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June 24, 2009

The Westin St. Francis Completes Renovation

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The “Grand Dame” of Union Square receives a $40 million face-lift.

The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, CA opened in 1904 and was known for luxurious accommodations, classic beauty, and excellent service. Now, more than 100 years later, The Westin can maintain that symbol after a two-year transformation.

“For the past century, The Westin St. Francis has been synonymous with sophistication and luxury,” General Manager Jon Kimball said in the press release. “As we look to the future, this monumental transformation ensures that the hotel will continue to maintain its standing as a world-class property.”

Enter the hotel at the main lobby where glamour and style have met a modern appeal. The marble pillars stand tall and strong while reproductions of the original beaded globe chandeliers hover elegantly from the wood-carved ceiling. The grand staircase has been restored to display the original pink marble. The return of the Great Magenta Clock, which has been a signature staple of the lobby since 1907, transforms the space and reinforces the original style.

The completely modernized elevator system serves as transportation to one of the 614 newly-renovated guest rooms and redesigned suites. The State and Chairman suites boast skyline views of San Francisco. In addition to the guest rooms, the meeting rooms and function spaces have been upgraded for any occasion.

Along with the upgrades and renovations are additions to the hotel. The Clock Bar, named for the Great Magenta Clock, is award-winning chef Michael Mina’s first cocktail lounge. The lounge complements the main lobby with reproductions of the original ceiling molding and the continuation of ticker clocks around the room.

In the Tower lobby, glass cases are on pubic display featuring the history of The Westin St. Francis. Each case is filled with photos, gust ledgers, and memorabilia showing the hotel’s evolution.


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