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More than 40 Hotels in San Francisco Have Recently
Sold, Renamed or Reflagged


June 16, 2008 - More than 40 hotels in San Francisco have recently sold, renamed or “reflagged.” New properties opening in 2008 include the 550-room InterContinental San Francisco and Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate. Located in Sausalito, Cavallo Point is San Francisco Bay's first national park lodge. Here's a short summary of changes that have occurred within the last two years and/or about to occur:
Best Western Americania
Former name: Best Western Americania Hotel
Location: 121 Seventh St., 94103
Rooms: 143
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: Dawn Shalhoup, 415-773-1067, or Nancy Uber, 415-672-2950,
The Best Western Americania is receiving an equally-extensive renovation (as is counterparts Best Western Carriage Inn and The Good Hotel) by adding quirky and vibrant-colored furniture, linens, artwork and amenities that pay tribute to America’s past. Guests will find checkerboard floors in mint and black, red adornments and artwork featuring famous childhood games. Upon check-in, Jelly Bellys® will be offered and off the lobby, a large selection of favorite games will be available for in-room entertainment. Hotel will open mid-July. 

Best Western Carriage Inn
Former name: No change
Location: 140 Seventh St., 94103
Rooms: 48
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: Dawn Shalhoup, 415-773-1067, or Nancy Uber, 415-672-2950,
The Carriage Inn has received a top-to-bottom renovation with elements that tip a hat to San Francisco’s well-known artists and eccentrics. Each room, designed as “bohemian representations” of a classic San Francisco apartment, will now carry their own titles such as “Herb Caen,” “Mark Twain” and a little rarer, “The Brown Twins.” The hotel re-opened June 15, 2008. 

Best Western Hotel California
Former name: Hotel Savoy
Location: 580 Geary St., 94102
Rooms: 82
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: David Puma, 415-869-4113,
Renamed The Hotel California in fall 2006. All guestrooms and public areas remodeled in summer 2007. Each of the 82 guestrooms features hardwood floors, plantation shutters, premium beds with 400-thread count linens, double-pane windows and free Wi-Fi. Home of award-winning Millennium Restaurant; also features fitness center and offers 400 sf of meeting space. Hotel joined the Best Western chain of independently owned hotels and celebrated completion of transition on May 1, 2008.  
Best Western Hotel Tomo
Former name: Best Western Miyako Inn
Location: 1800 Sutter St., 94115
Rooms: 125
Remodel budget: $6 million 
Media contact: Dawn Shalhoup, 415-773-1067,
Under JDV management since May 2007, the Hotel Tomo features bright colors and modern styling found in Japanese anime (animation) and manga (comics). Special gaming suites are equipped with PlayStation 3, Wii, bean bag chairs and six-foot LCD projection screen. Completion date: June 2007. 
Campton Place, San Francisco, a Taj Hotel
Former name: Campton Place Hotel
Location:  340 Stockton St., 94108
Rooms: 110
Remodel budget: Not disclosed.
Media contact: Babs Harrison, Sheila Donnelly & Associates, 212-851-8425,
On April 30, 2007 Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces took over Campton Place, San Francisco, a Taj Hotel, following completion of its $58 million acquisition. The hotel was formerly owned by the Los Angeles-based Kor Hotel Group, which acquired and assumed management of the hotel in November 2005. 
Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate
Location: 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito 94965
888-651-2003 or 415-339-4700 
Rooms: 142
Media contact: Dan Marengo, 415-986-7212,
Set within the Golden Gate National Parks at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge near Sausalito, Cavallo Point is San Francisco Bay's first national park lodge. Later in 2008, Cavallo Point will serve as the launch home for the Institute at the Golden Gate, an environmental program of the nonprofit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in partnership with the National Park Service. The lodge includes 68 historic rooms and suites and 74 contemporary, sustainable rooms and suites. There is 14,000 sf of indoor meeting space, 15,000 sf of outdoor meeting space and a full-service 11,000 sf Healing Arts Center & Spa. Completion date: June 1, 2008.
Cova Hotel
Former name: Air Travel Hotel; name change effective July 1, 2008
Location: 655 Ellis St., 94109
Rooms: 96
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: Ida Wong, 415-771-3000, ext. 127,
Civic Center property offers complimentary continental breakfast, free high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi in all guestrooms, restaurant on-site, smoke-free environment, valet parking, free local calling, business center, 24-hour fitness center and on-site Zipcar rental.  
