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City Staycation: A Glamorous Night Downtown

When I was offered the chance to stay at the W Hotel for a night, I was thrilled (who doesn't love a night downtown?) but also a touch apprehensive (rumors swirl of it still being stuck in the late '90s). Much to the relief of my inner spoiled brat, the W is still the place to stay if you want to party, play, and—if you must—sleep. 

First Look: Inside Powell Street's Stylish Axiom Hotel

When you live in such a pretty city, pesky tourists come with the territory. We jest, of course—we love visitors (except when they clog the sidewalks in aimless groups). Without out-of-towners, we'd have no need for chic boutique hotels, where we can indulge in luxe staycations and dark bars for clandestine drinks.

Try Nordic Skiing or Splitboarding at Tahoe's Alpenglow Mountain Festival

Alpenglow Mountain Festival. Photo courtesy of Alpenglow Mountain Festival

Two more feet of snow has blanketed the Tahoe area, but instead of heading to the crowded larger resorts, we're dreaming of backwoods trails away from the masses (and where no one can see us try out a split board). 

Want a Luxe Tahoe Escape on the Cheap? Of Course You Do.

In need of a luxurious Tahoe getaway but stuck on a post-summer budget? Happily, fall is the most affordable time to visit the North Shore.

San Francisco's Best Boutique Inns

Want to experience a new neighborhood in SF? Stay in one of these cozy boutique hotels, then explore your surroundings. 

New Attractions in Tahoe this Winter

The last few winter storms have left up to three feet of snow in some areas of Lake Tahoe, perfect for experiencing all the new things the winter wonderland has to offer. New resort experiences, hotels, eateries, and high mountain adventures are now available to ensure you start the winter off right.

Five Star Spirituality: The Scarlet Huntington

In the first installment of our Five Star Spirituality series, 7x7's senior editor Leilani Marie Labong took on the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco. Now we infiltrate the Scarlet Huntington Hotel, which just underwent massive renovations earlier this year. Here at 7x7, round-the-clock deadlines are all too familiar. As exciting as it can be, the adrenaline is synonymous with stress, followed by a series of sleepless nights. Enter the Namastay and Save package at the Scarlet Huntington.

Bay Area Holiday Hotel Deals

North Block Hotel Lobby

For many people, this time of year is for spending time with family, opening presents, and eating more sugar cookies then your stomach can hold. However, for others, it's a time to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays to take a vacation. For those looking for the best of both worlds, we've put together this round-up of area hotels that are mixing the holidays with vacation. 

Three Recently Revamped San Francisco Hotels

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

Take a glimpse at the San Francisco skyline and you won't notice anything out of the ordinary. Yet, walk into a few downtown San Francisco hotels and you might notice some stark differences. That's because local hotels have been getting major upgrades. Today, we feature three San Francisco hotels that have recently undergone significant renovations. 

San Francisco Area Hotels That Offer Free WiFi

Downtown San Francisco

This topic of WiFi is a touchy subject in the travel industry. While most bed and breakfasts and budget hotel brands have gotten the memo that travelers want complimentary Internet access, many luxury hotels continue to charge for it, often at a daily rate close to what you may be paying for a month of Internet access at home.

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