First off, if you have heard of and been to The View Lounge: good for you for being in on something we totally missed. (Seriously, I grew up in SF; HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS PLACE?) That being said, if you haven't been back there in the last few months, you need to go back, 'cause The View Lounge of 2015 is nothing like the View Lounge of yesteryear.
Sure, it's still on the 39th floor. And yes, it still has domed, floor-to-ceiling starburst windows that showcase nuts-nuts-nuts-NUTS views of San Francisco, the Bay, and beyond. And of course, there are still tourists (it's in the Marriott after all), but the similarities stop there. (RIP patterned carpet from the '80s.)