The Fairmont San Francisco
Former name: No change
Location: 950 Mason St., 94108
Rooms: 591
Remodel budget: $95 million between 1999-2008
Media contact: Samara Diapoulos, 415-673-5634,
The Fairmont San Francisco completed a luxurious refurbishment of the hotel's 591 guestrooms and suites in March 2008. Key design elements include pillowtop mattresses and Frette linens, 37-inch flat panel TVs, cordless telephones, iHomes with alarm clocks and new leather desk chairs. In April the landmark hotel unveiled a luxurious eco-suite, The Lexus Hybrid Living Suite. The hotel's famous tiki restaurant and bar, The Tonga Room, dazzles after a recent $1 million restoration.  Guests seeking a quick meal or snack will enjoy Caffe Cento, a new European-style cafe created in partnership with Ghirardelli Chocolate and illy Coffee.
Hotel 480
Former name: Crown Plaza San Francisco
480 Sutter St., 94108
Rooms: 403
Remodel budget: Not disclosed.
Media contact: Nicole Rogers, 415-273-4059,
On Dec. 15, 2007 the hotel was re-branded as Hotel 480 (; FelCor Lodging Trust Inc. in conjunction with Marriott International, Inc. is redeveloping the 403-room property. Hotel plans to “reflag” in January 2009 as the San Francisco Marriott-Union Square.
Hotel Fusion
Former name: Gates Hotel
Location: 140 Ellis St., 94102
Rooms: 124
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: Troy Hammer, 415-474-5800, ext. 319,
Renamed The Hotel Fusion in mid-2006 after being closed for a full renovation and seismic upgrade. All guestrooms and public areas were fully renovated and adorned with rich wood accents and warm, inviting colors.  Guestrooms include flat panel TVs, premium bedding, mini-refrigerators and free Internet.  Infusion Lounge and Restaurant is slated to open in late 2008.  In addition to serving a full menu of Cal-Asian inspired small plates, Infusion Lounge will feature a private VIP room, fully equipped dance floor and an impressive main lounge. Completion of the Infusion Lounge will also provide Hotel Fusion with more than 1,700 sf of private event and meeting space.  Hotel Fusion is a C-Two Hotel managed property.
Galleria Park
Former name: No change
Location: 191 Sutter St., 94104
Rooms: 177
Remodel budget: $7.1 million
Media contact: Dawn Shalhoup, 415-773-1067, 
New managers Joie de Vivre Hospitality have completely remodeled every section of the property — from business to fitness centers to meeting space and lobby. Design elements include Art Deco, vintage and mid-century. All guestrooms now feature flat-screen TVs and MP3 connectors, an “honor bar” stocked with office materials and ergonomic desk chairs. Remodeling completed January 2007.
The Good Hotel
Former names: Hotel Britton and The Flamingo Hotel
Location: 112 Seventh St., 94103
Rooms: 117
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: Dawn Shalhoup, 415-773-1067, or Nancy Uber, 415-672-2950,
Joie de Vivre has combined both the Britton and Flamingo Hotels into one new fresh concept, The Good Hotel. Driving home the need for community awareness, support and voluntourism, this hotel will be considered the ultimate “philanthropic” hotel. Not to be confused with “green” or “sustainable,” elements of this SOMA property will support environmental sustenance, but will go to an even deeper level by re-using items for everyday products, reclaiming materials for construction, contributing dollars to local organizations and even allocating monthly employee hours for charities of choice. Additionally, guests who are also looking for a way to give back will be able to participate in regularly recommended philanthropic activities. The Good Hotel will open fall 2008.
Hotel Griffon
Former name: No change
Location: 155 Steuart St., 94105
Rooms: 62
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: Emily Johnson, 415-547-1652,
The San Francisco Business Times reported in its April 14, 2006 edition that the 62-room Hotel Griffon was sold to San Francisco-based Greystone Hotels which also runs the King George Hotel and the Inn at Union Square. Remodeling completed in January 2007 includes new wall coverings, artwork, carpeting, lighting and window treatments. State-of-the-art flat screen TVs and new signature bed package also installed in all guestrooms.
