The new, 248-room Kimpton Alton Hotel opens this Friday in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, bringing the local brand's retro-chic charm to the popular attraction. It will be the first Bay Area property opened by Kimpton in six years.
The hotel offers a 986-square-foot meeting space on site, the Studio, with natural light from a large skylight. Among the residential-style guest rooms are eight spa rooms, each with a large soaking tub. Two exceptionally spacious one-bedroom suites have views of Alcatraz. All of the guest rooms provide iconic views of either the San Francisco Bay or the city — with Russian Hill, Coit Tower and the Transamerica Building dominating the skyline. The accommodations are outfitted with turntables and a few records, providing a bit of retro rock 'n' roll character to the stay. A lending library of vinyl selections is available to all who want to spin more favorites.
The Alton embraces the aesthetic of the original 1970s building it occupies. The unique furnishings represent an array of retro styles, and the brand's signature Living Room public space features dimmed lighting, vintage area rugs, blonde-wood floors, an eclectic art collection and an earthy color palette.
The signature restaurant, Abaca, is scheduled to open at the end of June. Acclaimed local chef Francis Ang, originally from Manila, has collaborated with his wife, Dian, to put a Filipino twist on California cuisine and cocktails. A 30-seat patio will provide outdoor seating along Jones Street.
Additional amenities include a 24-hour fitness center with two Peloton bikes, use of hotel bicycles to explore surrounding neighborhoods, and Kimpton-brand staples such as morning coffee and tea service, and evening social hours, both served in the Living Room.