A city built on concrete, iron and steel gave way to the royally opulent St. Regis seven years ago. Like the year of jubilee, it’s time for the hotel to give way to an improvement of its current residence as the 40-story landmark building on the edge of Third Street is unveiling the first segment of its new lobby “referesh” renovation.
This new design of the 4,660-square-foot lobby draws inspiration from the hotel’s neighboring cultural institutions, such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Palace of Fine Arts, as well as landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, and the hotel turned to one designer to make the dream a reality.
“The St. Regis San Francisco has been the place for our global guests and residents to meet and mingle since the hotel opened in 2005,” said Toni Knorr, general manager, The St. Regis San Francisco. “We wanted to maintain this exceptional energy, but revitalize the lobby to reflect the sophisticated elegance of St. Regis and the modern sensibility of San Francisco. Theresa Fatino came to mind immediately.”
Fatino’s breath of knowledge and insight for the space’s potential opened the area to feature new custom-designed chairs, sofas, rugs, art installations and lighting fixtures. Hues of grey, silver, smoke blue, champagne, bronze, and black lacquer are meant to conjure the iconic fog that often veils San Francisco adding undertones of contemporary glamour while retaining iconic focal points like the striking 16-foot fireplace, the zebrawood bar with glass pendant lighting and the renowned contemporary art collection.
“San Francisco is a city like none other in the world; it strikes a beautiful balance between its rich history and its vibrant, youthful culture,” said Theresa Fatino, interior designer for The St. Regis San Francisco. “Having lived here myself, I was thrilled to design the intimate spaces in the St. Regis where people want to interact, introspect or be inspired by such an enchanting destination.”
The St. Regis adjoining Lobby Bar is not affected by the refresher, and will remain open from 12 noon to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and from 12 noon to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, for guests to enjoy a menu of classic drinks including the signature St. Regis Bloody Mary.
To learn more, visit www.stregis.com/sanfrancisco.
Photos: Courtesy of Sherman Chu