Inside the Lobby of The Tilden Hotel

Centered in San Francisco’s trendy and historic Tenderloin district, The Tilden Hotel exudes authenticity and personality. The hotel, which is located in a historic 1928 building, was entirely redesigned by founder Stephen Yang and designer Brian Smith. Custom lighting and furniture coupled with commissioned original artwork emphasize a focus on minimalistic modernism and classic tranquility. The 118-room hotel features a blend of simple furniture, expansive archways, and cherry wood paneling.

Inspired by San Francisco’s culture and idealism, The Tilden was designed to leave guests feeling revitalized and refreshed. To match the atmosphere of the lively city, the lobby’s ample seating for socializing, celebrating, and meeting creates a relaxing space for both guests and locals. “We wanted to construct a sense of tranquility throughout the hotel, but especially in the lobby. When guests walk in, they should feel relief from the stresses of outside world,” says Smith.

The custom-built, cherry wood reception desk was designed to create an airy and light feel. “Lifting furniture from the ground creates a feeling of spaciousness, keeps your eyes moving through the space, and relaxes guests’ perception of the room,” Smith says.

By artist Jenny Kiker, watercolor paintings of plants indigenous to the San Francisco area enhance the hotel’s nature theme. “We wanted the feeling of life spread throughout the entire hotel,” he says.


White walls, high ceilings, and arches inspired by the Spanish mission revival architecture of Northern Calif., make the lobby feel spacious. “We wanted to streamline the design of the lobby to keep it simple and minimal,” Smith explains.

From guestrooms to the lobby, elements of nature help to create a relaxing space for guests and locals. “The green helps guests feel as if they are in an oasis,” he says. “Nature adds character that you simply can’t create with architecture.”

A Point Hospitality Group property, The Tilden Hotel opened after renovations in October 2016.

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