Hotel Vitale San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel

8 Mission Street | San Francisco, CA 94105 [See Map]
#7 in Best San Francisco Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 977 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 200 rooms, 8 floors
Primary View(s) City center, Bay
Style Modern
Best For Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers
AMENITIES Room Service, Internet Access, Business Center See all amenities

U.S. News Review

Sitting on the Embarcadero across from the Ferry Building Marketplace, this Joie de Vivre property caters to both business and leisure travelers looking to be at the center of it all without sacrificing watery views. Hotel Vitale houses 200 guest rooms stocked with amenities like Internet access, iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. But what guests especially love is the soothing atmosphere in the accommodations, created by the rich blues and earthy, neutral tones. If this sea-like decor doesn't do the trick, seek a little extra R&R at the on-site Spa Vitale, which offers a variety of relaxing treatments to help you unwind. After a long day of sightseeing or pampering, satiate your appetite with farm-to-table Italian fare at Americano Restaurant & Bar.

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Condé Nast Traveler

“The most striking aspect of Joie de Vivre's first luxury property might be the rooftop deck's million-dollar view of San Francisco Bay. Indeed, the disparate halves of the city converge at this 200-room hotel on the revitalized Embarcadero waterfront.”


“ 'Luxury, naturally,' the theme of this eight-story, terraced bay-front hotel, is apparent in every thoughtful detail: little vases of lavender mounted outside each handsome room; limestone-lined baths; the penthouse-level day spa with soaking tubs set in a rooftop bamboo forest. Guests love being across the street from the Ferry Building.”
Award: Fodor's Choice

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Traveler Gold 2015
  • Frommer's Highly Recommended
  • Lonely Planet Recommended
  • Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015



  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

One block inland from San Francisco's iconic shops-laden Ferry Building, Hotel Vitale is in the heart of the tourist-friendly Embarcadero District. Guests are within walking distance of the waterfront and public transit BART stations where they can catch trains that can transport them all over the city. This prime location also puts travelers right by many top restaurants.

  • Valet parking only
  • A complimentary car service can transport guests to distances located within a mile of the hotel
  • San Francisco International Airport 15 miles south; Oakland International Airport 20 miles southeast

  • 24-hour valet parking ($55)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

Hotel Vitale's standard rooms feature a spa-like atmosphere. Guests should expect limestone bathrooms, decor in soothing tones of blue, gray and dark brown, and details like a sprig of lavender tucked behind each number plate. When booking a room, ask for a room facing the waterfront if you'd prefer a view of San Francisco Bay.

  • Bathrooms feature LATHER bath products
  • A daily urban retreat fee of $30 includes Wi-Fi, a daily morning yoga class, access to the YMCA and Bay Club, hot lavender towels at check-in and a nightly shoe shine

Standard room size:

310 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


Hotel Vitale's on-site Americano Restaurant & Bar features a circular bar in addition to al fresco dining with views of the bay. The menu features modern Italian-meets-Californian cuisine like bruschetta topped with Pacific prawns and gnocchi topped with creme fraiche, Brussels sprouts and bacon. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hours here.

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast



The Hotel Vitale's penthouse-level spa has sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge from its treatment rooms, including the private outdoor bamboo garden featuring a deep soaking tub. In this secluded spot, visitors can enjoy a customized hydrotherapy session featuring lavender bath milk powder in addition to music and even herbal beverages.

  • Spa is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Guests get 10 percent discount on spa services and some products

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna



Hotel Vitale's small fitness center provides guests with weight and cardio machines in addition to free weights. The daily $30 urban retreat fee also includes access to YMCA and Bay Club if guests prefer a larger gym.

  • Free morning yoga class also included in retreat fee

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


Hotel Vitale offers a variety of indoor and outdoor multipurpose spaces. Business professionals can host their events indoors in two different penthouse suites, the Capri Boardroom or on one of the two outdoor terraces.

  • 24-hour business center with PC and Mac platforms

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Pets are allowed at Hotel Vitale for no additional fee (owners must sign a waiver), but pets must be on a leash or in a crate at all times in public spaces of the hotel.

  • No weight limit

  • Pets allowed (free)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting



Wedding parties can hold outdoor ceremonies on the roof with views of the Bay Bridge, or they can have their festivities on the fifth-floor Plaza Terrace complete with vistas of the downtown skyline, The Embarcadero, The Ferry Building and San Francisco Bay. Indoor options include the main event room, The Amalfi Coast, featuring large widows providing street views.

  • Catering from Americano Restaurant is available

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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