Honestly, I think everyone should experience a weekend staycation whenever possible! A few weeks ago I found myself checking into the posh and city-centric Hotel Zelos. The small on the outside, and large on the inside hotel has everything any staycationer (or vacationer) could want in a place to stay. Kev and I checked in for a long weekend stay early on a Friday afternoon, with plans to shop, eat, and drink till our heart's content. If you're driving from out of town, be sure to take advantage of their packages, which offer convenient parking options, which you can view here.
The hotel itself is located is located on floors 5-9, including one dedicated to the buzzed about Dirty Habit, their restaurant and bar on the 5th. Our room was perked on the corner of Market and 4th giving us a killer view of all the downtown action. Since we live in the Seacliff district of SF we don’t always get to experience the buzz surrounding the area. The room’s accommodations were plush to say the least, and the staff graciously sent up a few sweet treats and wine to enjoy before our meal at the Dirty Habit.
I had heard about their restaurant from a few coworkers who said their drinks were great. Well, they were wrong...they were incredible, so good that we enjoyed two rounds. The vibe of the space is sexy, mysterious and totally social. We decided to kick off our meal with a drink, which was hard to choose considering their menu descriptions are literally mouth watering. I ended up with the Slappin’ the Basil, while Kev went with the Bees in the Trap (yes, humorous and delicious). After quenching our first we decided on a few shared plates, which they do tapas style. See our top picks below:
- Steamed Buns with sliced fried pork belly, topped with chopped peanuts
- Ceviche with persimmon, furikake, and fennel
- Chicken wings coated in a sweet soy and served in a chili vinaigrette
- The primavera risotto, with parmigiano reggiano
One of the great things about the location of Hotel Zelos is the proximity to great shopping and attractions, and we certainly took advantage of it! I would suggest shopping in the mornings or early evenings to avoid the crowds. I’d also steer clear of the heavily trafficked mall and opt to shop around Union Square, where you can pop into the smaller shops.
Minted Pop-Up: I know, I’m a bit bias because I work for them, but, this is one the ultimate indulgence for any design or stationary junkie. Several of my coworkers even worked on the typography in store, which is incredible!
Wilkes Bashford: an upscale shopping experience with the ultimate fashion eye-candy. Here you’ll find unique designer pieces at a historic SF location.
Goorin Bros. Hat Shop: As a hat junkie, no trip downtown is complete without a stop in Goorin Bros. I’ve been wearing their designs for years with no complaints. The staff is so friendly, and always willing to lend a hand.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
A special thanks to Hotel Zelos for sponsoring this post!