Mark over at HotelChatter tipped us off to some anonymous photos taken from the inside of local hotelier Joi de Vivre's new boutique hotel on the Embarcadero, Hotel Vitale. While the project was initially given the go-ahead way back in 1997, delays have included the downturn in tourism after the dot-bomb and attacks of September 11th. Now that local tourist spending is on the rebound, Joi de Vivre hopes to cash in on a trend toward luxury spending -- rooms with sweeping views and plush amenities are expected to cost from $269 a night for a basic room to $650 a night for a suite. The Hotel's website boasts:
  • 199 spacious guestrooms and suites, at this newest San Francisco landmark hotel, many with expansive water views, spa-styled bathrooms and a sumptuously soothing interior design
  • Full service luxury hotel with 24-hour room service, twice daily housekeeping service, valet parking and Wi-Fi in all guestrooms
  • Circular Suites with panoramic 270 degree "infinity views" of the San Francisco Bay that can be enjoyed from the bed or deep soaking tub
  • Waterfront restaurant, outdoor cafe, and bar inspired by the fresh bounty of the nearby Farmer's Market
  • Penthouse day spa featuring outdoor, rooftop soaking tubs
  • Fitness center, business center and boardroom
The hotel is slated to open March 9th, and there are a number of positions on the staff still available. While Joi de Vivre has not been involved in the hotel workers lockout, conventions and groups planning to hold events here in The City have to consider a strike at any hotel as a reason not to bring their business. Management and the union have both pledged to Gavin that there won't be another lockout or strike while talks continue.

View from the roof of the Hotel Vitale by anonymous photog. For more pictures, check out HotelChatter's coverage.