China's Leader group opens San Francisco boutique hotel

George Sell By George Sell
28 December 2013 | Updated 28 December 2013

US: Chinese hotel operator Leader Group has opened the Leader Hotel in Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco.

Leader Group paid US$7 million for the four-storey Victorian-style Payne Mansion, and spent another $4 million on a renovation designed by Oakland-based architects Dinar & Associates.

The property, in Lower Pacific Heights, survived the 1906 San Francisco Fire. It was last registered as a private clubhouse for events.

The renovation includes the construction of a 10-suite 8,200-square-foot hotel and 9,500-square-foot restaurant.

"The 10 luxury suites are designed to meet the unique needs of high-end Chinese business travelers to San Francisco," said Zhou Wenyu, president of the Leader Group, who flew in from China to be at the hotel's grand opening last week.

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