Laurel Inn | San Francisco

Laurel Inn | San Francisco

The Vibe: 1950s motel meets neighbourhood boutique.

The Area: In Presidio Heights, away from the downtown hustle, yet with easy access to it – Union Square is a 12-minute car ride away. Nearby Sacramento Street corridor has restaurants and clothing, antiques and home furnishings stores providing city creature comforts, and you can walk three blocks and be within the forests and fields of the Presidio park.

The DNA: Outside, the mid-century building opened as a motel and many of the charming architectural and decorative 1950s touches have been retained – the zigzagging lines of the façade recall Donald Wexler’s folded plate roofs and boundary walls perforated by star motifs evoke the Jetsons. Inside, less so: interiors have a boutique feel to it, in a contemporary classic way. The lobby emulates an upscale living room; artwork from local artists help it to feel familiar and welcoming whilst providing an urban edge.

Suite-Me-Up: Spacious rooms (many with private kitchenettes) feature luxurious updates on quintessentially ’50s fabrics (those cushion tassels), subtle colour palettes and retro-inspired custom furniture — as glamorous and stylish as it is comfortable and inviting, designer Oren Bronstein was impassioned to give the place the same vibe you’d find in a neighbourhood residence.

Seen: Wallpaper*, WeHeart

✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 49 rooms (33-44m2) (355-474 sq ft) • hotel opened: 1953 • interior design: Oren Bronstein • on-site parking (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible

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