Design-wise, the idea was to get away from the rich reds, golds and blacks that dominated the hotel's original design from 1987. Back then, this was the first Mandarin Oriental hotel to open in the US, so it was important to introduce the brand's Asian focus.
Now, a brighter beige palette does the trick nicely—especially when you consider that the centerpiece of every one of these rooms is the view anyway. No need to overwhelm the senses with color and texture when all of gleaming San Francisco and the Bay are spread out below looking prettier than a postcard!
Other touches in the new rooms—in addition to the gentler, airier color scheme of beige, blue and silver—include white ash burl wooden desks, new artwork, leather headboards, and a plug panels sticking out of the desks. The feel of the rooms is intended to evoke French Deco, which isn't quite the traditional Asian look but then again isn't all bad. Pulling back from the richness of the hotel's previous look allows for the sweeping San Fran views to really shine.
And boy, they shine.
"Room in the sky" is what the hotel was going for, and we'd say they hit the nail on the head. Of course, if you want to continue that "in the sky" feeling, we'd recommend walking down the hotel corridor, past the elevator, and traversing one of the hotel's "sky bridges." These connecting walkways offer floor-to-ceiling windows with equally impressive city views.
As for the rest of the renovations, check back next month for news on the hotel's brand new lobby restaurant, as well as a third-floor fitness center and spa coming in the fall.
Rates here start at around $695, which sounds like a lot (and it is)—but remember, for the super loyal MO customers, there might even be a monogrammed pillow waiting for you when you walk in.