Hilton San Francisco Union Square

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Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Hilton Hotels logo.svg
Hilton San Francisco and Towers.jpg
1964 wing in foreground, with 1988 facade cladding, and 1971 tower in rear
Hilton San Francisco Union Square is located in San Francisco
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Hilton San Francisco Union Square is located in California
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Hilton San Francisco Union Square is located in the US
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Location within San Francisco
Hotel chain Hilton Hotels
General information
Location United States
Address 333 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′07″N 122°24′39″W / 37.7853°N 122.4109°W / 37.7853; -122.4109Coordinates: 37°47′07″N 122°24′39″W / 37.7853°N 122.4109°W / 37.7853; -122.4109
Opening May 25, 1964[1]
Owner Hilton Hotels
Management Hilton Hotels
Height Tower I: 150.3 m (493 ft)
Tower II: 106 m (348 ft)
Technical details
Floor count Tower 1:46(See service elevator serving B2 for proof)
Tower 2:23(With confusing numbers below 7) Tower 3:19(Obvious numbering here)
Design and construction
Architect William B. Tabler 1964, John Carl Warnecke and Associates 1985-88[2]
Other information
Number of rooms 1,919
Number of restaurants 2
Website
http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-union-square-SFOFHHH/index.html
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The Hilton San Francisco Union Square is a skyscraper hotel located several blocks south-west of Union Square in San Francisco, California. Opened in 1964, it is the largest hotel in San Francisco, with 1,919 rooms,[6] filling an entire city block, and is one of the tallest structures representing Brutalist architecture.

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The hotel opened on May 25, 1964, as the San Francisco Hilton.[7] Built at a cost of $29 million[8] and designed by noted architect William B. Tabler, the innovative 18-story, 1200-room structure was known as a motel within a hotel[9] due to a design featuring a series of ramps in the middle of the building, allowing guests to drive their cars directly to seven of the hotel's lower floors and park adjacent to their room.[10] The distinctive parking layout is memorably featured in the 1968 film Petulia, filmed in part at the hotel.[11] Tabler's design also employed a checkerboard facade of windows and decorative panels to disguise the building's earthquake bracing.[12]

The Beatles stayed at the hotel during their 1964 US tour.[13]

The 46-story, 493 ft (150 m) Hilton Tower addition was completed in 1971,[14] joined to the original wing by a skybridge. From 1985-1988, the hotel was completely rebuilt at a cost of $150 million, to designs by architect John Carl Warnecke, with the addition of a 23-story 348 ft (106 m) third tower, connecting the two original towers.

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