Stonehill & Taylor designs Axiom Hotel

Axiom Hotel

Host Hotels & Resorts opened the Axiom Hotel at 28 Cyril Magnin St. in San Francisco. Located at the Cable Car turnaround at the nexus of Union Square and Mid-Market, the hotel – which has 152 rooms – is managed by Kokua Hospitalityand designed by New York City-based Stonehill & Taylor.

Stonehill & Taylor incorporated technology in the design of the LEED-certified property. In addition to iPad-assisted check-in, complimentary fiber optic Wi-Fi and access plug-ins to mobile devices, each room has a distinctive configuration based on size and floorplan, as the hotel is located in a historical building. There are four room choices named after tech bytes, including Nano & Mono Queen, Meta Queen, Mono King and E-King.

Axiom Hotel draws inspiration from the Bay Area and from the inventor of the steel ropes that pull the cable cars, Andrew Hallidie. Stonehill & Taylor created custom lighting, technological features and artwork throughout the property.


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Guests enter the hotel through a tunnel of light in the hallway and are greeted with a custom chandelier. The hotel has custom murals from local street artists, 1AM. Inspired by the visual representation of the word "Axiom" and the angular typeface, the hotel's murals, located in the property's light wells, mimic the word's lines and angles by using a grid of triangles to form a geometric composition. The public spaces have "glitch art," or works that depict intentional digitized glitches over historic-style photography.

The mezzanine level — named the Cloud — has classic arcade games, an iPad station, seating areas including a communal table with outlets for device charging, and a "selfie station" with a live social media feed.

The first level and lobby area — called the Hallidie Library in honor of the Hallidie Square — has vintage photographs and a collection of books interspersed among new furnishings. In addition, there is an abstract representation of the Golden Gate Bridge.

In-room amenities include 48-inch Samsung Smart TVs, smartphone docking stations, Kube Bluetooth clock radios and Internet access via fiber optic cabling. The televisions have the Apple TV for Internet access and streaming for iOS devices, hotel and area informational guides, a mobile app for guest information, as well as room service ordering. In addition, guestrooms have USB outlets at the tabletop level, mini refrigerators, tiled showers with glass doors and task desks that can be moved to any location.

For events, Axiom Hotel has nearly 1,000 total square feet of space. Dubbed the Hub, a flexible room can be divided in two and accommodates 12 to 18 people in each side or 36 for the full space. The Hub also has fiber optic cabling for wireless connectivity, and wall-mounted flat-panel 70 inch television displays with HDMI and VGA capabilities.

For dining, the property has the Turn Café. Meanwhile, located at the basement level is the CORE fitness center.

Garry Cox is the GM of Axiom Hotel.