Villa Florence, conveniently located in San Francisco’s Union Square neighborhood, has undergone a renaissance worthy of its name. The dramatic transformation from classic into a contemporary and updated boutique property was inspired by the art, fashion and culture of Florence.
Aware of the hotel’s renovation, I was truly surprised when I opened the door to the room. The transformation was breath-taking. Greeted by the sleek design and modern color scheme, the room was unrecognizable. Deep colors carried throughout the carpeting, furniture, and drapes and punctuated by flashes of color created a modern feel while incorporating the unique architecture of each room’s floor plan.
The bed is a focal point with eye-catching headboard, mirrors, and art. Dramatic flourishes of flowers and Fleur-des-Lis brought life to the neutral color palette. One-of-a-kind art is found in the guest rooms such as the bedroom lamps adorned with sculptural elements.
Whether traveling for business or pleasure guest rooms provide a sophisticated ambiance, as well as convenience and comfort. Well-designed furniture, a desk and chair that double as make-up application area, and large screen television, make it a home away from home. Cozy robes, sleek marble bathrooms and comfortable beds ensure comfort however long the stay.
Welcome amenities, always a nice surprise, range from biscotti and limoncello to wine and charcuterie. Room service from Kuleto’s guarantees an amazing meal for those staying in or Bar Norcini offers quick options for food and drink. The mini bar provides the usual snacks along with an intimacy kit, saving a trip to the pharmacy.
Kuleto’s has remained unchanged; the elegant dining room is as timeless as its Northern Italian cuisine. We enjoyed the house-made salumi and charcuterie along with their special bruschetta made with fava beans and fresh mozzarella. It would have been easy to make a meal of these two items but we were anxious to experience much more of the cuisine.
An arugula frisse from the evening’s prix fixe menu included comice pear, toasted almonds and a balsamic vinaigrette, balancing the richness of the bruschetta. The deconstructed chicken saltimbocca served with white polenta was savory and delicious. And we couldn’t resist the orecchiette pasta served with sausage, mustard greens, potato, green onion and green garlic. I might have tried to eat the entire portion except that we had agreed to share.
Finally, dessert was a ricotta pound cake drizzled with lemon curd and garnished with blueberries, a perfect ending to the meal along with coffee. The food was superb and so was the service. Our waiter was attentive to our every need, even splitting the prix fixe courses so we could taste as many flavors as possible during our meal. I was happy that I had only to ride the elevator to my room where a peaceful night awaited.
About: Villa Florence offers 189 guest rooms in the heart of Union Square, near the historic cable cars and famous shopping district. Dine in Kuleto’s or Bar Norcini and enjoy hospitality the way it was meant to be.