We found the perfect place to see our San Francisco. It is the Cityscape Bar and lounge atop the Hilton Union Square Hotel.
Here on the 45th floor one if offered a 360 view of the City.
We called it our city since it has had a direct relationship with four generations of our family.
This four Diamond Hotel was our lodging on an assignment to write about what was once upon a time my home and workplace. And what lodging indeed. Located on the 42nd floor our room offered a sweeping view that included much of the city to the west all the way to the ocean. In another direction the Golden Gate Bridge and a large sweep of bay.
In the short time spent in this room I never got tired of looking at the landmarks that were so familiar to me, Russian Hill, Twin Peaks, the Hayes Valley, Mission Street and the stretch to the ocean that was the Sunset District.
All of this we first viewed over cocktails at the dramatic Cityscape bar and lounge. For any visitor this should be considered a must for seeing almost all of this city that is unique not only to the USA but the world.
Which explains why year after year it is the top tourist destination in the country.
My family's saga with San Francisco started when my grandfather immigrated from Italy and arrived to work laying tracks for the San Francisco Railroad Company. This to earn enough money to bring his wife and two daughters, including my Mother, to the U.S. as well.
When the earthquake struck in April 1906 they lost all but what they could carry to Golden Gate Park where they resided in an Army tent for the next six months.
But prosper they did and the following generations as well.
This time we were in the lap of luxury at this Hilton Hotel that offers, not only great facilities, but also a most courteous, efficient staff.
Tomorrow we will tell of our dining at the Hotel's new, smart Urban Tavern and our return to places in the city with long memories for us.