Hilton San Francisco
Former name: No change
Location: 333 O’Farrell St., 94102
Remodel budget: $13 million
Media contact: Debbie Chan Larkin, 415-923-5072,
Beginning in August 2007 the Hilton San Francisco’s original lobby was “deconstructed” and an additional 13,925 sf of new meeting space was created for a total of 132,325 sf. A new restaurant by Chef Donna Scala fronting on O’Farrell Street will open June 2008. 
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Former name: Holiday Inn – Financial District/Chinatown
Location: 750 Kearny St., 94108
Rooms:  549
Remodel budget: $40 million
Media contact: Scott Oliker, 415-765-7870,
The hotel is the prototype for a new generation of strategically located, contemporary, service-rich business properties within the Hilton brand. Home to the new 200-seat Seven Fifty: 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. Each of the spacious rooms (300 sf) offers views of the city and bay. Officially re-opened on Jan. 12, 2006.
Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf 
Former name: No change
Location: 555 North Point St., 94133
Rooms:  313
Remodel budget: $6 million 
Media contact: Molly Blaisdell, 925-631-7971, or Kristi Frank, 650-631-4297,  
Includes renovation of all guestrooms, expansion of Stay Fit @ Hyatt Fitness Center and redesign of lobby. Guestrooms feature a multifunctional workstation with ergonomically designed chair and comfortable seating area with wireless capabilities; iHome; flat-screen LCD TV; deluxe baths and exclusive Portico® bath amenities. Remodeling completed first quarter of 2008.
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Former name: No change
Location: 5 Embarcadero Center, 94111
Rooms: 805
Media contact: Molly Blaisdell, 925-631-7971,
Comprehensive renovation of hotel’s top floors features new Regency Club Floor and Lounge. Surrounded by panoramic views, the hotel’s former revolving restaurant, Equinox, has been divided into four “hemispheres” featuring dining, business, entertainment and relaxation. Amenities include breakfast, mid-day snacks, evening cocktail hour and appetizer service; work stations, Internet access and free Skype (telephone) feasibility; 42-inch plasma TVs and iPod listening stations. To complement the Regency Club Lounge, the guestrooms on the top two floors have been upgraded and feature residential design features and additional amenities. Completion date: April 24, 2008. 
InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
Former name: No change
Location: One Nob Hill, 999 California St., 94108
415-392-3434 or
Rooms: 380
Remodel budget: $400,000
Media contact: Connie Perez, 415-616-6964,
Historic Room of the Dons and Peacock Court renovated; new carpeting, lighting and draperies are among the enhancements; project completed, July 2007. New bedding program in guestrooms features Frette linens and goose down duvets. 
InterContinental San Francisco
Location: 888 Howard St., 94103
Rooms: 550
Construction cost: $200 million
Media contact: Connie Perez, 415-616-6964,
Adjacent to Moscone West the 32-story hotel includes Luce, a street-level restaurant, and Bar 888 on the lobby level. The hotel’s 43,000 sf of meeting and function space includes two ballrooms and 21 meeting rooms on the third, fourth and fifth floors. The distinctive blue tower has 22 guestrooms per floor; rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with city and bay views. Other amenities include a 10-room spa, indoor heated lap pool, a fitness center and parking. Completion date: Feb 28, 2008. 
Inn at Union Square
Former name: No change
Location:  440 Post St., 94102
Rooms: 30
Remodel budget: $600,000
Media contact: Emily Johnson, 415-547-1652,
New wall coverings, upholstery, carpet and window treatments in all guestrooms as well as upgrade  of lobby and lounge areas. Remodeling completed February 2007.
JW Marriott Hotel San Francisco
Former name: Pan Pacific San Francisco
Location: 500 Post St., 94102
Rooms: 337
Remodel budget: Multimillion dollar
Media contact: Nancy Uber, 415-672-2950,
Effective April 19, 2006 the Pan Pacific San Francisco became the JW Marriott Hotel San Francisco. Changes and enhancements will include all areas and facets of the hotel — from the building’s exterior and entranceway to the individual guestrooms to the meeting space. The hotel will also unveil its new stylish and chic restaurant and lounge, Level III, which will offer a completely new experience in social food, wine and cocktails.  Located in Union Square, steps from theatres, world-class shopping and dining, the JW Marriott San Francisco, represents an homage to “The Art of Living Well.” 
