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The Scarlet Huntington
Ranked #9 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 17, 2012 via mobile

My visit to San Fran is incomplete if I don't make a trip to the Day Spa in the Nob Hill Huntington Hotel. A great massage or pedicure, a facial or some other treatment is always great. The view is magnificent and I swim in the infinity pool or hang out by the fireplace or in the Zen Room. After full day of meetings, this is the perfect evening to unwind and reflect. So, I took a friend last night from 6-9 pm, ordered tonics and watched the sunset and caught up. This was her first time here, so we chatted a lot and swam in the infinity pool and the hot tub, then enjoyed the eucalyptus wet sauna and enjoyed our warm bathrobes and spa slippers by the fireplace. Cozy and great service.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

I've stayed at the Huntington 7 times already, I tried many different rooms, and each time it's like returing home. Most of the staff have been there for years, everyone is very friendly, the rooms & bathrooms are large and well equipped (the only things that are missing for my taste are the minibar and separate shower). The relaxation pool and spa are spotless and very quiet, and the views are great whatever floor you're staying on (either the square and Grace Cathedral, or the city - you're on the top of Nob Hill, remember).
Walking up Nob Hill will efficiently replace a work out session and will give you a good conscience after eating a half a cheesecake. If you're looking for a modern hotel you will be disappointed, but if you are looking for character, elegance and caring service, this is the place!

Room Tip: Higher floor on the square side or, for first timers, city view (impressive when it's not too fo...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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HuntingtonHotelSF, Public Relations Manager at The Scarlet Huntington, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

Dear Thomas B,
Thank you for being such a loyal Huntington Hotel guest! We're so happy to hear you mention that 'each time it's like returning home', since that is exactly the way we want our guests to feel. When we read a review like yours, we realize that our staff is doing their best to create a warm and welcoming environment for our guests. We appreciate you taking the time to review us, and we hope to see you again soon!

Cheers,
Kellie Samson
Public Relations Manager
Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Stayed for three days in Sept. and did have some reservations when reading past reviews of tired rooms, etc. Our room--910---was a junior suite that we were upgraded to thru the American Express Platinum Card Fine Hotels and Resorts Program and it was gorgeous!!! Very large, newly refurbished in a modern style with a king-sized bed and large marble bathroom with sinks in a separate area from tub/shower and commode. We find this setup extremely convenient for two people trying to get ready simultaneously in the a.m. or for dinner. There was also a small refrigerator, large desk and two closets with ample space. As others have stated, the staff here is excellent. The personalized service that is offered makes most guests feel very comfortable and at home. Yes the location is up a very steep hill---walking down to the Union Square area was no problem and even though walking back up was a challenge, taxis were plentiful and we never had a problem going to or from the hotel. The small park across the street was very restful after a long day of shopping and/or touring and the entertainment provided by the dogs and their owners was great. The pool area and spa are lovely but due to lack of time, we did not avail ourselves of any services. We did, however, manage to avail ourselves of the services of the lovely bar area and spent a very enjoyable evening listening to the piano and having dinner. San Francisco is one city that never disappoints---as many times as we have been there, we always seem to find something new to discover. The Huntington Hotel did not disappoint, either. If you are looking for a quiet, charming, well -cared for establishment with very personalized service, you would be well served to stay here. We were provided breakfast daily thru our AMEX program and the service and quality of food were excellent.

Room Tip: Spend the extra $$$$ for a junior suite---you won't be sorry.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Stayed here on a Bloomspot prepaid coupon promotion. Lots of history and in a great area at the top of Nob Hill and close to cable cars. Rooms are enormous as it was an old apartment building although a little tired. Restaurant bar great for drinks and bar snacks with a great piano player most evenings. All in all, a good value and a great stay.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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HuntingtonHotelSF, Public Relations Manager at The Scarlet Huntington, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2012

Dear artfrommaui,

Thank you for reviewing your recent stay with us, and we appreciate that you took the time to do so! We're glad that you enjoyed your visit -- from the historical aspect of the hotel, to our large rooms, to our wonderful piano player in the Big 4 bar, Michael. He does a terrific job of adding a special element to the classic ambiance of the Big 4. We look forward to welcoming you back home to the Huntington upon your next visit to San Francisco. Cheers!

Sincerely,
Kellie Samson
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Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

The Huntington is a beautiful old hotel with a magnificent pool and spa area. Its staff are very eager to help and very friendly. The rooms are quite nice. However, this place is really not suited to the business traveler. The rooms lack basic coffee/tea kettle equipment, and there's no room service after 10, so if you want a cup of tea late night or early morning, you're out of luck. There are hardly any outlets in the rooms, and you're forced to move beds to reach plugs to charge your phone and laptop. There's only one restaurant, very high end, and not a quick place to grab a bite. There's virtually nothing in the area to walk to, no coffee shops or drugstores in walking distance, only 1- 2 restaurants nearby (and this is a problem for the nearby luxury hotels as well). Finally, the room service food is quite poor and overrated. I ordered an inedible cheese pizza and glass of wine; cost $30.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Thank slwjosh123
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HuntingtonHotelSF, Public Relations Manager at The Scarlet Huntington, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2012

Dear slwjosh123,

Warm wishes from San Francisco! Thank you taking the time to write a review of your recent visit to the Huntington Hotel. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed our friendly staff, the pool and spa, and your room. Your comments on the lack of amenities for the business traveler are very important to us, and we'll take them into consideration as we continue to try our best to meet the needs of all of our guests -- leisure and business travelers alike. We appreciate that you were specific in your comments, as that will help us to fine tune the overall guest experience. We do hope for your future visits to San Francisco that you'll give us another chance to make the Huntington your home away from home. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Kellie Samson
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Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Huntington Hotel is a pure luxuary experience.

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- Big rooms with great views.
- Located in a very safe part of town.
- Great service from all the staff.
- Cosy bar and restaurant.

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- Internet connection was not included in the rate, free WIFI where offered in the lobby.
- Even though the location is great and not far from the city center it's loacted on one of the highest hills in SF. You will get tired going back to the hotel...
- As the doors to the rooms are not soundproofed you will here everything that is going on in the corridor.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

My spouse and I spent 4 very memorable days in SF during July and very happy with our choice of Huntington Hotel. It is close and accessible to most of the Cable Car lines ( California street stop was just outside our hotel) and well as close to the Powell and Mason/ Powell and Hyde lines. Union square is a 15 minute walk away ( downhill is ok but the walk back and up is rather strenuous so take the cable car if you can. The hotel is very clean, and staff pleasant especially Jason who met us at valet service. Room was nice and spacious and bathroom too was comfortable. We had a lovely street view overlooking the Cathedral and park . It was really nice to listen to the clanging of the approaching cable cars as they passed by our window. Knob hill has many luxurious hotes
l to choose from and the Huntington was a good choice and value for money.I certainly will recommend this hotel. The only snag was that internet was not free and the connection not very good.

Room Tip: ask for a room facing the park.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Scarlet Huntington

Address: 1075 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108-2251
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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:
#4 Spa Hotel in San Francisco
#7 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#7 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#17 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: $267 - $659 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Scarlet Huntington 4.5*
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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