I have lived at the Gaylord for almost 9 yrs. and I have seen this beautiful building decline. In 2002, it was still a S.F. gem with the friendly vibe that you now must travel to Portland to find. It was an apartment building/community of friendly neighbors, Tuesday pasta nights, Friday happy hours, and Sunday brunches enjoyed by residents from 1 to 94 years old, until a local real estate co. bought the building, harassed 80-85% of the tenants out of the building including two women who were dying of cancer. The real estate co.'s tactics made the front pages of SF newpapers.The new owners also gutted out much of the 1929 Moorish Art Deco and antiques. They replaced real palm plants in the lobby with plastic palms and raised the rate$. The 'renovated' rooms are stark and bland. Courtyard trees have been cut down so that the sirens are even louder and rooms are dustier. The Spanish tile fountain and garden were bulldozed and replaced with asphalt and unpainted grey-concrete German brutalism. Upkeep and cleaning of the building have declined. The friendliness is gone. A bank has taken over the building and we all know how much banks know or care about running a hotel/former apartment building.
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