San Francisco, California
by Sarah Shuckburgh
Beaux Arts chic in downtown San
Built as a hotel in 1910, this landmark building has been
given a $24 million makeover by the San Francisco-based
Kimpton group, and is now arty, sophisticated, glamorous and
The hotel is conveniently located in the theatre district,
two blocks from Union Square - but the loitering drug-users
and homeless people on the streets take some getting used
to. The lobby - known as the Living Room - is stylish and
quirky, with large metal sculptures, hand-painted trompe
l’oeil domed ceilings, a two-storey French inglenook
fireplace (with gas flames), and a registration desk
modelled on a 1920s trunk. The main staircase has bronze
filigree banisters and marble steps.
The 233 rooms and suites are immaculate and gaudy, with
stripes, spots and primary hues. The whimsical decor
continues the travelling theme of the foyer, with
Chinese-style wardrobes, fake-bamboo desks, and luggage
straps holding up the bed canopies. The beds are very
Easy access to Union Square, theatres, famous shops, art
galleries and all of San Francisco’s sights;
Bring your pets for VIP pampering, or borrow a complimentary
goldfish for company;
Relax with 4-handed massages, manicure, sauna, steam room,
Jacuzzi, or free yoga instruction via the TV;
Wine tasting from 5-6pm every evening, with tarot-card
reader and head massage;
Superb service, including valet parking, daily newspaper,
Fully accessible for people with disabilities.
The Grand Café, with French chef and pastry chef, has its
own street entrance and is run as a independent business.
The décor is flamboyant Belle Epoque, and the
French-Californian cuisine is popular with theatre-goers.
The Petit Café offers less formal meals.
San Francisco is right outside the door.
501 Geary St
001 415 292 0100
First published by Travel Intelligence Ltd