Hotel Stratford will open Accor's first Handwritten Collection Hotel in the US. The San Francisco Hotel's entrance door.

San Francisco Welcomes First U.S. Hotel in Accor’s Handwritten Collection

San Francisco, a city celebrated for its commercial and cultural vibrancy, is now home to the first U.S. destination of Accor’s Handwritten Collection.

The Hotel Stratford, managed by local firm Frame Ventures, is a European-style boutique hotel located in the heart of Union Square on the historic Powell Street cable car line.

This property is Accor’s third in the city, complementing its Fairmont hotels on Nob Hill and at Ghirardelli Square.

Hotel Stratford, part of the Handwritten Collection, was established in 1910 and has recently benefited from a substantial multi-million-dollar renovation. This refurbishment has preserved the property’s unique San Francisco essence across its 94 elegantly appointed rooms, combining rich history with contemporary charm and sophistication.

The hotel’s inviting lobby features classic wooden paneling and marble counters alongside modern self-check-in technology. This summer, the hotel will introduce Navé, a vibrant new European-style café/bar designed by the renowned MODO firm.

“The arrival of the first Handwritten Collection hotel in the United States underpins our expansion strategy throughout the Americas; to introduce brands and hotels that respond to the needs and wants of travelers today,” says Abel Castro, Chief Development Officer Accor Americas – Premium, Midscale & Economy.

“San Francisco is one of the most visited cities in the country and is undergoing strong economic recovery. We are proud to partner with Frame Ventures to add this iconic address to our network, under the quickly expanding Handwritten Collection – a brand that responds to the desire of travelers seeking one-of-a-kind experiences. We know that Handwritten Collection will resonate both with domestic and international guests in the United States and look forward to debuting the brand’s first address here.”

“Hotel Stratford brings a modern vibe to its historic location at Union Square, fully capturing the spirit of the city and making it a perfect match for the Handwritten Collection brand,” said Chris Lehman, Partner at Frame Ventures.

“We are equally excited about joining Accor, with its world-renowned reputation and global network. With a new brand and a freshly styled café & bar, we are confident Hotel Stratford will absolutely shine with a new level of hospitality.”

The Handwritten Collection, launched in 2023, comprises a growing portfolio of over 35 hotels globally, each characterized by the personal touch of their hosts and a unique blend of traditional and modern design. The collection thrives by transforming independent hotels into bespoke experiences that reflect the owners’ personal visions. With flexible standards and backed by Accor’s extensive resources, each property offers a distinct flavor, ensuring no two locations are alike. The collection is part of Accor’s diverse Premium, Midscale, and Economy segments, which include 449 active hotels and 77 in development across the Americas.

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