Hyatt Regency San Francisco

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Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Five Embarcardero Center.jpg
Five Embarcadero Center
Hotel chain Global Hyatt Corporation
General information
Location United States
Address Five Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′40″N 122°23′45″W / 37.79432°N 122.39584°W / 37.79432; -122.39584Coordinates: 37°47′40″N 122°23′45″W / 37.79432°N 122.39584°W / 37.79432; -122.39584
Opening 1973
Owner Sunstone Hotel Investors
Management Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Height 77 m (253 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 20
Floor area 863,400 sq ft (80,210 m2)
Design and construction
Architect John Portman & Associates
Developer Trammell Crow
David Rockefeller
John C. Portman, Jr.
Other information
Number of rooms 804
Number of suites Balcony Suite
Embarcadero Suite
Number of restaurants 2

Hyatt Regency San Francisco is a hotel located at the foot of Market Street and The Embarcadero in the financial district of San Francisco, California. The hotel is a part of the Embarcadero Center development by Trammell Crow, David Rockefeller, and John Portman.

The San Francisco Chronicle's architecture critic John King has described the 1973 building as a "temple of hermetic urbanism" in a "self-contained sci-fi" style that by 2016 had become "dated", albeit remaining "still visually dazzling, in a futuristic sort of way."[4] The Regency Club Lounge was once the Equinox, a rooftop revolving restaurant, but is now a stationary elite club for certain hotel guests offering 360-degree views of the city and the bay. The atrium holds the Guinness world record (as of 2012) for the largest hotel lobby, with a length of 107 meters, width of 49 meters and height of 52 meters (15 stories).[5]

The atrium in the Hyatt Regency SF

Ownership history[edit]

The building was sold by its owner, Strategic Hotel Capital LLC, in January 2007 for close to US$200 million to Dune Capital Management and DiNapoli Capital Partners – roughly $250,000 for each of the hotel's 802 rooms.[6] In December 2013, the hotel was purchased by Aliso-Viejo, CA-based Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc., for $262M.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

The Hyatt Regency's atrium lobby served as the lobby of the Glass Tower in 1974's The Towering Inferno. Replicas of John Portman's trademark pill-shaped elevators were built for use in the film and are featured throughout, including in an extended sequence where one is lifted from the stricken tower by helicopter. The Hotel was also featured in the 1977 Mel Brooks Comedy High Anxiety, the film Telefon from 1977, and in Time After Time, a tale of H.G. Wells chasing Jack The Ripper into the future of 1979.

As well as being a setting for numerous films, the lobby is itself inspired by a film. Architect John Portman has stated that its design was suggested to him by viewing the 1935 science fiction film Things to Come.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hyatt Regency San Francisco at Emporis
  2. ^ "Hyatt Regency San Francisco". SkyscraperPage. 
  3. ^ Hyatt Regency San Francisco at Structurae
  4. ^ King, John (2016-01-29). "Sci-fi hotel goes from daring to dated in 43 years". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
  5. ^ Knowles, Bija (2011-09-15). "Guinness World Records 2012: Travel records". Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
  6. ^ Ryan Tate (January 8, 2007). "S.F. Hyatt Regency sells for $200M". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Sunstone Seals $262M Deal For San Francisco Hyatt Hotel". December 3, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Doar, D. (May 1974). "L'hôtel "Hyatt Regency" à San Francisco (Etats-Unis)". Acier = Stahl = Steel (in French). Centre Belgo-Luxembourgeois d’Information de l’Acier. 39: 199–205. 

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