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“Location, views, personal attention, location, location” 5 of 5 stars
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The Scarlet Huntington
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1075 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Nob Hill)   |  
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Ranked #22 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
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“Location, views, personal attention, location, location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

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!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the Huntington. The staff was extremely helpful when we needed directions, recommendations on restaurants, etc. The hotel itself is old but has recently been renovated, the lobby is beautiful, the building definitely has an old-world charm - small elevators, ivy on the outside, etc. The restaurant had delicious food and luxurious dark wood decor. Our room was huge! We could not believe how spacious it was (king size bed, desk, bar area, couch, etc.) and the windows opened. It was so nice to be able to have fresh air, hear the noise of the city, etc. The bed was very comfortable and nightly turn down service with free bottles of water was much appreciated! The bathroom had recently been renovated with marble, granite, etc. it was lovely, though not much counter space (but that wasn't a big deal). The only thing we weren't satisfied with was the business center, we needed to send a one page fax and the cost was $5 - seemed like a rip off so we waited until we got home to send it. The hotel itself is in a great location, the cable car runs right in front of the hotel. We bought an all day pass and rode each line from end to end, a great and cheap way to see the city! We would definitely stay at the Huntington again and would recommend it for someone looking for a hotel in San Francisco, it's a great hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The Huntigton's location is great. It's walking-distance to downtown, but area is still peaceful. Room was large, very comfortable and well equipped. View of our room was facing to downtown. Breakfast-restaurant is elegant and fresh fruits and berries tasty. Unfortunately the spa was under renovation, but I had great manicure and pedicure.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Ease of check-in with upgrade to Jr. suite when asking for 2 beds. Friendly staff, including the doorman and luggage man. Turndown service was nice and extra towels when requested. Welcome tea service at check in - a lovely touch.
Housekeeping brought a flower vase when my daughter had a bouquet that needed water!
Great location on top of Nob Hill on the California cable car line.
Only one of the two elevators was working. No coffee maker in the room, and no free coffee in the lobby.

Room Tip: Spa was being renovated during our stay. Large rooms on upper floors.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic old school charm with lot's of space and a very friendly crew. Nice location in Nob Hill with a 10 min ride to the Fisherman's Whatf and Crissy Field.

Good spot if you want some room to stretch! Very large rooms.

Decor is a bit dated, but very functional.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

The rooms are large for the downtown area of San Francisco. The King Size bed was extremely comfortable and the outside noise was completely extinguished by the quality windows. We had a north facing room with lovely views of Grace Cathedral and the Nob Hill Square. The view was great for people watching, especially for the abundance of dog owners. The hotel was impeccably clean, even the glass lighting fixtures in the hallway were dust free. The jacuzzi and pool, which are open to all hotel guests, were spotless and the towels were soft. The staff was happy to greet us and the concierge "Chris" was full of priceless information for our exploration of the city. We found a great deal on booking.com for this hotel and would stay again.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

Our teenage kids would have found the grandeur, elegance and romance of this hotel a little too stifling however we were enthralled by it and felt terribly spoilt and lucky to be staying here on business as was just what we needed. Tranquil, peaceful, impressive with views to die for and the buffet breakfast in The Big Four Restaurant was worth every penny, a total spoilt foodies heaven with everything you could imagine to indulge on. The beauty of this hotel is that it's out of the way but still within walking distance of everything. The rooms were spacious and light with loads of cupboard space and room to spread out. However weirdly they didn't have tea and coffee making facilities which is disappointing for a 5 star hotel. We hired a conference room for meeting and the staff were excellent and interestingly it was incredibly impressive for our clients but not expensive. Infact our travel agent got us a great deal for the hotel and if want to really spoil yourself and feel a part of San Francisco history you'll feel it here. Avoid eating in their basement Asian themed restaurant which has a floating band on their disused swimming pool it's full of teenage girls celebrating their birthdays and the food was appalling. Apart from that the hotel was our little bit of luxury for the year without our kids! Go for it.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1075 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Nob Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in San Francisco
#10 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#18 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#28 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#36 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Scarlet Huntington 4*
Number of rooms: 134
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

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