by Michael C. Lowe | January 01, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO

Local Update
• Last fall, the Grand Hyatt San Francisco completed a $70 million renovation with the unveiling of a new top-floor meeting and event space. The 4,817-square-foot area on the 36th floor presents 360-degree views of the Bay Area, including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate bridge and bustling Union Square directly below. The property features 660 guest rooms and a total of 32,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 7,000-square-foot grand ballroom adjacent to an additional 10,000 square feet of flexible space for exhibits or dining for up to 350 attendees.

• The Galleria Park Hotel, part of the Joie de Vivre collection, completed a multimillion-dollar, 18-month renovation last summer. The project included a redesign of the property's 177 guest rooms, new landscaping and décor on the hotel's outdoor terrace, a remodel of its 2,000-square-foot meeting space and a new French restaurant.

• The 116-room Hotel Zetta opened last February with 2,760 square feet of event space divided among three meeting rooms and a chic lobby lounge. The property, originally built in 1913, is a few blocks from Moscone Center and features an on-site restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Meeting Hotels: Among properties in the Union Square area are the 1,908-room Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 1,496-room Marriott Marquis San Francisco, 1,195-room Westin St. Francis, 1,010-room Parc 55 Wynd­ham San Francisco-Union Square and 532-room Hotel Nikko San Francisco.

To find and compare these and other hotels in the area, and to send RFPs, go to mcvenues.com.

Convention Centers: Moscone Center; exhibit space, approximately 442,000 square feet in Moscone North and South; number of meeting rooms, 68. Moscone West; exhibit space, 3,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 38. (415) 974-4000; moscone.com

Fort Mason Center; exhibit space, 130,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 11. (415) 441-3400; fortmason.org

Concourse Exhibition Center at the San Francisco Design Center; exhibit space, 125,000 square feet; no meeting rooms. (415) 490-5800; sfvenues.com

Airport Transit: San Francisco International Airport, about 13 miles south of San Francisco's downtown district. Transfer cost by taxi, $45 to downtown

Taxes: Room tax, 14%; Tourism Improvements District Assessment, .75% or 1%; Moscone Expansion District, .3125% or 1.25%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15.0625% or 16.25%

Group Venue: Meeting planners can rent several intriguing spaces on the 25th floor of the 532-room Hotel Nikko, including a 1,560-square-foot area with unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Additional gathering spots on the same floor include a 1,058-square-foot room overlooking the peninsula and Silicon Valley, a 990-square-foot room with views of San Francisco Bay and four boardrooms. (415) 394-1111; hotelnikkosf.com

Contact: San Francisco Travel Association, (415) 974-6900; sanfrancisco.travel