- San Francisco is consistently ranked among the top five romantic cities in
the US. Water always makes a place more romantic and its doubly blessed with
the Pacific Ocean on one side and the picturesque bay on the other.
- While in San Francisco there are the famed Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge and
Fishermans Wharf to see and the historic cable cars to ride. Now add some
hilly terrain, fascinating, yet diverse architecture and dozens of the best
restaurants in the world and it is no surprise why couples flock to this city
on the bay for Honeymoons and romantic getaways.
- Ill let you in on a little secret. There is a place on the other side of
the Bay that doesnt get as much press but is certainly worthy of
consideration for romantic weekend. The city is Berkeley, well known for it
University and the "hippie" movement a few decades ago. The University
worth a visit in its park-like setting as are the many cafes and interesting
shops that fills a couple of the avenues within this compact and pedestrian
- Overlooking the city of Berkeley and Bay is the castle-like Claremont Spa &
Resort. For over 80 years this grand hotel has pampered guests like you
wouldnt believe. The Claremont is not the sort of hotel you come back to late
at night after a full day of site seeing. If you are staying here, you will
want to spend most of your waking hours indulging yourselves in the luxury and
riches this palace offers.
- When Athena and walked into our room, we were greeted with a scrumptious
display of strawberries and cream in a "box" made entirely of chocolate.
Nearby, a bottle of champagne was chilling, patiently waiting for us. Our
bathroom even had a whirlpool tub. We soon discovered our twin bathrobes
hanging in the closet. My terry-cloth robe was so warm and embracing that it
was a very sad moment when I had to take it off to get dressed for dinner.
- I am glad we did go down to dinner as the four course meal served in
Jordans, the Claremonts signature restaurant was the perfect way to end the
- There are many fancy hotels in the San Francisco area but we were fortunate
to be able to stay in the only one that also has a European Spa. We spent most
of our second day getting massages and lounging in the pool, hot tubs, steam
room and sauna. Next time well try out the two outdoor pools and the tennis
courts. Plan ahead for reservations. This place often books up weeks in
- Claremont Hotel
- 41 Tunnel Road
- Phone: 510-843-3000.
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