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.


Spring travel deals: 8 spring break ideas for families on a budget

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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

Chef Glen Schwartz, The Douglas Room, Tilden Hotel

“As Bay Area natives, my family has always kept our holiday food simple and classic with local Dungeness cracked crab and fresh sourdough bread. The celebrations start a bit early for us, too, because my birthday is December 23. It’s awesome because crab is in season and if we have leftovers, I’ll use the crab to make bisque or sandwiches for Christmas Day. My mom also makes timeless and comforting hors d’oeuvres like baked cheese bites, and there is always lots of champagne.”



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.


The best bars in San Francisco to grab a drink at right now

From dives to cocktail dens, here are the best bars in San Francisco to visit right now…

The Douglas Room

Already an industry favorite, The Douglas Room in boutique Tilden Hotel is a chill bar serving cheeky cocktails. To start, we like the vodka-based La Di Da Di, served with grapefruit, ginger beer and black lava salt or the Old and In the Way (bourbon, sherry, and stone fruit shrub). Hungry? Chefs Glen Schwartz and Tim Malloy whip up all-American dishes such as lamb tartare pie, sweetbread nuggets, and barbecue duck wings.


12 Holiday Cocktail Recipes From Bay Area Bartenders

“This cocktail was inspired by cold winter mornings in my New Mexican hometown. The poblano chile is reminiscent of the crisp, cold air that carries the smell of green chiles being roasted, and the juniper and herbs that litter the high desert are represented in this cocktail through gin and chartreuse.” —Brian Felley


¾ oz aquavit

1 oz London dry gin

¼ oz Green Chartreuse

¼ oz ancho verde

¾ oz fino sherry

2 dash lime bitters


  1. Stir ingredients over ice
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over a large cube
  3. Garnish with a 1 inch sprig of rosemary.

// The Douglas Room at the Tilden Hotel, 345 Taylor St.


8 Best Boutique Hotels in San Francisco

San Francisco is a stylish city, and the boutique hotels found here reflect the city’s sophisticated-yet-funky charm. From rock-and-roll inspired accommodations to hotels boasting beautiful views of the bay, there is a unique boutique hotel in San Francisco for all types of travelers. Embrace San Francisco from one of these 8 one-of-a-kind boutique hotels in the city.

Tilden Hotel
This Tenderloin district boutique hotel invites guests to live like real San Franciscans do. Guests will find the mini bars filled with San Francisco fare, and Equator Coffee can be found at the Tilden Café. Tilden Hotel operates in a historic building that was once the Hotel Mark Twain. However, after a recent renovation by Studio Tack, Tilden Hotel was born. Poets, writers, and artists alike will feel right at home here. As a supporter of the arts, Tilden Hotel has resident artists and poets, who have their work showcased in the hotel.


Resort Roundup: Where to Stay for the Holidays

It’s officially the happiest time of year! Want to know what makes it even merrier? Letting someone else do all the work. Check-in to these luxury resorts throughout the Southwest for a hassle-free holiday full of festive fun, decadent dining, twinkling displays and more. And the best part is you can treat yourself to special room rates and deals at all of them. Merry Christmas to you.

Make this holiday season one you won’t forget at Tilden Hotel in San Francisco. The urban hotel is keeping things classic with holiday-inspired cocktails, cozy fire pits and convenient access to Winter Park at Civic Center Ice RinkThe Deal: The #TildenOnIce Holiday Package includes two Tilden on Ice cocktails (gin, aquavit, aloe, peppermint and blanc vermouth over ice) at the speakeasy bar The Douglas Room, two s’mores kits, two tickets to the Winter Park at Civic Center Ice Rinks and a $10 donation in each guests’ name to the SF/Marin Food Bank. Starting at $129 per night. Valid for stays through Jan. 6, 2019.   


