Located opposite the Ferry Building, at the end of the Market and California streets' cable-car lines, this big, busy business hotel is a vast 22-story convention magnet with an iconic Portman-designed atrium. Paralleling the parable behind Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, this is a fast-paced place with a dreamy edge and a tentative protagonist. Here, arrivals are swallowed up by a vast impersonal lobby that creates excitement for groups and gatherings, but individuals often feel as ...
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