You know the old saying location, location, location. Well, at Hotel Triton in San Francisco, this boutique hotel scored a triple play. Situated between Union Square, Chinatown and the Financial District, the 140 room property is ready to roll with whatever you have in store. A former Kimpton Hotel, interior designer Liubasha Rose has transformed the 1913 hotel into a warm and cozy space on San Francisco’s Grant Avenue. All rooms have been recently renovated and feature individual art, as does the lobby.
Walking into Hotel Triton is akin to strolling into an art gallery or dropping by a good friend’s house, who happens to be very well traveled. You’ll notice one-of-a-kind art pieces in the lobby. Take note of the Nigerian Royal Yoruba head crowns with their hand beaded decorations to the right of reception. Then wander to the “living room” area and observe the artwork on display; specifically the mural behind the glass.
Make yourself at home here. Pull up a chair and sit awhile. You’ll want to flip through one of the coffee table art books; take time to linger over a cup of coffee or a glass of ice water that’s waiting for you in the lobby. Remember, this is your home during the next 24 hours or more. Enjoy the macaron that you received at check-in. The Danish concept of Hygge (warm and cozy) is what Ms. Rose was striving for in this six-million dollar hotel renovation.
One of the cool things that I noticed after check-in was the art deco mural behind a glass case. This “window to the past” artwork was discovered during demolition in a hidden wall. Thank goodness the hotel crew saw the value in this piece of art that was created back in the 1940’s, as it represents the city’s ties to our California missions. San Francisco’s Mission Dolores takes center stage in this art deco mural by artist Jon Oshannaon. Look for it in the lobby.
I’m not gonna lie, the hotel rooms are small, but my Grant Avenue suite was roomy. It included a king bed with plush Frette bedding and a quality mattress. All rooms include a flat-screen tv, amenities by Argan and windows that actually open. Complimentary wifi is also included but it’s not truly complimentary when guests incur a $25 daily hotel fee.
The bathrooms feature Carrara marble and Waterworks bathroom fixtures. Hairdryers are included in the bathroom. Suites offer robes and slippers upon request.
Anyone visiting San Francisco is probably aware that this is a food-lovers paradise. You’ll find Chinatown’s Dragon Gate to your right when you exit the hotel. Go for dim sum at Far East Cafe; the pot stickers are excellent. Connected to the property is the French bistro Café de la Presse. Not only is this a fun place to drop in for a glass of wine, guests staying at the property are able to order room service from Michelin Star awarded Chef Lauren Manrique and Chef Patrick Albert.
If you need some snacks to nibble on during your stay, there is a little Grab and Go area to the left of reception. Here you’ll find bottles of wine, nuts, candy bars and pretzel bites.
Hotel Triton review and all photos by San Francisco Bay Area travel writer Nancy D. Brown. Her stay was hosted by Hotel Triton . As always, her thoughts and opinions are her own.