by Michael J. Shapiro | February 19, 2019

The Marker San Francisco, a 208-room Joie de Vivre Hotel, has wrapped up a major renovation that reveals a new, beaux arts-inspired look for the lobby, living room and the property's 12,000 square feet of meeting space.

The multimillion-dollar renovation pays homage to the design and location of the 1910 building, which is in San Francisco's Union Square neighborhood and began life as the opulent Hotel Bellevue. The soft whites and pale grays of the new color scheme serve as a canvas behind colorful furniture, layered patterns, and dramatically placed art and lighting, creating playful spaces for guests and attendees.

The new meeting spaces, which span 12,000 square feet across 18 rooms, have an elegant charm with historic detailing. The rooms themselves can accommodate from 12 to 300 guests, and have names that evoke the neighborhood's past -- with a special focus on The Maltese Falcon, penned by Dashiell Hammett when he lived in the neighborood. Falcon, Spade, Bogart and Hammett are among the new event spaces within the hotel.

New interactive group experiences include wine-tasting classes, beer-pairing workshops, and a chocolate and wine class. Catering is provided by Tratto, the hotel's on-site modern Italian trattoria and bar, which was renovated in 2016.

The redesigned lobby now features multiple lavender Murano-inspired chandeliers, as well as a 12-foot-high theatrical bird cage, itself inspired by The Maltese Falcon. New furniture and flooring complement the original historical elements of the room, including stone tiles, a central fireplace and a grand staircase, now painted in a bold blue.

The new Living Room, just off the lobby, provides views of the neighborhood along with custom furniture and new wooden floors. The space hosts gatherings for complimentary morning coffee and tea, and a wine reception and live local music in the afternoons. The Living Room also serves as a gallery for rotating exhibits by local artists.