10 Urban Hotels with Loads of Local Character

Forget chains and bland properties—these hotels really embed you in your urban destination…

The Tilden gives you the perfect excuse to stay in the Tenderloin district, the gritty yet up-and-coming slice near Union Square alive with concert venues and underground art spaces. The 1928-built former Mark Twain Hotel may blend into the urban scenery on the outside, but the inside got a glammed-up minimalist makeover with a buzzing lobby and stylishly spare guests rooms; thankfully the vintage two-person lift remains. The first Tuesday of the month spotlights one local artist and exhibits their work in the lobby. Don’t miss The Douglas Room, a just-off-the-lobby bar slinging old-school cocktails with panache. source: Sunset Magazine, by Allison Young


Haute Top 5: Best Cocktail Bars in San Francisco 2017

The Douglas Room is a brand new bar at the Tilden Hotel in the Tenderloin. This not-to-be missed lounge from Brian Felley and Mo Hodges (the duo behind the superb Benjamin Cooper) is masculine and moody, but warm and welcoming at the same time.


The Agenda: The Douglas Room, Wattles Mansion, and WestWeek Icons

The Tilden Hotel in the Tenderloin tapped the pros behind hot artisan cocktail haven Benjamin Cooper to run its bar program at The Douglas Room.


The Douglas Room

Cocktail bar opened in March as the final phase of the Tenderloin’s new. The Douglas Room Tilden Hotel. The Douglas Room springs from the mind of Mo Hodges and Brian Felley of Tenderloin bar Benjamin Cooper. The new Tilden Hotel venue whips up craft cocktails and bites such as cheesesteaks and duck wings. Studio Tack designed custom millwork and furniture to evoke the American Craftsman style, with an expansive bar and hightop and communal tables. The Douglas Room accommodates as many as 60 people. Other private event spaces in the hotel are catered by the Douglas Room, including the penthouse with terrace, which holds as many as 100 for cocktail parties, and the Mechanic’s Room, which holds as many as 50 guests.


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5 neighbourhoods for urban heat-seekers to explore

4. The tech neighbourhood – Tendernob, San Francisco

…Wander a few blocks north and you’re in disputed land between seedy downtown San Fran and bourgeois Nob Hill. Some say Upper Tenderloin, others insist Lower Nob Hill; the compromise is the rather unfortunately named Tendernob. The area’s still got grit, but dense Twenties architecture swings between vaguely Parisian and flamboyantly Ottoman…And with Reddit now in the neighbourhood, across from the new Tilden Hotel (doubles from AED 770; 001-415-673 2332), it can only grow as the digi-developer’s top spot for keeping it real.


Phoenix Magazine – Escape to the Coast

San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in the country – in 2016, in fact, it was ranked No. 1 by GOBankingRates. It can be easy, then, to forget that San Fran was once the capital of free. Beat writers, anti-war protestors, artists and immigrants have always called the place home, managing to eke out rich lives despite having zero riches. .. Affordable and utterly cool, the Tilden was re-designed to be an oasis in the middle of the Tenderloin – AKA the last frontier in the face of San Francisco’s ever-expanding gentrification – with a hummingbird garden and a new craft cocktail bar and eatery called The Douglas Room.


The Douglas Room Has a Very Absorbing Telenovela

With certain exceptions — like the Tonga Room or effortlessly glamorous Starlight Room in the Sir Francis Drake — hotel bars are seldom among the best spots for a cocktail. Even when they aim high and seduce you with elegant martinis, they’re often overpriced and six months too late for the trends they’re lunging at.


The hottest hotel design trend? Hipster-inspired hospitality

We all know a hipster hotel when we see one — the reclaimed wood, repurposed materials, retro furniture, and a mustachioed hotel clerk who hands you a craft cocktail along with your old-fashioned room key at the front desk — which doubles as the lobby bar, of course.


USA Today

Previously known as the Mark Twain Hotel, this hotspot in the ever-evolving Tenderloin area underwent a stunning multi-million dollar makeover in 2017. Perfectly situated on the edge of the Tenderloin and within a quick walk of Union Square, this stylish boutique hotel can offer the adventures of the Tenderloin and the more traditional tourist attractions all around Union Square.