Just in case you happen to score tickets...

The World Series is upon us. I don't necessarily favor one team over the other - my Twins aren't in it so...whatever.  I do love Josh HamiIton of the Texas Rangers (what a fantastic, life-affirming story, that guy) and I absolutely adore the city of San Francisco. There's something about the city by the bay; the air, the trolley cars, Fisherman's Warf, the sea lions (that somehow know they're posing for pictures and work it) and the great people-watching and the FOOD. I love North Beach - San Fran's version of Little Italy. I could sit at a sidewalk table at an Italian restaurant all afternoon.....and I actually did once.  It was wonderful...and so was Mario. Oh, that sounds bad.  Seriously, he was just my waiter. He was very polite.  Really.
Me... after a whole lotta pizza.
Anyway, my favorite hotel in San Francisco is the Hotel Monaco.  It's colorful and lively and just...well, fun!  You can't help but be in a good mood when you walk in this place.
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Guestroom

Fantastic service, a wonderful location, affordable - it's perfect. Some reviewers of the hotel complain that the rooms are a bit small, but we didn't find that to be true at all. It's right in the heart of the city, close to fabulous restaurants, shopping etc. - Hotel Monaco is a safe bet.  Tonight's game? we'll wait and see....

The Poser
 http://www.monaco-sf.com/

3 comments:

Minami Kobayashi said...

It's so funny how some things are named monaco, because Monaco's a nation [The Principality of Monaco], though that place is very pretty and also surrounded by France, Spain and Italy.

NAOMI THOMPSON said...

Very interesting, my little geography girl. Don't you have homework?

Minami Kobayashi said...

Here's some info about Principauté de Monaco [Principality of Monaco]

http://www.visitmonaco.com/en

The official language is French, though Italian, Monégasque and English can widely spoken and understood.

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