for one king bed though). The room not only had a large seating area, but two showers and two toilets in the bathroom.  The beige room décor was calming, after our long car drive, and the bathroom was polished and clean, with light green and beige accents. Best of all, not only were there no cockroaches, I doubt a cockroach had ever graced a room this nice.

The hotel is set next to the San Francisco Bay, and although we did not have a direct view of the main part of the bay, we did have a beautiful glimpse of  gardens, swans, and impressive office buildings. There was a lovely grassy area to walk the dog (bringing our own doggy bags, of course), and a pier down the path from the hotel.

Once we got ourselves and the dog settled in, we wandered back downstairs to take a look around. A small café in the lobby held display cases full of decadent French pastry, gift items, and a full espresso bar. We chose a lemon tart to share for dessert later.  During our walk, we discovered a luxurious bar and restaurant off the main lobby, as well as a shimmering outdoor pool. Since we did not want to leave the dog alone in the room too long, we decided to order room service for dinner, so headed back up to the room.


Room service consisted of a menu fit for a five-star restaurant!  My son ordered “Build Your Own Pasta”, with handmade Fettuccine noodles, Carbonara sauce, and grilled chicken. I had an incredible grilled pork tenderloin cassoulet, with prunes, leeks, and potato.

I also ordered a glass of sparkling mint lemonade, which was very refreshing (I had ordered it for my son, but he found it too minty). We waited to dive into the lemon tart until later, as we were stuffed from dinner, but the lemon tart was divine as well!

When we checked out of the hotel the next morning, we were relaxed from a comfortable nights rest, and continued our trip to the Redwoods. On our return trip from the Redwoods later that week, we came back to the Sofitel for one more night. The hotel was in the midst of renovation, and although we did not get a suite for our second visit, we did get a renovated top floor room, with a gorgeous view of the bay.

Only 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco, The Sofitel is located in an upscale corporate office complex. Because the hotel is primarily a corporate stay hotel, it is quiet on the weekends (except for the exquisite wedding receptions that take place in the ballrooms), and offers great weekend rates. Another bonus—the Sofitel offers free garage parking for hotel guests.

Sofitel San Francisco is a great choice for a stay in the Bay City, where you can feel pampered without spending too much!

{Disclosure: I received no monetary or product compensation for this review. This is 100% my opinion.}

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