By Alia Akkam Shh! Where to find urban tranquility
Sure we love the thrill of a big cosmopolitan city, but once we're weary of back-to-back buzzing restaurants, cultural events, designer boutiques and the odd horde of gawking tourists, it's refreshing to find a slice of tranquility amid the chaos. Whether it's a special spa, a room that brings new meaning to "private" or even meditative landscaping, some hotels have things that make them true urban oases where you can leave the big city behind.
As much as we might love the city we're visiting, it's always nice when a domestic vacation has the power to make us feel we actually left the country. At Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco's Japantown, guests will not only feel nurtured, but that they are staying in a traditional Japanese ryokan. Upon arrival, they are presented with the complimentary signature tea service, where staff welcomes them with a custom brew such as Zen Blend or Sencha.
"The history of this hotel is very deep within the Japanese American community. San Francisco's Japantown is the largest in the U.S. We have included the community leaders in our development, design and cultural presence," says Jim Gerney, General Manager.