The granddaddy of Nob Hill's elite cadre of ritzy hotels -- and the only spot in San Francisco where each of the city's cable car lines meet -- the century-old Fairmont is a must-visit if only to marvel at the incredibly glamorous lobby with its vaulted ceilings, Corinthian columns, a spectacular spiral staircase, and rococo furniture (it's easy to feel underdressed in such opulent surroundings). And yes, such decadence carries to the guest rooms where luxuries abound: oversized marble bathrooms, thick down blankets, goose-down king pillows, extra-long mattresses, and large walk-in closets. Because it's perched at the top of Nob Hill, there are spectacular city views from every guest room, but nuances such as a health club and spa, a 24-hour concierge, twice-daily maid service, babysitting services, and a business center enhance every guest's stay. Within the lobby is the ornate Laurel Court restaurant and lounge, which serves as the hotel's centerpiece. (It's fun to indulge in afternoon tea here, served daily 2:30-4:30pm.) A local institution that's been around since I was a kid is the hotel's Tonga Room, a fantastically kitsch Disneyland-like tropical bar and restaurant where happy hour hops and "rain" falls every 30 minutes.
Facilities: 2 restaurants/bars; health club (free for Fairmont President's Club members; $15/day or $20/2 days, non-members); concierge; tour desk; car-rental desk; business center; Wi-Fi in lobby; shopping arcade; salon; room service; massage; babysitting; same-day laundry service/dry cleaning.
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User Reviews for The Fairmont San Francisco
Lovely classic hotel!
Beautiful large room in the front of the hotel with great views! Love the art deco decor and all of the old photos with the history of the place adorning the walls. Lobby was just being...
- posted on 11.27.12
- by akikodancer
Thought it would be nicer
Just went to Vegas/San Francisco and though the Fairmont would be the upscale hotel. Not so. The hotel is a beautiful landmark, lobby was spectacular. I cannot say we got the first...
- posted on 11.27.12
- by Maureen W
A Dream Stay
I have always wanted to stay here and finally got to for our anniversary in May 2011. We were treated first class all the way and were upgraded to a better room upon check in. Check...
- posted on 11.25.12
- by RumRunner01
- Best Hotel 2009
- Hotel Staff 2007
- Very Highly Recommended 2010
Concierge service. Five restaurants, bars, lounges, including The Tonga Room with its Polynesian music and hourly rainstorm. Upstairs, from the Fairmont Crown Room and the rooftop gardens, the city views are spectacular. Theaters, shops, restaurants and attractions are all within easy reach of this fine hotel. Fitness center with free weights, sauna, whirlpool and professional trainer. Suites include parlors, fresh flowers, fruit baskets, and whirlpool tubs. The penthouse suite features a personal maid, butler and limousine service.
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- 950 Mason St
- At California St
- San Francisco, CA 94108
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