A new hotel designed to celebrate one of San Francisco’s most historic neighbourhoods has opened following a wholesale makeover. The Tilden Hotel can be found in the Tenderloin District housed in a building dating back to the 1920s.
With 118 rooms and suites, the hotel is spread across nine floors including a 3,000 sq ft penthouse. It also boasts a bar and restaurant – The Douglas Room – catering to guests and locals alike with hearty food and creative cocktails. The Hummingbird Garden provides a welcome rest from the bustle of the city with comfortable seating, lush greenery, a babbling brook and a meandering brick pathway.
Rooms and suites have been designed to promote simplicity and serenity. Redundant furniture has been removed, colour and materials streamlined with technology, and amenities updated. The bathrooms feature black and white tiling, sturdy chrome faucets, plush towels and branded toiletries.
Brooklyn-based Studio Tack was responsible for the bathrooms and public spaces at The Tilden as well as the hotel’s branding. They began working on the project in early 2016 and finished at the end of the year. Brian Smith from the firm talked to Premier Hospitality about the main design features:
“Originally, the building had a large, beautiful steel and etched glass skylight that was partially covered up in a renovation. We exposed the entire skylight, which helped bring much needed natural light into the inner spaces of the narrow building.
“This was never a ‘grand’ hotel, and its design is typical for its era. Not much was left, historically speaking, to keep. Because of this, we re-imagined the hotel as one that more closely resembled its historical and grander peers of its time. To do so, we designed a system of arches on the building’s original column grid that give the space an open and airy feel.
“The floors are made of a terrazzo-like tile which was popular in many public buildings at the time. Because of their ubiquity during this time, they signify and recall “public space” more than any other material.”
“A big source of inspiration for us were details, materials, and construction methods of the American Craftsman style. That is clean lines, simple detailing, and solid materials. In keeping with spirit of American Craftsman style, we wrapped the lobby in a solid wood cherry tongue and groove wainscoting and made custom solid cherry doors.
“It was great to work in San Francisco – especially in a neighbourhood like the Tenderloin. It has such a rich cultural history and urban energy. It feels alive.”
As a nod to the arts community growing rapidly in the Tenderloin District, The Tilden supports local artists in a number of ways. Artwork adorning the walls in public spaces and bedrooms can be traced to the surrounding areas and a Poet-in-Residence has also been appointed. The name of the hotel itself is taken from the critically acclaimed deaf sculptor Douglas Tilden.
The Tilden Hotel is a Point Hospitality Group property. For more information please visit http://www.tildenhotel.com/.
Elements Hospitality is a design, renovation and procurement specialist, focusing on three core sectors: hotels, timeshares and senior living. The company has been in operation for over a decade and within this time has developed various long-term working relationships with clients, creating a better understanding of their specific requirements and processes.
Past projects for Elements Hospitality have included the renovation of Lied Lodge in Nebraska; Gas Lamp Plaza in San Diego; and Town Village Tulsa in Oklahoma, amongst others. Projects have ranged in size and scope and have taken in locations from Los Angeles to Hawaii and beyond.
Most recently, Elements Hospitality has been involved in the renovation of Tilden Hotel. The San Francisco-based hotel has had a stunning makeover transforming it into a beautiful boutique hotel.
Commenting on the project, Shane Bajema, CEO of Elements Hospitality, said:
“When you work on a project like this, where the hotel remains operational throughout a renovation, there are of course certain logistical challenges. However, we are never intimidated by these challenges and we always strive to keep our impact low and disruption to a minimum.”
“At Elements Hospitality, we maintain an honest, working relationship with all our clients, obtaining a long-term trust and partnership in the process. We create a good working environment, which demonstrates how dedicated our team are about our projects.”