By Design: Sofitel San Francisco Bay a Sensual Feast






The cooling blues and purple shades of lavender complement the lavender-scented lobby lounge at Sofitel San Francisco Bay. Image SofitelSFO

The cooling blues and purple shades of lavender complement the lavender-scented lobby lounge at Sofitel San Francisco Bay. Image SofitelSFO

When designer Jill Cole was creating the sleek revamp of Sofitel San Francisco Bay ‘s  guestroom floors, she had the added challenge of integrating existing elements. Asked by the architectural design trade magazine Hospitality Design  for the source of  her  inspiration,  Ms. Cole was quoted as saying of her minimalist beige palette, accented by dark woods and splashes of red, “ The view of the bay. . . we just stood back and let it happen.”  ( HD  August 2013).

She delivered. The comfortable rooms and suites  are well-equipped for working  and have subtle details like issues of France Magazine on the desk and Lanvin bath amenities to reflect Sofitel’s French luxury brand provenance. The sophisticated style and  proximity to Silicon Valley  surrounded by many Fortune 500 companies, Facebook  and LinkedIn  in heart of  San Mateo county,  makes Sofitel SFO a favorite of  business travelers. With the free airport shuttle,  attractive room rates and the many interesting things San Mateo county has to offer, it should be on your list  too as an alternative to staying in the city of San Francisco. You certainly can access the city via BART and  CalTrain for a day of adventure.  Just ask the Sofitel concierge for the “ how to” details.

The first thing you’ll notice as you enter the Sofitel San Francisco Bay’s lobby is  the scent of lavender. Lovers of anything  lavender, LBM asked a Sofitel  representative about this. We were told it was a signature scent. “ Is the signature lavender scent in all the Sofitel’s or just the San Francisco property? “  we asked.  “No“  they answered, “  only in the San Francisco property because of our region. We are in San Mateo County but  located close to Sonoma County known for its lavender fields, similar to the fields in Provence. The lavender is a direct connection to the French culture we have right in our back yard in San Francisco.”

Hmmm. So how did they come up with ” scent branding” we wondered?  Sofitel says, “Scent branding is a world-wide Sofitel initiative to touch on all the senses a guest has to enhance their experience.  Each hotel has its own scent and ours of course is  lavender to sync with our regional connection. We have included unique lavender gifts in our market place store and in our restaurant Bay 223’s menu. You should try the decadent  lavender cheese cake.”

The Sofitel San Francisco Bay’s  public spaces have also been re-done  and are very French, very chic.  A candle lighting ceremony takes place each evening and the massive white candles throughout the lobby and surrounding the lounge are lit. It is an elevating and lovely ritual.

By | 2017-07-11T21:39:06+00:00 January 23rd, 2014|Categories: California, Hotels, San Francisco, Stay, United States|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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Michelle is a freelance journalist specializing in luxury and experiential travel. Her readers number in the millions through her various online outlets and print magazines. She loves to explore a culture through their culture and food. "Sometimes, " she says , "luxury can be a shack on the beach with a sand floor and a ceiling of stars."

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