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“A hidden, understated treasure”

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The Scarlet Huntington
Ranked #12 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
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Nara, Japan
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54 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“A hidden, understated treasure”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

There's a lot to startle you in this place--the food can be shaky, some of the rooms can be cramped, it can be ragged at the edges--but for those who prefer character to conformity and privacy to luxury, this is the best place to stay in San Francisco. I recently tried four luxury hotel in four nights around San Francisco, and the best by far (as in every stay I've enjoyed over more than 20 years) was the Huntington.

The beauty of the place is that its pleasures are subtle ones: the doormen who work there for 30 or 40 years, and can reminisce with you as the fog rolls in; the fact that the staff behind the Front Desk never seem to change; the way people from the Business Office will let you use their computer or printer if you're having trouble with yours; the quiet once you disappear into your room.

Many, many places around the Bay Area are slicker, more sumptuous and cool; but there's a family-owned warmth and unpretentiousness about this place that makes it really special. Sometimes even the things that go wrong underline what's so steady and engaging about it.

And the things that go right are wonderful: the rooms with a view over the park across the street; the elegant pens and touches of a classiness almost vanished elsewhere; the location across fem Grace Cathedral (and within easy walking distance of Chinatown and Union Square and Pacific Heights elegance); the size of the larger rooms. All topped off by the Nob Hill Spa, which is one of the loveliest sanctuaries in the city and suddenly opens the door on sunlit terraces, a gym, massage services and just a place to chill out and sip tea that complements the great facilities this hotel has always offered.

Some hotels dazzle you; this one simply makes you smile. And grows on you as a favorite, slightly tattered aunt might.

Room Tip: Try to get a room overlooking the park--and, at the very least, try to avoid one of the rooms the si...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

The term "old school" can be overused...but not here..this is Old School..... Class!
From the moment you pull up in your Ferrari 458 Italia....not!.... a Ford Edge with car seats for our grand kids and a few random toys falling out as the coolest guy greets you with "I get it, you're on a get-away".

As we walked into the hotel they made us feel like we were the most important couple , in our case...we were!
After you check in a bellman will meet you at the elevator(s) with your luggage..he has one we had another and he said I'll meet you at your room.
We walk into the room and it's very nice, not big but nice. We had the park view on 10th floor and with the weather being perfect we could see for miles.

We had drinks there at the Big 4 before dinner and then a cab to Gary Danko's..back to the Big 4 for after dinner drinks.

I had the same observation about Gary Dankos, the Huntington is all about the people who work there, these are both world class establishments but the people who work there make that happen.....One thing, when you pay over $500 with the occupancy tax, parking, tax on the parking don't charge me $3.00 for a cup of coffee in the morning....come on....that just bugged me.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Incline Village, Nevada
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

For our anniversary, my husband and I decided to spend a few days in the city. We reserved a junior suite at The Huntington Hotel. When we arrived, we were upgraded to a spacious suite that was probably bigger than many city apartments. From the moment we walked in, we felt welcome and appreciated. Our suite had a full size sitting room, a small kitchen, and our favorite feature, a window in the shower. Everyone from the front desk, to the bellhop was very helpful, friendly, and pleasant. We visited the adjoining Nob Hill Spa twice, and the staff there was equally as nice.. I received two massages and my husband used the indoor pool and sauna. We had a fantastic dinner at The Big Four restaurant, and enjoyed continental breakfast there as well. Conveniently located within walking distance from Union Square and Chinatown, we got in some exercise and sightseeing on foot. It was the perfect mini vacation and we will most definitely be returning in the future.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

I have the distinct privilege of staying in this hotel for just one night on a stop- over to visit my daughter.

As soon as I stepped into the door, I was literally in another world of quiet elegance and understated charm. The receptionist at check-in, concierge, doorman were most attentive. I love the rooms with attention to details with all the necessary amenities in the bathrooms. The decor must be new; beautifully furnished inside a old, historic building. There were many magazines laid out for reading; it was simply a luxury just being inside the room without having to leave the room.

The breakfast service at the restaurant was a must for the experience of being in a rich surrounding with crisp white table cloth. I enjoyed particularly the emerald-colour leather couch or chair. It was formal and proper.

Walking around the spa area, swimming pool, outdoor terrace, rest areas allowed another view of this hotel. It was like a little oasis, so well hidden and was something one would look forward returning to another time.

Room Tip: I love room 1110, it's a big room, like a suite but without a separate living room.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Hawaiian Islands
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

We had not been back since the Hotel was sold and we were happy all has remained the same. Stayed a week and was sad to leave. Had Dinner at The Big Four, the best food on The Hill we went twice. We hope to go back before New Years for more shopping. The Hotel car to downtown is helpful Monday-Friday. Chinatown is just down a bit after too much dim sum got a cab back to the Hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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HuntingtonHotelSF, Public Relations Manager at The Scarlet Huntington, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear Old-Lahaina,

Thank you for taking the time to write about your positive experience with us. We love hearing from guests that are intimately familiar with our hotel. You mentioned you were interested in coming back to get your holiday shopping done; a fantastic idea. We've recently partnered with Neiman Marcus and created an exclusive package available to our guests that will make your holiday shopping a breeze. Details are available on our website. Thank you again for your review, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

This is a Nice older hotel which also needs some infrastructure work- e.g. elevators. Staff was great. We had nice meals in the restaurant- which is very old school in design and look. American Express platinum card holders receive significant benefits which are valuable and recognized by the hotel staff.


Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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HuntingtonHotelSF, Public Relations Manager at The Scarlet Huntington, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear Stone 54,

Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your stay, and our Big 4 restaurant. As for the elevators, we will be replacing them first thing next year during our grand renovation. You'll be pleased to know we intend to preserve the classic elegance of the Big 4, and our staff will continue to provide the first class service you've come to expect. Please come and see us again and after the update!
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Stayed here using Platinum American Express and really got a lot
extra. We did receive an upgrade to a jr Suite, huge and really gorgeous!
We had a wonderful breakfast which was part of the Platinum reservations
as well as a ride to the airport with a car and driver. The rate was very good
compared to other Nob Hill hotels. Small luxury hotels property, just perfect
in every way. Staff very well trained and friendly. Will stay here again and again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Property: 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:
#5 Spa Hotel in San Francisco
#7 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#10 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#15 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#17 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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