Review: Tilden Hotel, San Francisco

On the cusp of the city’s Tenderloin and Union Square districts, this reimagined Art Deco hotel highlights the works of new and emerging local artists

…Tilden Hotel itself is housed in a 1928 Art Deco building that for years was known as the Hotel Mark Twain, where police once arrested jazz great Billie Holiday on charges for which she was later acquitted. Named in honour of American sculptor Douglas Tilden, whose works can be found in places such as Golden Gate Park and along Market Street, the Tilden Hotel oozes a modern design sensibility while holding on to many of its historic elements – such as steam heating, exposed piping throughout the halls and an exposed staircase that winds its way up through the hotel… by Laura Kiniry


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Tilden Hotel, San Francisco by Studio Tack

Brooklyn design firm Studio Tack has revived a historic hotel in San Francisco that is the famed location of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday’s arrest for opium possession.

The design aims to evoke the Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy of celebrating imperfection, using clean lines and “humble materials”…


Hospitality Design Magazine’s 15th annual HD Awards Winner

Tilden Hotel has been named a winner for best midscale public space in Hospitality Design Magazine’s 15th annual HD Awards, the industry’s premier competition, which celebrates the best in hospitality project and product design.

Winner: Midscale Public Space
Tilden Hotel, San Francisco
Interior Design Firm: Studio Tack, Brooklyn, New York
Architecture Firm: Stanton Architecture, San Francisco
Owner: Yang Capital


Put These June Food and Drink Events on Your Radar

…June 4: Celebrate Pride at Tilden Hotel

You can’t (neither do you want to!) escape Pride, so why not give it an artistic spin? On Tuesday, June 4th, from 5pm-8pm, the chic Tilden Hotel welcomes local artist Eric Dyer for a two-month artist showcase on the ground floor. Dyer’s oil on canvas paintings, inspired by walks around San Francisco and personal experiences, will be accompanied by a bar reception and a lit fire pit, with complimentary elevated bar bites and beverages crafted by The Douglas Room. Cheers! BY FLORA TSAPOVSKY ON MAY 31, 2019


B-Eat Magazine

…Nur drei Blocks vom Union Square hat 2017 dieses zauberhaft luftige
Boutique-Hotel mit seinen 118 Zimmern eröffnet. Mid-Century-Charme trifft hier auf 70er-Jahre-Glam und viel Schwarz-Weiß. Die weitläufige Lobby ist perfekt, um ganz entspannt Leute zu beobachten. Für einen Auftakt-Cocktail empfehlen wir den „Douglas Room“, das „Tilden Café“ für ein kleines Frühstück mit extrem gutem Kaffee…


If These Walls Could Talk: 23 Famous (and Infamous) Hotel Rooms

#5 Billie Holiday Suite, Tilden Hotel, San Francisco
Chanteuse Billie Holiday stayed in room 203 in 1949 while on tour, fresh from controversy after a New Year’s Eve brawl that resulted in charges for the singer. A week later, the feds raided her room at the Tilden, where they claimed opium was discovered. Holiday beat the charges, and had the last laugh – her San Francisco tour was a sell-out.



Hotel designers are now busy elevating lobbies…White-washed walls and minimalist cherry-wood furniture by Brooklyn’s Studio Tack create a pared-back look at The Tilden in San Francisco…By Katharine Sohn


Meditation in Peace

…Meanwhile, over in San Francisco, the Tilden Hotel has partnered with the locally based meditation app Simple Habit to offer guests complimentary access to the service’s entire library of guided meditations and audio therapy sessions. Choose from over 2,000 short recordings designed to help with issues like insomnia, anxiety or lack of focus, each led by a meditation teacher, therapist or executive coach. by Rona Berg


7 Healthy Travel Trends To Watch In 2019

Long gone are the days when “going on vacation” was code for “eating all the unhealthy stuff.” Now, wellness is a $4.2 billion industry, and hotels, airlines, and excursions are racing to keep up with the 17 million travelers who identify as “health and well-being focused.”…”The No. 1 app trend of 2018 was wellness/mindfulness, and as mental health conversations continue to grow in popularity and become a part of today’s lexicon, we want to make it easy for our guests to explore new ways to relax and unwind,” Jason Webb, the general manager of Tilden Hotel in San Francisco, says of the recent decision to offer guests free access to meditation app Simple Habit… By Emma Loewe


Want An Authentic Philly Cheesesteak In San Francisco? Go Here Now.

