The American Law Institute 88th Annual Meeting, May 16-18, 2011. San Francisco

Travel Information

One of the handful of classic and historic deluxe hotels in San Francisco, the Westin St. Francis has its own cable-car stop and a view overlooking Union Square. It is the site of Bourbon Steak, an award-winning steakhouse by Michael Mina. The Clock Bar in the hotel lobby provides a convenient gathering spot for members.

The hotel is within walking distance of Chinatown, the theater district, Yerba Buena Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and several smaller museums, as well as dozens of San Francisco's finest restaurants. A short ride on the bus or a one-station ride on BART brings you to the Civic Center, home of the Symphony, the Ballet, and the Asian Art Museum (the site of Monday's Members Reception). The nearby Palace of the Legion of Honor displays an extensive European painting and sculpture collection and a world-famous print collection. The de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park is worth a visit for its architecture by Herzog and de Meuron as well as its collections. In addition to these large museums, San Francisco has many small ones, including at least five within easy walking distance of the hotel. More information is available on the hotel website.

Driving: (Dial 511 for latest traffic information) From the South: Take 101 North to 4th Street exit onto Bryant Street. Continue one block and turn left onto 3rd Street, which becomes Kearny Street. Cross the Market Street intersection at Geary and turn left onto Geary. The St. Francis auto entrance is on Geary, just past Union Square on your right.

From the North across the Bay Bridge: Take 101 South to the Fremont Street exit, turn left on Fremont, turn left on Howard, turn right on Third Street, which becomes Kearny Street. Then follow instructions above.

From the North across the Golden Gate Bridge: Exit Lombard Street. Turn right onto Van Ness, and left onto Bush. At Powell (just at the corner or Union Square), turn right, then turn right at Geary to find hotel's auto entrance.

Parking: Parking in the garage under Union Square costs $31 per day. Drive down Geary, nearly to Van Ness, for garages with a flat $10 fee, but it's a long walk back.

From San Francisco Airport: Numerous shuttles will take you to the hotel door. Check to find the most competitive price (around $15), but be sure to ask when the van will leave (some wait till they are full) and whether they take you directly downtown to Union Square without many earlier stops. Here is a list of shuttles, with phone numbers: Advanced Airport Shuttle (888-862-8788), Airport Express (415-775-5121), American Airporter Shuttle (800-282-7758 or 415-202-0733), Bay Shuttle (415-564-3400), Bayporter Express (415-467-1800), Go Lorrie's Airport Shuttle (415-334-9000), Pacific Airport Shuttle (415-681-6318), Peter's Airport Shuttle (650-577-8858), Quake City Shuttle (415-255-4899 or 415-621-2831), San Francisco City Shuttle (415-822-2648), South and East Bay Airport Shuttle (800-548-4664), and SuperShuttle (415-558-8500). SuperShuttle has wheelchair-accessible vans, but these should be reserved in advance.

Taxis will get you downtown much more quickly, with a fare running around $45. San Francisco has many wheelchair-accessible taxis. At SFO, locate any taxi dispatcher outside the lower (baggage) level and ask for a wheelchair taxi. One will be called from the taxi waiting area and should roll up within five minutes; no pre-arrangement or prior reservation is necessary.

The BART rapid transit system links the airport to downtown as well. The airport BART station is located on the Departures/Ticketing Level (Level 3) of the International Terminal, on the Boarding Area G side of the terminal near the Berman Reflection Room. BART is also easily accessed from any terminal by riding SFO's AirTrain to the Garage G/BART Station stop. There is no charge to board AirTrain. Take BART to the Powell Street Station in San Francisco and walk two short blocks to Union Square. BART also provides a direct connection from SFO to Caltrain at the Millbrae station. BART is wheelchair accessible and all travel information is provided both by loudspeaker announcement and electric billboard.

From Oakland Airport: There are numerous shuttles to San Francisco. You also can travel via BART to San Francisco by taking an AirBART shuttle to the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART station, and then the subway to the Powell Street Station in San Francisco.

Public transit in the city: The Powell Street cable car stops in front of the hotel. MUNI Buses 2, 3, 4, and 38 do so as well. Two short blocks away at Powell and Market, BART will take you to various parts of the City and to the East Bay (Oakland and Berkeley). For detailed information about public transportation in San Francisco, including transit maps, see Dial 511 on landline phones and on most cell phones to obtain public transit information.