district: Union Square
The Prescott Hotel, San Francisco, becomes the LEED-certified, hight-tech Axiom Hotel.
A LEED-certified project, the Axiom Hotel was designed for guests who desire a digital lifestyle delivered through seamless technology and thoughtful service. High-tech elements include iPad-assisted check-in, complimentary fiber-optic WiFi and easy access plug-ins to mobile devices.
Each room presents a distinctive configuration based on size and floorplan, as the hotel is located in a historical building, with four room choices named after tech bytes including Nano & Mono Queen, Meta Queen, Mono King and E-King. State-of-the-art amenities include 48″ Samsung Smart TVs; smartphone docking stations; Kube Bluetooth clock radios; complimentary Internet access; and an optimal green technology that requires less energy to operate while delivering speeds five to 10 times faster than an average hotel’s WiFi, according to the company.
The televisions are equipped with Apple TV, hotel and area informational guides, a mobile app for guest information, and room service ordering. In addition, guestrooms provide convenient USB outlets at the tabletop level for easy access without a limitation on the number of devices that can be connected to WiFi. Axiom’s guestrooms also include mini refrigerators, tiled showers with glass doors, signature Axiom robes, task desks that can be moved to any location and LATHER guestroom amenities.
The basement level offers CORE fitness center, open 24 hours a day, which features Life Fitness equipment and cardio machines with integrated HD monitors.
As a LEED-certified boutique hotel, Axiom offers filtered ice and water stations on every guest floor, which are not only eco-friendly, but also allow guests unlimited and complimentary fresh water in lieu of purchasing bottled water. To limit paper waste, in-room dining can be ordered through the television, and every room features a recycling bin. The hotel’s guestrooms also feature a whisper quiet, high efficiency HVAC system with integrated energy management; LED lighting throughout; a high efficiency instantaneous hot water system; and dual-flush toilets.
The Turn Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner for both sit down and takeaway. Menu items include organic juices, local micro-roast coffee, artisan sandwiches and the signature Axiom Burger made with 100% grass-fed Niman Ranch beef.
Inspired by San Francisco’s iconic cable car system and catering to the modern digital lifestyle, Axiom Hotel draws architectural and technological inspiration from the Bay Area and from the inventor of the steel ropes that pull the iconic cable cars, Andrew Hallidie. Stonehill & Taylor have created distinctive lighting, technological advancements, and innovative artwork throughout the property to bring Axiom’s vision of contemporary and edgy design to life, according to the hotel.
Guests enter the hotel through a hidden tunnel of light in the hallway and are greeted with a one-of-a-kind chandelier. Supporting Axiom’s visualization as a high-tech and design-forward property, the hotel features custom murals from local street artists, 1AM. Inspired by the visual representation of the word “Axiom” and the angular typeface, the hotel’s murals, located in the property’s light wells, mimic the word’s lines and angles by using a grid of triangles to form a geometric composition. The palette of colors contrasts against the gray of the building’s exterior and aims to create a surprise for guests as they peer out of guestroom windows, according to the company. Glitch art, or works that depict intentional digitized glitches over historic-style photography, can be found throughout the public spaces.
The mezzanine level—named the Cloud, a nod to the hotel’s digital influence—features classic arcade games that further fuse vintage entertainment with present-day gadgets. The Cloud features an iPad station for easy food and beverage ordering, seating areas including a communal table with easily accessible outlets for device charging and a selfie station with a live social media feed.
The first level and lobby area—dubbed the Hallidie Library as homage to Hallidie Square, located next to the hotel—features a mix of old and new with vintage photographs and a collection of books interspersed among decidedly modern furnishings and other pieces. In addition, the Golden Gate Bridge is abstractedly displayed in a new light—deconstructed to show the many elements that make up the city’s majestic centerpiece.
✅ free Wi-Fi • 152 rooms • hotel opened: 2016 (previously Prescott Hotel) • interior design: Stonehill & Taylor (New York), BHDM (San Francisco) • bathroom amenities: LATHER ❌ no parking available • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk