InterContinental San Francisco

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InterContinental San Francisco
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InterContinental San Francisco is located in San Francisco
InterContinental San Francisco
InterContinental San Francisco is located in California
InterContinental San Francisco
InterContinental San Francisco is located in the US
InterContinental San Francisco
Location within San Francisco
Hotel chain InterContinental
General information
Location United States
Address 888 Howard Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°46′54″N 122°24′17″W / 37.7818°N 122.4047°W / 37.7818; -122.4047Coordinates: 37°46′54″N 122°24′17″W / 37.7818°N 122.4047°W / 37.7818; -122.4047
Opening 3 February 2008[1]
Management InterContinental Hotels Group
Height 103.63 m (340 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 32
Floor area 564,614 sq ft (52,454.4 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Patri Merker Architects
Hornberger + Worstell
Developer Hampshire Properties
Continental Development Corporation
Other information
Number of rooms 554
Number of suites 14
Number of restaurants Bar 888
Luce Restaurant and Bar
Parking 180 (valet only)

The InterContinental San Francisco is a high-rise hotel at 888 Howard Street in the South of Market district of San Francisco, California. The 103.63 m (340 ft) 32-story hotel has 550 hotel rooms, and is operated by the InterContinental Hotels Group.[5] The hotel is next to the Moscone West Center, completed in 2003. The hotel opened on February 28, 2008. There is a two-level underground garage and a six-floor podium housing hotel amenities.[6]


The US$200 million hotel was designed by Patri Merker Architects, and Hornberger + Worstell with Webcor Builders as primary contractors [7] and with Architectural Glass and Aluminum serving as the Glazing Contractor. [8] At night, the tower's southern facade is illuminated, lighting the corner of Howard and 5th Streets, and is visible throughout the city and from miles away. The curtain wall system consists of glass and metal panels. A restaurant is located at street level and a full service spa and health club including a swimming pool is located on the sixth floor. A series of terraces provides open space areas, outdoor activities and separation from adjacent buildings allowing natural light and ventilation to reach the north side of the building.[5]

Alberto Bertoli of Patri Merker Architect explained that he had designed the building with its surroundings in mind, in particular the nearby Moscone Center: "We wanted to break down the rhythm, but also have a component of the building related to the mass of the Moscone."[9] The San Francisco Chronicle's architecture critic John King reported generally adverse reactions to the building after its opening, which he explained by its "aesthetics [being] wrong for San Francisco" and more suitable for the Las Vegas Strip.[9] Nevertheless, King defended it as "a slender building with clean lines and a relaxed presence - and a sharp-looking curtain wall."[9]

The building, with its 550 rooms, was the largest hotel to open in San Francisco since the 1,500 room San Francisco Marriott inaugurated in 1989.[1] With the InterContinental open, the hotel operator was planning to apply for LEED Certification.[1] The InterContinental San Francisco received an Award of Merit in the Hospitality category of the Best of 2008 Awards from California Construction.[7]

Since the hotel's opening in 2008, it has played host to President Barack Obama, US Attorney General Michael Mukasey and former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.[citation needed]


The hotel offers fine dining, standard cafe and the bar services from The InterContinental Restaurant and Bar, Luce, and Bar 888.

Other amenities include two health and fitness centers (one off-site), an indoor lap pool, jacuzzi, full service spa, a business center, and permit pets in some rooms. The conference center contains two large ballrooms, an executive board room and 27 meeting rooms.

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  1. ^ a b c Sarah Duxbury (2008-02-08). "$200M Hotel Joins Inn Crowd InterContinental Boosts SoMa". The San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  2. ^ InterContinental San Francisco at Emporis
  3. ^ "InterContinental San Francisco". SkyscraperPage. 
  4. ^ InterContinental San Francisco at Structurae
  5. ^ a b "Continental Development Corporation Building a 550 room InterContinental Hotel Near San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center". Hotel-online. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  6. ^ David Armstrong (August 25, 2007). "InterContinental readies new hotel for downtown San Francisco". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "InterContinental San Francisco, California". Webcor Builders. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Viracon Projects Website, "InterContinental Hotel San Francisco", Retrieved 20 August 2015
  9. ^ a b c King, John (2008-03-25). "New, blue kid on block: the Intercontinental". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 

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