by Michael C. Lowe | April 01, 2015
Why here?
Breathtaking nature, vibrant culture, proximity to Silicon Valley and some of the nation's freshest food help make the City by the Bay one of the most popular areas in which to live, work and play. Several major hotel rebranding projects are keeping the destination fresh for groups.

Other Cities
• Avaya Stadium,
 home to Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes, opened in November 2014 and can accommodate 18,000 people. Patio suites are available for groups of up to 100.

The Andaz Napa has resumed full operation after temporarily closing to repair damage sustained during an earthquake last August. The property's 141 guest rooms, restaurants and meeting spaces have been completely renovated.

Even Ritzier
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, just 30 minutes south of downtown San Francisco, recently refurbished its 261 guest rooms. The hotel offers more than 17,000 square feet of indoor function space.

Quick Breaks
The 260-room St. Regis San Francisco recently launched a new spa menu for groups on the go. The program offers a menu of 25-minute sessions that range from massages to facials to reflexology.
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Local Update

Meeting Professionals International will hold its annual World Education Congress Aug. 1-4 at Moscone Center, with networking events taking place throughout the city. An estimated 2,000 members are expected to attend the event. The opening-night celebration will be held at Pier 48, a new bayfront event space that can accommodate up to 7,000 people.

The Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco-Union Square was acquired by Hilton Worldwide this past February and renamed the Parc 55 San Francisco, a Hilton Hotel. The property features 1,024 guest rooms, more than 30,000 square feet of function space, several dining options and a fitness center. When combined with the nearby Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the two hotels offer nearly 3,000 guest rooms and approximately 165,000 square feet of function space.

The Park Central Hotel San Francisco debuted at the former Westin Market Street location in February as an independent property. Just off Market Street and near the colorful SoMa (for South of Market) culture and arts district, the 36-story hotel offers 681 guest rooms with impressive views of San Francisco's bustling downtown. Amenities include a fitness center and an on-site restaurant. For meetings, the property features some 23,000 square feet of function space spread across 17 rooms, the largest of which is the 9,042-square-foot Metropolitan Ballroom with a capacity of 1,200 people.

Newly formed Proper Hospitality, led by the creator and former CEO of the Viceroy Hotel Group, Brad Korzen, will launch Proper Hotels in San Francisco late this year with the debut of the 135-room boutique San Francisco Proper. The hotel, in a renovated landmark building in the booming Mid-Market neighborhood, will offer three chef-driven restaurants and a rooftop bar.

Host Hotels & Resorts and Kokua Hospitality are transforming the Powell Hotel into the high-tech, upscale Axiom Hotel. The 152-room downtown property will open this fall, just three blocks from Moscone Center.

Earlier this year, Loews Hotels & Resorts purchased the 158-room Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Hotel, which has more than 5,000 square feet of function space and a new 8,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. Plans for rebranding the property are in the works.