The Tilden Hotel is a chic boutique property once known as the Mark Twain Hotel. Originally built in 1928, the reimagined property boasts a rotating art collection of local artists; Tilden Cafe which serves a selection of high quality coffee and tea drinks alongside SF-based JANE’s pastries; a lively lobby that doubles as a great workspace thanks to free Wi-Fi, charging areas, a hip vibe and communal spaces; and last, but certainly not least, The Douglas Room, which is reason enough to stop by The Tilden…By Chelsea Davis


The Tilden Is The San Francisco Hotel You’ve Been Looking For

When you’re planning a trip to San Francisco and looking for an alternative to a pricey chain hotel or the dubious charm of crashing in someone’s Airbnb pad, the Tilden Hotel is a stylish solution. Located on Taylor Street near Union Square and the Theater District, Tilden embraces a minimalist design aesthetic, the better to showcase its art collection. The property was named after 20th century Northern California sculptor Douglas Tilden. The staff always have their fingers on the pulse of what’s happening in the city—concerts, exhibits, new restaurants. On the first Tuesday of the month they invite a few local artists and photographers in to chat with guests… by Fredric Hambermar on Mar 8, 2019


San Diego Magazine – Road Trips

“It’s time to ditch the hassles of airplanes and layovers and enjoy the open road. We’ve curated 21 getaways through California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Mexico, whether you want to drive for two hours or eight. And remember, it’s just as much about the journey (ahem, foodie pit stops) as it is the destination. Buckle up!…In the same neighborhood, the Tilden Hotel’s minimalist design and sauve in-house speakeasy area a welcome respite from the city’s hubbub…” by A. Ram, San Diego Magazine


Escape the winter weather with these 14 great travel deals

With winter weather in full swing, we’re all dreaming of escaping to warmer temperatures and spring vacations. To help find some of the best travel deals for spring break and beyond, Conde Nast Traveler Contributing Editor Mark Ellwood stopped by the show on Monday with his recommendations for under the radar beaches, cruises and cities to check out this year…

Tilden Hotel in San Francisco, California. This modern boutique hotel in San Francisco, California is a short walk from Union Square and includes an outdoor backyard with a fireplace. The spring is a great time to visit San Francisco because travelers can enjoy the annual cherry blossom festival and Macy’s flower festival… by Joe Fay and Courtney Gisriel


How Tilden Hotel’s Art Program Supports San Francisco’s Local Artists

San Francisco’s Tilden Hotel near Union Square is an Art Deco jewel. Designed by Brooklyn-based design firm Studio Tack, the 118-room boutique hotel celebrates art and design with its minimalist furniture and glossy black accents, reflected in both the guest rooms and the wonderfully uncluttered lobby.

Elsewhere, the hotel has a newly updated outdoor backyard with a fireplace (roasting smores is recommended), locally sourced mini retail bar, an on-site coffee shop serving Equator Coffee espresso drinks and drip coffee and The Douglas Room, a bar and restaurant with innovative bites and cocktails—try the Philly cheesesteak and duck confit wings—and what is possibly the tastiest cheese platter downtown…By Laura Parker


6 Romantic Escapes for an Unforgettable Valentine’s Day

Roses are red, chocolates are brown; this Valentine’s Day, fly out of town.

We’re all familiar with the standard assemblage of Valentine’s Day gifts: a box of chocolates; a bouquet of red roses; a bottle of bubbly. And while there’s nothing wrong with resorting to the classics, don’t be shy about shaking things up this year—especially if it’s the last minute and you’re still empty-handed. Consider booking one of these romantic Valentine’s Day hotel packages sprinkled across the United States that are sure to leave your sweetheart starry-eyed.

