San Francisco Gets Its First Designer Airport Hotel

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    Step aside, notoriously utilitarian airport hotels. The bar has just been raised. The Inn at Oyster Point near San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers waterfront accommodation in a resort-like setting with a beach, and, if you arrive by bay, a slip in the marina out front to park your boat. As if that weren’t enough to stand out from the run-of-the-mill airport hotels in the area, the Inn just completed a stunning renovation, transforming itself into a uniquely stylish accommodation complete with designer interiors and original art that seems like it should be anywhere but near a major airport.“We want to attract a younger, frequent business traveler who enjoys staying in a hotel with a sense of style and personality, as well as a complete array of business services,” said Kristen Phillips, Director of Operations for Waterford Hotels and Inns, the management company for the Inn. “We wanted this hotel to be tasteful yet modern, elegant but with many surprises, like the unusual art collection.”

    As South San Francisco’s most recent hotel remodel, the 20-year-old Inn at Oyster Point began its bold facelift in early 2010. The 30-room hotel was made over by the Andrew Alford Design Studio, and inspired by the most famous interior designer of the 1940-‘50s, Dorothy Draper. “I wanted to turn the hotel into a jewel box work of art,” said Alford. “At Oyster Point, I muted the provocative design in the guestrooms and expanded it in the public spaces,” he said. From the quirky, conversation-starting art to the leopard print chairs, the hotel carries out Dorothy Draper’s philosophy to “always put in one controversial item – it makes people talk.”

    All 30 oversized guest rooms (22 queens, 6 kings, 2 double-queens) at The Inn at Oyster Point feature unexpected extras few airport hotels offer:
    • Charming view of the bay and marina from a bay window
    • Fireplace
    • Two prints plus additional art
    • Oversized work desk and separate, comfortable seating area
    • Fresh, expanded, complimentary continental room-service breakfast
    • Large bathroom with spa robes and eco-friendly amenities
    • iHome unit with iPod docking station
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • MiniBar

    The Inn at Oyster Point also attracts small meetings to its elegant Boardroom that seats 12, chic living-room lounge known as The Hamilton Room, which is perfect for informal get-togethers and receptions, and the hotel’s SouthHarbor Restaurant, where guests may enjoy outdoor deck dining.

    The Inn at Oyster Point, owned by Oyster Point Lodging, LLC, is located at 425 Marina Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080.

    Daniel Fountain / 21.10.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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