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It’s hard to think of a better location for a San Francisco stay than at the fantastic Taj Campton Place. A short and pleasant three-minute stroll from Union Square and the abundantly rich shopping experiences encircling it, this small hotel’s lovely, understated majesty is tucked just far away enough from the action to feel like a real retreat from the bustling streets. We recently stayed two nights at the property, our room an elongated, Zen-like stretch of simplicity with the understated feel of a modern ryokan. Between restoring tired feet and souls in a large bathtub, reading the paper in our window seat, and napping in crisp linens, we made trips to the open-air rooftop fitness terrace .... [continue]



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www.travelbyentree.com is a blog by the peripatetic editors of ENTREE Travel Newsletter (www.entreenews.com), one of the country’s most respected sources of travel news for the discriminating globe-trotter. The blog celebrates the joy (and sometimes the pain) of travel. We pride ourselves on our careful research. We sleep in the beds and eat the food we report on. We cannot be bought. We are family-owned and we expect excellence when we travel. We will not tolerate poor service or mediocre treatment. Please follow us and write with your memorable travel experiences, good and bad.

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