Grand Hyatt at SFO

Designed by BraytonHughes Design Studios, the Grand Hyatt at SFO is a modern and luxurious escape for those needing reprieve from the bustle of a travel day.

Sitting on 4.2 acres and directly connected to all of the airport’s terminals via a dedicated AirTrain station, the new 351-room Grand Hyatt at SFO is the only on-airport hotel at San Francisco International Airport, designed to channel the spirit of Northern California and serving as a modern, luxurious retreat where guests can find respite away from the bustle of the airport.

Distinguished from most airport hotels, in which the décor, food and service can be generic and offer little indication of the locale in which the hotel is situated, the new Grand Hyatt SFO promises a quintessentially San Francisco Bay Area experience within a tranquil oasis. Collaborating with San Francisco-based architect Hornberger + Worstell and associate ED21, along with interior design firm RoseBernard Studio, BraytonHughes Design Studios strove for its design to reflect the airport’s vision and Hyatt’s goal to bring luxury and serenity to a busy airport campus, creating the guest rooms, lobby and public spaces in line with the Bay Area’s casual elegance and the beauty of its natural landscape.

Colorful stained-glass panels greet guests as they descend from the AirTrain platform to the hotel level. Stepping into the lobby, guests discover an abundance of natural light and more vibrant-eye catching elements. Marble reception desks are shaped like vintage pilot’s wings, making a subtle nod to aviation while exuding a sense of luxury. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer close-up views of jumbo jets and warm-toned vertical wood slats give guests the impression of walking through a Eucalyptus grove.

BraytonHughes’ site-sensitive design approach extends into Grand Hyatt at SFO’s event spaces, where carpet patterns in the Grand Ballroom and event spaces are inspired by waves and sail boats spotted on the bay and activate the experience by guiding the guests through each space. Event venues named after airplane models like Stratocruiser and Supersonic feature sketches of planes over San Francisco, creating a gallery-like experience.

BraytonHughes designed sound-proofed guest rooms in homage to the feeling of approaching the beach and seeing sandy cliff sides. Ample natural light streams in through windows showcasing quiet views of the airfield or surrounding hills. Serene grays, blues and dark Eucalyptus millwork inspire relaxation, and bathrooms are spacious and elegant, with marble vanities.

Giving guests a sense of the local language of the region regardless of whether they are flying in and out without traveling into the city or surrounding areas, Grand Hyatt at SFO boasts an art collection curated exclusively by San Francisco Arts Commission, with photographs and abstract paintings showcasing San Francisco and Northern California through the eyes of local artists. These pieces are placed in the guestrooms and throughout the hotel, including Green Map in the double height ground floor lobby, a full-height hand-cut glass and stone mosaic created by Ellen Harvey to reflect the Bay Area’s beautiful parks and green spaces.

Design: BraytonHughes Design Studios
Photography: Paul Dyer