Example Booking: 43,400 eXpectations points, 7-nights August 2017, Hotel sleeps 2
San Francisco is iconic for an almost endless list of reasons. From the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge connecting the city to northern California to Alcatraz Island keeping it safe from infamous inmates Al Capone and “Birdman” Robert Stroud. Affectionately known as “Fog City”, early risers are able to catch a glimpse of this phenomenon as the city wakes to a blanket of fog almost carpeting the skyline. Even going “out and about” in San Francisco has its quirks with the famous cable cars ferrying visitors and locals alike from Union Square to Nob Hill.
Experience the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco this August (2017) with 7-nights at Club Donatello located right at the heart of the city. Available to eXpectations members was this fantastic opportunity to visit SF by checking into a Hotel unit (sleeping 2 guests) for a mere 43,400 points, available on RCI.com when we looked on 27/4/2017.
San Francisco, The City by the Bay
San Francisco in summertime is generally pretty glorious with almost no rain forecast during August whatsoever so remember to pack your sun-cream and hat! The sun shines for around 12 hours a day too meaning there’s plenty of opportunity to explore the city’s fascinating treasure trove of attractions. As the sun (eventually) sets the city bursts into life once again with an exciting nightlife to suit almost all tastes.
Location plays a big part in any city break and a visit to San Francisco is no exception. Thankfully, Club Donatello is centrally located, just a few steps from many of the city’s famous attractions. Take a gentle 5-minute stroll east along Geary Street and you’ll find yourself at the eclectic Union Square or head the opposite way to explore the Theatre District.
Each of the spacious guest rooms offer a calm and relaxing base for you to begin your San Francisco adventure. Prepare for the day with a hot shower or bath in the marble-finished bathroom followed by hot drinks from the in-room tea and coffee making facilities. Keep up-to-date with the latest comings and goings in the city with views along Mason Street or catch your favourite shows on the flat screen TV.
Guests looking to workout whilst away have access to Club One fitness centre (a few minutes walk up Mason Street) complete with lap pools, steam rooms and a full fitness centre. For those looking for leisure a little closer to home then stop by the whirlpool spa for a relaxing soak or hop into the sauna to allow the stress to melt away at Club Donatello.
Top sights of San Francisco
San Francisco’s most iconic landmark of all, Golden Gate Bridge, is a must-see albeit it’s pretty unmissable, for all visitors. Capture your holiday posing for a memorable snap alongside this famous sight and explore over 1,000-acres of Golden Gate Park with a segway tour. Visit the California Academy of Sciences to see the Albino Alligator in “The Swamp” and awaken your senses in the Japanese Tea Garden also located in the park.
Set sail to discover one of the world’s most infamous prisons, the island of Alcatraz! Join the Cellhouse Audio Tour to hear tales and truths from former inmates and officers including escape attempts and “The Battle of ’46”. Arriving back on the mainland take a short stroll along to Pier 39 – home to a crowd of raucous sea lions – marvel at street performers, encounter a 7D cinema experience and indulge in a wholesome collection of cuisines.
San Francisco life has been shaped with influences from the east or west in it’s geographical case, best portrayed in the Asian Art Museum – home to the USA’s largest showcase of Asian Art. Taking a more contemporary approach is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art hosting fascinating must-see exhibitions. Art and culture keeps on coming in this city with popular galleries John Berggruen Gallery, Southern Exposure and 111 Minna all featuring, with the latter doubling up as a late-night bar.
What’s on in San Francisco?
Wondering what’s going on in San Francisco during 17th – 24th August 2017? Here’s a snapshot of what to expect over the 7-night stay for eXpectations members. Kicking off the holiday is the San Francisco Improv Festival at Pianofight, just a few minutes walk from Club Donatello, playing host to live entertainment from dozens of performers. Following on from this the Stern Grove Festival is an admission free performing arts series with live music and feel good vibes. Bring your A-game catching skills to AT&T Park where San Francisco Giants are playing Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers during 17th – 23rd August 2017.
To highlight the great value of eXpectations Holidays we conducted a price comparison using TripAdvisor to source an equivalent booking. We were unable to get an exact like-for-like match for the same dates and unit size, however, we were able to find an equivalent unit at Club Donatello checking in a few days later. 6-nights at Club Donatello were available on Booking.com during 23rd – 29th August 2017 within a Deluxe King Room (sleeping 2) for £1,245 (based on 2 people sharing when we looked on 27/4/2017).
In comparison, we found this 7-night booking at Club Donatello during 17th – 24th August 2017 also within a Hotel Unit (sleeping 2) for 43,400 on RCI.com (when we looked on: 27/4/2017).
For members of eXpectations Plus, the total price for this accommodation (excluding the initial purchase price of your membership / points) would come to £548 (at the time of writing: 5/5/2017). To calculate this we have included: the associated maintenance fees for 43,400 points, 1x annual membership, 1x online RCI exchange fee and a £20 Resort amenities fee.
|Associated maintenance fees for 43,400 points @ £5.75 per thousand||£250|
|1 x eXpectations Annual Membership||£162|
|1 x RCI online exchange Fee||£116|
|Mandatory miscellaneous fees (e.g. tourist tax)||£20|
So, by taking this eXpectations exchange holiday eXpectations Plus members could have made a potential saving of over £650, based on the comparison above, and enjoyed an extra nights holiday!
See for yourself! Check out the costs of a Hotel Unit sleeping up to 2 people for 7 nights during August 2017 at the Club Donatello on Booking.com.