San Francisco, Calif (September 27, 2016)—Hyatt Regency San Francisco has recently completed a thorough transformation beginning at the Porte Cochere, continuing through the Lower Lobby/Bay Level and Lobby areas, and finishing with room and suite redesigns. Originally designed by famed architect John Portman in 1973, Hyatt Regency San Francisco is an iconic and well known fixture on San Francisco’s famed Embarcadero. Hyatt Regency San Francisco boasts the world’s largest hotel lobby—encompassing 42,000 cubic feet and the ‘Eclipse‘ sculpture by Charles O. Perry—and will continue to stun the public with its new design, which draws inspiration from San Francisco’s history and ever evolving culture. The new design respects and complements the bold architectural and artistic statement of the existing space, while reinvigorating the interior with an industrial modern flair. The renovation was completed in multiple phases given the size of the space and the constant demand for the hotel.
“We are excited and proud to reintroduce the revitalized Hyatt Regency San Francisco,” said David Lewin, General Manager of Hyatt Regency San Francisco. “Our goal was to bring the guest experience to a more human scale and inject warmth into the concrete design, while continuing to celebrate the grandeur of the atrium.”
Porte-Cochere / Lower Lobby
Guests enter through a new revolving door, passing bold new signage and architectural sconces and through tall green hedges and laser cut metal screens providing privacy and quiet from busy foot traffic on the street. Circulating up the escalator to the third floor lobby guests pass through the Bay Level, which includes several meeting spaces. A custom carpet, rich walnut entry door portals, and modern furniture sprinkled throughout the space rejuvenate the meeting spaces.
Lobby & Bar
Providing various zones for unique guest experiences, the revitalized lobby evokes energy and excitement. Wall to ceiling canopies wrapped in hand-crafted wallcovering and inset lighting welcome guests to the check-in experience at warm walnut clad desks. The existing grey concrete foundation is enlivened with warm neutral coloring, supple fabrics, and contemporary patterns. Beyond the bar and reception areas, new interior elements punctuate the grandeur of the atrium with human sized experiences. Wood seating alcoves offer guests personal space to work, recharge, and relax. On one side of the lobby, intimate seating niches are carved into the existing concrete planter. The niches are clad with walnut flooring, metal cable canopies, and custom light fixtures. Replacing the lobby’s old water feature that ran along one entire side is a dramatic light sculpture which spans over 130 feet and is built with 400 custom lights inspired by mining lanterns, adding aesthetic detail and light.
To continue Hyatt Regency San Francisco’s commitment to the environment, elements of the space celebrate the re-use of recycled and repurposed materials. The bell desk showcases a collection of 132 vintage hotel bells framed in polished granite and highlighted with accent lighting. However, the real star of the show is the backdrop to the concierge desk. A freestanding, double-sided wall, composed of over 5,000 recycled beer bottles illuminated from within, is arranged to depict the Bay Area as viewed from space.
The bustling lobby bar—Eclipse Kitchen & Bar—is built with a series of free-standing, wood clad walls that divide the expansive space to create both intimate and communal areas. The walls feature open, blackened steel shelves displaying modern books and vintage memorabilia. Round and wood plank barrel booths evoke imagery of the Northern California wine culture, creating a cozy and fun dining experience. The towering bar is comprised of dark marble, rich wood, and recycled metal, featuring a custom metal cable and light sculpture inspired by the moon over the famous Bay Bridge.
Four of the hotel’s 45 gorgeous suites have been transformed into themed Luxury Suites, inspired by four famous San Franciscans who are well-known leaders in technology, music, photography and acting. Each suite offers a completely unique design tailored with finishes, furnishings, and art that create distinct atmospheres influenced each famous San Franciscan. For example, one themed Luxury Suite is styled with a stark white and grey color palette and minimalistic modern details, while another showcases a dramatic tie-dyed wall, macramé drapery, and funky decorative accessories. All 45 suites have some of the most stunning views of San Francisco, quite unlike any other view from other vantage points in the city.