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Hotel Closure for Renovation and 30 Year Anniversary Grand Reopening:

When Hotel Nikko San Francisco opened in 1987 it represented the most advanced technological and architectural Hotel design available at the time and with that same goal in mind, Takenaka Corporation will be closing the Hotel for the first time in its 30 year history in order to complete a $60 Million renovation creating completely reimagined experiences for Hotel Nikko San Francisco's guests.
The decision to completely close the hotel was made so that the work could be completed in the most efficient way possible; to that end, the Hotel will be closed December 19, 2016 through March 20, 2017 and during that time the Hotel will be occupied by multiple contractors, working three shifts per day.  Spearheaded by Hirsch Bedner Associates the renovation will encompass all 405 guestrooms, the lobby, public spaces, third floor ballroom and pre-function space, as well as a significant upgrade to the technology and infrastructure of the hotel. As one of only five hotels in San Francisco to be recognized as a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel, Hotel Nikko San Francisco will emerge from the renovation to create a completely reimagined and elevated hotel guest experience.
"When Hotel Nikko San Francisco opened in 1987 it represented the most advanced technological and architectural hotel design available at the time," said Anna Marie Presutti, vice president and general manager of Hotel Nikko San Francisco. "With the same focus in mind, the renovation will usher in upgraded amenities and a refreshed hotel experience with the same genuine and authentic service the Nikko has long been known for."
Under the continued ownership and leadership of the Takenaka Corporation, the decision to completely close the hotel was made so that the work could be executed in the most efficient way possible, without disrupting any guests. Multiple contractors will work to ensure the renovation is completed and the hotel's reopening remains on-schedule. Special care was taken to provide employees with full benefits during the closure with a planned outlined of two year's advance notice in preparation of the hotel closure. In addition, Hotel Nikko San Francisco is working with local hotels to provide temporary employment options for hotel staff if desired.

Hotel Nikko San Francisco's Inspired Re-Design

Hotel Nikko San Francisco has always embodied a modern Asian-inspired aesthetic taking a nod from its Japanese heritage, while constantly evolving to provide its guests accommodations that service the needs of today's travelers. In February 2016, the renovated Indoor Pool with Glass Atrium and adjoining Outdoor Terrace reopened which also included an updated outdoor dog run on the hotel's fifth floor, making the hotel one of the most pet-friendly properties in downtown San Francisco.
To usher in Hotel Nikko's 30th anniversary, the hotel enlisted Hirsch Bedner Associates to redesign guest rooms, lobby and reception areas, ballroom meeting and pre-function space, introducing a sophisticated and contemporary design that took inspiration from the fluid lines of the a traditional kimono. The centerpiece of the redesign will be the grand lobby, which will be filled with sculptural light that is inspired by the movement and brushstrokes of Japanese calligraphy.


The guestroom redesign will offer guests an urban refuge creating a home away from home at The Nikko in the heart of San Francisco. Guest rooms are residentially styled, filled with light and richly textured using an understated color palate of cool tones and vibrant touches of colors to welcome guests as they transition to their rooms. Living spaces embody the core of the guest room experience allowing guests to feel at ease with deep seated sofas, soft fabrics and organic light fixtures. Marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and oversized showers create a further retreat for guests.


Orchestrated with impeccable coordination, flexible open floor plans will translate into unique vignettes, imposing a sophisticated overlay of earthy region specific materials, and soft subtle fabrics with vibrant influences of color. Dramatic sculptural lighting fixtures fill the two-story space and add an elevated sense of grandeur to the existing opulent space. Towering screening elements will draw the eye up while adding texture and form.

Pre-Function Event Space

Setting the stage for the grandeur of the ballroom, the pre function area will be accented with textural lighting elements and bold colorful carpet design. Brightening the space with added lighting will activate the energy of groups of meetings. The pre function space will be elevated with artistic airy light fixtures that mimic the geometry of branches overlapping. This fixture ties the geometry of the screen panels to the natural water inspired carpet design tying the concept of natural organic elements with tailored designs.


Organic sculptural lighting fixtures are the focal point in the dramatic ballroom. Wall screens accent the room to add a contemporary element. Smaller accents of beaded elements add a hint of texture and shimmer onto the wall surface. Crystal glass drop fixtures with geometric shades are an original feature that combines both natural organic shapes with rigid forms and will elevate the ballroom experience. Flanking either side of the doorways are tall metal cut screens which boast a natural botanical texture. These elements emphasize the height of the space and add to the grandeur of the ballroom. The design of the bold carpet pulls in the patterns and color direction from adjacent public areas to keep the fluidity of the design language throughout the property.
In addition to the dramatic new look, March 2017 will also see the re-opening of California-inspired Japanese cuisine at Restaurant ANZU. Additional amenities include a 10,000 square foot Club Nikko fitness center with indoor pools, steam rooms and dry saunas. Live entertainment at the intimate Feinstein's at the Nikko nightclub will reinitiate immediately follow the hotel's reopening.


Hotel Nikko San Francisco was built and is owned by the Takenaka Corporation, a 23rd generation construction company in Japan. When the Takenaka Corporation built Hotel Nikko San Francisco in 1987 they chose to partner with Nikko Hotels International, their preferred management company at the time and now, almost 30 years later, the building is still owned by Takenaka Corporation and managed by Nikko Hotels International, quite the anomaly in today's world of nonstop Hotel consolidation and transactions.

What separates the Nikko from the crowd:

  • Upcoming renovation and grand reopening in March 2017
  • Same owner and management company for 30 years
  • Centrally located steps away from Union Square in the heart of downtown San Francisco
  • One of only five hotels in San Francisco honored to be recognized on the prestigious list of 4 Star Hotels, rated and ranked by the Forbes Travel Guide
  • Consistently provides genuine, authentic service as displayed on our Trip Advisor reviews
  • Dedicated on-site Sales and Reservations teams who service only our hotel
  • Consistently rated as one of the Bay Area's "Best Places to Work" by the San Francisco Business Times
  • Newly renovated Indoor Pool with Glass Atrium and adjoining Outdoor Terraces, available for private events, opened February 2016
  • Pet friendly hotel featuring new Outdoor Dog Run, opened February 2016
  • Feinstein's at the Nikko nightclub, featuring live entertainment in an intimate 140-seat theater
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