Happenings: San Francisco Hotel Tour

The Interiors & Sources Hotel Tour made its second stop of the year in San Francisco—here’s a look back at the day’s highlights.

by AnnMarie Martin

On July 17, another group of approximately 30 talented interior designers and architects hailed the bus to San Francisco’s latest in hospitality

trends, making stops at the four amazing properties showcased on the next few pages. They were presented by some of the greatest minds in A&D today.

The event, worth .2 credits from the IDCEC, illustrated the following four learning objectives:

  • Identify methods to create a well-rounded guest experience in hospitality environments
  • Illustrate techniques for establishing connections to the city and local community
  • Employ sustainable design practices that encourage an eco-friendly lifestyle
  • Apply strategies and tricks for effective renovations of existing facilities

Guests were also treated to another batch of the now infamous hotel tour goody-bag vintage lunchboxes, always packed with some great swag. Thanks to Field Notes who once again donated their County Fair edition 3-packs and THE DESSERTIST (an NYC-based baker) who added her sweet treats: sugar cookies in the shape of apples!

The first half of the day was spent on Stockton Street as we visited not one, but two of its stylish properties.

grand hyatt

Presented by Bryan Southwick—associate principal and project manager of CCS Architecture—this tour focused on the site’s public areas, including the lobby, 36th floor event space with sweeping views of the city, One Up restaurant and lounge, and the live, custom-made digital sunset artwork display that can be seen from the street. The lobby is meant to act as an inviting living room with fireplaces, cozy leather lounges, regional books to flip through as well as dramatic art installations that lift the eye up to observe the atrium above. Small glimpses into the restaurant and lounge area (which was relocated from the 36th floor to the mezzanine) can be seen from below. It features a wine library with interactive touchscreens.

The Mystic Hotel

After a quick stroll up the hill, guests arrived at our second stop, The Mystic Hotel (a Charlie Palmer Group property), where architect Kevin Wasniewski introduced the group to his darkly handsome Berlinetta lounge just off the lobby, and the gothic touches throughout the Burritt Room + Tavern upstairs. There, the group was treated to a delicious three-course lunch. Drippy chandeliers contrast with distressed frames and floors throughout, and the interiors feature red velvets and rich leathers.

Guests learned about how the owners brought their “chef-driven” design approaches to the property and were also provided with insights and strategies that make for successful renovation transitions, as the Mystic remained open while a re-design took place.

Inn at The Presidio

From downtown and trendy to the next two rustic resorts, this CEU offered a true variety of market sectors. The second half of the day featured two LEED Gold-certified properties which both happen to be restored army barracks. The Inn is the first hotel to have opened in the Presidio of San Francisco National Historic Landmark District and is the site of the former Pershing Hall, constructed in 1903, which originally served as bachelor officer’s quarters. Stanford Hughes, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP of BraytonHughes and Deborah Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, senior associate at Architectural Resources Group (ARG) spoke to guests about how they strived to integrate new elements within the historic context and environment.

Cavallo Point Lodge

Marsha Maytum, FAIA joined Hughes and Cooper at Cavallo Point Lodge (site of the historic Fort Baker) as Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects was responsible for the new accommodations built into the hillside. After a quick hop over the Golden Gate, the group was welcomed with open arms by staff whom assisted in leading two groups to view the renovated historic spaces (21 buildings constructed between 1901 and 1941) as well as the new, contemporary lodgings (14 buildings), including a Healing Arts Center. The historic renovations included intricate details such as the tin ceilings that were removed and reinstalled in 15 buildings to allow for the installation of an acoustic separation. Guests toasted to the day at the Farley Bar before heading home for the evening.

Many thanks to everyone who attended! The next stop returns to where it all began: New York City on September 25.