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Whitewaller San Francisco 2020: Where to Stay

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Open this week in San Francisco is FOG Design+Art Fair (January 16—19) and Untitled (January 17—19). For those traveling to the city for the fairs, we’ve put together a list of top places to stay while in town.

Four Seasons San Francisco.

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Four Seasons San Francisco SoMa
Four Seasons San Francisco opened in 2001 with 277 guest rooms and suites and 136 residential units. The hotel comprises 12 floors of the 42-floor building, with stunning interiors designed by Frank Nicholson complemented by a spa, a pool, a fitness center, an in-house restaurant, and meeting rooms.

Whitewaller recommends: Viewing the art collection featuring Californian artists.

W San Francisco.

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W San Francisco SoMa
Recently renovated to reflect the city’s history and the 1849 Gold Rush, W San Francisco is an electric urban oasis in the heart of San Francisco’s SoMa district. With 401 guest rooms, including 12 suites, the hotel’s chic and contemporary design offers a hip, stylish retreat downtown. The hotel also includes The Living Room, FIT, and seven state-of-the-art meeting room and banquet spaces.

Whitewaller recommends: Eating at TRACE.

The St. Regis San Francisco

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St. Regis San Francisco SoMa
The St. Regis San Francisco embodies a new chapter of extraordinary hospitality in the most distinctive of urban settings: the vibrant SOMA District, adjoining the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Fusing a historic building with a 40-story tower and the Museum of the African Diaspora, the luxury hotel presents a refined, modern interpretation of the St. Regis legacy. Boasting artful views of the cityscape and bathed in sunlight, the hotel’s 214 guest rooms and 46 suites feature inviting hues, contemporary bathrooms and intuitive amenities. From a warm and welcoming hotel lobby, guests are guided to many other elegant amenities, including a spa and fitness center, a restaurant, and meeting spaces.

Whitewaller recommends: Experiencing The Art of Tea service in the hotel’s Lobby Lounge.

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Hotel G Union Square
In 2014, Hotel G opened with twelve floors of 149 design-savvy rooms, a Technogym fitness center, a meeting room, and Benjamin Cooper—the hotel’s cocktail oyster bar. In addition to three stunning penthouses on the 12th floor, added in June 2018, the hotel also opened the seafood restaurant Ayala last December.

Whitewaller recommends: Keeping your eyes open for a new restaurant, Tartine, opening in 2019.

AC Hotel San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront.

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AC Hotel San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront Oyster Point
AC Hotel San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront opened in October 2017 as a stunning European-inspired property designed by CallisonRTKL. With an upscale waterfront experience on the serene San Francisco Bay, the hotel’s 187 rooms were designed to showcase the stunning views and the al fresco courtyard, complemented by AC Kitchen & Lounge, AC Library, an indoor heated pool, and a fitness center.

Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying Michael Enn Sirvet’s Argento Shadow Sphere in the courtyard.

Clift SF

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Clift SF Tenderloin
A part of sbe, the 100-year-old Clift SF is a timeless luxury boutique hotel designed by Philippe Starck. Its hotel lobby—with a private furniture collection by creators like Charles Eames, Salvador Dalí, and Roberto Matta—welcomes guests to continue exploring the Redwood Room bar, the Velvet Room’s multipurpose space, and the Living Room’s relaxation area.

Whitewaller recommends: Staying in the deluxe suite.

Courtesy of Fairmont San Francisco.

Fairmont Hotel Nob Hill
Since 1907, Fairmont San Francisco has welcomed guests to 606 guest rooms and suites, three distinctive restaurants, meeting rooms, and a health club. Centrally located near the city’s most popular destinations, the hotel boasts two buildings, the historic Main Building and the Tower Building, with interiors designed by ForrestPerkins.

Whitewaller recommends: Sipping a cocktail at Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar.

Phoenix Hotel

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Courtesy of the Phoenix Hotel.

Phoenix Hotel Tenderloin
Opened in 1956 as a motor court hotel and recently renovated by hospitality company Bunkhouse, the Phoenix Hotel is a local cultural icon, once visited by rock ‘n’ roll stars like Neil Young, David Bowie, and Kurt Cobain. With colorful interiors inspired by its history, the hotel offers 44 guest rooms, the Californian style eatery, bar, and lounge CHAMBERS eat + drink, an outdoor garden with a heated pool, and midcentury architecture complimented by picturesque tropical landscape.

Whitewaller recommends: Taking advantage of the shopping, food, and cultural offerings within walking distance.

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This year, FOG Design+Art, the Bay Area’s annual international art and design fair, celebrated its 10th anniversary edition.
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