Best Hotel Lobby San Francisco 2003 - Westin St. Francis Hotel
Local lore has it that everybody in town passes through the St. Francis lobby at one time or another. And many of those who do seem intent on adhering to another tradition -- meeting someone under the 1856 Viennese Magneta grandfather clock that towers from a corner. Whether or not you go there to meet someone, the ornate double lobby, with its marble columns and floors, beaded chandeliers, and coffered ceilings, is a hands-down winner as a place to watch people or merely sit in quiet renewal.
This grandfather clock was built by the Magneta Company in Zurich, Switzerland, between 1902 and 1919. The wooden case must have been custom built as it doesn't appear in any Magneta catalogs of that period.