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San Francisco, CA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 190
Total Sleeping Rooms 31,711
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,921
Committable Meeting Rooms* 107
Convention Center Space 1,479,988 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 745,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 442,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $276
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $74
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $244
*Maximum for a single hotel

Meeting Planning in San Francisco, CA

The Moscone Center an SMG Managed Facility

The Moscone Center is San Francisco's premier location for meetings and exhibitions. Set in the heart of the business district, this San Francisco meeting facility hosts nearly one million conference, tradeshow and convention participants every year.

The center is also setting the standard for green convention centers in the country, thanks to its initiatives in the areas of recycling, resource-efficient design, air quality maintenance, energy efficiency, and purchasing and contract compliance. Additionally, the successful execution of its waste reduction programs allows the Moscone Center to stand out from other San Francisco meeting facilities. From diverting nearly two million pounds of waste materials each year to operating the largest municipally-owned solar generation installations on its roof, the Moscone Center has earned awards such as the Environmental Leadership Award of Excellence from the U.S. EPA and the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award from the State of California.

Comprised of North and South and West halls, the Moscone Center encompasses over two million square feet of space, including over 738,000 square feet of exhibit space, nearly 152,000 square feet of pre-function lobbies, and 107 meeting rooms. Moscone North and South has five of the center's six primary exhibit halls; South's Halls A, B and C can be combined to create the largest contiguous exhibit space of 260,560 square feet.

Opened in 2003, the resource-efficient design of Moscone West features nearly 100,000 square feet of dedicated exhibit space on Level 1 and nearly 200,000 square feet of flexible space on Levels 2 and 3. This San Francisco meeting facility also boasts a variety of meeting rooms and a third-floor ballroom and lobby area.

Leading the way in technology, all of the center's meeting rooms are equipped with advanced sound systems and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. The center also offers wi-fi access, theatrical and lighting services, in-booth broadcasting, and an on-site business center. Regardless of the complexity of an event, the Moscone Center's primary preferred caterer, SMG, is prepared to take charge. SMG has been providing world-class food and beverage services throughout the Bay Area for over 20 years.

The Moscone Center provides convenient access to downtown San Francisco's many hotels and attractions. The center is located within walking distance of 20,000 hotel rooms, while a BART station just a few blocks away provides easy access to those situated at a further distance. Several parking stations are located nearby.

West Bay Conference Center

Located in the trendy Fillmore Jazz Preservation District of the Alamo Square area, the West Bay Conference Center is an exceptional meeting facility in San Francisco that can accommodate groups of all sizes in its more than 23,000 square feet of meeting space. The center's professional staff can assist in providing catering, musicians and audio-visual equipment. Convenient parking across the street can also be arranged.

Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF

Located on the University of California-San Francisco's 43-acre life sciences campus, the Mission Bay Conference Center is just south of downtown San Francisco and steps away from the AT&T Ballpark. Designed by architect Ricardo Legorreta, this San Francisco meeting facility inspires with vibrant colors, ergonomic furnishings and the latest in technology. A member of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), the center offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space and can arrange accommodations at nearby hotels.

AMA San Francisco Executive Conference Center

Located in the San Francisco Marriott hotel, AMA's Executive Conference Center offers a state-of-the-art meeting experience. Each of its 13 meeting rooms has built-in audio-visual equipment, "executive-style" seating and adjustable lighting. High-speed Internet access is available.

Attune San Francisco Meeting and Training Center

Situated in San Francisco's Financial District, the MicroTek computer classroom is easily accessible via public transportation and is within walking distance of several nearby hotels. Its 15 meeting rooms and 12 computer labs offer Internet access via a 100 MBPS Fiber and T1 lines, as well as wireless Internet access.

San Francisco, CA Meeting Venue Spotlight

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Soaring 39 stories into the city skyline, the beautiful San Francisco Marriott affords breathtaking views of the city below. Just steps away from the Moscone Convention Center, the hotel has 1,500 luxurious guest rooms, including 138 suites. With over 100,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, the property is ideally suited for everything from corporate functions to post-conference receptions and is known as one of the finest event facilities in San Francisco. Outside of the boardroom, guests can enjoy a great view of the city with a cocktail at The View lounge, or settle in for dinner at on-site Mission Steak.

Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Offering modern glamour, the Hilton San Francisco is well-suited to business and leisure travelers alike. Its guest rooms feature all the essentials, including high-speed Internet access, while a 2,800-square-foot health club and on-site business center are available for guests' convenience. Over five floors of meeting rooms, including an executive conference center, make it easy for planners to find a space for any function. The hotel's prime location in the heart of the city makes virtually everything to see and do in San Francisco only a short walk or cab ride away. If you're looking for one the more memorable meeting facilities in San Francisco, consider planning your event in style at this property.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

As the only Four Diamond downtown San Francisco hotel located right on the Embarcadero waterfront, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco is a perfect balance of location and luxury. Its 802 modern guest rooms feature city or Bay views, while its meeting facilities boast high-speed Internet access. The hotel has a 24-hour gym and on-site Eclipse Restaurant and Lounge, but it's also easy for guests to take a stroll to Chinatown, Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf and other iconic city attractions located nearby.

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

The only hotel located on Union Square, the landmark Westin St. Francis is noted not just for its historic Magneta Grandfather Clock, but also for its world-class service and magnificent accommodations. Marble columns, ornate balconies and intricate woodwork transport guests back to an of era elegance as they stay in one of 1,195 guest rooms, relax at the on-site health club and spa, or dine at the award-winning MICHAEL MINA restaurant. Equally as sophisticated are its meeting facilities, which include the 10,700-square-foot Grand Ballroom and Imperial Floor.

InterContinental San Francisco

Towering 32 stories above the lively South of Market neighborhood, the InterContinental San Francisco is the city's newest luxury hotel. The hotel welcomes guests to its 550 guest rooms with a plush setting of rich wood and marble, sleek furniture and contemporary art, along with high-tech amenities. Its meeting rooms are also the most technologically advanced in San Francisco, boasting high-speed Internet access, ISDN lines, independent climate controls and advanced security.

Fort Mason Center San Francisco

The nine Mission Revival buildings of this waterfront destination are comprised of classrooms, galleries, meeting rooms, performance spaces, a conference center and two pavilions. Nearly 25 non-profit organizations reside on the Fort Mason Center campus, which hosts over 15,000 events each year. Perfect for exhibits, fairs, lectures, performances, fundraisers, workshops and more, the center boasts 130,000 square feet of space spread among 20 facilities.

Nob Hill Masonic Center

Dedicated in 1958, the Nob Hill Masonic Center's stunning design features a one-of-a-kind mosaic window at the entrance foyer and the large Memorial Sculpture topping the east end of the California Street wall. In addition to housing the Henry Wilson Coil Library & Museum of Freemasonry, the center regularly hosts both public and private events. Planners can take advantage of high-quality San Francisco meeting facilities offered here, which offer incredible acoustics and 3,165 seats the on-site auditorium, or enjoy 16,500 square feet of space at the exhibition hall.

San Francisco Design Center Galleria

This four-story atrium of the San Francisco Design Center's Galleria sets the stage for a party with a retractable skylight, hardwood dance floor, state-of-the-art lighting and three levels of balconies and tables. Available year-round, this hip space serves as the perfect site for weddings, corporate functions, fashion shows and more.

Roe Restaurant

With rich wood accents, low lighting, and soft leather elements, Roe restaurant evokes a feeling of pure glamour and sophistication. The premier boutique nightclub and lounge in San Francisco, Roe's tri-level facility can accommodate 40 to 700 guests for all types of occasions. Its American contemporary menu with Asian and South American flair is sure to please with dishes such as pan-fried mini crab cakes and shitake mushroom mini egg rolls.

Le Colonial

Located in San Francisco's downtown district, Le Colonial evokes the feeling of French colonial Vietnam, thanks to its oasis-like inner courtyard that features mosaic tile flooring, a pressed-tin ceiling, tropical plants, and rattan furniture. French-Vietnamese dishes and tropical cocktails make up the menu. Available for private parties and corporate events, Le Colonial offers rooms as large as its second-floor lounge for up to 250 people and intimate veranda for up to 25 people.

Foreign Cinema

Combining a California/Mediterranean-inspired menu and screenings of foreign and independent films, Foreign Cinema is a quintessentially San Francisco dining experience. Located in the bustling Mission District, the facility's industrial chic setting features fireside seating indoors, a semi-private mezzanine, and an outdoor patio. The entire 5,000-square-foot restaurant is available for rental, as are smaller spaces including the adjacent Laszlo bar for up to 100 people.

ThirstyBear Brewing Company

Located in a historic brick building next to the Moscone Convention Center and W Hotel, ThirstyBear is the first brewery restaurant in the country to serve authentic Spanish cuisine. Incorporating specialty ingredients from Spain, ThirstyBear's menu items include prawns with ancho chili oil, grilled flank steak with chimichurri sauce, and a number of tapas such as patatas bravas and empanadas. A minimum of nine distinct beer styles are on tap any given day. Private and semi-private rooms are available, including the popular Billar Room, which offers a pool table, dartboards and informal seating. Full restaurant buyouts are offered.

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