San Francisco’s Hotel Triton Debuts $6M Renovation


On a single street corner on San Francisco’s Grant Avenue, three major neighborhoods converge: Union Square, Chinatown, and the Financial District. Marking the meeting of this trifecta is the aptly-named Hotel Triton, a historic property that’s about to unveil a major makeover. 

Under the expert supervision of Hospitality Design Awards winner Liubasha Rose of creative firm Rose Ink Workshop, Hotel Triton 2.0 retains the property’s original legacy while embracing a bright, energizing vibe that combines comfort and style. And the update is a big deal, considering Hotel Triton first opened its doors 105 years ago.

“We were inspired by the Danish concept of Hygge, which is the feeling of coziness and comfort,” Rose said in a statement. “It was important for us to infuse this element of contentment and well-being throughout the property, without forgoing elegance and sophistication.”

When the full transformation is complete in October, the hotel’s 140 guest rooms and suites will feature Carrera marble finishes, custom furniture, and elevated drapery; A standard room features a decorative lounge chair and round dining table, custom upholstered bench, a marble vanity with a custom decorative mirror, and Frette linens. Rose Ink Workshop contributed custom designed lighting fixtures, fabrics, and furniture. Bathrooms, showers and guestroom entryways, meanwhile, are finished with Carrera marble and include Waterworks plumbing fixtures.

While the rooms are still a work in progress, Hotel Triton’s lobby has been showing off its new look since June. Featuring Bordiglio marble floor, wood ceiling beams, and a custom glass-blown chandelier, the space displays a selection of globally-curated of art and of furniture, including a collection of Nigerian Yoruba Crowns and a display case filled with minerals from around the world, including sulfur and pink opal. The lobby is also home to a 1940’s-era mural of Mission Dolores and City Hall by Persian artist Jon Oshanna that was only discovered when the original hotel walls were demolished.

While many facets of the hotel are being upgraded, Hotel Triton’s famed culinary spots remain timeless: Chef Laurent Manrique’s Café de la Presse and Herlen Place will continue to dish out world-class cuisine for locals and out-of-towners. 

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