Kabuki Hotel 
Former name: Radisson Miyako Hotel San Francisco
Location: 1625 Post St., 94115
Rooms: 218
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: Dawn Shalhoup, 415-773-1067,
Under JDV Hospitality management since May 2007, the Kabuki Hotel offers welcome tea service and weekly Japanese cultural offerings. The “signature bath program” includes deep soaking tubs in the guestroom; bath butler (72-hour advance notice required) to draw a customized bath, and one-day guest pass to the communal bath at the nearby Kabuki Springs and Spa. More than 14,000 square feet of meeting space is available. Completion date: November 2007.
Kensington Park Hotel
Former name: No change
Location: 450 Post St., 94102
Rooms: 92 including two suites
Remodel budget: $2 million
Media contact: Kelly Chamberlin, 415-336-4332,
Housed in 1925 Moorish/Gothic style building. Guestroom restoration blends classic, turn-of-the-century elegance with modern touches. Rich jewel tones, classic dark wood furnishings are paired with white leather tufted headboards and luxurious feather down comforters. Rooms feature 36-inch flat screen TVs. Remodeling completed: April 2008. 
La Luna Inn
Former name: Pacific Motor Inn
Location: 2599 Lombard St., 94123
Rooms: 62
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: Troy Hammer, 415-474-5800, ext. 319,
La Luna Inn opened in mid-2006 after completing a six-month renovation of all public areas and guestrooms. Spacious guestrooms feature all new, custom designed furnishings, pillow-top mattresses, plush bedding, flat screen TVs and wireless Internet access. La Luna Inn combines smart and stylish furnishings with just enough 1960’s “Motor Inn kitsch” to create a fun, whimsical atmosphere. La Luna Inn is a C-Two Hotel managed property.
Larkspur Hotel Union Square
Former name: The Cartwright Hotel
Location: 524 Sutter St., 94102
415-421-2865 or
Rooms: 114
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: Keelin Czellecz, 415-274-2510,
Larkspur Hotels and Restaurants acquired The Cartwright Hotel in October 2006. The company's first leisure-based property in San Francisco offers newly redecorated guestrooms, Lather products in guestrooms and cookies in the evening. Remodeling completed June 2008. Effective June 9, 2008 new name of property will be Larkspur Hotel Union Square; new URL 
Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
Former name: No change
222 Sansome St., 94104
Rooms: 158
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: Gabriela Knubis, 707-265-7783,
Restyling of cocktail lounge completed in September 2007; renovation of all guestrooms completed in spring 2006. 
Hotel Mark Twain
Former name: no change
Location: 345 Taylor St., 94102
Rooms: 118
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: Troy Hammer, 415.474.5800 x319,
Remodeling of guestrooms and public areas began in January 2007 and will continue through spring 2009. Completed remodeling includes all new carpeting in guestrooms, new bedding, ceiling fans, iPod docking stations, flat panel TVs, wireless Internet and a new digital entertainment system. In addition, a new full-service restaurant, Fish & Farm, specializing in local new American seafood and artisan meats, opened in the fall of 2007; the restaurant operates room service and a full-service bar for hotel guests.  Two private event rooms were also completely renovated in spring 2008 and can accommodate small meetings or private dining. Hotel Mark Twain is a C-Two Hotel managed property.  
The Maxwell Hotel 
New name: Hotel Frank
Location: 386 Geary St., 94102
Rooms: 153
Remodel budget: $10 million
Media contact: Kelly Chamberlin, 415-336-4332,
Acquired by Personality Hotels in April 2007; complete renovation will begin in late spring 2008. Currently The Maxwell Hotel, the hotel remains in operation during renovation. A sense of freedom and unabashed “frankness” will be expressed in the hotel’s fashion-forward design and new name: Hotel Frank. Interior changes include new bathrooms, expanded guestrooms and hallways, and all common areas. Houndstooth-patterned carpeting, white couches and handblown smoke glass bubble light fixtures are among the design features. All rooms will offer 32-inch flat screen TVs and iPod docking stations. Completion date: Fall 2008.
