The 94-room Donatello Hotel is an
upper-middle-range, all-suite property conveniently located a block away from San
Francisco’s Union Square. Spacious suites offer wet bars with microwaves,
coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and sinks, plus sleeper sofas means that families
with kids are frequent visitors. There’s an on-site Italian restaurant and
breakfast is included in the rates. The club lounge is open to all guests and
offers a lovely outdoor terrace as well as free hot beverages like coffee and
tea. Other amenities include a large fitness center, whirlpool, sauna, and
massage services. Guests should note, however, that noise in street-facing
rooms can be a problem and that parking is expensive. The Handlery Union Square
Hotel nearby has a pool but rooms lack the microwaves and sleeper sofas found here.
All-suite hotel with Italian-inspired contemporary decor
Named after the famous Renaissance artist, the Donatello
Hotel appropriately features plenty of Italian inspirations in its interiors, like
the art adorning its walls and Venetian glass details. Guests are greeted in a
high-ceilinged lobby where the warm Tuscan color palette includes comfortable
couches and armchairs in tan shades complemented by navy-colored accent pillows that match the blue patterned area rugs. The hotel’s restaurant features a
similar color scheme of sienna yellow walls and a checkered tile floor in black,
white, and tan shades. Crisp white tablecloths are paired with sleek wooden
chairs, while large windows illuminate the space with light. There’s also a
sleek bar area with a marble counter and wood floors as well as wall paneling. The
hotel offers time-shares and its Studio Suites attract many long-term stays and
families that value the comfort of the spacious rooms.
A block from Union Square and its renowned shopping; well-serviced by public transportation
The Donatello is
conveniently located a block away from Union Square, an area rife with shopping
and dining options. With enormous outposts of Niketown, Saks, Tiffany, Macy's,
Louis Vuitton, and Neiman Marcus, among others, Union Square is to San
Francisco as Fifth Avenue and Rodeo Drive are to New York and L.A.,
respectively. The square is great for people-watching and occasionally plays
host to small festivals and demonstrations. The Mason/Powell cable car stops at
Union Square and gives easy access to Fisherman's Wharf, or, with a transfer, to Lombard Street and Ghirardelli Square. The San
Francisco International Airport is about a 20-minute drive away.
Spacious suites with wet bars, sleeper sofas, and large bathrooms with mirror TVs
Spacious Studio Suites feature sleek, contemporary decor and
high ceilings for a light and airy feel. King-size beds are topped in crisp white
linens accented by colorful pillows and striped bed throws and framed by sleek
headboards with built-in nightstands. The rooms are also furnished with sleeper
sofas for additional guests, as well as work desks and wet bars with sinks as
well as mini-fridges, microwaves, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
amenities include flat-screen TVs, DVD players, iHome radios, work desks,
electronic safes, and free Wi-Fi, as well as extras like daily newspapers,
nightly turndown service, and free overnight shoe shines. Some suites also
offer lovely terraces furnished with patio furniture and lots of greenery.
Bathrooms are fairly standard, with faux marble topped vanities that offer lots
of storage space as well as shower/tub combos that could use an update. Large bathroom mirrors with inset TVs are a nice extra. Guests should note that street-facing rooms can get noise and that daily housekeeping is not included in the rates.
Italian restaurant, fitness center with sauna and whirlpool, club lounge with free beverages, and spa services
The hotel has a fairly large and well-equipped fitness center as well as a
sauna and whirlpool. Spa services like massage treatments are also available. Guests
can relax in the Club Lounge, which has free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, or
on the lovely outdoor terrace. The on-site Zingari Ristorante serves Italian
food and offers live jazz sessions several times a week. Breakfast is included
in the room rates, as are daily newspapers. There is a computer available for
guests’ use in the lobby and Wi-Fi is free throughout. Valet parking is
available, but is expensive.