The Tilden Hotel will be housed in a handsome historic 1928 building, formerly known as The Hotel Mark Twain.
The extensive renovation will include: A completely new lobby/social hub that blends together simple, modern furniture, expansive archways and warm wood paneling; all 118 guestrooms updated; 5,000 square-feet of meeting and event space; and Curbside Café serving Equator Coffee.
Like the neighborhood it calls home, The Tilden embraces authenticity and personality. Here, it’s the small, thoughtful details that speak to a place valuing collaboration and community. The Tilden includes custom lighting and furniture, locally-sourced mini-bars, and a core local artists program and poet-in-residence.
The Tilden is centered squarely in the Tenderloin, a neighborhood that was booming in the Depression Era for working class and creative-driven San Franciscans. Today, the Tenderloin is one of the few untouched San Francisco neighborhoods still displaying the grit and diversity of the city, and embracing a new wave of artists, galleries, restaurants, bars, and cafes. The Tilden seeks to celebrate and contribute to the Tenderloin.
In the hands of Brooklyn-based design and branding firm Studio Tack, the building has been re-imagined from top to bottom, with an eye toward minimalistic modernism, and tranquility. An overarching theme of organic textures and colors, clean lines and airy, well-lit spaces all amount to the experience.At first sight, the exterior of the hotel will bolster the urban, classic-San Francisco building with a freshly painted, two-toned façade of a subtle off-white top visually supported by a black tile base.
A new 47-light marquee foyer will add a welcoming vibrancy to Taylor Street. The lobby is designed to support a lively, bustling community center, with ample seating for socializing, working, meeting, and celebrating. Solid cherry wood walls are reminiscent of the Craftsman-style homes found throughout California, while custom furniture has been designed by Studio Tack and diligently crafted by local Oakland-based designer, Christopher Naefke. The Terrazzo Floor features a modern take on a traditional technique, with a combination of stone and recycled glass, and colors that tie-in the custom artwork throughout the hotel. Taking its cues from the Spanish Mission revival architecture of Northern California, arches are used to maintain the spacious, airy feeling of the lobby, while demarcating different gathering areas. Large-scale furniture invites guests to stay awhile, featuring two Harvey Prober Sofas, including a custom-built “Deep Tuft” famous for its 1970s cult-classic glamour, and one modular Cubo Sofa upholstered in rich, navy leather. Additional seating includes two walnut tables topped with green marble and surrounded by Erik Buck dining chairs, two-toned Ib Kofod-Larsen Wood Shell Chairs in Beech and Teak woods, original suede and chrome Metropolitan Chairs made in San Francisco, and a Jens Risom Bench. Boutique lighting designer, Atelier de Troupe, based in Los Angeles created a custom chandelier made of four steel and acrylic pendants, serving as a modern mobile suspended from the arch’s center bay.
The guestrooms at The Tilden have all been renovated and upgraded with the ideals of simplicity and serenity as guiding principles. To achieve this goal, Studio Tack removed all bulk and redundant furniture, streamlined colors and materials, and updated all technology and amenities. Guests will be greeted with fresh white bedding, white walls with high-gloss black trim, and quiet grey American-made carpet. The bathrooms have been given a classic, high-quality, sophisticated redesign, featuring black and white tile, chrome faucets, plush towels, and Malin + Goetz amenities.
The Tilden Hotel is a Point Hospitality Group property, led by Founder Stephen Yang, who can count The NoMad and Ace Hotel Palm Springs among the feathers in his cap during his tenure with Square Mile Capital Partners, controlling investors in both projects. Holding the reigns as General Manager is Jason Webb, formerly with Dinah’s Garden Hotel in Palo Alto, and Joie de Vivre’s Dream Inn in Santa Cruz. The Hotel Mark Twain will complete its renovation and begin operating as The Tilden Hotel in October 2016, while The Douglas Room will open for business late October/early November 2016.