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
Seriously, bed was divine. Hotel is beautiful and access to Charmaine's was fun, especially on a sunny day getting to skip the line. Housekeeping starts at 8am, so if you don't want to be bothered make sure you put your sign on your door otherwise you may get an unexpected guest trying to enter. On that note, room are quite private as I yelled loudly 3x to let the housekeeper know I was in the room still, and she didn't hear me - so at least the walls are insulated well. Neighborhood is not the best but hotel and amenities are top notch. Also loved the gym in the basement with nice details like towels and water.
So hard to know where to begin with the endless fails of this place. EVERYTHING is trying to be too hip and TOO complicated for its own good - it's like millennial run amok with attitude and stupidity in execution. A fail overall. Want coffee delivered to your room before 7 am? Tough luck. It's a negotiation or you're welcome to come to the lobby. Leave a charger cube behind? Excellent, "we've eliminated the middle man so you can get your stuff back" (which is horsesh$t because they've INSERTED a middle man who will now charge $22 to return said charger cube to Seattle.) USB ports hidden away in drawers, wake up calls that don't happen, oh and privilege of all this at $800+ a night. By the way, enjoy the methadone clinic and it’s customers right there. Oh, want to talk to a manager? Be prepared to be on hold for 15-30 minutes with a phone incessantly ringing. I'm a frequent traveler for work and play. I don't often write negative reviews (2 in my life). Avoid this place like the plague. They have no idea what being in the "HOSPITALITY" business means.
Proper Hotel is a terrific and much needed establishment in one of the hippest cities in the US. The Interior Design, the Service, the Staff and the EXPERIENCE are all top notch. I hope to stay at this great hotel for many years to come. LOVED everything about my 4 day stay in September 2019.