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  Sometimes I wonder how the words "business travel" and "glamour" were ever united in the same sentence. Flying across three countries for meetings in five cities in one week is anything but glamorous. And then a sudden call to an impromptu meeting in San Francisco proves that being a successful businesswoman can be exhausting. The enticing bonus on this last minute layover is nothing less than a suite at the Palomar.

Located in the stylish SOMA area, the Palomar is a unique, stylish boutique hotel managed by Jorge Trevino, formerly of the Ritz Carlton. His impeccable elan and relentless attention to detail have given the Palomar an acute awareness of how to treat today’s female business travelers... like women.

Occupying the top five floors of a renovated 1907 office, the Palomar is a luxurious oasis where your every need has been anticipated. Prior to your arrival, your personal guest profile has been created to ensure that your room is set up according to your particular preferences, from newspapers to wine. However, the staff at the Palomar knows they’re not omniscient, so a butler is assigned to each floor to assist you at a moment’s notice.

Although the Palomar is labeled a "boutique hotel," its individual style transcends the minimalist standards followed by many of those haute properties today. Manager Trevino believes that true comfort begins in your immediate surroundings and admits that the best complement he’s received is that guests don’t want to leave their rooms. Why? Well ladies, here is where glamour begins to cozy up to the word business and the real treasures await you.

Created by the renowned Cheryl Rowley Design of Beverly Hills, the design of the interior and guestrooms is reminiscent of the 1940’s. A Vivid French retro chic theme of tailored lines, artistic angles and rich textures is constructed with a color palate of predominantly black, brown and cream. Materials such as warm woods sleek leathers and soft velvets – and a faux leopard rug for excitement – make a decor that is unparalleled while projecting a comfortable aesthetic that envelops you in its seductive intimacy.

The expansive rooms are not only tantalizing to the eye but also provide a relaxing respite to the remaining senses, for they are enclosed with double paned windows and come complete with down comforters and pillows for a truly tranquil night’s sleep. Inside the earthen toned granite bathrooms, you’ll find a whirlpool tub complete with Bulgari bath products – perfect for unwinding after a long meeting or flight. For further relaxation, the Palomar offers a wide variety of in-room spa services, personal yoga instruction and an in-house gym on the ninth floor.

A stay at the Palomar is not complete without a visit to the five star Fifth Floor Restaurant where you can sip martinis at the bar or indulge in delicious French American contemporary cuisine created by Chef George Morrone. Be sure to take some time to peruse the abundant wine list that includes some rare international treasures that will surprise even the most knowledgeable wine connoisseur. If enjoying your meal in your room is prefera ble, a smaller selection from the restaurant is available on your room service menu.

All special amenities aside, the Palomar knows that you’re in San Francisco to do business and all guestrooms are equipped with a cordless and dual line phone, voice mail, data port and fax-copier-printer. If you’ve left something behind or your business needs exceed the hotel’s services – like a new Gucci suit or Manolo Blahnik pumps – the Palomar is conveniently located two blocks away from the Union Square shopping district filled with designer boutiques and major department stores. Finally, the Palomar offers complimentary car service to your meetings in the financial District and Multimedia Gulch.

So ladies, put some glamour back into travel and ensure your next business excursion in San Francisco is both productive and pleasurable, book yourself into the Palomar. For more information, click here.
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