The Tilden Hotel Brings Minimalistic Modernism to San Francisco's Tenderloin

There isn't much San Francisco square footage that hasn't been techie-fied. And while the city's Tenderloin neighborhood isn't entirely untouched by any means (it's home to some of the city's trendiest bars, restaurants, and galleries, after all), it's not a place you'd want to see overtaken by glitz and glamour. 

Which is why The Tilden Hotel, which debuted in the 'hood in October, seems like a perfect fit. Streamlined and stripped down, the boutique hotel was designed with an eye toward minimalistic modernism and a heavy emphasis on organic textures and colors. There are no gaudy elements or over-the-top accoutrements here; just clean lines, airy, well-lit spaces, and an expansive design influenced by Northern California's Spanish Mission revival architecture.

The hotel lobby features two Harvey Prober Sofas and one modular Cubo Sofa upholstered in rich, navy leather. The decor also features solid cherry wood walls and custom furniture designed by Studio Tack and crafted by Oakland-based designer, Christopher Naefke.

Studio Tack has also renovated all of the Tilden's guestrooms with a simplified color palette and updated all technology and amenities. Guests are greeted with fresh white bedding to match the pristine walls and grey American-made carpet. The bathrooms have been given a classic, high-quality, sophisticated redesign, featuring black and white tile, sturdy chrome faucets, plush towels, and Malin + Goetz amenities.

The hotel's new bar and eatery, The Douglas Room, features a social bar scene with hand-crafted cocktails and a food menu comprised of clean, delicious dishes suitable for singles, pairs, and groups. Try the charred “Caesar” with bagna cauda, parmesan shards and multigrain crostini, or the signature burger, appropriately dubbed, The Tilden. You can also indulge in Equator Coffee courtesy of The Cafe at the Tilden, or partake in the comprehensive tea program to complement your breakfast pastry.

But The Tilden's biggest differentiator is perhaps its impressive commitment to supporting local artists. Every guestroom is outfitted with the work of artist Jenny Kiker, and artist Joe Papagoda has been commissioned to create a 65-foot by 25-foot mural to grace the light-wall exterior visible throughout the building. The Tilden has even appointed a Poet-in-Residence, Tenderloin-based Jessie Johnson, who has been producing written works exclusively for the hotel. Additionally, in partnership with Hanmin Liu of Wildflowers Institute, The Tilden will maintain a rotating array of house art, displaying the works of local artists for no additional fee, available for sale (commission-free).

A few other perks: The Tilden's penthouse features 2,100 combined indoor/outdoor square footage, with a 360-degree terrace, and the hotel also offers 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The Tilden's Hummingbird Garden is the hotel's own private city-center oasis with comfortable seating, lush greenery, a babbling brook, and brick pathway. 

The Tilden Hotel is a Point Hospitality Group property, led by Founder Stephen Yang (The NoMad and Ace Hotel Palm Springs) Jason Webb (Dinah’s Garden Hotel in Palo Alto and Joie de Vivre’s Dream Inn in Santa Cruz) is general manager. The Hotel Mark Twain completed its renovation and began operating as The Tilden Hotel in October, and The Douglas Room opens for business this month.

Additional information and reservations: 415.673.2332,, 345 Taylor Street, San Francisco.

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