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Joie de Vivre Hospitality Announces the Reopening of the Hotel Carlton

Joie de Vivre Hospitality, well-known for
its creative collection of lifestyle-oriented hotels and properties in the
Bay Area, announced today the May, 2004 grand reopening of the
now-renovated Hotel Carlton in San Francisco. The 163-room Hotel Carlton
is an historic and stately building originally constructed in 1927,
centrally located in an area of the city that is distinctly “San
Franciscan” in its architecture and environment. The hotel is near the
California Cable Car line, one mile to Fisherman’s Wharf and other western
areas such as Nob Hill, Pacific Heights, Union Street, and Fillmore
Street, and is only nine blocks to City Hall, the Opera House and Davies
Symphony Hall. The interior design has been crafted by the
California-based team of Marni Leis and Oren Bronstein, the designers
behind other distinctive Joie de Vivre properties, such as the Hotel Los
Gatos and the Acqua Hotel. The reopening also includes the introduction of
a hotel cafe (opening in August, 2004).
The ambiance of the Hotel Carlton can be best described as “international
vintage,” featuring eclectic and exotic touches from around the world that
celebrate the joy of travel. This theme was initially inspired by the
special opportunity to exhibit a private and exclusive collection of
travel photographs, courtesy of the archives of the San Francisco-based
American Himalayan Foundation, and will be displayed throughout the lobby
and guestrooms.

One of the first impressions a guest will have upon entering the hotel is
that they have stepped into a grand private San Francisco estate-intimate,
personal, and not at all stuffy. The lobby’s residential yet global
vintage style will inspire guests to linger in seating arrangements of
both new and antique furniture upholstered in a variety of rich fabrics.
One-of-a-kind treasures and cross-cultural pieces will be placed
throughout, such as tribal figurines, Oriental rugs, and carved
furnishings. Original details, like the intricate hand-carved moldings and
the wrought-iron pinecone-topped banisters, hearken back to the hotel’s

Each of the guestrooms offers a soft palette of soothing tones such as
light breezy blue and cashmere cream, punctuated by touches of glowing
colors like saffron, Oriental red and a cheerful persimmon (the colors
were inspired by a vintage Indian sari the design team has in their
collection). Another cherished component of this quintessential San
Francisco hotel experience includes the striking views. The Hotel Carlton
isn’t flanked by adjoining buildings (a rarity in this district), so the
majority of rooms look out upon an expansive and unobstructed view on all
four sides of the building.

Guestrooms are appointed with charming international accents, including
imported hand-painted Moroccan tables, Lucite-beaded table lamps that echo
a classic ‘40’s-style vanity light, and a comfortable ‘30s-style easy
chair upholstered with three colorful fabrics. Additional residential
features include ceiling fans, wood blinds on the windows, and a painted
wood headboard adorned with a striking gold medallion (reminiscent of the
hotel’s logo). Marni Leis said of the guestroom design, “It feels like an
overnight stay at your globetrotting Swedish grandmother’s house.”

In August, the Hotel Carlton will house a 66-seat cafe that will offer an
affordable breakfast and dinner menu. The cafe’s ebony-wood planks, bright
red lacquer seats and red leather upholstery will contribute to a warm and
inviting experience. In addition, the presence of an old-world Chinese
“scholar’s table” that can seat eight family-style is sure to become the
hub of the restaurant for shared meals and stories.


Prices at the Hotel Carlton have been structured to appeal to travelers
who want an authentic San Francisco experience, without sacrificing style,
comfort, and modern amenities. Opening rates range from $89-$129. For
groups, the hotel also provides The Summit Room, a conference facility
that can accommodate up to 40 people.