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The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel in San Francisco has reopened after being closed since September for renovations. The hotel’s renovation was designed by Gensler. In order to garner inspiration, the design team toured Danielle Steele’s home, the historic Spreckels Mansion in Pacific Heights that was designed by George A. Applegarth, the same architect who built The Clift.

The lobby has a brighter look, accentuating a palette of warm neutrals with light driftwood, rich charcoal grays and metallic bronze accents. New furniture complements the elegant, modern style while cutouts at the upper level suffuse the space with light. To the left of the lobby is the new Living Room with several seating options.

All 372 guestrooms have been updated to a neutral palette of color and textures to promote a handcrafted look that augments the warmth and indulgent sophistication of the rooms. The bathroom areas have been enlarged and updated with all new plumbing fixtures and finishes, including period-specific black and white tiles found in many other historic buildings around San Francisco. Art throughout the guestrooms and corridors is inspired by the Pan American Pacific International Exposition of 1915, honoring the fact that The Clift was built specifically to cater to attendants of the Expo. The rooms display images of lifestyle icons of the early 1900s with a contemporary twist.

Additional updates include a refresh of the Redwood Room, newly renovated meeting space and the completion of the façade work on the exterior of the building. A new restaurant and café called Fredericks will open this spring.

Photo: Courtesy of The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel

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