Wish We Were Here: Hotel G
Just when we had given up on staying in San Francisco's Union Square, a cool new lodging option has us pinning—and pining
A few years ago, when I was a travel editor, Beijing's Opposite House occupied the top spot on my vacation wish list. Sleekly stylish, the boutique hotel features oak-wood soaking tubs, an earthy color palette, slate walls, and minimalist furnishings—the perfect antidote to China's frenetic capital. So when news broke last year that the team behind it was opening a hotel in San Francisco, I took note.
In a 1909 building on Geary Street, in the heart of Union Square, Hotel G follows the same subdued color scheme as its predecessor, albeit with a slightly more organic bent that feels appropriate for a California property. Designed by New York-based architectural firm Hun Aw Studio, the 153 guest rooms take inspiration from the building's history. Victorian-style settees and tufted-velvet headboards serve as a retro counterpoint to rustic accents, such as spindle-back chairs, weathered wood benches, and throw pillows woven with rich textiles. Modern touches, including wire plant stands and mod floor lamps, ground the design in the present.
As in the guest rooms, the lobby is adorned with abstract artwork supplied by a local nonprofit that represents developmentally disabled artists. When affixed to the wall behind a pair of gold-hued reception desks, the pieces provide a beat of staccato energy to the restrained spaces, contributing to an aesthetic that feels lush and layered and effortlessly chic. Suddenly, Union Square is cool again.