Tilden Lobby in SF
Tilden Lobby in SF
lobby lounge area at the Tilden Hotel in SF
exterior view of Hotel Tilden

The Vision For Our Boutique Hotel in San Francisco

Honoring The City's History and Future With Organic Sensibility

Tilden reinterprets ideas of minimalism with a refined sense of composure instilled in every space, from the residential-inspired lobby, lively restaurant and bar, The Douglas Room, and relaxed, sophisticated guestrooms. Exemplifying effortless elegance and organic appeal, Tilden is a timeless San Francisco hotel and a bridge between the historic Union Square neighborhood and the vibrant, up-and-coming Tenderloin.  

About The Downtown District of San Francisco

A Rich History and Bright Future

A bridge between Union Square and The Tenderloin, the Tilden stands amidst an eclectic neighborhood which began booming in the Depression Era as an affordable neighborhood for working class and creatively-driven San Franciscans. Today, Downtown San Francisco remains a hub for artists and musicians while maintaining its working class roots and displaying the city's historic grit. Embracing a new wave of artists, galleries, restaurants, bars, cafes, and an influx of new development and activity, Union Square and the Tenderloin are set in the heart of the Downtown district, within walking distance of some of San Francisco's other exciting neighborhoods, including Nob Hill, Russian Hill, SoMa, and Hayes Valley.

Outside view of Hotel Tilden in SF

A History of our Hotel in Union Square

A Pillar of An Untouched Neighborhood

The Tilden Hotel sits in the fascinating confluence of Union Square and the Tenderloin, a neighborhood that boomed during the Depression Era as an affordable neighborhood for San Francisco's working class and creative types. Known for nurturing artists and musicians, Union Square and the Tenderloin are two of San Francisco's most thriving and vibrant communities and remains a creative hub of new California artists, galleries, restaurants, and more.

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Tilden Hotel Art Program & Tilden Tuesdays

Feed the Soul

Tilden Hotel was named after Douglas Tilden, the sculptor who created the Ball Player in Golden Gate Park, Admission Day, Mechanic’s Monument, and many more.

In that spirit we are creating a Tilden Tuesday event series. The first two events will take place on April 3rd and June 5th. We hope you can join us! Allen Ellison is our first local artist. Allen is a self-taught photographer with a fascination for light -- both the Physics aspects and the association of light with the divine.  Joining Allen will be local oboist Sebastian Pereschica as they worked jointly on a piece together. It is sure to be a beautiful experience melding the sites and sounds of each artist. 

The series has the following goals:

  • Spotlight one local Artist and their work for eight weeks in the Tilden lobby

  • Hold an opening Reception on Tilden Tuesday to present the Artist and their work

  • Receptions will be held on the first Tuesday of every-other-month and will feature all forms of artistic expression such as music, poetry, dance, etc.

  • Provide exposure to local Artists and expand their opportunities to engage with other community members and visitors

  • Display selected artwork in lobby and facilitate sales with 100% of proceeds to Artist

  • Enhance the experience of Tilden guests by giving them the occasion to interact with the diverse members of the Tenderloin and broaden their understanding of the neighborhood

San Francisco, and the Tenderloin in particular, is a mecca for artists and creative expression. Tilden Hotel is committed to not only engaging with the community, but also in helping shine a light on the diverse artists that live here. We want to provide a space for thought and respectful discussion where diversity is embraced without judgment.

Tilden hotel could not do this without the support of the local community and our Tilden Art Committee. One of our partners is Hospitality House. Since 1969, Hospitality House's Community Arts Program has provided a free-of-charge fine arts studio for local artists whose socioeconomic struggles would otherwise prevent them from accessing the power of art and the benefits of being part of a supportive community. Each year, more than 3,500 artists access the program


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