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Historic Galleria Park Hotel to Redefine Modern Luxury After Multimillion Dollar Restoration

SAN FRANCISCO, May 15, 2013 – This summer, Joie de Vivre’s Galleria Park Hotel will complete an 18-month multi-million renovation to celebrate its rich heritage and enhance its stylish appeal to today’s discerning traveler.

The Galleria Park Hotel is built upon the site of the former Lick House, recognized as the country’s finest hotel west of the Mississippi when it opened in 1862, and the Occidental Hotel, described as “Heaven on a Half Shell” in Mark Twain’s novel, “Roughing It”. 

The Lick House and the Occidental Hotel reigned as San Francisco’s Grande Dames until they were destroyed by the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.  The prime location at the corner of Kearny and Sutter streets gave birth to the Hotel Sutter, today’s Galleria Park Hotel, in 1911.  The Galleria Park Hotel is the most historic property within the Joie de Vivre collection.

“Throughout the decades, San Francisco’s grand sense of hospitality has survived and thrived to make it one of the world’s most popular destinations. We are honored to be part of this tradition and strive to be as relevant today as the Lick House and Occidental Hotel were more than 150 years ago,” comments James Lim, regional managing director for Joie de Vivre Hotels.

The hotel exudes a timeless yet vibrant style, combining its original Art Deco and Art Nouveau design with contemporary elements and services, for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Key aspects of the renovation project include:

  •  A chic redesign of the hotel’s 177 guestrooms and suites. Updates include stunning accent walls, designer furnishings, Frette linens, large HD televisions and the installation of marble bathrooms with mosaic glass walls and rain shower treatments. The guestrooms’ high ceilings, expansive windows and new jewel-toned color palette create an inspiring oasis for work or play.
  • The introduction of Franck Leclerc’s Gaspar Brasserie, where guests can savor French fare by celebrated chefs Brigitte Batson and Patrick Kelly. The restaurant will span two stories and showcase an eclectic mix of vintage design pieces and two bustling bars for a lively dining experience. Leclerc is famous for his family of French restaurants, including critically acclaimed Gitane.
  • The creation of the Legacy Room,which will replicate the Hotel Sutter’s speakeasy – complete with original design elements, historical memorabilia and dark wood paneling for an authentic 1920s vibe.
  • New landscaping and décor on the hotel’s outdoor Park Terrace – perfect for enjoying a breath of fresh air, walking a dog or toasting the cityscape with a glass of wine.
  • The remodel and enhanced functionality of 2,000-square-feet of meeting and event space, where natural light infuses three distinct venues with a pleasing glow.
  • Internet hardware upgrade providing a 500 percent increase in bandwidth, the highest level available in San Francisco hotels.
  • The extension of the hotel’s vast collection of fine art prints and photography, ranging from the 1930s to the present, to all public and private spaces within the hotel. Rob Delamater of Lost Art Salon curated this hotel-wide gallery featuring primarily Bay Area artists exclusively for the Galleria Park Hotel.
  • New state-of-the-art equipment in the Fitness Studio boasting floor-to-ceiling windows.

In the true spirit of hospitality, the Galleria Park Hotel offers a hosted wine hour daily, complimentary Wi-Fi access and a pets-stay-free policy, welcoming dogs of any size with a bowl of organic biscuits. Rates start at $229 plus tax.

A hidden gem favored by celebrities, statesmen and guests seeking style, comfort and convenience, the Galleria Park Hotel is nestled in the heart of downtown San Francisco – just steps away from the Financial District, world-class shopping, dining and cultural attractions. The hotel is located at 191 Sutter Street. For more information, please call 1-800-738-7477 or visit

The Galleria Park Hotel is owned by Interwest Capital and managed by Joie de Vivre Hotels.  


Since its founding in San Francisco in 1987, Joie de Vivre has made curating authentically local and eclectic experiences its signature. Each one of Joie de Vivre’s more than 30 hotels is an original concept designed to reflect its location and engage the five senses. Today, the company manages the largest collection of boutique hotels and resorts in California and is expanding outside the state with new hotels in Honolulu, Chicago and Scottsdale, Arizona. Joie de Vivre is a Commune Hotels and Resorts brand.


NOTE TO EDITORS:  Click here for images of the Galleria Park Hotel


Samara Diapoulos

Samara Public Relations