Design Destination: Galleria Park Hotel

Four years ago, San Francisco's Galleria Park Hotel, a Joie de Vivre property, received a four-million-dollar restoration that made it one of the Financial District's most sought-after spots for out-of-towners and locals looking for an urban escape. Now the hotel is getting another facelift in the form of a top-to-bottom renovation and redesign courtesy of SF-based BAMO

Drawing inspiration from the Art Deco bones of the hotel's 1911 building, the new design will play up the architectural landmark's history while integrating some sophisticated upgrades, creating an aesthetic that's modern, elegant, and totally timeless. 

All 177 of the hotel guest rooms, including eight suites, were completely redone late last month, and the group meeting and event spaces, along with the lobby and mezzanine will be unveiled in early 2018. 

Current guests can now expect custom furnishings in every room, along with a palette of fresh neutrals and eclectic accents to infuse a sense of sophisticated glamour into the layered, residential feel of the space. Small-scale pointillist irregular dot wallpaper outfits the rooms while painterly expressionist carpeting covers the floors in warm tones. Marble-topped desks, warm wood venetian blinds and “splattered” antiqued mirrored surfaces round out the rooms, and art enthusiasts will geek out over the bold contemporary works hung throughout each space, which include abstract pops of color, photography, and geometric prints.

The subtle styling can even be found in the smallest of details. Bathrooms feature sleek grey Paul Klee-inspired mosaic tile, textured ebony wood, clean white surfaces, and windows flooding natural light. Even the high-ceilinged hallways include custom carpeting with a patina-like pattern and wallpaper specifically designed to reference key San Francisco landmarks in geometric patterns.


Key elements of the original building's history have been restored and honored throughout the hotel as well, from the historic elevator banks, to the 1900s-era marble staircase and original cast iron railing that runs the height of the building.

More major upgrades are on the way, like a marble tile floor for the entry way and the addition of two new spaces: the mezzanine and back-bar. Expect all renovations to be complete by early next year, and snag a spot at the coveted boutique hotel now. Room rates start at $309., 415-781-43060, 191 Sutter Street, San Francisco.  

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