We flew from Pittsburgh to San Francisco and decided to stay at the Hotel Monaco www.kimptonhotels.com because they give you goldfish for your room. The employees were really nice. The lobby is very pretty and has a cool alcove in the back that you can play in. The beds were cushy and comfortable. We love that they had hot chocolate in the morning for us in the lobby alongside the coffee for our mom and dad.
Hotel Monaco rating: Jake gives 4 1/2 gumballs and Ellie gives 5 smiley faces.
Chinatown is a “must visit.” We suggest shopping at Where East Meets West because the employees are nice and they have cool things like wooden swords and Chinese jackets. For the girls, they have inexpensive purses and fans.
Chinatown rating: Jake gives 5 gumballs and Ellie gives 4 smiley faces. Excellent tip: avoid the dead fish markets.
Restaurants: You have to go to Sears Fine Food near Union Square for pancakes. If you have a big appetite, go for the full stack of pancakes. If you don’t have a big appetite, go for the split stack. They give out really neat coins to try your luck in a slot machine that gives meal discounts, but my advice is to keep the coin for a souvenir. You have got to have the truffle fries at the Fog City Diner… they are delicious. Both places get great food ratings — 41/2 gumballs and 4 smiley faces.
We had lots of fun at our friends’ Sue and Pete’s house. Sue is a good cook . They cooked flank steak on the grill and Pete picked a white wine I liked to taste. They have a cool dog named Cecil. For travel picks for big people, go to www.petespicks.com.
The Rocket Boat is a must-do, but get prepared to be soaked. The views of San Francisco and Alcatraz are spectacular. Get ready to rock-et and roll.
Hope you have excellent adventures!