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San Francisco Hotel Celebrates 50th Anniversary

By Amanda Christensen

The atrium at Hyatt Regency San Francisco || Courtesy of Hyatt Regency San Francisco

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco first opened in 1973 in the city’s Embarcadero district, and the hotel is renowned for its brutalist design by architect John Portman. Today, it still catches the eye of the public and hotel guests alike as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. What’s more, the property holds the Guinness World Record for largest hotel lobby—an accolade recognizing the 20-floor atrium attendees see upon entry when gathering at the Hyatt. The hotel sits adjacent to the iconic Ferry Building and is within walking distance of Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman’s Wharf.

“The property is ideal for both leisure and business, with expansive event space and three floors of designated meeting areas to maximize attendee flow,” says Stuart Evans, director of sales and marketing for the hotel. “Equipped for both intimate meetings and large-scale events, the hotel features 72,000 square feet of customizable meeting and event space.” And the towering atrium is also available to groups. Evans adds, “At 350 feet long, 160 feet wide, and 170 feet high, the lobby is a spectacular place to meet, to eat, and to honor the legendary architecture of John Portman.”