Gallery: A Look Into San Francisco’s Downtown Secret Gardens

We locked our bikes up outside at the hefty bike racks at 888 Howard and entered the revolving door to the Hotel Intercontinental. After navigating our way through the lobby, we found the elevators and made our way up to the public terraces located on the 4th and 6th floors. The fourth floor terrace was enclosed in a vinyl tent and we deduced that a reception would be taking place there later. We headed up to the second terrace on the 6th floor, where a sign on the door indicated that the terrace was indeed a "POPOS". The Intercontinental has installed glass walls around the terrace, which we had heard was famously windy, and completed the scene with a variety of aluminum cafe tables and chairs. The terrace was a quiet and warm respite several floors above the noise of Howard Street.

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