If you're going to San Francisco, Zillow CEO has some tips

Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:55pm EDT
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By Cassandra Garrison

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For Zillow Group Inc CEO Spencer Rascoff, San Francisco used to be home. These days, he frequents the city by the bay as a business traveler from the Seattle headquarters of Zillow, the online real estate company which includes Trulia, HotPads and StreetEasy.

As a former resident, though, he knows how to make the most of his trips and has several insider tips that he shares here.

Getting there: "Usually, I take the 5:25 a.m. flight with Alaska Airlines, so I land by 8:30 a.m. Then, I take a taxi. If I have the time, I take BART – it's a bit more peaceful, but takes a little longer."

Start the day: Breakfast meeting at the Four Seasons (757 Market St.), the de facto cafeteria of Silicon Valley. "I order scrambled egg whites, a side of bacon, and bananas, strawberries and blueberries. And English breakfast tea, too."

Midday meeting spot: "When I am down in Silicon Valley, I do a lot of meetings at the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel (2825 Sand Hill Rd.), which is the gathering place for the see-and-be-seen crowd."

Post-work happy hour: "The Upstairs Bar and Lounge at the W (181 3rd St.) is in a central location to most of the other startups or companies that I like to visit. I'll order a Kettle One and club soda."

Dinner with colleagues: "I lived in the Harbor Court Hotel for a year, so I ate at Ozumo (161 Steuart St.) a lot and I still go there now. It's the best sushi in San Francisco, in my opinion. They have a cool private room that is surrounded by glass walls on all four sides with sake bottles set into the walls."

Recharge: The Monaco Hotel (501 Geary St.) "It's a great location and unique. It's part of the Kimpton Hotel chain and has a high service level."   Continued...

A vintage street car moves along Market Street in downtown San Francisco, California March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith