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by Matt Alderton | August 11, 2016
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts will make its Bay Area debut in 2020 or 2021, according to Hilton Worldwide, which announced plans yesterday for the Waldorf Astoria San Francisco.

Part of a new mixed-use development surrounding the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco's new Transbay neighborhood -- bordered by Market Street on the north, Embarcadero on the east, Folsom Street on the south, and Hawthorne Street on the west -- the luxury hotel will reside within the first 21 stories of a signature tower designed by the architecture firm Foster + Partners. Along with 171 guest rooms, it will offer personal concierges, a luxury spa, and a Peacock Alley restaurant.

Hilton has not yet announced whether the property will have meeting space, or how much.

"With the revitalization taking place around the Transbay Transit Center, this neighborhood is poised to become a major hub for locals and global luxury travelers, which underscores Waldorf Astoria's commitment of being in the center of coveted gateway destinations," said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. "Waldorf Astoria San Francisco marks our third property in California -- behind La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs and the future Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. We are thrilled to accept this extraordinary opportunity to extend our unforgettable experiences, the finest amenities, and true Waldorf service up the West Coast."

Envisioned as the "Grand Central Station of the West," the $4.5 billion Transbay Transit Center will serve more than 100,000 daily passengers as a nexus of 11 transit systems, including local bus and light-rail lines as well as Caltrain, Amtrak, and, eventually, California's forthcoming high-speed rail service. Along with the Waldorf Astoria, the development will have a 5.4-acre park, 4,500 condominiums and apartments, and a 205-room Langham Place hotel scheduled to open in 2019