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Mr. Mosser’s Boutique Hotel For Musicians in San Francisco
by Cymber Quinn

This Halloween we stayed in San Francisco's newly renovated Mosser Hotel, located on 4th Street, just a half-block off Market. Historically, the South of Market neighborhood has been a warehouse district, but no more. With Yerba Buena Gardens and the Mosconi Center attracting conferences and trade shows, the area is experiencing new growth and renovation for visitors.

The Mosser's location makes it perfect for the traveler who would rather not drive - and that's a plus because parking is very difficult in San Francisco. We parked our car in valet parking and walked to Union Square, Chinatown, Macy's, SF Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and world class shopping. A half-block from the front door of the hotel is the cable car station that will take you to Ghiradelli Square and Fisherman's Wharf; fare is $3.00 each, one-way. You are also a half-block from BART, the Bay Area's subway. BART can take you to Berkeley, Oakland, and areas south of San Francisco.

Originally built as The Keystone in 1913, the Mosser opened as San Francisco's newest and most luxurious hotel. It was built by Alice Phelan, a patron of the arts, sister of Senator Phelan and daughter of James Phelan, who built the Phelan Building, just around the corner on Market Street. The building is an exquisite example of Victorian architectural style. The two-story lobby and elevator cabs have been completely restored, retaining the charm and grace of this magnificent building.

Modern interior design makes the most of the petit Victorian rooms. There are 112 deluxe rooms with private bath; 54 standard rooms with shared bath. The architectural firm, Yabu Pushelberg, recently designed interiors for the W Hotel Chain, and designed custom furniture for The Mosser. Sitting in bed, you have everything you could need within reach. No need to get out of bed to get the remote - the TV is attached to the end of the bed. Telephone and data ports near the head of the bed encourage telecommuting from between the sheets. If you like amenities, we found the shampoo and soap to be delightful. We took the extras home, we liked them so much.

The Mosser claims it is the "must-stay/must-play" choice for musicians and muses alike. That's because The Mosser is also home to a world-class recording studio called Studio Paradiso. The studio boasts state-of-the-art digital and analog recording equipment, expert technical staff, and a discrete location. It seemed a little incongruous to me for a hotel to host a recording studio. Sales Manager Lori Riemedio said that Charles Mosser, the owner of the hotel, performs music, and he wanted a place to record his CDs. Hey, when you're a philanthropic zillionaire, I say "bully for you, Mr. Mosser."

Did You Say Philanthropy?

Yep. Charles Mosser and his wife Annabelle created the Charles William Mosser Foundation to design, introduce, and implement programs that uplift the environment, and, the physical, emotional, intellectual, and psychological welfare of the child; towards this end, organize, manage and link with institutions and/or entities that would support this objective. It was registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (Number E199800393) on 15 June, 1998 in Iloilo City.

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