Le Meridien San Francisco
Former name: Park Hyatt San Francisco
Location: 333 Battery St., 94111
Rooms: 360
Remodel budget: $5 million
Media contact: Kristy Kehs, 415-296-2903,
Purchased by HEI Hospitality, LLC of Norwalk, CT, the Park Hyatt San Francisco became a Le Meridien hotel effective May 9, 2006. A style makeover has been completed of all guestrooms. The addition of warm earth tones creates an inviting ambiance, from the granite bathroom to the luxurious sitting and work areas. Windows feature views of San Francisco skyline. Le Meridien is a division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide which also runs the Palace, St. Regis, Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf, W, The Westin San Francisco Market Street and Westin St. Francis. 
Monticello Inn
New name: TBA
Location: 127 Ellis St., 94102
415-392-8800 or
Rooms: 91
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: Keelin Czellecz, 415-274-2510,
Acquired by Larkspur Hotels and Restaurants in December 2006. Plans were announced to renovate and reposition the hotel as a four-star level property. Guestrooms were last refreshed in 2004. Hotel is currently closed for remodeling and will re-open fall 2008 with new name. 
Omni San Francisco Hotel
Former name: No change
Location: 500 California St., 94104
Rooms: 362 including 20 suites
Remodel budget: $6 million for 2008 and 2009
Media contact: Robert Graney, 415-273-3000,
The complete renovation of Bob's Steak and Chophouse was recently unveiled. HD LCD Sharp Aquos.32-inch TVs will be installed in all guestrooms by July 2008 and new bedding packages for all rooms completed by Aug. 1, 2008. Wi-Fi added to hard-wired Internet free to guest beginning in July 2008 and carpet and soft goods in guestrooms completed by July 2009. 
The Opal San Francisco
Former name: La Quinta San Francisco Downtown
Location: 1050 Van Ness Ave., 94109
Rooms:  164
Remodel budget: Not disclosed.
Media contact: Lee Hufford, 415-673-4711,
Effective May 1, 2006 the 168-room La Quinta was re-named The Opal San Francisco. A soft goods renovation including white duvets and carpeting is underway. 
Orchard Garden Hotel
Location: 466 Bush St., 94108
Rooms: 86
Construction cost: $25 million
Media contact:  Trisha Clayton, 415-346-4565,  
First hotel in California built to the nationally accepted standards for green buildings developed by the U.S. Green Building Council; received Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification June 2007. The hotel also includes Roots, a 56-seat restaurant and bar, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails. Opening date: November 2006.
Parc 55 Hotel 
Former name: Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel 
Location: 55 Cyril Magnin St., 94102 
Rooms: 1,010 
Remodeling budget: $30 million
Media contact: Stacey Edinger, 415-434-6118, or Casey Shaughnessy, 415-394-6500 ext. 212,
The 25th anniversary of the Parc 55 Hotel San Francisco is being marked with a remodel of its guestrooms, 18 suites, lobby and Club Level facilities on the top six floors. Meeting and event space will increase to almost 30,000 sf. All of the hotel’s guestrooms and suites have been redesigned and equipped with flat-panel TVs, wireless and wired Internet access. As part of the renovation, the reception desk will move from the street level to the second floor and the current atrium will be partially enclosed to increase meeting and event space. Completed during the initial phase of the Parc 55’s renovation, the Club Lounge and fitness center were both significantly updated. The hotel will remain open throughout the renovation. Completion date: late 2008. 
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Former name: No change
Location: 600 Stockton St., 94108
Rooms: 336
Remodeling budget: $12.5 million
Media contact: Bonnie Crail, 702-882-9722,
All guestrooms were renovated in June 2006. During the renovation an additional 17 suites were created. In addition to new bedding, furniture and artwork, technology enhancements include wireless Internet access; LCD flat panel TVs, iPod docking stations (Executive Suites and Club Executive Suites only). A new business center was introduced. On the Club Level, guests also have access to a new business lounge. 
San Francisco Marriott
Former name: No change
Location: 55 Fourth St., 94103
Rooms: 1,500
Remodel budget: $12 million
Media contact: Tamra Howes, 415-442-6040,
Includes a complete redesign of all of the public spaces on the lobby level to create a warm and inviting atmosphere ready for intimate impromptu business meetings and social appointments. A stylish yet casual lobby bar is now open to serve guests throughout the day and night. The second floor (Atrium level) will also be renovated and 10 small meeting rooms added. Estimated completion date with exception of Atrium level end of August 2008. 
