Peter Koehler
Where were you born ?
Bremen, Germany
How long in San francisco:
Since 1991
Pacific Heights
Regional Director of Operations and General Manager Intercontinental Hotel San Francisco
Favorite Restaurant:
I am biased to Luce but I really enjoyed Saison recently
Best Sushi:
Sanraku on Sutter Street… it’s a great simple neighborhood place
Best Ethnic Food:
Best Italian:
Best place for late night dining:
Zuni Cafe
Best dessert:
A tart from La Boulange on Fillmore
Best place for a romantic date:
Top of the Mark. Make sure you ask Bilal, the manager, for a table in the weepers’ corner.
Best Sunday brunch:
Foreign Cinema
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Yoshi’s San Francisco for Jazz
Best place for a power business meeting:
Luce … the Market prix-fixe is great, reasonable, and fast. Plus complimentary wi-fi access is extremely convenient.
All-around favorite spot in San francisco:
Academy of Science
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Either of our InterContinental hotels in San Francisco. The InterContinental San Francisco for my guests with a preference for more contemporary style, and the InterContinental Mark Hopkins for guests that have a taste for a more historic surrounding. For both, I’d definitely recommend asking for a Club floor room.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
All around Union Square
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Shreves. They have a great selection of watches and personal service.
Best Spa:
Spa at the InterContinental San Francisco
Favorite Charity Event:
A toss-up between San Francisco State University’s Taste of the Bay and Meals on Wheels Vintners Gala.
Favorite Cultural Event:
San Francisco World Music Festival
Favorite Cultural Institution:
San Francisco Symphony
Best Aspect of San francisco:
Progressive thinking, sustainability, diversity, people, natural beauty
Best Steakhouse:
Epic Roasthouse
Best Pizza:
Delfina Pizzeria
Best Lunch:
Yank Sing for great Dim Sum
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
LA Sports Club
Best Massage:
A massage from any of the therapists at the (I) Spa
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Zinia Limosine Service
Best Museum/Exhibit:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Top of the Mark sky-lounge...make sure to have at least one of the 100 different Martinis
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