Overview

Every city has that one cool spot everyone’s always trying to get into. San Francisco’s is The Battery, the members’ club with rooms (and a spa, and a restaurant, and a smattering of bars) that was hitherto only available to particularly in-the-know guests. But now, we can get you in: just tell ‘em Smith sent you…

Highlights:

  • Striking architecture and interiors

  • Great central location

  • Relaxing ‘zen zone’ and spa

Smith extra

A bottle of Battery Crush wine that's made with grapes from the hotel's vineyard in Sonoma

In the know

Also need to know:

All public spaces are wheelchair accessible; one guest room is wheelchair accessible, and one has features for hearing-impaired guests. Hashtag aficionados, prepare to step away from your devices: cameras are verboten in public spaces. The Wine Cellar, the Parlor and the Penthouse can be rented out as an event spaces, when they're not hosting member events. And unless it's booked for a private party, the Penthouse is open daily as a workspace.

Packing tips:

San Francisco’s the sort of city you’ll see best on foot, so come prepared for lots of walking (up hills) and avoiding rain, at any time of year.

Dress code:

No need to dress up (West Coasters err towards the casual), but don’t dress too far down, either – a scarlet lip won’t go amiss.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this stylish hotel in San Francisco, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside/postcard from The Battery San Francisco hotel in California…

San Francisco’s a fascinating city, and the Battery is an equally fascinating hotel: the one-time sweet factory maintains an industrial air with its exposed brick walls and sky-high ceilings, and the not-your-mother’s-hotel cool factor’s ramped up with modern art and taxidermy on display. You’ll find it in the center of San Francisco, but neatly tucked away from the tourist-ridden hubbub on a quieter street (but still walkable – or Uber-able – from Chinatown or North Beach. Within, each of the 14 rooms is unique, and each is a knowingly cool grown-up playground: bowler-hat lampshades sit alongside tan leather chaises longues. Restaurant 717B plays host to the city’s hippest work-from-homers during the day and serves up delicious organic fare at almost all hours, and the Garden Bar is the place to hide out in the sunshine when the notoriously fickle weather allows.

Originally opened in 2013 as a members’ club with rooms upstairs (convenient after a few of the multiple bars’ excellent cocktails), the Battery soon became one of the city’s most exclusive addresses… and if you’re not a member, the best way to book a room is through your friends Mr & Mrs Smith.

Accommodation details

Address:

717 Battery Street, San Francisco, California 94111, United States
San Francisco
USA

Location:

1.9 mi / 3.0 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Onsite laundry
  • Spa
  • Valet parking
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Restaurant
  • Lounges/bars
  • Room service

Dining information

Restaurant:

717B shares its industrialesque good looks with the rest of the hotel, and the buzz starts at breakfast and continues all day till last call at the bar. Most of the ingredients you’ll find on the menu are naturally-sourced, seasonal and organic, and chef Brandon Hicks is a dab hand at deliciousness. As such, you’ll need to book ahead to guarantee your table. 

Top Table:

For secluded Saturday night drinks, disappear into a booth or an oversized couch. Otherwise, a shared dining table or high-stooped bar perch is the way to go for the more social diners.

Last Orders:

Breakfast is served 8am–10.30am, and on weekends brunch is from 9am–3pm; grab lunch 11am–3pm, weekdays; and dinner daily from 5.30pm to 8pm.

Room Service:

Room service is available, but 717B is well worth leaving your room for, too.

Hotel Bar:

Counting those that are open during private parties, the Battery has a whopping seven bars. First, enjoy a quiet cocktail at the sun-soaked Garden Bar. Later, head to the House Bar for small plates and craft cocktails. The Musto Bar is the most exclusive drinking den, ideal for the final nightcap. This is a hush-hush sort of place, so keep in mind that after 6pm you'll need to put any work devices away, not make any phone calls or take photographs – this isn't one for the 'gram. Cocktail, champagne and caviar bar The Library is a refined space for a tête-à-tête over a shared cheese board. Boutique bar Penrose only has room for a handful of guests at a time and is the type of place a daring agent might unwind with a strong martini. The House Bar is part of the restaurant and event space the Parlor pours out tipples during private parties only.

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