Old-world elegance best describes this dignified Union Street boutique hotel. The lobby is decked with Italian Travertine marble, Venetian glass and antiques adding to the European charm. That makes sense for a hotel named after the 15th-century Renaissance sculptor from Florence, Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi.
The Union Square hotel that shares Donatello's name may at first sight look like a standard hotel, but there are enough nice touches for us to put it in the boutique category. Original Italian artwork hangs in the lobby and in the guest rooms. Don't think old fashioned, either. The guest rooms also exhibit a bit of a contemporary Art Nouveau influence, and measure generously at around 400 square feet — making them some of the largest in San Francisco. All of the rooms have king-size beds and a small refrigerator.
Guests of the Donatello rave about the recent updates. They love the 10-foot ceilings, the velvet stools and armchairs, and the luxury bedding with down comforters and 300-thread cotton bed linens.
If you crave fresh air, book a room on the fifth floor to get a private terrace. Or, In the evening, drop by the rooftop lounge for a nightcap and a spectacular night view of the bright lights of the San Francisco skyline. There's a fitness center on the top floor along with a whirlpool spa and private saunas. A full business center is available to guests, including free Internet.
The Zingari Ristorante, located at The Donatello, servies up authentic Northern Italian cuisine. Expect all the classic dishes like antipasti tonno – tuna with lemon oil, tapenade and capers atop fresh greens or fritto misto – fried calamari with onions, fennel and roasted plum tomato sauce. Zingari's also offers a theatre menu, a wine paring menu, and a prix fixe menu. The restaurant hosts live jazz seven nights a week.
The Donatello is in the Theater District, a 3-minute walk to Union Square. Grab a cable car and go Chinatown, then move on to Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach and other fabulous San Francisco neighborhoods.
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• Free WIFI (Yay!)
• 501 Post Street
• Neighborhood — Union Square
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