The Renoir Hotel was built in 1909, originally as a two storey office building named the Capitol Building. In 1936, five additional storeys were added to be converted to a first class four star property. In the 1920's to 1940's, the hotel catered to the rich and well to do. It was one of the places to be in San Francisco. The hotel was named the Shaw Hotel up until the late 1970's. The name changed to Miramar Hotel and then the U.N.Plaza Hotel in the 1980's. The property was purchased by Regent West Ltd., LP in April 1993 and the new proprietors renovated the lobby to its current ambiance. [Source: The Renoir Hotel website]My postcard was unused, but I found one like it for sale online and the description mentioned that one had been "mailed in the 1940s." Where the rates at that time started at $3.50 of course that is no longer the case. I keyed in a request for rates for one person, one night, weekday in March. You can read the selection of options and prices here.
If you pause the video below at 1:06 point you will notice one of the prized three-window rooms in the triangular-shaped old hotel.
For a bona-fide tour of the hotel by one of its friendly executives (a European) view
this video. The video is ten minutes long, but I found it quite charming.
Finally, I'm sending a shout out to Melinda, who divides her time between San Francisco and Boston and will forever love the The City by the Bay. She is the author of The Melindaville Blog, that has a fantastic new header created especially for her (complete with Golden Gate Bridge) by a very artistic friend of hers. In a recent post, titled Meeting Edward Hemingway, she introduces her readers to the genius behind her beautiful blog header. It is a heart-warming story and it's also very exciting to learn something about the grandson of Ernest Hemingway!
photo via tinypic