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The Scarlet Huntington Hotel to Debut in May 2014

SAN FRANCISCO—Singapore-based hospitality group Grace International will open The Scarlet Huntington Hotel this May, following a $15-million renovation. The hotel was formerly known as the Huntington Hotel.

The hotel’s new name complements it’s avant-garde style that draws inspiration from a Peranakan heritage—derived from the blended cultures of 15th century Chinese immigrants in modern-day Malaysia and Singapore—woven together with San Francisco’s history and diversity, according to the company.

San Francisco-based interior architecture and design firm ForrestPerkins designed The Scarlet Huntington. The iconic red of the former Huntington Hotel’s exterior—as displayed in the brick façade and illuminated sign high atop the hotel—will permeate the new aesthetic. This underlying hue will be combined with gold, black and bright gemstone-inspired colors designed to convey sheer luxury and glamour.  In preserving the integrity of the hotel, the bones of the building have been retained, including the black wood hand-carved door at the entrance of the hotel, crystal chandelier, crown molding, adorning arches and the original mailbox chute from 1924 that will continue to be used by guests of The Scarlet Huntington.

Each guestroom—including three Signature Suites—will offer whimsical lamps that set a dramatic mood. The guestrooms also feature LED reading lights, USB ports and electrical charging stations.  Bathrooms will feature hand carved vanities, lighted mirrors and a carefully curated selection of bath products.

Public and function spaces reflect new furnishings and a brighter contemporary palette. The property’s renovation includes a modernization of the hotel’s original guest elevators, installed in 1922.

In addition, other elements of The Huntington Hotel will remain intact, including the Nob Hill Spa and Big 4 Restaurant, which will undergo subtle aesthetic changes designed to open up the space, including fresh carpet, paint, reupholstery, and linen-free tabletops.