For your stay in The City, we recommend the world-renowned Fairmont San Francisco. Known as the “hotel so grand they built a city around it,” the Fairmont graciously sits high atop Nob Hill at the corner of California and Mason streets, just up the hill from the Cable Car powerhouse.
In fact, The Fairmont is the only spot in San Francisco where each of the City’s cable car lines intersect. Minutes from the Financial District, Union Square, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square, the Grand Hotel is the embodiment of big city luxury and impeccable service, serving as a window to early San Francisco, with a turn-of-thecentury mystique and a regal bearing rarely found in modern accommodations.
Opulent but never stuffy, the hotel was recently updated with flat screens, Frette linen ensembles, pillow top beds, and MP3 docking stations to create a perfect balance of old school luxury coupled with up-to-the-minute technology.
Known for creating cherished memories for leisure and business travelers alike, the staff at the Fairmont San Francisco pampers visitors with a level of service that will make your stay a memorable one. Since 1907, the hotel has proudly stood as a legendary tourist destination and host to thousands of travelers from across the globe. The rich history of San Francisco and the Fairmont are intertwined with a history that began with the California Gold Rush.
Committed to environmental sustainability, the Fairmont San Francisco’s unique offerings include honeybee hives within their 1,000 square foot rooftop garden. In 2010, the hotel’s executive chef, in partnership with Marshall’s Farms, installed the hives to support the bee population and for the production of organic honey.
Today, Executive Chef Chad Blunston leads a culinary team that works with the “liquid gold” by harvesting honey to sweeten a number of their creations including pastries, soups, and salad dressings. Additionally, their homegrown honey is used in the hotel’s afternoon tea service and on tap in the delicious Honey Saison beer served in the Laurel Court Restaurant and Bar. Crowning the grand hotel is the unimaginably opulent Penthouse Suite. Newly restored by Champalimaud Design from an original creation by American archeologist and art historian, Arthur Upham Pope, the suite itself is valued at $20 million.
With an interior reminiscent of the roaring ’20s, the suite spans 6,000 square feet across the entire eighth floor of the Fairmont’s historic main Building. The Penthouse has been visited and enjoyed by a who’s who of international dignitaries and notables including President John F. Kennedy, Prince Charles, Mick Jagger, Tony Bennett and countless others. The rate for a one night stay in the Penthouse Suite is a princely $15,000.
The Fairmont is the ultimate basecamp from which to launch your San Francisco adventure. Typical rooms and suites are luxuriantly spacious, beautifully furnished and competitively priced. Many offer breathtaking bay and city views.
Fairmont San Francisco
Atop Nob Hill
950 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Authors: Greg Root & Amy Apodaca