Historic Hotel Triton located at the Grant Avenue Corridor and the corner of Chinatown’s iconic Dragon Gate has had a recent glamorous six-million-dollar makeover. The remodeled cozy lobby peppered with dramatic art and cultural artifacts make a pleasurable respite after hours of city exploring, especially over complimentary wine hour. The pet-friendly boutique hotel offers 140 rooms donned in patterned drapery, fun hues, bespoke artwork, and comfy deluxe bedding. Here are ten reasons Hotel Triton’s prime location is ideal for leisure and business travelers – all with reasonable rates.
1. Modern design with classic style
Constructed in 1913, Hotel Triton’s distinctive style has been preserved and reinvigorated. After a year of work, star-designer Liubasha Rose and her team at Rose Ink Workshop redesigned San Francisco’s key cultural landmark property with many new features. A 1940’s mural discovered behind the walls during demolition is now the hotel lobby’s centerpiece. This artwork by impressionist artist Jon Oshanna depicts Mission Dolores, San Francisco’s oldest intact Mission in California and the oldest building in San Francisco. The lobby’s cozy cheery space is donned with an extensive art collection including found cultural objects, a custom glass-blown chandelier, and key statement pieces like a collection of Nigerian Yoruba Crowns and a display case filled with minerals from around the world.
2. Cozy hotel rooms
Like a room in a private home with views of the Gates of Chinatown, rooms and suites feature Carrera marble finishes, custom furniture and elevated drapery with bold accent color touches. Key elements draw from warm layers, patterned drapery, Frette linens, bed-skirts, and extensive artwork – all with the Danish concept of Hygge (a feeling of coziness and comfort). Inspired by the global spirit of the city it calls home, rooms are decorated with custom-designed lighting fixtures, fabrics, and furniture while bathrooms, showers, and guestroom entryways are finished with Carrera marble and Waterworks plumbing fixtures.
3. Centrally Located
Where Union Square, Financial District and Chinatown all converge, Hotel Triton’s location is ideal for exploration - on foot, on a “Scoot,” or onto a historic cable car blocks away. Surrounded by shopping and dining options, the hotel is a quick walk to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and minutes from the Financial District, where a memorable dinner at The Vault should be booked. This grown-up suit-wearing establishment at 555 California Street impressed with exceptional dishes like lobster pasta with smoked trout roe, wild mushroom risotto, and truffle stuffed chicken roulade.
4. Steps from Chinatown
Across the street, visitors can dive into culturally fascinating Chinatown with colorful pagoda-style buildings, brazen street murals, dragon lampposts, Chinese knickknack souvenir shops, red lantern alleyways, imitation clay warriors on a first-floor landing and old-style tea and herb practices. Stop for dim sum or take a food tour with Local Tastes of the City Tours that starts at the gates of Chinatown and runs to North Beach (Little Italy) divulging secret spots and historical tidbits of restaurants, street art, and alleyways. This fascinating district is America’s biggest and oldest Chinatown. A visual feast for the senses; a new discovery awaits at every turn.
5. It’s all good in the neighborhood
Surrounded by two of Chef Laurent Manrique’s highly celebrated San Francisco restaurants, 1930’s style Cafe de la Presse and Herlen Place (that turns into a wine bar at night), guests can dine right outside the hotel doors. The adjacent alleyway will soon become a sitting area for future restaurants. For those dessert cravings, gelato is next door too at Amorino. Hotel Triton’s renovation is one of the many projects reshaping the Grant Avenue Corridor. Considered “The Rodeo Drive” of San Francisco’s Financial District, the Hotel Triton is paving the way for the “New Grant Avenue Corridor.” Following 105 years since open, the re-invigorated property continues to shine as one of San Francisco’s key cultural landmark properties.
6. Lobby living room
The lobby lounge is an inviting area to mingle with colleagues, regrouping before or after venturing out. Mornings are abuzz with business travelers taking pre-meeting strategy sessions and afternoons with families and groups relaxing after a long day. On certain nights find generous pours of wine sponsored from different brands in the chic “Living Room” lobby. We sampled zesty varietals from Toad Hollow Vineyards from Monterey County. Complimentary coffee and tea are available every morning.
7. Hold meetings and events at The Study
When you need a new work setting, The Study is a comfortable and private work area with an outdoor patio and lots of natural light. Meetings or events can be held in this custom-built study with oversized windows and bright colors, complimentary in-room Wi-Fi, a 72-inch Smart TV, and other state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. With seating for up to 58 people (including 18 boardroom-style seats), the area is perfect for small team gatherings or formal board meetings. Customized catering can be organized too.
8. Fitness Center
For those who don’t want to miss working out while away, a 24-hour fitness center with a treadmill, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, and free weights are on-site.
9. Grab and Go lobby treats
Locally sourced, globally inspired snacks and beverages (including wine and beer) can be picked up in the lobby. Room service is also available from neighboring Café de la Presse.
No need to leave Fido at home when you can bring your best friend with you to this boutique hotel for cuddles and city walks.
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Written by Melissa Curtin
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