by Michael J. Shapiro | June 15, 2017
Hotel VIA, opening June 21, is the first new-build hotel to debut in San Francisco's South Beach neighborhood in a dozen years. The 159-room independent boutique property, across the street from AT&T Park, takes its name from its location, which is near a bevy of Bay Area transportation options -- BART, Caltrain, Muni, ferry, freeways and bridges. It is also within walking distance of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Moscone Convention Center.
 
The property sports a minimalist design, but varied enough so that no two rooms on each floor look the same. A 3,000-square-foot rooftop lounge provides 360-degree views of the ballpark, the Bay Bridge, East Bay Hills and the city skyline. The lounge, available only for hotel guests and private events, provides indoor and outdoor spaces with private draped cabanas, communal tables and open-air fire pits. It can accommodate 200 people and is available for buyouts or may be sectioned off for smaller groups.
 
Also on-site is Bar VIA, an upscale venue that serves small-plate specialties to accompany its custom cocktails and local beers and wines. Continental breakfast is served for hotel guests in The City Room, which also is available for private lunch and dinner events. The venue can handle 87 seated guests, or up to 150 for a reception. 
 
The hotel offers a 750-square-foot boardroom, as well, with full A/V capabilities and able to accommodate 40 people. Elevation 10, a unique 850-square-foot event space for up to 45 attendees, is a secluded, landscaped 10th-floor deck with views of AT&T Park and the Bay Bridge.
 
Among the technology amenities at Hotel VIA are in-room triple-play services (voice, video and data); KEYPR keyless room entry and associated tech such as mobile check-in and checkout, and in-room controls; and a gigabit passive optical network for high-density Internet access. The Tech Port is a second-floor technology hub, with desktop computers and meeting tables, available to hotel guests at any time.