San Francisco Proper Hotel
What We Love
- The cornice-crowned rooftop lounge
- Imaginative interiors by West Coast powerhouse Kelly Wearstler, whose star-studded resume includes residences for Cameron Diaz and Gwen Stefani
- Zany staff uniforms, which consist of checkered suits and floral ties
- Aesop toiletries in guest bathrooms
What To Know
- There’s a small, no-nonsense gym in the basement
- Rooms at the tip of the Flatiron structure are more reasonably priced (albeit narrower)
- Double-height glass sides make the hotel café, La Bande, an ideal people-watching perch
- Albert Pissis, who is often credited with bringing Beaux-Arts style architecture to San Francisco, designed the original building in the 1900s
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Pet Friendly
The Art Deco era collides with the 80s at this impeccably dressed Mid-Market hotel
Stripy sofas, floral wallpaper, and salvaged furniture may seem like a combination destined to clash, but anything goes at this colorful neighborhood standard-bearer. The historic redbrick building’s Alice in Wonderland-inspired insides come courtesy of designer Kelly Wearstler, whose signature whimsy permeates every colorful corner, from Villon, a restaurant that offers an elegant take on clean Californian eats (salmon belly tostadas; a Fresno chili-spiked version of avocado toast) to the rooms, splattered in a kaleidoscopic array of wall coverings influenced by vintage European graphics. Though not everything is steered by nostalgia: each of the 131 guest dwellings is thoughtfully equipped with walk-in rain-showers, Google Chromecast, wireless Vifa speakers, and a bedside tablet stocked with a room service menu and the ability to reserve your very own complimentary bicycle. If you splurge for the Premier King, you’ll enjoy a swish seating area, draped in Viennese Secession-inspired textiles. Rooftop lounges are few in the City by the Bay, so spend at least one boozy evening at Charmaine, a fire-pit laden space, where the ice-cubes are oversized and the Mezcal power-packed.
In the Area
Downtown Market Street, long regarded the city’s scruffier side, is slowly transforming, thanks to an influx of tech start-ups and Michelin-starred chefs. At the intersection of Market, McAllister and Jones, you’re within easy reach of Embarcadero Boulevard (board the cruise to Alcatraz here), the Ferry Building’s farmer’s market, Union Square, the San Francisco War Memorial, and the outdoor galleries of SFMOMA. Take the ten-minute walk to City Hall, where the dome channels the one crowning St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Looking to go further afield? Lucky for you, the city’s underground BART and Muni trains stop right outside the hotel.
How to Get There
We were initially given conflicting information when we inquired about booking at the SF Proper. Anthony went out of his way to resolve our situation and confirm our booking. His help was much appreciated. The hotel is well-appointed, modern, and comfortable. The rooms are small but have personality. The staff is friendly and flexible. The neighborhood is edgy, but it's close to many of the city's theraters. If you're looking for a nice hotel in the Civic Center neighborhood, we'd recommend the Proper.
Loved this hotel for a business trip! The service is great, rooms well appointed, and the decor is very inspiring, I would go back just to spend more time with all the cool wallpaper patterns! The restaurant is only average, but the rooftop bar is top notch, and the staff are very attentive.
I just got off of the phone with Diane who masterfully handled a very frustrating situation. She was kind and courteous and made me feel extremely well valued. I would book here again simply because of how well taken care of she made me feel. Thank you so much, Diane!