The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco is one of those old grand dames you should stay in at least once in your lifetime.
The Beaux-Arts style hotel with its opulent grand lobby filled with gold-yellow marble Corinthian columns and marble floors, was originally designed by Julia Morgan, then the nation’s preeminent female architect.
Days before the hotel was scheduled to open, the devastating 1906 earthquake struck, damaging the hotel. Morgan re-built it and, one year later, it opened to rave reviews, which continue to this day.
In 1999, the Fairmont underwent an $85 million renovation that has restored the hotel’s original grandeur while bringing it into the 21st century.
The historic hotel, noted for its world class service, has hosted every United States President since William Taft. It was also the site of the drafting of the charter for the United Nations. And, if that isn’t enough, Mr. Tony Bennett sang his signature ballad, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco ,” for the first time in the hotel’s ornate Venetian Room.
The hotel features 529 guest rooms and 62 suites. Located on Nob Hill, nearly every room offers spectacular views of the city and San Francisco Bay (some say rooms the newer Fairmont Tower have the best views). The large guest rooms, decorated in yellow and gold, feature marble bathrooms with glass showers and fluffy terry robes, flat screen TVs, and high speed internet. Large windows take advantage of the breathtaking views (we only wish they opened to let in the sea breezes). The beds, with their pillow-top mattresses, oversized pillows, and Frette linens, guarantee a beautiful night’s sleep.
The Fairmont also offers an onsite fitness center and spa, a 24-hour business center, beauty salon, shops, art galleries, and two onsite cafes and a restaurant. Its location on the trolley line makes it easy for guests to visit other parts of this great city.
Fairmont Hotel San Francisco
950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
(415) 772-5000/(1-800)-678-8946 www.fairmont.com/sanfrancisco