Friday, February 19, 2010

AYCE TRAVEL-LOGUE * ORCHARD GARDEN HOTEL * SAN FRANCISCO


What's so special about The Orchard Garden Hotel?  How about EVERYTHING!?!

First and foremost in most traveler's minds is location.  Founded in 2006, The Orchard Garden is situated in the coveted Union Square section of San Francisco, directly adjacent to the entrance of Chinatown.  High-end shopping, public transit and prime eateries of all types blanket the area and are within eye-shot of the hotel's front door.
Next up, and one of it's many admirable traits, is the fact that The Orchard Garden Hotel is an award winning truly "Green" hotel given LEED certification (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).   
The $25 Million dollar building's framework, construction practices, guest room and public space lighting/decor and housekeeping are all based around environmentally sustainable practices.
 
The entry-way welcome is a good sign of what's to come.
  

 

Guestroom key cards control each room's lighting and mechanical systems for more energy efficient stays.
Decor is very self explanatory.  The highest quality natural materials possible.  King bed shown here
To the patio doors


To keep you connected - rooms come equipped with free wi-fi access
Radio/Alarm/iPod docking station
His and Hers soft cotton bathrobes.   Perfect compliment to the level of eco-luxuriating
The bathroom in the Junior Garden Suite is built for two - in almost every way imaginable
 
Bath products by EO (Essential Oils) - made from all natural essential oils
 
  
 

 
The view from the Junior Garden Suite is San Francisco personified.  Fresh air and breath-taking architecture - coupled with chic deck furniture

Panoramic view - approximately 220 degree (a good guess-timation!) 

 
 
For those who aren't officially awake until they have their Tall frappe latte mocha chai soy-accino...Starbucks is within a stone's throw.  You can even stalk it to see when it opens and closes - if you're into that kinda thing
The patio at night.  A slice of eco-heaven
Slight patio view of Bush Street at night. 
Also available is the Junior Suite with sleeper sofa
King bed with iPod docking station (nightstand to the right)
 

  
The cherry on top of the organic experience -  The Roots Restaurant is an organic culinary experience.
 
Decor is of the most elegant imaginable - "Green" or NOT!
Incognito large groups can enjoy a private section - curtains close for a bit more seclusion

 
 Equally as important CAN be a hotel's bar
If you'd like something closer and a bit more personal than Starbucks!
Or to delve into the extensive wine and spirits collection
99 Bottles of...

Walls in the hotel and restaurant are lined with perfectly fitting art and furnishings.  The wrought iron sconces are a real crowd-pleaser
Open-air wrought iron branches separate the dining area from hotel hallway
  
  A short walk through the main hallway leads to your connections both to health and business 
 
So that YOU feel award winning - The Orchard Garden Hotel shares some of it's awards with YOU
 

A brief trip back to the "Real World"...
Fitness Center has all you need for your daily pleasure of pain


 

 
Strictly business - the Business Center keeps your empire on a "working vaca". 
Computer - fax - printing available for guests
 
 
The rooftop deck of The Orchard Garden has a prime view to fit the prime treatment of it's patrons.

Bush Street - exit left out the hotel door!! :)
 

And what better way to end a stay at such a Million Star Hotel experience - than to meet the former 2-Time Mayor of San Francisco - Willie Brown.

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown + Ayce Media TV's N. Maurice Williams



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