by Michael C. Lowe | October 01, 2012

San Francisco
The Aloft San Francisco Airport opened last month after a 14-month transformation. The former Clarion property now features 253 guest rooms, a 675-square-foot meeting room, free Wi-Fi and the signature "w xyz" bar.

Meeting Hotels
 Among the largest properties with meeting space 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, 685-room Grand Hyatt San Francisco and 533-room Hotel Nikko San Francisco.

Other hotels in the city include the 802-room Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 591-room Fairmont San Francisco, 549-room Hilton San Francisco Financial District and 529-room Sheraton at Fisherman's Wharf. For a more complete list of hotels, visit

Convention Center
Moscone Center; exhibit space, 442,000 square feet in Moscone North/South combined; number of meeting rooms, 68. Moscone West; exhibit space, 3,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 38. (415) 974-4000

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

Concourse Exhibition Center at the San Francisco Design Center; exhibit space, 125,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, none. (415) 490-5800

South San Francisco Conference Center; exhibit space, approximately 20,500 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 12. (650) 877-8787

Room tax, 14%; Tourism Improvements District Assessment, 1% or 1.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15% or 15.5%

Group VenueConference table at The Box SF
The Box SF,
just two blocks from the Moscone Center, is set on the third floor of the historic 1920s former William Randolph Hearst printing plant. A focal point of the 1,844-square-foot loft-style space is a 35-seat conference table crafted from 17th-century wooden doors from China. Up to 200 guests are accommodated when two rooms are combined. (415) 934-6900

San Francisco Travel Association, (415) 974-6900