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Publish Date: 15-Jan-2012

press room Sunday, January 15, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, January 2012 – The Fairmont San Francisco’s Grand Ballroom has undergone a $1 million renovation and now includes décor that pays homage to the hotel’s celebrated classic architectural details while incorporating a forward-thinking fashion statement. The updated Grand Ballroom was just revealed to the public on January 11th during the first event to take place in the transformed setting.

“The Grand Ballroom is The Fairmont San Francisco’s largest event space and offers an exquisite option for those looking to celebrate a special occasion or hold a large-scale event,” comments Regional Vice President and General Manager Thomas Klein. “The Grand Ballroom has undergone a refreshing makeover that is a nod to its storied history complemented by some unique modern touches.”

ForrestPerkins, a world renowned U.S.-based interior architecture and design firm that specializes in luxury and landmark hotels, resorts, spas and multi-residential projects has updated the ballroom to present this whimsical marriage of historic and contemporary style.  Spanning more than 11,000 square feet, The Fairmont San Francisco’s Grand Ballroom has played host to world leaders, famed entertainers and some of the city’s most notable events since  1961. 

The ForrestPerkins design dream team included design director Clifford Tuttle, ASID, LEED®ID+C, NEWH, project manager Elizabeth Dillon, Brittany Spinner and Christine Ley.  “Owing to the historical considerations of this landmark property atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill, the design for the Grand Ballroom is an icon of contemporary San Francisco,” says Clifford Tuttle.

Custom designed carpeting depicts traditional damask elements with a fanciful lace design. New neutral toned wall upholstery with metallic highlights provides a subtle echo to the damask pattern making an elegant fashion statement.  Ajuro wood wallcovering in a starburst pattern with a glistening metallic finish and Swarovski crystals sparkle at the Juliet balconies. 

The grandeur of the new Grand Ballroom coupled with The Fairmont San Francisco’s reputation for impeccable service promises a truly memorable experience for meetings, social functions, and family gatherings.  For more information on booking The Fairmont San Francisco’s Grand Ballroom please call 415-772-5000.

Since 1907, The Fairmont has served as the San Francisco residence for US presidents, world leaders and entertainment stars.  The hotel features 591 guest rooms and suites, three distinctive restaurants, a health club and easy access to the city’s most popular attractions.

With more than 60 distinctive hotels, including the iconic Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai, and more in development, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a global hospitality brand known for its warm and engaging service and culturally rich experiences.  Located in coveted worldwide destinations, its unrivaled collection of classic hotels imbue a sense of heritage, sophistication, and social importance, and are often considered destinations in and of themselves.  Fairmont is also committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with 95 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded residences, estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit

Melissa Farrar
The Fairmont San Francisco

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