Davidson Hotels & Resorts to Launch Hotel Zephyr

SAN FRANCISCO—Davidson Hotels & Resorts has teamed up with international design firm Dawson Design Associates (DDA) to launch Hotel Zephyr, an upscale hotel property with a twist. As a waterfront hotel, Hotel Zephyr rests in the heart of San Francisco’s tourist attractions.

The property, currently the site of the Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf and spanning over the entire block bound by Jefferson, Powell, & Beach St., was acquired by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in December 2013. Completely transformed and re-imagined, the hotel will bring a new dimension to the Wharf by offering a twist on accommodations with a playful personality.

Turning the maritime narrative on its head, Hotel Zephyr’s character is brought to life through the use of unexpected materials, from recycled corrugated metal and cargo containers to upcycled nautical materials and shipping crates.

“Our design team’s inspiration grew from capturing the spirit of rough and rowdy sailors and infusing thematic elements throughout the hotel to create the fresh spirit of Hotel Zephyr,” said Andrea Dawson Sheehan, DDA’s art director & CEO.


Hotel Zephyr Fisherman’s Wharf features 361 waterfront guest quarters, many including personal balconies. Guestrooms offer direct views of the San Francisco Bay and cityscapes, including panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, and the Bay Bridge. Communal gathering areas feature classic games with unique twists, social activities, and laid-back lounging alongside fire pits.

“We’re creating a hotel for travelers who are seeking a unique, authentic San Francisco experience,” said Carmen Cruz, general manager of Hotel Zephyr. “Our promise at Hotel Zephyr is to inject a sense of discovery, amusement, and wonder into an upscale hotel experience.”

Hotel Zephyr’s transformation marks another step in the revitalization of Fisherman’s Wharf. With more waterfront views than almost any other San Francisco hotel, Hotel Zephyr is just steps away from Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, and the Alcatraz ferry landing, and is close to many transportation options, including San Francisco cable cars.

The renovation is expected to be complete spring 2015. The property will remain open during renovation.

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