Sheraton at Fisherman’s Wharf
Former name: No change
Location: 2500 Mason St., 94133
Rooms: 529
Remodel budget: $33 million
Media contact: Ellen Eason, 415-242-5244,
New design accommodates the trend toward blending tourism with business and creates a community environment that promotes socializing. Among the additions are 9,000 sf of flexible meeting space including a new 2,731 sf Embarcadero Room and a unique outdoor foyer that includes an outdoor “living room” and fire pits. New food bar, Spressi, offers a “community table” appealing to laptop-using Gen-Xers. New breakfast area, Sol, may be reserved for private receptions and small events. Guestrooms reflect a softer palette, more lighting and the installation of desktop jacks to accommodate MP3 players, recharge cell phones and outlets on nightstands for guests who use laptops in bed. Completion date: October 2007. 
Sir Francis Drake Hotel 
Former name: No change
Location: 450 Powell St., 94102
Rooms: 417
Remodel budget: $20 million
Media contact: Nancy Uber, 415-672-2950, or Jamie Law, 415-955-5495,             
Guests will still be greeted by the Sir Francis Drake’s celebrated doormen in their customary Beefeater uniforms, but once inside they will be entering a magnificent new lobby and be able to enjoy the sleek new 36-seat Bar Drake. Includes renovation of all guestrooms and 15,000 sf of meeting space. Later this year, a luxurious new 2,000 sf spa and fitness center will open as well on the third floor. Remodeling completed July 2007.
The Stanford Court, A Renaissance Hotel
Former name: No change
Location: 905 California St., 94108
Rooms: 393
Remodel budget: $32 million
Media contact: Amie Rubenstein 415-394-6500,
This historic property sits on the site where Leland Stanford, governor of California and founder of Stanford University, built his grand mansion in 1876. Planned renovations will focus on a complete facelift of the hotel including all guestrooms, meeting room facilities, lobby, front desk and the stained glass-crowned porte-cochere. A major element of the hotel’s transformation is the conversion of much of the first floor to a 140-seat restaurant, Aurea. The re-designed sixth floor will become a full-service Club Lounge, available to guests staying on the designated Club Levels on floors six through eight. The hotel will remain fully operational during the renovation. Completion date: August 2008.
Hotel Union Square 
Former name: No change
Location:  114 Powell St., 94102
Rooms: 131
Remodel budget: $5 million
Media contact: Kelly Chamberlin, 415-336-4332, 
Built in 1913 for the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition, the Hotel Union Square has been redesigned with an eye to preserving the historic architectural elements of the original structure. Crimson reflective of the Golden Gate Bridge, grey recalling the city’s famous fog, and earthy taupe in a homage to San Francisco’s natural assets, are the backdrop for furniture and soft goods that convey the feeling of a sophisticated apartment. Two rooftop penthouses offer large living rooms, wet bars and expansive redwood decks with city views. Two “sleep and soak” rooms on each of the hotel’s five floors feature extra-large, spa-like bathrooms and a chaise lounge next to the tub. Completion date: May 2008.
Villa Florence Hotel (and Kuleto's Italian Restaurant)
Former name: No change
Location: 225 Powell St., 94102
415-397-7700 or
Rooms: 183
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: Keelin Czellecz, 415-274-2510,
Hotel and restaurant, Kuleto's Italian Restaurant, purchased by Larkspur Hotels and Restaurants in February 2007 for $70 million. Renovation and repositioning of hotel to a four-star level is a "celebration of Italy right on Union Square." Amenities include Bar Norcini, complimentary Wireless Internet access, iPod docking stations in all guestrooms. Completion date: August 2008.  
W San Francisco
Former name: No change
Location: 181 Third St., 94103
Rooms: 404
Remodel budget: Not disclosed
Media contact: Nicolle Blanco, 415-817-7856, 
The unique look and feel of the recently redesigned W San Francisco's guestrooms, junior suites, meeting space and public areas was influenced by the culture of the city and a modern idea of east meets west. Redesign highlights include brighter guestrooms with comfy window seating, fireplace in the lobby/living room, a W Chill Lounge for meeting attendees and a fun and whimsical arcade game on the second floor. Later this year (2008), W's three 31st floor Extreme Suites will be redesigned by fashion designer Shanghai Tang. 
