AXIOM Hotel Renovation

What do you get when you gut renovate a 110-year-old 2-star hotel? A four star boutique property that holds its own in San Francisco’s growing Mid-Market neighborhood. The AXIOM Hotel is LEED® Silver certified and the winner of Host Hotels & Resorts Renovation Transformation of the Year award.


San Francisco, California


Host Hotels & Resorts


Complete renovation of all public spaces and 155 guest rooms

AXIS/GFA was retained by Host Hotels & Resorts to assist with the repositioning and renovation of the Powell Hotel: a property strategically located at the historic cable car turnaround where Powell Street meets Market Street in the heart of San Francisco’s booming Mid-Market neighborhood. The result of the 24 month, 75,000 square foot project was the AXIOM Hotel, a stylish upscale boutique space that marries the historic elements of the original hotel with modern guest amenities.

Winner of Host Hotels & Resorts Renovation Transformation of the Year award, the AXIOM Hotel required a transformation of the original 2-star hotel’s 155 guest rooms into a four star lifestyle boutique hotel serving both business and leisure travelers. The project’s scope included a seismic upgrade to the 110-year-old structure and a gut remodel of the guest rooms with all new guest bathrooms and walk-in showers. The lobby and mezzanine levels were also transformed with comfortable lounge areas and a new cafe/bar, with additional amenities like a fitness center and meeting rooms added to the basement.

The LEED® Silver certified and award-winning hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco boasts interior design by New York firm Stonehill Taylor and project management by JLL. The general contractor was Reno.

The transformation of the former Powell Hotel into the AXIOM Hotel was a monumental undertaking. The team of architects at AXIS/GFA embraced the challenge and found many creative solutions to the problems inherent in renovating a 100 year old historic landmark. The finished product is a unique and joyful oasis for guests and our team members alike.

Axiom Hotel, a San Francisco hotel renovation by AXIS/GFA
Garry Cox, General Manager, Axiom Hotel