Written by Nadia Ibanez, photos courtesy of The Payne Mansion
If you haven’t heard, I’ve moved to San Francisco for an amazing job opportunity. The City is one of my favorite places to visit because of the shopping, food, sightseeing and vast hotel options. My apartment in SF isn’t quite ready for me so I’ve been staying at a few different hotels to be closer to my office and to get a true feel of what it’s like to live and work in the city. The Payne Mansion, in Lower Pacific Heights, was my first stop and was truly a treat.
The neighborhood itself is known for its beautiful Victorian mansions and the Payne Mansion is absolutely striking. Built in 1881, the luxury boutique hotel underwent a massive $3 million renovation before re-opening last year. Ten guestrooms are available and let me just say that the term “guestroom” does not do any justice to the property’s accommodations.
My Executive Suite was absolutely enormous and could have easily slept a gaggle of girlfriends. My room opened up to an entertainment room equipped with a desk, flat screen TV, couch and coffee bar. The enormous marble bathroom was beautiful and the soaking tub just called my name. The bedroom featured a large closet, cozy Louis XVI chaise and huge king-sized bed. Needless to say, I’m sure this guestroom is larger than most one bedroom apartments in the City.
The mansion’s event space on the main level is equally enormous and is home to the daily breakfast station when not rented for private events. While this boutique hotel may seem small in the amount of guestrooms, the staff is uber friendly and accommodating. From making an espresso for you in the morning, to arranging a town car for the day, the staff delivers.
If you’re looking for a unique boutique hotel in the heart of the city, book a room immediately at Payne Mansion. For more information, visit www.paynehotel.com.