The Vibe: Low-key residential.
The Area: A block west of Union Square, the Hotel G offers easy access to dozens of shops, restaurants and bars. You can hop on a Powell Street cable car and be in North Beach or the Fisherman’s Wharf waterfront area in about 15 minutes
The DNA: Adjacent to San Francisco’s Union Square, Hotel G is the latest reincarnation of a storied 1908 building that was previously Hotel Frank and before that the Fielding Hotel. A two-year restoration under the watchful eye of New York outfit Hun Aw Studio, saw extraneous layers of plaster and paint peeled away to result in an cool 153-room property layered with fog-coloured walls, wood finishes and earthy textiles that are revealed through Victorian settees, bankers’ lamps and mid-century writing desks.
Suite-Me-Up: Elemental in style, rooms mix antique elements – think vintage banker’s lamps and Victorian chaise longues – with earth-toned modern design like fog-coloured walls and natural fabrics. LA-based Gulla Jónsdóttir designed the Penthouse Level with its two Terrace Suites and a Grande Penthouse. The new additions slot nicely into the existing blueprint, giving way to a slicker, more sultry vibe. As such, raw materials including Dalmata marble, concrete-like walls, brass and whitewashed oak flooring are softened with plush curved furnishings, mural motif art walls, and Kashmir leather beds. Each suite also comes with its own deck, dressed in Okoume furniture, which is arranged around a fire pit, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of champagne, while watching the sun go down.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 153 rooms (22-39m2) (240-420 sq ft) & suites (72-111m2) (775-1,200 sq ft) • hotel opened: 1908 • interior design: Hun Aw Studio, Gulla Jónsdóttir • parking possible nearby (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk