I have stayed in various hotels in San Francisco but I have to say that this is my favorite hotel so far, despite its "shortcomings". We flew into SFO and took Lorrie's shuttle (www.gosfovan.com) to the hotel. Roundtrip shared van is about $32 (discount code: gosfovan saves you $2 on the roundtrip). Keep in mind that this is an old hotel and they are in the process of renovations (think some construction noise during the day). That said, I had a room on the 7th floor and my friend had a room on the 8th floor. She was bothered by the noise and they immediately changed her room to the the top floor (12th). Both of our rooms were facing the front of the hotel and had awesome views of Grace Episcopal Cathedral, the park, one of the "original four" mansions and the Fairmount. My friend's room on the 12th floor had fabulous views across the bay of Alcatraz as well. The rooms are large, with vintage 50's furniture (think "Mad Men") but the carpets/linens need to be replaced and everything is a bit worn and dated and the beds are a bit hard. That said, they are renovating. The doormen and front desk staff are terrific and everybody is friendly, helpful and accomodating. Did not eat in the restaurant but had drinks there in the evening. Piano player. The clientele ages ranged from 20's to 70's and everything in between. Pretty well-heeled crowd. My friend had a 90 minute massage for $185 and her masseuse was a little rough and she felt bruised and sore afterwards. We walked everywhere from here and the cable car goes right past the front door ($6/ride and hop on enroute so you can avoid the LONG lines at the terminus). We walked over to Amelie wine bar (www.ameliewinebar.com) and had an awesome happy hour. Definitely a young crowd but the guys who run it are ridiculously ethnic and handsome. We also went to Twenty-five Lusk ( 25Lusk.com)and that was also a great find. We walked there in about 30 minutes and took a cab back for about $11-$12). But back to the hotel. It was quiet, elegant and perfectly located on top of Nob Hill with attentive and friendly service. You can walk anywhere from here (Union Square in about 10 minutes, China Town in about 8 minutes, etc.). The rooms are very large (formerly they were apartments) but the bathrooms are smallish. We got a great deal for rooms during the week for $159/room but the price went up on the weekends). I would definitely return here again because I think I left my heart in this SFO gem!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed to spark the imagination and provide an adventure for the senses, the much beloved and newly renovated Huntington Hotel re-emerges in May 2014 from a $15 million renovation as The Scarlet Huntington. The Scarlet Huntington builds upon the property's original charm, graciousness and exceptionally high standards while introducing locals and visitors to a unique and avant-garde style that is influenced by a vibrant Singapore Peranakan heritage woven together with the opulence of San Francisco. More than just a name, The Scarlet possesses a distinguished charm and charismatic aura, likened to a gracious hostess who indulges guests with a luxurious stay experience. Providing a warm ad familiar welcome, the iconic red of the former Huntington Hotel's exterior - as displayed in the brick facade and illuminated sign high atop the hotel - will permeate the new aesthetic, representing the hotel's heritage while embracing the passion and allure defined by The Scarlet; offering uninhibited luxury to every guest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill San Francisco
- The Huntington Hotel And Nob Hill Spa