The Moscone Center always seems to have a conference going on. Just look around the city every day and you'll see folks strolling around with those ubiquitous name tags hanging around their necks. So where should you stay if you're in town for the big convention?
Closeness is important, and there are plenty of places nearby to lay your head and put up your feet after a long arduous day of standing on them. The closest you can get is right across 3rd Street at the W Hotel. Convention attendees mingle with the young, the hip, and the rich, while relaxing to lounge beats in the lustrous lobby. The W is not cheap, but the beds are plush and the bathrooms are spacious, sometimes more so than the rooms. It's annoying that they charge for internet access (really?), but the location is super convenient. The XYZ bar serves pretty good food and the social scene at the bar even draws locals.
You can't miss the turquoise-glazed Intercontinental, one block away from the convention center. Opened in 2008, the hotel is unique in its LEED Gold Certification, which recognizes its leadership in energy and environmental design. The building itself feels spacious and contemporary, the beds are extremely comfortable, and the customer service is top-notch. Parking is expensive so try to avoid the need for a car.
If you prefer a boutique hotel over a worldwide chain, the Hotel Palomar, of the Kimpton brand, is a fantastic choice. In between Union Square and the Moscone Center, this good value hotel is on the quirky side, and the polite staff pays attention to the details. Rooms are decent, and you can't beat walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and museums (if you have any free time after the convention).
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