The chic hotel features cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Jason Fox.
It’s housed in a historic, landmarked, Beaux-Arts-era building, but despite its setting and its name, the San Francisco Proper hotel is anything but quiet. With Michelin-rated chef Jason Fox working magic in the kitchen to live up to the brilliant interior design of the over-talented Kelly Wearstler, the cool property is a shot in the arm for San Francisco’s hospitality scene, offering a dose of contemporary luxury and positive energy to the heart of Mid-Market, a stone’s throw from Union Square, SoMa, Hayes Valley and the Central Market-Civic Center.
Designed to be a “fresh take on the quintessential urban hotel experience,” San Francisco Proper is “a reimagining of the past, present and future through the integrated lens of design, service and attention to detail.” Taking design cues from a range of “pre-modernist” European styles, Wearstler’s fuses the old world with the new and vintage with modern.
Wearstler’s abundant use of museum-quality artwork, vintage and antique furniture, objects and artifacts, along with custom upholstery and contemporary pieces, make each space completely unique and imbue it with depth and character that only items with a historical context can give. Her sense of color is also second to none, creating a real vitality.
At the top of the hotel’s attractions are a quartet of drinking and dining venues that attract locals and tourists, including the rooftop bar and lounge Charmaine’s; The Lounge at San Francisco Proper; Cal-Med aperitif and tapas bar, La Bande; and now the newly reopened fine dining restaurant Villon, with all F&B helmed by Michelin-star rated chef Jason Fox.
The 131 rooms and suites designed by Wearstler are capped by a one-bedroom apartment-like suite, with a layout that “separates moods and ways of living and entertaining”, and furnished with a captivating mix of vintage and contemporary furniture, lighting and carpets, offset by killer views of the city.
Restaurant menus are created by Fox, which joined the San Francisco Proper from the Michelin-starred Commonwealth, which was nominated as a semifinalist for James Beard Best New Restaurant. To compliment its cuisine, cocktails are curated by James Beard Award-nominated Bon Vivant Hospitality, while wine offerings are world-class and feature many hard-to-find selections.
Villon is San Francisco Proper Hotel’s newest concept, which just opened in April 2022. The menu features Fox’s unique culinary take on California cuisine, using the very best seasonal vegetables and locally sourced ingredients. With a focus on tableside experiences, the seasonal menu is designed to be “elevated while remaining accessible.”
The focal point of the space is a custom marble and walnut bar with a tall, brass-detailed spirits library. The blue and black motif of the room is accentuated by wood, stone, metals and glass, with blue ribbed wood panels fragmented with geometric pieces of antique mirror, which reflect light and always provide unique visual interest.
Charmaine’s Rooftop Bar & Lounge is a rooftop bar-lounge with fire pits and breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline. Here, the “energetic chic of a European terrace meets the laid-back vibes of California cool,” and the lines to get in are all you need to know about how popular it’s become.
Charmaine’s features an all-day menu from Chef Fox along with cocktails curated by BV Hospitality featuring the “vibrant flavors, original combinations and unique bitters and syrups” the brand is known for. Lighter concoctions are made to be enjoyed while the sun is still up.
And La Bande is the hotel’s tempting tapas bar, which evokes Mediterranean cafes and highlights the seasonal bounty of Northern California. Aperitif cocktails, Old World and biodynamic wines, and gourmet tapas curated by Chef Fox, plus a Barcelona-inspired market selection for those on the go, make a compelling reason to linger.
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