Located in the heart of San Francisco's downtown retail capital Union Square lies a grand hotel which has just made an even more magnificent reopening. The Hotel Stratford reopened last November 1st 2021 after being closed for numerous renovations that elevate its opulent charm and modern amenities even further.
With an equally outstanding ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the extensive multimillion revamp, Jordan Buckley, the general manager of Hotel Stratford, cheerfully expressed, "We’re so proud to bring this hotel back to life and we can’t wait to welcome guests back to this charming property.”
San Francisco-based Frame Ventures and Paramount Hotels developed and manage the eight-story historic hotel originally constructed in 1910, carefully updating all 95 rooms and common areas with aspects of modern simplicity and European design sensibilities. “This hotel offers a variety of smartly-designed rooms that provide a comfortable home base in the heart of San Francisco," Buckley elucidates. "Accommodations are intimate but offer a great value with modern comforts and stylish design at the forefront.”
Being in perfect proximity to both the Westfield Shopping Center and the Powell Street Cable Car line, the hotel lends itself as the relaxing retreat within the bustling urban retail centers. Follow the classic large illuminated sign to find yourself in a thoughtfully aesthetic oasis modernized to optimize the guests' pleasant experience from the lobby through to one of its 95 custom rooms.
Right from the lobby, rich wood paneling adorns the walls and invites you in by highlighting the innovative self-check-in kiosks. There is also a refillable water station and complimentary beverage station ready to make you feel rejuvinated and at home.
Designed by MPADA, a local women-run architecture and interior design firm, the whole lobby is also embellished with stylish geometric light fixtures accenting comfortably plush blue velevet seats. Acclaimed Sausalito-based artist Eric Zener features his aquatic-inspired paintings. around the hallways and throughout the property, adding to the luxurious oasis mindset.
The hotel could never truly hide the stunning city right outside however, as each room provides a glorious view through the storied building's scenic windows. The enhanced interior furnishings of the rooms were carefully crafted by another women-run San Francisco Bay Area design firm, Studio Hatch. Along with the crisp white linens, cozy browns and yellows juxtaposed with deeper sleek black, blues and brass hues accentuate the elevated mid-century style. Such sophistication down to the smallest decor details adds to each room's maximized efficiency, convenience, and comfort, as hospitable room service is fully customizable.
Hotel Stratford is also thoroughly dog friendly with select rooms specifically tailored to include and pamper canine company. For large groups, a meeting room that doubles as a coworking space faces the cable cars to offer a unique and professional setting. A fitness area is also planned that offers Pelotons, yoga mats, weights, and more.
Also in support of the posh reopening is sister property Bartlett Hall, an award-winning gastropub and microbrewery that serves refined but approachable seasonal New American cuisine. In Hotel Stratford's honor, the hall released their new Vienna-style and toasted malt-noted "242 Lager," as it and Hotel Stratford both share the "242" street address, on O'Farrell and Powell, respectively.
Bartlett Hall is the perfect stop for a nearby drink, with local craft and house-brewed beers, artisanal cocktails, and California-sourced wines. Guests of Hotel Stratford can also enjoy the hall's to-go room service offerings, complete with exclusive menus and discounts for an impeccably decadent night in.
Lastly, Hotel Stratford is also offering an especially generous discount exclusively for their opening, which is $150 for a standard room with a $25 Bartlett Hall dining credit (tax and tip excluded).
Photography by: Photos Courtesy of Peter Lyons, Hotel Stratford