The Westin St. Francis, an iconic San Francisco property, has finished a $6 million renovation of 50,000 square feet of meeting and special event space in its Landmark and Tower buildings.
“The renovation gives our meeting space a more contemporary look and feel,” said Elaine Clancy, director of Sales & Marketing, Westin St. Francis. “The design and colour palette are much more cohesive throughout.”
Thirty rooms were renovated including: the Grand Ballroom; the Colonial Room (appointed with classic Italian murals, elaborate candelabras and gold-leafed columns separating regal opera balconies); the Italian Room; the Borgia Room (originally a chapel, it features a jewel-like setting); and the St. Francis Suite
Designed by Whitespace Interiors, the meeting rooms and event space reflect a “new classic” aesthetic while paying tribute to the historic qualities of the hotel. Edwardian and Art Deco-era patterns and motifs found within the architecture of the spaces helped establish the spirit of the new design.
Renovation Design Details
The colour palette selected for the renovated spaces blends cool silvers and greys with warm bronze, cream and gold tones. This palette provides a rich, neutral backdrop for the deep red-gold tones found within the vintage architectural ceiling details.
Design highlights include:
♦ woven Axminster carpet with a custom-designed pattern unique to the characteristics and vintage of each room
♦ custom-crafted chandelier and wall sconces with cast glass, bronze and nickel finishes imported from the Czech Republic
♦ drapery and window treatments designed to provide a soft filtered light
♦ artwork curated to provide a modern counterpoint to some of the traditional interior elements
♦ energy efficient LED architectural lighting in every room
♦ wiring for top performance, high-speed Internet
Westin St. Francis
The property, which opened more than a century ago on March 21, 1904, is the only hotel situated directly on Union Square. It has 1,195 guestrooms, including 41 suites.
The property consists of two buildings. The historic Landmark Building completed a $20 million renovation in 2014. Its guestrooms showcase the city’s history and charm with high ceilings, chandeliers and ornate wood work supplemented by modern furnishings and views of Union Square. Tower guestrooms feature contemporary finishes, marble bathrooms and large bay windows.