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
Super close to The Orpheum and other theaters since the lobby door on Market Street cuts the walk time significantly from what Google Maps shows. Room was city-center small, but bathroom and bed were great. The thing which really took this from a 4 to a 5 was that the staff handled every inquiry or request extremely well. They open a text-message thread on arrival day with your mobile phone and then you can either phone, text, or speak in person to get anything you need. Stefon, Diane and colleagues made a material difference. The view from the rooftop bar Charmaine's is beautiful. Breakfast was very nice also. If you are not from the area note that this stretch of Market Street borders on the Theater District and The Tenderloin neighborhood, so make sure to confer with knowledgeable sources about when, where and how to be walking.
Was a pleasure staying with the proper hotel. Here for business, everything here is great, Reception is excellent, staff are professional and friendly, drinks are nice, always enough seats (comfortable ones) staff from bar...can’t ask for more!!! The stay was nice, love Aēsop collection to spark the entire experience, can’t wait to come back for personal trip!
My family and I stayed at this hotel during our visit to San Francisco. I wish we had the chance to eat at the restaurant there, it seemed to be really popular but my wife had our weekend planned out to the tee. I was pleasantly surprised by customer service given by the people at the front desk. They were all very warm and welcoming. The manager Stephen actually made us feel like he was glad that we were there! He really made an impression. I would recommend this hotel to all of my friends.