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The 552-room Hilton San Francisco Financial District In Final Stages
of $34 million Renovation, Randall King Appointed General Manager
SAN FRANCISCO (October 12, 2005) – Randall King, newly appointed general manager of the Hilton San Francisco Financial District, has announced that the upscale business hotel, located at one of San Francisco’s prime business addresses, is scheduled for a January 2006 opening.  Currently in the final stages of an all-encompassing, $34-million renovation, the new Hilton will emerge as one of the city’s most desirably located, graciously contemporary, service-rich business hotels.  The hotel’s landmark structure, renowned for its iconic roles in innumerable photos and films, will remain unchanged.

The Hilton San Francisco Financial District is located at 750 Kearny Street in San Francisco and can be reached by telephone at 415.433.6600 or visited on the Web at  Home to the new “750, A Taste of the Mediterranean” restaurant and the nationally acclaimed Tru Spa, the hotel also features valet parking and more than 450 underground public parking spaces. 

A reflection of its diverse surroundings, the new Hilton blends a financial district location, sleek design, upscale amenities and high-tech accommodations to create San Francisco’s premier business destination.  Each spacious room (300 sq. ft. average) is equipped with an expansive wrap-around work desk and ergonomic chair, wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, and MP3-compatible alarm clock.  In addition, the Hilton boasts a 24-hour business center with fax, computers and photocopy machines. 

“The new Hilton San Francisco Financial District redefines what it means to be a full-service business hotel,” said King.  “In addition to boasting an ideal location for business travelers, our new hotel has been carefully planned to offer every convenience a discriminating traveler could desire.  Every aspect of the hotel has been meticulously designed to ensure a productive yet relaxing visit.”

General Manager King is a seasoned hotelier, with more than 23 years experience in the hospitality industry.  Beginning his career with Marriott Hotels in Santa Barbara, King has held positions with some of the leading hotel brands, including Radisson, Embassy Suites and Crowne Plaza, as well as with individually owned properties such as the Nordic Hills Resort in Illinois.  Most recently King served as general manger of The Radisson Hotel Sacramento, and he continues to hold the position of regional director of operations for the Dow Hotel Company.  

Hilton’s latest offering embraces the rich culture and picturesque beauty that has propelled San Francisco to the apex of travel destinations.  Sitting at the crossroads of San Francisco’s most vibrant neighborhoods, the Hilton San Francisco Financial District blends the sophistication of the financial district with the rich cultural tapestry of North Beach and Chinatown.  Just steps from the TransAmerica Building and the financial district, the Hilton is also convenient to world-class shopping at both the Embarcadero Center and Union Square, gourmet dining, and dozens of renowned comedy and jazz clubs.

Upon arrival, guests will be immediately surrounded by luxury and style.  From the distinctive lines of the landmark building to the soothing sounds of the elegant entryway water sculpture, every facet of the hotel reflects Hilton’s commitment to hospitality and elegance of design.  The sleek décor is enhanced by the building’s stunning views of the San Francisco Bay waters and the dazzling downtown skyline.
Mindful of the rigors of business travel, the 552-room Hilton seamlessly blends the comforts of home with the luxury of a resort, including a well-appointed fitness center, Hilton’s signature Serenity beds, a Starbuck’s Coffee Bar in the lobby and complimentary limousine service to downtown destinations.

The hotel’s seven suites are certain to impress even the most seasoned luxury traveler.  Featuring bamboo floors, fireplaces, and balconies with panoramic views of the city’s famed sights, the Hilton’s suites are the height of San Francisco sophistication and comfort.  In addition to the wealth of in-room amenities, suite guests will enjoy exclusive access to a private concierge floor, which will offer a delicious complimentary breakfast each morning and light hors d’oeuvres in the early evening.  Guests will be able to recline while enjoying their favorite entertainment on flat screen TVs or to simply enjoy a quiet conversation with one of the hotel’s dedicated concierges, who will ensure that their every need is attended to.

With more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space bathed in natural light streaming through large city- and bay-view windows, the Hilton SF Financial District’s conference facilities are the perfect place for an offsite gathering.  Up to 500 attendees can take advantage of the Hilton’s state-of-the-art videoconferencing capabilities, plasma screen TVs and top-of-the-line audio-video systems.

To complete the experience, the new Hilton San Francisco Financial District includes an impressive array of fine dining, pampering and cultural entertainment available on site, including:

750, A Taste of the Mediterranean:  With an enticing Mediterranean menu, the 200-seat “750” is poised to soar to become one of San Francisco’s most popular dining destinations.  The restaurant’s fresh seafood, colorful pastas and perfectly-cooked steak dishes will delight the palates of diners, while the colorful and sophisticated ambience offer a haven from the rigors of the day.  The restaurant’s sleek contemporary bar is highlighted by a dramatic fireplace that lends a warm and inviting ambience to the metropolitan setting.  The private dining room is the perfect destination for intimate parties and California wine tastings.
Tru Spa:  The Hilton San Francisco Financial District is home to the award-winning, 5,000-square-foot Tru Spa, a beautiful haven of relaxation and pampering that has been celebrated in publications as diverse as Robb Report, Travel + Leisure, Elle, Lucky, Dwell and Allure.  Renowned for luxurious surroundings, elegance of design, environmental consciousness, and exceptionally skillful practitioners, Tru Spa presents an extensive menu of innovative facials, massages, manicures and hydrotherapies -- administered in the serenely rejuvenating Tropical Rainforest Room -- all designed to accommodate the special needs of the on-the-go business woman (or man).
The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco:  The Hilton San Francisco Financial District is the proud home of the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, a major community-based, non-profit organization established in 1965 to foster the understanding and appreciation of Chinese and Chinese American art, history, and culture in the United States.  Featuring a 299-seat auditorium, a 2,935 square-foot gallery, a bookshop, classroom, and offices, the Center offers a variety of educational and cultural programs including lectures, workshops, classes, art exhibitions, dance and musical performances, and cultural exchanges.
The Hilton San Francisco Financial District is owned by Justice Investors, LLP
About Hilton
Hilton is the proud flagship brand of Hilton Hotels Corporation and the most recognized name in the global lodging industry.  Since its founding in 1919, Hilton has grown to over 500 hotels in cities all over the world, with signature properties that include the Waldorf-Astoria, the Cavalieri Hilton in Rome, the Hilton Waikoloa Village and the new Hilton San Francisco Financial District.  
About the Dow Hotel Co.
The Hilton San Francisco Financial District is managed by the Dow Hotel Company.  Headquartered in Seattle, the company’s national portfolio of properties comprises brands that include Marriott, Embassy Suites, Hilton, Sheraton, Doubletree and Radisson. 


Amie Rubenstein
(415) 394-6500

Also See: Dow Hotel Company to Manage the 565-room Holiday Inn Select Downtown Hotel & Spa San Francisco; Will Oversee $15 Million Renovation / June 2004
David J. Garon and Carrie McAllen Named General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing at Dow Hotel Company's Holiday Inn Select in San Francisco / July 2004


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