The hotel is dedicated as a living memorial to the U.S. Marines who served in the Pacific during World War II. The club and hotel has been around since 1946, with a location close to Union Square ever since.
The hotel is something. At 12 stories, it features the guest rooms, plus a theater, restaurant, library, fitness center, and spa. We saw more of the hotel in 2010, looking around in all the ballrooms (which are beyond gorgeous) and the library. The floors with the guest rooms and the rooms themselves are themed. Last time we stayed in the First MEF Suite. This time, we were in the Author’s Suite. The walls of the room were lined with rows of pictures and information on those who had written military related books. The floor we were on was all about honoring Medal of Honor and Navy Cross recipients. The walls were lined with pictures and their stories. They were all there too, at least as far back as there are pictures and stories.
We didn’t eat at the restaurant this time, but we did stop in for happy hour. Club members get free drinks at happy hour, so we made sure to go. On the tenth floor, there is a memorial dedicated to all who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The walls are covered in tiles with the names and dates of those who’ve died. It was a lot of tiles last time, but this time they had spread to completely different walls. The husband and his brother, who was in the Navy, spent a long time finding all the guys they knew. It’s wonderful to see a memorial like that, but at the same time you hate to see it.
The hotel is super nice though. It’s worth the stay if you happen to be in San Francisco.