Monday, October 02, 2006

Michelin's forgotten chapter: the hotels

The Michelen "red book" guide for the San Francisco Bay Area includes not only restaurant rankings but also rankings for hotels.

The rankings are on a one-to-five scale of house icons, with a special demarkation for "Agreeable features: pleasant hotel/restaurant."

Clear winner is the Ritz-Carlton, which garnered the only five-house rating, plus the "agreeable" demarkation.

Surprisingly, neither the Four Seasons or St. Regis could rise above four houses. In fact, the guide ranks the Four Seasons with the JW Marriot, which did surprisingly well.

Boutique hotels not affiliated with the big national chains did well, with disproportionate representation among the 2s and 3s.

Hey, where the heck is the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental?

Some highlights, with "agreeable/pleasant" demarkation winners in red and surprises in bold:

Five houses:

  • Ritz-Carlton
Four houses:
  • Auberge du Solei
  • The Fairmont
  • Four Seasons
  • Hotel Healdsburg
  • JW Marriot (formerly Pan Pacific)
  • Mandarin Oriental
  • Meadowwood
  • Omni
  • Palace
  • St. Regis
  • West St. Francis
Three houses:
  • The Argent
  • Argonaut
  • Casa Madrona
  • Claremont
  • Clift
  • Hotel De Anza
  • Fairmont Sonoma
  • Gaige House Inn
  • Les Mars
  • Hotel Monaco
  • Hotel Montgomery
  • Napa River Inn
  • Hotel Nikko
  • Palomar
  • Hotel Valencia
  • Villagio Inn
  • Vintage Inn
  • Vitners Inn
  • Vitale
  • Washington Inn

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V Smoothe said...

Mark Hopkins is in Nob Hill, I guess - really close to Union Square. I'm so bad with SF street names. You must have been to Top of the Mark before? Its that hotel.

I'm very jealous you got to go to the Michelin party.

October 03, 2006 12:14 AM  
V Smoothe said...

Of the hotels on this list that I've visited, I loved the Mandarin the best. One of the nicest places I've ever stayed, despite the kind of weird location and lack of a real bar or lobby. The Claremont I love (I'm staying there this weekend). I keep going back even though I find the service pretty consistently bad (how can a girl resist a resort only a few miles from her apartment?). The one time I stayed at the Clift was probably the worst hotel experience of my entire life, and I'm including in that estimate the Travelodge in Ellis, TX and the "It'll Do Motel" in God knows where, Oaklahoma. I'm shocked it made the cut.

October 03, 2006 12:19 AM  

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