If the photographer Alfred Steiglitz were alive today, he would be in his element with a view room at San Francisco’s Parc55 Wyndham Hotel. Sure to have packed his Eastman View camera, the famed New York gallery owner and advocate for the arts embraced the city as his muse and his subject. In his later years, Steiglitz often made photographs from the window of his New York gallery. His photos emphasized the geometric shapes of the skyline as seen from the upper floors of a skyscraper. Were he alive today and in the city by the bay, the spectacular skyline views seen from the elevated vantage point of a suite at Parc55 would, I believe, inspire the artist beyond imagination.
One can imagine the photographer, accompanied by his paramour, the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, choosing a view suite, perhaps one facing west with a panorama overlooking the Tenderloin, expanding all the way to Sutro Tower and Twin Peaks. Another evening, they might capture the cinematic scene from a corner room on the 17th floor with its 180 degree display of Union Square, Nob Hill and the Tenderloin. The addition of a loveseat beneath an oversized bay-style window would not be overlooked. At the Parc55, inspiration is everywhere.
Today’s aspiring photographers and paramours will find inspiration and more at this flagship Wyndham hotel. Location and service are superb. The city’s core is literally at your doorstep with an easy stroll to Union Square, and less than five minutes walk to the plush Westfield Center with its signature shops and casual eateries. Nearby Chinatown, pubs, restaurants and theaters all offer the splendid highlights of a city escape without the need to drive. Public transportation on BART and the city's famed cable cars are steps away.
See the accompanying slide show for a sampling of views from the hotel.
All of the rooms offer either a “sunset” or “sunrise” view.. Many of the top San Francisco landmarks; Market Street, the Financial District, AT&T Park, China Town are clearly visible right out the window. A new state-of-the art fitness facility –with expansive view windows- rivals most upscale clubs. On site, the hotel’s Cityhouse Restaurant and Bar, serves American Classic cuisine from early morning to late evenings. For authentic Thai dishes, try the hotel's newest addition, Kin Khao Thai Restaurant.
A special “Night to Remember” Package includes your choice of Deluxe, View or Premier level guest room with spectacular city views, full buffet breakfast for two adults (room service or restaurant,) a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries amenity delivered to your room. Look for details at www.parc55hotel.com. Parc55’s weekend rates are some of the most competitive in San Francisco for lodging of this caliber
If you don’t own a view camera, no worries. Hold your "point and shoot" steady, press the shutter button and the views will do the rest. Be sure and zoom in close on the TransAmerica Pyramid. Georgia loved close-ups.
Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco 55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco, CA Tel: (800) 595 0807 or (415) 392 8000
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Correction: In this articles headline, the Parc55 Hotel's name is incorrectly spelled as Park55. The correct website address for the hotel is www.parc55hotel.com.