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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Witness a Resurrection in San Francisco

Once dreary and dilapidated, the South of Market neighborhood today boasts reconfigured public spaces and the frontier of Bay Area dining.


1. Where to Stay

Inside the Hotel Frank's newly renovated suites.  

Get a floor-to-ceiling view from your room in the eighteen-month-old InterContinental (from $295). Downstairs at Luce, chef Dominique Crenn will show you why Esquire named her Chef of the Year in 2008.

Be posh for less at Hotel Frank, the recently renovated Union Square hotel with a bold black-on-white color scheme, crystal chandeliers, and vintage thirties glamour shots in the rooms, all starting at $129/night.

Consume less at the Hotel Carlton (from $95), the country’s first LEED-EB Gold–certified hotel with enough solar panels to generate 10 percent of its own electricity. Dramatic city views help offset the small rooms.

Published on Sep 10, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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