by Michael C. Lowe | July 01, 2012

San Francisco
Moscone Center recently completed a $56 million renovation. Improvements include a $4.5 million Wi-Fi system that can support up to 60,000 devices at once. (For more details, see "Cutting-Edge Convention Centers.")

The 22-room Inn at the Presidio opened in April as the first guest accommodations in the landmark 1,491-acre Presidio, a national park site and former U.S. Army outpost that dates back to the arrival of Spanish forces here in 1776. The property has two meeting rooms that can accommodate a total of up to 25 people, as well as an outdoor deck with a fire pit and views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Construction is under way on the new $60 million SFJAZZ Center, which is expected to open in January 2013. The 35,000-square-foot structure will feature a 700-seat performance hall and a restaurant.

The 158-room Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with new renovations of its guest rooms, lobby and 5,145 square feet of meeting space (the property currently is creating an additional 1,200 square feet for events). The renovation is expected to be completed this month, while a new spa should debut this fall.

The 1,908-room Hilton San Francisco Union Square recently completed a $51 million renovation of 550 guest rooms, which now feature new furniture and Wi-Fi. The property has a total of 134,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 20,000-square-foot ballroom that soon will be expanded and updated with new design features.

Last October, the 277-room Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco finished a renovation of its meeting facilities. The 15,000 square feet of space received new audiovisual technology and furnishings, as well as an overall new color scheme and redesign.

The 659-room Grand Hyatt San Francisco is in the midst of a $70 million renovation that will revamp its lobby and add a new open-kitchen restaurant and an upscale bar. Set to be completed in the fall, this is the last in a multiphase project that included an upgrade of the property's 659 guest rooms and 27,000 square feet of meeting space in 2011.

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, 552-room Palace Hotel, 550-room InterContinental 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 properties, visit

Convention Centers
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 Venue
In March, the downtown Metreon shopping district opened the new City View, which offers approximately 12,000 square feet of outdoor event space and 18,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, the latter highlighted by 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows allowing panoramic views of the San Francisco skyline. (415) 369-6003

San Francisco Travel Association, (415) 974-6900