Tilden Hotel (San Francisco, California)
Why not escape the frigid winter winds with a last-minute escape to California? Bookable throughout the entire month, the Tilden Hotel’s “All You Need is Love” package includes a two-night stay in a spacious junior suite and plenty of romance-infused experiences. Think breakfast in bed room service, VIP limousine transportation, Champagne bubble baths and aromatherapy turndown service. There’s even a “resident Cupid” who will pen customized poems for visiting lovebirds…. BY IAN CENTRONE


Studio Tack melds art deco and wabi-sabi aesthetic at Tilden Hotel

Brooklyn design firm Studio Tack has revived an art-deco landmark in San Francisco‘s emerging Tenderloin district, creating the art-forward Tilden Hotel. Studio Tack co-founders Stephen Yang and Brian Smith looked to minimalism and a modernist palette during the wall-to-wall revamp of the historic building. Originally built in 1928 as the Linden Hotel, the property was later renamed Hotel Mark Twain during the Great Depression. The building gained infamy as the location of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday’s arrest for opium possession. In 2017, the building experienced a third incarnation into today’s Tilden Hotel, named after sculptor Douglas Tilden, who is best known for creating the Ball Player in Golden State Park.

The 118-room hotel now showcases clean lines mingled with organic textures, a combination that evokes the Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy of celebrating imperfection. “Deeply rooted in Japan, wabi-sabi design conveys a certain feeling, look or perspective,” said a statement from the hotel. “It focuses on the minimal, celebrates humble materials, and is a natural intersection of the essential, ageing and beautiful.” Guest rooms range from 320 to 450 square feet (30 to 42 square metres), all hinting to the building’s art-deco heritage with a monochromatic theme that employs high-gloss black and chrome accents. White plantation-shuttered windows lend a sense of urban zen in the face of the nearby bustle of Union Square…By Paul Jebara | 2 February 2019


Romantic Beach Vacation Packages for Valentine’s Day

The romance experts at San Francisco’s Tilden Hotel have thoughtfully curated a wonderful itinerary for couples seeking to reconnect and enjoy the hotel’s luxurious amenities. During your stay, dine in the Rooftop Penthouse and enjoy a cityscape dinner crafted by the hotel’s speakeasy-style restaurant The Douglas Room while listening to live music. Your package also includes a 30-minute session with a photographer, personalized love poems, breakfast in bed, limousine transportation to the city’s most romantic sights like Lover’s Lane, and an aromatherapy turndown service. They couldn’t forget the champagne bubble bath, roses, and chocolate either.

Rates start at $2,999. Two-night minimum stay required. Available now through February 28, 2019. The All You Need is Love package must be booked 7 days in advance and by February 15, 2019.


City Escape: The Tilden Hotel

By Fran Miller
In the hotel industry, sometimes new is best; who doesn’t enjoy state-of-the-art comforts? Sometimes old is best; everyone loves character and charm. San Francisco’s new Tilden Hotel is a vibrant mix of both new and old, providing its guests with the modern amenities expected of a swank spot, and exuding a groovy throwback vibe reflective of its host town and its peripheral Union Square location.

Located at O’Farrell and Taylor, the Tilden bears little resemblance to its former life as the Mark Twain Hotel. Revamped with low slung velvet couches in the welcoming lobby, and a secret, twinkle-lit garden in back, and refurbished with luxe linens and plantation shutters, the Tilden provides its guests with affordable and stylish elegance.


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Tilden Hotel in San Francisco, California, Starting at $157 per nightThis modern boutique hotel in San Francisco, California is a short walk from Union Square and includes an outdoor backyard with a fireplace. The spring is a great time to visit San Francisco because travelers can enjoy the annual cherry blossom festival and Macy’s flower festival.


Local Tastemakers Share Their Favorite Holiday Traditions

Elaborate gingerbread houses. Decadent breakfasts. Lots of cheese and perfect cocktails. When work takes a back seat to family and friends, the small traditions carry added importance. And it’s no different for local chefs and tastemakers. Here’s a sampling of what they’re planning for the holidays. If you’re still looking for a bit of holiday inspiration, keep reading. By Flora Tsapovsky



Toast the Season with Frozen Eggnog, Mexican Christmas Punch, and More Holiday Cocktails

…Whether you’re looking for Christmas-themed drinks, fresh takes on hot toddies and eggnog, or festive sparklers for New Year’s Eve, we have a cocktail that can help inspire your own holiday menu: Tilden on Ice, The Douglas Room, San Francisco. At The Douglas Room, the bar at Tilden Hotel, the Tilden On Ice is made with a base of gin and aquavit and accented with aloe, peppermint, and vermouth blanc for a refreshing cocktail that offers a hint of herbal flavors.