The 177-room Galleria Park Hotel in San Francisco completed an 18-month, $4-million renovation.
The Galleria Park Hotel is built upon the site of the former Lick House, which opened west of the Mississippi in 1862, and the Occidental Hotel, described as "Heaven on a Half Shell" in Mark Twain's novel, "Roughing It." The Lick House and the Occidental Hotel reigned as San Francisco's Grande Dames until they were destroyed by the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. Their location gave birth to the Hotel Sutter, today's Galleria Park Hotel, in 1911. The Galleria Park Hotel is the most historic property within the Joie de Vivre collection.
The hotel combines its original Art Deco and Art Nouveau design with contemporary elements.
Key aspects of the renovation project include a redesign of the hotel's guestrooms and suites, with updates including accent walls, designer furnishings, Frette linens, HD televisions, and the installation of marble bathrooms with mosaic glass walls and rain shower treatments. The guestrooms have high ceilings, expansive windows and jewel-toned color palette.
The property introduces Franck Leclerc's Gaspar Brasserie, where guests can have French fare by chefs Brigitte Batson and Patrick Kelly in a bi-level restaurant and bar showcasing a mix of vintage design pieces. The property also created the Legacy Room, which will replicate the Hotel Sutter's original speakeasy and feature historical memorabilia.
New landscaping was done, with new décor added on the hotel's outdoor Park Terrace. Technological updating was done, as well, with Internet hardware upgrade providing a 500 percent increase in bandwidth, the highest available in San Francisco hotels. Also, there was an expansion of the hotel's collection of fine art prints and photography, ranging from the 1930s to the present, to all public and private spaces within the hotel. Similarly, state-of-the-art equipment were added in the Fitness Studio that now boasts floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Galleria Park Hotel is located in San Francisco at 191 Sutter Street, near the financial district, shopping and cultural attractions. It is owned by Interwest Capital and managed by Joie de Vivre Hotels. Founded in 1987, Joie de Vivre manages 30 boutique hotels in California and Honolulu, Chicago and Scottsdale, Ariz. Joie de Vivre is a Commune Hotels & Resorts brand.