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Historic boutique hotel with California contemporary flair and Art Nouveau touches in Union Square
Former home of Mark Twain favorite The Occidental Hotel, this historic building marries historic charm with a thoroughly modern style in its latest incarnation as the Galleria Park Hotel. The lobby’s eclectic, modern style (lamps shaped like zebras, a curvy Art Nouveau fireplace) leads to a throwback: the original 1911 marble staircase, set off by a display of ossified antlers. In 2014, boutique chain Joie de Vivre completed an $8 million renovation, adding local modern art and a refined, airy vibe.
Bed and Bath
The 177 guestrooms feature Frette linens, buttery leather headboards and muted green and purple furnishings. Though the rooms may be cozier (starting at 200 square feet), the 11-foot ceilings open up the space. This San Fran sleep is also equipped with mod cons such as 42-inch flat-screens and Keurig coffeemakers. Marble bathrooms indulge with rain showers and LATHER bath products.
Helmed by Executive Chef Chris Jones, Gaspar brasserie combines traditional French cuisine with Northern California flavor. The wine list highlights Rhone Valley vintages to complement entrées like wild flounder grenobloise with pommes de terre purée, Bloomsdale spinach and lemon-caper beurre noisette. In the restaurant’s intimate Cognac Room, order cocktails or classics like the House Old Fashioned, crafted with Armagnac brandy, Demerara syrup and bitters. There’s also an evening wine hour in the lobby, where guests can sip a glass on the house. For a taste of history, head to the Legacy Room, which replicates the hotel’s original speakeasy. Work off the dishes and drinks on the terrace jogging track and urban garden, or learn about the city’s art and history on an architecture walking tour with Rick Evans (free with your stay).
In the Area
Venture down Maiden Lane to the Xanadu Gallery, housed in the only building in the city designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Romanesque arch entryway intrigues, and the spiral ramp inside served as a model for the Guggenheim. The California Academy of Sciences, an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum, is steps away. For a night out on the town, head to the Mission District and grab a beer or a cocktail at one of the many buzzy bars lining Valencia and Mission Streets. On nice nights try Zeitgeist’s beer garden. The Crocker Galleria mall can be accessed from the hotel’s third floor public open-space (there’s a stairway leading directly into the three-story mall).
Galleria Park Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
191 Sutter St
San Francisco, California 94104
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Galleria Park Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel is San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) - 19.4 km / 12 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.