by Michael J. Shapiro | January 27, 2016
The 152-room Axiom Hotel opened in downtown San Francisco this week, following last year's sale of the property to Host Hotels and subsequent renovations. The former Powell Hotel sits near the cable-car turnaround at the Powell Street station on Market Street, three blocks from Moscone Center.

"Our team has worked tirelessly to transform this historic building into a cutting-edge property that's literally at the axiom of history and the digital revolution," said general manager Garry Cox. The LEED-certified project offers a number of tech-focused touches, including iPad-assisted check-in, complimentary Wi-Fi, plentiful USB outlets for charging, and room types named for tech bytes: Nano & Mono Queen, Meta Queen, Mono King and E-King. In-room amenties include 48-inch Samsung Smart TVs with Apple TV; smartphone-docking stations; Kube Bluetooth clock radios; portable desks; and fiber optics-based, in-room, high-speed Wi-Fi.

Also on site is a 24-hour CORE fitness center and the Turn Café, which is open all day with a focus on fresh, local and organic ingredients. The mezzanine level, called the Cloud, has classic arcade games for guest use, an iPad station for ordering food and drink, communal seating and a selfie station with a live social-media feed. The hotel also offers the Hub, a nearly 1,000-square-foot meeting space designed for small conferences. The room is decked out with tech features such as outlets at every seat, wall-mounted 70-inch flat panel displays, an integrated sound system and more.

Green initiatives at the new property include filtered ice and water stations on every guest floor, recycling bins in every room, a high-efficiency HVAC system and LED lighting throughout.