This impressive 27-floor edifice shares skyline space with the Transamerica Pyramid, and includes a dramatic over-street bridge. Its rooftop pool (now removed) was the star of the first few minutes of the movie Dirty Harry. The hotel is perched at the edge of Chinatown and North Beach, two great neighborhoods for exploring, with vistas of the bay and Coit Tower.
Brutalism is an ugly/beautiful architectural form of deep simplicity. Starting out of a 1950s post-war aesthetic in the UK, these buildings rely heavily on concrete and steel, especially when used in big, blocky form. Why is the style called Brutalism? According to The Tate, we get Brutalism from architect/painter Le Corbusier’s use of 'beton brut,' French for “raw concrete,” which also has a double meaning in terms of the scornful reception this style sometimes received upon its debut in the UK. With rough surfaces and dramatic silhouettes, these buildings inspire awe and maybe a little shiver. When we return home, we’ll probably want cozy embellishments, but on vacation, we’re all about the element of surprise and these minimalist hotels deliver a certain vibe. Plain, stark, brutal: that’s our jam and we love the way these Brutalist hotels make us feel.
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