The Westin St. Francis
Former name: No change
Location: 335 Powell St., 94102
Rooms: 1,195
Remodel budget: $40 million
Media contact: Gena Egelston, 415-774-0118,
The Westin St. Francis has launched a $40 million restoration project that includes a complete soft-goods renovation of the historic main building guestrooms and hallways; renovation of the California and Elizabethan function space and State and Chairman’s suites; and the addition of flat screen TVs in all 1,197 guestrooms. In spring 2008 the main lobby will be transformed back to its original design – open and airy with minimal furnishings. The towering Magneta clock will return to its place of honor in the right corner of the main lobby and chef Michael Mina will also open CLOCK BAR in the main lobby.  
The Westin San Francisco Market Street
Former name:  Argent Hotel San Francisco
Location:  50 Third St., 94103
Rooms: 676
Remodel budget: $30 million
Media contact:  Amie Rubenstein, Glodow Nead Communications, 415-394-6500,
Changes include opening of new restaurant, Ducca; new lobby; remodeled guestrooms; additional 3,000 sf of meeting space; new outdoor dining and lounge space with fire pit. The hotel was officially reflagged on April 11, 2007; a “grand opening” was held on June 20, 2007.
Hotel Whitcomb – San Francisco
Former name: Ramada Plaza on Market Street
Location: 1231 Market St., 94103
Rooms: 458
Remodel budget: Currently completing $5 million in upgrades including all guestrooms and suites
Media contact: Gary Kohler, 415-487-4460, or Mary Billingsley, 202-588-6061,
This 1910 South of Market (SOMA) building served as City Hall in the wake of the 1906 earthquake and fire and has a rich historical and architectural legacy. Lobby and public space adornments include Tiffany glass, Italian marble and Austrian crystal chandeliers. With 17,000 sf of meeting and banquet space, the Whitcomb boasts one of the city’s largest parquet dance floors. Free Wi-Fi and free fitness center also available. Renamed the Hotel Whitcomb – San Francisco on March 6, 2007 this hotel is affiliated with National Historic Hotels of America. 
 York Hotel 
New name: Hotel Vertigo; upon completion of remodeling, hotel will be renamed for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller starring James Stewart and Kim Novak; Novak’s character lived in the hotel during the last half of the film. 
Location: 940 Sutter St., 94109 415-885-6800 or
Rooms: 97
Remodel budget: $5 million
Media contact: Kelly Chamberlin, 415-336-4332,
Acquired by Personality Hotels in April 2007; both exterior and interior will be redesigned including all guestrooms, meeting rooms, corridors, fitness center, lounge and lobby. All guestrooms will feature 36-inch flat screen TVs with satellite service, iPod docking stations and in-room movies. Tyler Florence will open his first restaurant, Bar Florence, in the lobby of the hotel. The hotel remains in operation during renovation. Completion date: Fall 2008. 
Recent announcements:

InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco, One Nob Hill, 999 California St., 94108
415-392-3434, or according to a story in the San Francisco Business Times (May 23, 2008) is for sale.   
Hotel Bijou, 111 Mason St., 94102, 415-771-1200,
Sold January 2008. 
Pacific Telephone Building, 140 New Montgomery St.
Purchased by Wilson Meany Sullivan in May 2007; plans were recently cancelled (March 2008) for hotel component. Designed by noted architect Timothy Pflueger, the 26-story Art Moderne tower was the tallest building west of the Mississippi until the early 70s.
Hotel Palomar, 12 Fourth St., 94103, 415-348-1111,
Sold August 2007 to Griffin Capital. 
Presidio of San Francisco
On Oct. 12, 2007 the Presidio Trust Board of Directors announced that Larkspur Hotels and Restaurants ( had been selected as the development partner for the construction of a new lodge and redevelopment of an historic building on the Presidio’s Main Post.     

The San Francisco Visitors Planning Guide is available at the Visitor Information Center, 900 Market St., at the corner of Powell and Market streets, lower level, Hallidie Plaza.  To receive a copy by mail, order online at, call 415-391-2000, write to the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, 900 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102 or send an email to; international shipping charges will apply for requests from outside the United States. 

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Also See: Highgate Holdings Begins $30-million Renovation of the 25 Year Old Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco / February 2008
San Francisco’s Argent Hotel Emerges from a Major Renovation to Become The Westin San Francisco Market Street / April 2007


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