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Westin St. Francis, Union Square

Westin St. Francis in Union Square

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Corporate Event Photography at the Westin

Located in the heart of Union Square, the Westin St. Francis has a sophisticated and stately style that blends well with its long and rich history, while still maintaining a modern feel.

This Westin venue has been a landmark in Union Square since 1904. Recent renovations, completed in 2018, include updated technology and décor, making it an ideal location for your next business event, gala, or summit.

With over 55,000 square feet of event space across 35 meeting rooms, The Westin St. Francis boasts some of the finest places to host any kind of event in San Francisco. The Grand Ballroom is the largest meeting or event space, at over 10,000 square feet with 16 foot ceilings and a built in stage. The Borgia Room was once a chapel for the hotel guests, with cathedral ceilings and a fireplace, and is a classic meeting space for small groups. Diverse decor gives plenty of options when choosing a space at the Westin St. Francis — the Colonial Ballroom is ornate and decorated to match a countryside in Tuscany, and the Colonnade offers white columns and huge windows that overlook the cable cars and the hustle of Union Square. On the 32nd floor of the Tower Building, the Golden Gate room has been named “the most spectacular special event venue in Northern California.” Floor to ceiling windows show off the San Francisco skyline, Coit Tower, and both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges.

Within walking distance of Chinatown, the Financial District, and the Moscone Convention Center, the Westin St. Francis is a prominent business, social, and theatrical center of San Francisco. As the only hotel directly located on Union Square, cable cars stop just out the front doors, ready to show you all that the city has to offer.

History of the Westin St. Francis

  • With a vision of creating a “Paris of the West,” construction of the original St. Francis began in 1902. $2.5 million later, it opened its doors in 1904.
  • The hotel became so popular that within six months, the owners announced plans to add a third wing: two floors of apartments and a ballroom.
  • At 5:04 on the morning of April 18, 1906, the people of San Francisco were awakened by an earthquake. Many buildings in the city of San Francisco were destroyed by the fires that erupted because of the earthquake. Following the earthquake, a tent city was set up in Golden Gate Park for people who had lost their homes. In the days that followed, citizens banded together to clean up and rebuild their city. During this time, a wine steward’s small fox terrier was found in the basement, hiding among the exploded bottles of wine of the fire-damaged St. Francis Hotel. The dog became a celebrity: his picture appeared in the newspaper, and, with the new name of Francis, he became the symbol of the miraculous survival of the hotel.
  • The hotel refurbished its interior and reopened with 450 guest rooms late in 1907.
  • A third wing opened in 1908, and further additions followed on Post Street, making the St. Francis the largest hotel on the Pacific Coast.

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Westin St. Francis’ meeting spaces: