Lodging to Meet a Variety of Needs
Northern California hotels offer catering services, convenient parking, state-of-the-art audiovisual amenities and meeting and exhibit space, all designed to specifically meet the needs of the business community.

From bed-and-breakfasts to high-end hotels and in between, the San Francisco Bay Area provides diversity in visitor housing to fit any budget. Also, event planners may look forward to working with some of the top professionals in the industry while planning schedules, negotiating room rates and developing menus.

Because meeting planners are such a force in the hospitality industry, many national-chain hotels have designed websites that aid in planning. Resources can include room availability, meeting space layouts and lists of readily available services and supplies, so event planners know exactly what to pack and what they can leave at the office.

San Francisco
San Francisco has more than 30,000 hotel rooms designed to please the savviest traveler. From quirky, intimate boutiques to large-scale, luxury chains, San Francisco is equipped to meet the needs of business travelers of all kinds.

A number of high-end hotels in the downtown area are popular meeting spaces for companies looking to mix business with excursions and nightlife. One such hotel is the Westin St. Frances, located in Union Square. The Westin St. Frances features more than 56,000 square feet of meeting space and 1,195 lavish guest rooms and 34 impeccable suites. The Westin St. Frances offers the perfect mix of historic ambiance and modern amenities.

With a style all its own, the architecturally stunning JW Marriott San Francisco offers 329 guest rooms and more than 11,820 square feet of meeting space.

The newly built Orchard Garden Hotel is California’s first generation of truly “green” hotels. It is the only hotel in San Francisco to earn a coveted “Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design” (LEED®) certification. The Orchard Garden Hotel offers a rooftop garden and executive board room for events and is outfitted with 86 stylish guest rooms.

The Phoenix Hotel is known globally as San Francisco’s “Rock and Roll Hotel.” This funky hotel is located less than three blocks from the Civic Center and features 44 guest rooms. Past guests have included Pearl Jam and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

A Personality Hotel, the Hotel Diva is a sleek inn that features 116 guest rooms styled with Diva-style cobalt blue carpets, silver accents, custom-designed sculptured rolled-steel headboards, graphic-hued bedspreads, bright orange shower curtains, modern black leather couches and blond wood tabletop desks. Other Personality Hotels include Hotel Union Square, Kensington Park, Hotel Metropolis, Hotel Vertigo, Hotel Frank and The Steinhart.

Lights, camera, action! Hotel Bijou in Union Square is a movie lover’s paradise. With 65 jewel-toned guest rooms, a mini-movie theater in the lobby and dramatic Hollywood portraits gracing the walls, Hotel Bijou has become a blockbuster in San Francisco.

Parc 55 Hotel, a four-diamond hotel, is a perfect representation of the beautifully appointed lodging opportunities that exist in San Francisco. With 1,010 spacious guest suites and more than 21,000 square feet of meeting space, Parc 55 Hotel encompasses the unique style that characterizes San Francisco.

Other notable hotels in San Francisco include the award-winning Hilton Hotel and Towers; the lavishly designed Hotel Vitale; the ideally located Hyatts at Union Square and in the Embarcadero; the historic Fairmont San Francisco and Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco.

East Bay
The East Bay is home to some of the best lodging options in the Bay Area. Luxury and class define the many boutique hotels, chain lodges and world-class resorts housed east of San Francisco.

Nestled in the Oakland/Berkley Hills is The Claremont Resort and Spa, with more than 30,000 square feet of meeting space and 278 unique guest rooms. Known for its 20,000 square-foot health center, the Claremont is the ideal one-stop-shop for meetings and events. Numerous accolades have been given to the Claremont including the title of “Best in the West,” by Meetings West magazine. The Claremont Resort and Spa is designed to provide relaxation and a peaceful retreat from the world.

The Waterfront Plaza Hotel, in the heart of historic Jack London Square, is one of Oakland’s most popular venues. The hotel features 143 nautically inspired guest rooms and meeting space for events from two to 300 people. Its prime location on the Oakland Harbor has helped make it a meeting planner’s paradise.

Also worth considering in the East Bay are Hotel Ibiza, Four Points by Sheraton San Francisco Bay Bridge, Berkeley’s Hotel Durant and the Oakland Marriott City Center.

The Peninsula
Diversity perfectly describes the variation of lodging on the San Francisco Peninsula. There, you’ll find accommodations for business travelers seeking tranquility mixed with modern amenities.

The Ritz-Carlton on Half Moon Bay offers meeting space and lodging that combines state-of-the-art facilities with impeccable service. This beachside paradise includes 17,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and three outdoor function areas that can accommodate up to 400 people. The Ritz is equipped with 261 well-appointed guestrooms and offers dining in two lavish establishments.

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