Hotel G, San Francisco’s newest boutique hotel, is just a stone’s throw from Union Square. Located on the corner of Geary and Mason Street near the city’s Union Square neighborhood, the historic hotel has recently opened after an extensive redesign to all 13 floors and 153 guest rooms.
“San Francisco is an intellectual city with history and modern-day sophistication and our end goal is for Hotel G to channel each of those qualities,” said Steve Rizzo, General Manager. “The guest experience will emphasize a comfortable lifestyle with a design that is simple yet functional and complements the building’s unique architectural elements.”
The guest rooms at Hotel G boast a natural aesthetic, calming design and relaxed accommodations. Fog colored walls, wood finishes and earthy fabrics and textiles contrast with clean lines and subtle pops of color. The furniture pays homage to the hotel’s past with pieces ranging from Victorian settees, vintage schoolhouse chairs, banker’s lamps and mid-century writing desk.
Downstairs, the lobby is a welcoming space where you immediately feel connected with the hotel. Frosted glass walls, patchwork tiled floors and two oversized metallic reception desks are featured underneath double heighted ceilings; a vintage courthouse bench and plush, colorful armchairs provide nooks to congregate or relax.
Originally built in 1909 as The Fielding hotel, the building featured 112 rooms across eight floors before the additional five floors were added in 1939. During the recent transformation many of the original hotel features remained intact. New York based interiors designers, Hun Aw Studio, were charged with renovating this 100-year-old property, including its art deco façade. They kept a strong focus on original architectural, maintaining historic elements where possible. Cross bracing has been exposed again after years of lying hidden, and the main staircase has been sandblasted down to its original cast iron finish.
“Much of the emphasis with the hotel transformation has been about staying true to the original design of the building to reveal what’s underneath rather than adding more layers and over-designing,” said Rizzo. “Our hope is that our guests appreciate the juxtaposition between old and new and enjoy the laid-back, authentic San Francisco vibe that is at the core of Hotel G.”
The striking historic features combined with the paired back interiors makes this a new favourite of mine. You can be sure to find me here when my travels next take me to San Francisco.