Almost a century old, the Italian Renaissance-style Clift has been brilliantly reconceived by designer Philippe Starck, and it's the talk of the town.
An inspired fusion of old-world elegance and contemporary glamour, the dramatically designed Ian Schrager hotel sits, appropriately, in the Theater District.
The San Francisco Clift hotel has 373 creatively appointed guest rooms featuring wood sleigh beds with customized 400-thread-count linens and plush down comforters and pillows.
The rooms afford splendid views of the city and offer an inspired array of amenities, including Web TV, custom-designed bathroom fixtures, an entertainment center, DVD and CD players and library, a state-of-the-art telecommunications system, and fresh flowers.
Intriguing features include an eclectic collection of furniture by American and European artists, specially commissioned digital paintings, an oversized fireplace with a cast-bronze sculpture by Gerard Garouste, a rooftop terrace and conservatory, and the legendary Redwood Room.