Hotel development in San Francisco has been slow for the last handful of years, but 2014 is lining up developments that could be the turning point. Projects underway or expected to begin range from low-end hostels to bank-breaking luxury digs. From ground-up construction to 100-plus-year-old conversions. From long-delayed projects to cutting-edge designs that could transform entire neighborhoods. We've gathered our 12 favorites after the jump, but let us know if we missed one of yours.Read More
12 Projects Set to Reinvigorate the City's Hotel Development
950 Market Street
Plans are making their way through city channels for this mega-develop that will help transform a blighted stretch of Mid-Market. Designed by BIG architects, the complex is set to include a 250-room hotel, 316 residential units, 15,000 sq. ft. of retail and a 75,000 sq. ft. arts complex. No timetable has been set just yet, but the project is receiving a lot of local support.
Currently under construction, a yet-unnamed Hampton Inn has recently topped out at 15 stories in the ever-discussed Mid-Market area. Located on the site of the former Kink.com studios, the 174-room hotel will be a mid-level option, located very close to the Mint Plaza.
After 74 years of operating on Market Street, Kaplan's Surplus & Sport Goods has closed up shop. Developers have purchased the site and are planning to develop a hotel that could rise as high as 90 feet with 100 hotel rooms. Plans have not yet been approved by the Planning Commission.
While the subject of some debate, 250 4th Street is the site of a new hotel planned to rise 11 floors. While not many details are available, we do know that it will have 220 rooms and zero parking. Construction was originally set to commence last year, but has been delayed up to this point.
Hotel G, a well-established brand in Asia that caters to young money, is nearly set to open its first U.S outpost. The 153-room hotel formerly known as Hotel Frank has undergone a total makeover at the historic property on Geary Street. According to the website this place is set to open June 1.
Block 1, Mission Bay
Strata Investment Group is planning to develop a 3 acre lot at the corner of 3rd and Channel in Mission Bay into a $220 million hotel/residential complex. The site is zoned for 500 hotel rooms, but likely will max out around 250 and 15 floors. Strata is currently working with Arquitectonica on the designs, and hopes to break ground in 2014.
The 8-story Grant Building at 7th and Market streets has been approved for a hostel and nightclub conversion since 2010. Currently the building and all its approvals are on the open market waiting for a buyer interested in taking on the project that will help continue the Mid-Market transformation.
The historic Renoir Hotel closed its doors last year in order to begin a $40 million extensive remodel that will turn it from a low-level Mid-Market crash pad into a high-end boutique (from the team that brought you The Viceroy Hotels), complete with rooftop bar. Celebrity designer Kelly Wearstler will be in charge of interiors that the developer promises "will be very different from anything she has designed before and very different from anything else in San Francisco."
San Francisco International Airport is planning a 400-room luxury hotel, to be located near Highway 101, as part of a massive $4.1 billion investment plan. The 10-year long project has already commenced with a new control tower and boarding area upgrades. The hotel portion is expected to be break ground next year and set the airport back a cool $160 million.
72 Ellis Street
Originally approved way back in 2001, plans have been approved and extended for an 11-story, 156-room hotel close to Union Square. With a one-year extension granted by the Planning Commission, will this be the year the hotel finally breaks ground?
Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf
The recent purchase of the existing Radisson Fisherman's Wharf for $132 million means remodel time for the 313-room hotel. An additional $20 million has been budgeted for the remodel where on can expect "maritime and nautical themes."
Constructed in 1881, the existing mansion in Lower Pac Heights is seeking to transform from an event space into a 10-room hotel with a Chinese restaurant on the ground floor. The building has been recently restored to its former glory, including "tons of historic elements."