San Francisco Welcomes First La Quinta

The La Quinta San Francisco Downtown celebrated its grand opening last night at gala event designed to reintroduce a classic property to a neighborhood that is rapidly become “regeintrified” and redesigned as a destination for San Franciscans and tourists alike. The five-story, 168-room historic hotel, formerly the Hotel Richelieu, is located at 1050 Van Ness Avenue in the Cathedral Hill area of downtown.

The La Quinta Inn & Suites San Francisco Downtown was originally built in 1908 in a Victorian style hotel characteristic of its Van Ness Street location. Offering high ceilings, originally stained glass artwork and an intimate boutique feel, the hotel is located steps from the Symphony Hall Opera House and Civic Center area, and from the California Street Cable Car line, which puts Union Square, Fisherman`s Wharf, Chinatown, the Embarcadero and Financial District all within easy reach. La Quinta has so far invested more than $250,000 in upgrading the property, with more renovations planned.
“We are pleased to raise the La Quinta banner in a neighborhood that has unique attributes and promises a bright future for the brand and this property,” said Alan Tallis, executive vice president and chief development officer for La Quinta, who attended the event. The hotel is set among Van Ness Street’s cadre of high-end car dealerships - including Jaguar, Mercedes and Ferrari -, borders the historic 1000 Van Ness Building, currently the AMC Movie Theaters, with its ornate turn of the century architecture; and is within earshot of historic St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Upper Polk Street shops. The hotel also houses the internationally known Mel’s Diner, which will provide 24-hour room service to the new La Quinta.

Tallis concluded, “The location of this La Quinta Inn & Suites underscores our commitment to providing value but also a unique experience for our guests in key markets, including those with high barriers to entry.”

The La Quinta Inn & Suites - San Francisco Downtown features popular amenities including a complimentary continental breakfast and fitness center, as well as valet and guest laundry facilities. This property will also participate in the La Quinta Returns program that offers a variety of special benefits and the ability to earn points for every dollar spent at La Quinta. Points can be redeemed for free nights and other great rewards. Guests can enroll at, the front desk at any La Quinta hotel or at 1-800-642-4258.

About La Quinta Corporation
Dallas-based La Quinta Corporation (NYSE: LQI), a limited-service lodging company, owns, operates or franchises more than 350 La Quinta Inns and La Quinta Inn & Suites in 33 states. For more information about La Quinta, please visit its website at or for reservations at any La Quinta hotel call 1-800-531-5900.