Virgin Hotels SF Grand Opening with Richard Branson

Virgin Hotels, San Francisco, Red Carpet Bay Area
Richard Branson attends Virgin Hotel San Francisco Grand Opening

Sir Richard Branson kicked off the opening celebration of Virgin Hotels San Francisco in grand style. The flashy event started with Branson’s grand entrance to David Bowie’s Let’s Dance track on top of a bird-shaped bus, surrounded by a gaggle of drag queens. Some 500 VIP guests and a handful of celebrities attended the private party on May 23, 2019.

Highlights from Virgin Hotels SF Grand Opening with Richard Branson:

Celebrity guests included singer-songwriter and television personality Ashlee Simpson Ross, actor and musician Evan Ross, singer, actor, and producer Lance Bass, singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera, and Jonathan Goldsmith aka The Most Interesting Man in the World. DJ sets from Haim, SimiHaze, Alexandra Richards, and DJ Sober, kept the dance on all night.

Virgin Hotels San Francisco located at 250 Fourth Street is the second property to open in the Virgin Hotels portfolio, after Chicago in 2015. The new San Francisco hotel features 192 Chambers and two penthouse suites. Three dining and drinking outlets include Commons Club, the flagship restaurant, bar and lounge, Everdene, a rooftop bar, and Funny Library Coffee Shop.

Each space is a thoughtful intermix of food and beverage with music and programming, providing a vibrant, inclusive environment for travelers and locals alike. Virgin Hotels offers pet-friendly chambers, high-speed WiFi at no cost, no penalty for early check-in or late check-out, and minibar options at street prices.

Video produced by Marybeth LaMotte shot and edited by Joanna Hidalgo

Photos by Joanna Hidalgo, Marybeth LaMotte, and Kim White