Hotel Triton: A Cultural Haven In The Golden City

by Catherine Nicholls

Built in 1913 and located on the Grant Avenue Corridor, it’s safe to say that Hotel Triton is a place like no other. In the heart of the San Francisco, you’re just steps away from the Financial District and the hotel is surrounded by culture everywhere you turn – you can walk to Chinatown, North Beach, and Union Square in minutes whilst soaking up the sun. If that’s not your scene, you don’t even have to leave the hotel to find an array of wonders. From art exhibits to a 24-hour fitness centre to their lobby library, what more could you ask for? This storied hotel worked with esteemed interior designer Liubasha Rose at the Helm to create a space that focuses on sophistication and the Danish concept ‘Hygge,’ and the recent renovation welcomes new branding.


Step into Hotel Triton and you’ll enter The Living Room, a common area that’s far from common with a modern luxury approach (think marble flooring, wood ceiling beams and a custom glass-blown chandelier). The area is centred around global travel, featuring hand-beaded crowns of Nigerian kings, a display case filled with minerals from around the world, paintings from New York, masks curated in San Francisco, and so much more. Your feet will sink into hand-woven Colombian rugs as you meander into the Lobby Library, whose collection boasts books focused on travel, culture and taste. Most notably, you’ll find a mural that was serendipitously discovered behind the walls during hotel’s demolition, created by Persian artist Jon Oshanna back in the 1940s. The beautiful artwork depicts Mission Dolores, San Francisco’s oldest intact Mission in California, built in 1776. If that’s not enough, The Living Room also hosts public exhibitions of local emerging artists. Here, you can chat to the artists themselves, surrounded by carefully curated work and even pick up a piece or two.


Other highlights include the hotel’s fitness centre – if you want to end the day with a little exercise, the fitness centre is open all hours and features a treadmill, elliptical machines, stationary bikes and free weights. When you’re ready to switch off, head to your room where you’ll be met by stunning decor, natural light, and, most importantly, deluxe bedding. With 140 guest rooms, all inspired by the feeling of hygge and comfort, the contemporary redesign has created a total transformation to appeal to a mix of international travellers and locals. Each space in the hotel is bright and energising, creating a feel that brings together the comfort of a home and the style of a boutique hotel. Making sure the hotel retained a sense of elegance but still feeling really cosy was important to designer Liubasha Rose, and all rooms and suites feature marble finishes and custom furniture. Flop onto your bed and order room service from one of the restaurants connected to the hotel. Café De La Presse offers everything from gelato to escargot to good old American hamburgers.


Speaking of food, Café De La Presse and Herlen Place are two of many wonderful eateries in the area. Flanked by two of Chef Laurent Manrique’s highly-celebrated San Francisco restaurants, both venues offer world class food just a few steps away, serving breakfast, brunch, dinner and dessert for veggies, vegans and omnivores alike!

Head down to Chinatown for an array of delights. The oldest in Northern America, the town offers tea tasting, food stalls, bars and produce markets alongside museums and street artists. Wander through the maze of streets and alleyways and end up at North Beach – the merging point of Little Italy and Chinatown.

It’s difficult to describe North Beach as just one thing. Whether it’s a stroll through nature or a night on the town you’re looking for, North Beach will definitely provide. Interested in music? Head to the Beat Museum or Beach Blanket Babylon. Science buff? The Exploratorium and Ripley’s Believe It or Not are the places to be. And they’re within a thirty-minute stroll away!

Hotel Triton is truly the heart of the city; it encompasses all of the best aspects of San Francisco. It does this on top of embracing travel and culture to become a unique amalgamation of cosiness and art. In short, Hotel Triton is the place you need to be for your next San Fran trip to immerse yourself in the culture and everything this vibrant, pretty city has to offer.

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