The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel Closed for Extensive Renovations

/The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel Closed for Extensive Renovations

The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel Closed for Extensive Renovations

|2019-09-26T14:02:18-05:00September 25th, 2019|

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (September 25, 2019) – The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel is being reimagined. Closed as of September 19, 2019, one of the world’s most iconic hotels will reopen on January 8, 2020 with a new look and redesigned interior spaces. Guests can look forward to a stunning new modern lobby and Library Lounge experience, dramatically updated guest rooms with a sophisticated fresh look and feel, a new restaurant concept with both sit down and “grab-and-go” options, up-to-date meeting spaces, and a refreshed Redwood Room. Designed by Gensler, a global design and architecture firm, the improved hotel will continue to deliver the legendary personal service The Clift is renowned for, while embracing the past and accelerating into the bright future. Now more than ever, the hotel will be a destination that reflects and enhances the beauty and bustle of today’s San Francisco.

The reimagined lobby will have a noticeably brighter look, accentuating a palette of warm neutrals with light driftwood, rich charcoal greys and metallic bronze accents. New furniture complements the elegant, modern style while cutouts at the upper level will suffuse the space with light. The fireplace remains in the same location while exhibiting a completely different look and feel. To the left of the lobby is the new Library Lounge with several seating options for working, having a drink, or just relaxing and people watching. The tones of the Library will be a perfect complement to the open, inviting lobby space.

All 372 guest rooms and suites will be updated to a refined neutral palette of color and textures to promote a handcrafted look that augments the warmth and indulgent sophistication of the rooms. The bathroom areas will be enlarged and updated with all new plumbing fixtures and finishes.

Art throughout the guest rooms and corridors is inspired by the Pan American Pacific International Exposition of 1915, honoring the fact that The Clift was built specifically to cater to attendants of the Expo. The guestrooms will display images of lifestyle icons of the early 1900s in a modern presentation.

There will be a new restaurant where guests can grab food or drink with selections designed to complement the offerings in Redwood Room. The new restaurant will feature the beautiful black and white floor similar to what adorned the space in the 1920’s, as well as neutral walls with exposed brick, also part of the earlier space. The floor itself was the inspiration for the rest of the decor, which will feature a classical look from the hotel’s original restaurant while echoing the chic feel of modern-day San Francisco. The restaurant will have an area for quick to go orders, with high seating and smaller tables to sit and have a cup of coffee. The remainder of the restaurant will have a combination of booth, banquette and square table seating for guests who want to linger, enjoy their meal, and soak up the ambiance.

Meeting spaces will receive modern touches and additional natural light. The previous restaurant on the first level will transform into an event and meeting space. New lighting will be added along with A/V equipment to make the room versatile for a multitude of programs. The redwood paneling will remain and the drapery will be removed to expose new walls in a light neutral color. Blackout shades will be added to provide the correct light levels for screen presentations. The meeting rooms on the Mezzanine Level remain the same size but receive all new lighting and ceilings. Cut-outs to the lobby below help engage the space with the rest of the hotel and provide even more light. The Boardroom will have a large conference table that can seat twenty-six. Meeting organizers have the option of dimming the room with motorized shades hidden in the ceiling when not taking advantage of the abundant natural light. The pre-function areas will have finishes similar to the lobby, forming a bridge between the two spaces and encouraging mingling.

A legend in the San Francisco nightlife scene, Redwood Room retains its namesake redwood walls and glamorous lighting, only undergoing a change in furniture and flooring. The new Art Deco-inspired furniture, a salute to the post-prohibition era when the lounge opened, will be coolly neutral toned to let the original redwood millwork shine. Additional recessed lighting will be added above the existing bar to highlight the original wood marquetry.

The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel looks forward to unveiling these spectacular changes in January 2020 and re-introducing a hotel that has been integral to the social life of San Francisco for more than one hundred years. In its new incarnation, the hotel will remain a hub for the creativity and energy of the city while providing a cherished haven to rest and recharge.

About The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel

The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel is a century-old gem. Originally opened by Frederick C. Clift in February 1915, the hotel has been an ever-evolving classic, drawing guests from all over the world. With significant updates, guests at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel will be welcomed by sophisticated and modern changes signifying a reawakening of the hotel’s original craftsmanship fused with modern day San Francisco. Designed for beauty, adaptability and convenience, The Clift will become a place that reveals the past and embraces the accelerating pace of the future. The updated ambiance will engage traditional touches while enveloping the beauty of the city by the bay. The iconic Redwood Room will be refreshed, preserving its storied history and seductive ambiance. Other updates will also include the introduction of a new eatery and café; newly renovated function space to include a light-filled general session space with soaring two-story, floor-to-ceiling windows; and completion of the façade work on the exterior of the building. Located walking distance from San Francisco’s shopping and financial districts, The Clift has long been considered one of the world’s best hotels.

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About Sonesta

Sonesta is a growing, global hospitality brand with 80 properties in seven countries, centered on a corporate dedication to delivering a guest experience that provides more than just a place to stay. With a portfolio of diverse and distinctive properties as individual as its guests, there is no typical Sonesta. Offering a full range of exceptional experiences found in many of the most memorable destinations in the world, Sonesta proudly exceeds guest’s expectations time and time again.

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