Celebrated an anniversary and birthday at the Fairmont in a balcony suite, the Singapore suite, on the sixth floor.
We first checked into a balcony suite on the 2nd floor, which was a little dark, and the balcony view less than what we expected, so we opted for a change. We called the front desk and were immediately accommodated and moved into the Singapore suite, four stories above.
Upon entrance we were wowed to say the least. The suite's balcony was breathtaking with a panoramic view of all of San Francisco's financial district, the TransAmerican pyramid at its center. We hosted a get together to celebrate the following night and every guest, be it local or tourist, was floored by the magnificent, opulent and expansive view the balcony suite offered.
The bathroom was small but luxurious and cozy, the bath tub oversized and comfortable.
The bedroom was truly the superior part of the suite, with classic old world accents, including a canopy bed and armchair reading area, highlighted by iron and glass french doors that lead to that unforgettable view.
The hotel itself is truly remarkable, at the very least for the incredible part it's played in both American and world history. And the lobby, still retaining its 1907 allure, is as beautiful and well maintained as ever.
We were informed Vice President Biden had stayed in a suite on the 7th floor just a month or so before.
The first UN charter was signed in the Presidential suite library.
Hosts of presidents, dignitaries, royalty and celebrities have stayed within the many rooms. And let's not forget the devastation the property experienced after the great 1906 earthquake. Definitely check out the varied halls of historic photography throughout the property to learn more of its storied past.
Service at the front desk was satisfactory, but uneven. Some attendants were outstanding, others more apathetic. The bell staff was great, as was the majority of the housekeeping staff, minus one gruff turn down attendant who tried to force us to do turn down at 5:30 p.m.
The restaurant was delicious, though quite pricey.
The ground floor coffee shop and its locally made honey and organic treats was terrific.
And being a former San Franciscan and not needing to be in the hub of tourist San Francisco, I very much love the Nob Hill location. Yes there are some major hills to hike by foot, but that's part of the San Francisco experience. And there are cabs everywhere (and the cable car) so if by foot is too bothersome, a $10 cab ride can get you wherever you need to be. And Nob Hill with it's breadth of history, the still standing Flood Mansion, Grace Cathedral, the Mark Hopkins and Huntington Hotels, and Huntington Park, you can't get more of an authentic and historic San Francisco experience than at the Fairmont SF.
I couldn't have been happier visiting my old city anywhere else.
One suggestion. Parking at the Fairmont is beyond ridiculous at $56 dollars a day, just $10 less than a parking ticket. Other parking lots on Nob Hill are cheaper and cost anywhere between $10-25 less. Drop your bags at the Fairmont and park somewhere else.
- Also Known As:
- The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel San Francisco
- The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel
- Fairmont San Francisco
- Fairmont Hotel San Francisco
- San Francisco Fairmont
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- World-renowned, The Fairmont San Francisco hotel presents an awe-inspiring picture of historic San Francisco. The grandeur of the hotel coupled with its reputation for impeccable service promises a truly memorable experience. Known for turning moments into memories for leisure and business travelers alike this luxury San Francisco hotel has been host to some of the most influential meetings and events, breathtaking weddings and personalized special occasions of the century. Each of the San Francisco hotel's spacious guestrooms and suites have been elegantly updated including flat screen TVs, Frette linen ensembles, pillow top beds, and MP3 docking stations.In addition to its 591 guest rooms and suites this luxury San Francisco hotel offers fine dining with three renowned restaurants and lounges, as well as 55,000 square feet of spectacular function space. With a panoramic view of the City and the Bay from high atop Nob Hill, The Fairmont San Francisco hotel presents an unmatched blend of luxurious accommodations, elegant meeting spaces and superb services, which make for an unforgettable stay. ... more less
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