Coolest San Francisco Hotel Lobbies

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The coolest San Francisco hotel lobbies run the gamut from chic and classic to haute and hip and stretch from Nob Hill to Menlo Park. So no matter what you’re in the mood for or where, our list of the five coolest San Francisco hotel lobbies has something to satisfy your taste.


1 The Fairmont San Francisco

The Fairmont San Francisco’s lobby is the place to see and be seen. Virtually any language can be heard being spoken in the lobby given the hotel’s United Nations history and guests often see a famous face or two while they are at it, whether it’s a musician in town for a concert or film festival attendee. The lobby is a highly sought-after filming and fashion photo shoot location, though will only be made available for top clients due to the hotel guest foot traffic. Nob Hill’s socialites, who frequent the hotel for several philanthropic events, feel like they are walking into a welcoming friend’s home as they enter the lobby. There are some local Nob Hill residents who enjoy relaxing after a walk with their dogs ( it’s the favorite spot for a Samoyed named Juvi who’s an SF SPCA therapy dog to greet visitors). The hotel lobby has enjoyed playing host to several events including an annual holiday open house, caroling in the lobby as well as a dog fashion show, and its alcoves showcase for the world’s most expensive and rare cars for events like the California Mille and FOG Rally. During the 40th anniversary of Beach Blanket Babylon, the lobby showcased one of the celebrated show’s headpieces for several weeks.
950 Mason Street San Francisco, CA 94108

2 W Hotel

W hotels are known for their Living Rooms, the lobby area where guests can make themselves right at home. That's exactly what the coolest locals, techies, trend-setting travelers and visiting celebrities, including Jessica Alba, Brittany Spears, and Dianna Agron, do on a nightly basis in this sensual and inviting space where natural light is diffused through a pixilated vinyl lamination on the glass windows to create a soft and mysterious atmosphere. The design intent for the Living Room focuses on how a city’s lights impart their visual identity on something as massive and foreboding as fog; the lobby is meant to replicate the city’s landscape and weather. Just as San Francisco’s streets fold over the hills, a graphic grid motif wraps the walls, blending into the pixilated haze of the ceiling. The urban-inspired grid plane is used to position furniture with modular seating rising from the ground like buildings. Adorned in shades that echo the transformation of day into night, the custom-designed furniture is architecturally configured with each lounge area becoming a mini-metropolis. Grab a cool cocktail, read a book or just mellow out with friends in this relaxing space. The Living Room lighting also changes colors throughout the evening to suit your mood and add a surprising element to the spacious, airy room. Specially designed game tables and board games await you while live DJs spin lounge sounds Wednesdays-Saturdays.
181 3rd Street San Francisco, CA 94103

3 Clift

Philippe Starck and Ian Schrager designed this hotel, whose soaring lobby contains one of the most eclectic furniture collections in all of California, with chairs from Ray and Charles Eames, a coffee table by Salvador Dali, The Apple Stool by Roberto Sebastian Matta inspired by Renee Magritte, and a sculpture custom made by William Sawaya. The centerpiece is a thirty-five-foot fireplace with a bronze chimney sculpture by Gerard Garouste. Business and leisure travelers are known to frequent Clift in addition to techies, locals and fashionistas.

4 Rosewood Sand Hill

The who's who of the tech world converge in the lobby lounge of this Menlo Park hotspot where luxury vehicles decorate the valet parking circle and high-powered happy hours are a regular occurrence. Yes, Thursday nights are still busy but this place is hopping every night of the week with venture capitalists, real estate honchos, engineers, lawyers and locals mingling in a natural setting. Large windows that offer sweeping views of the Santa Cruz Mountains highlight the lounge, where a fireplace keeps guests toasty during chilly evenings. interiors were designed by BAMO, the San Francisco-based firm with an international reputation for refinement and style.
2825 Sand Hill Road Menlo Park, CA 94025

5 Hotel Zetta

Hotel Zetta, sitting on the border of Union Square, SOMA, and Mid-Market, is where San Francisco’s famously hip cultural communities--fashion, tech, food and music-- collide and intermix. With the headquarters of tech giants such as Twitter, Square and Instagram; and fashion stalwarts like Banana Republic and Levis steps from the hotel, S&R Lounge is where the employees flock after work. With the celebrated Cavalier restaurant Restauranteurs Anna Weinberg and James Nicholas and Executive Chef/Partner Jennifer Puccio (of Park Tavern and Marlowe fame) are behind the F&B in the hotel, highlighted by their destination upscale British inspired brasserie, The Cavalier - just on the other side of the giant wall of the lobby. Hotel Zetta has become go-to for celebrity chefs from NY, Chicago, LA and beyond when visiting SF. Music is the backdrop of it all and with many of SF’s premier nightlife venues within walking distance, Zetta has become the weekend hangout of visiting DJs from around the world in between sets at the nightclubs.
55 5th Street San Francisco, CA 94103
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