It's only fair to remark that my wife and loved the old Huntington, and we were assured that the post renovation Huntington would continue the spirit of elegance and charm of this lovely hotel. We spent many a wonderful weekend in this hotel, and it was perhaps the last vestige of old San Francisco.
Well, one has only to walk into the lobby of the new Huntington to be extraordinarily disappointed. It looks as if a brothel from Bejing mated with a Russian sauna. I don't think I have used the word "garish" in the last ten years, but whatever else it might be, rule out the word elegant.
We continued on to the bar and chatted with an old friend. To say that they were disappointed is a mild understatement. Gone is the ambience and the wonderful chef, and new "rules" are everywhere.
Book this hotel if you never stayed at the old Huntington Hotel. I'm sure the view and service are fine. But something wonderful has been taken from San Francisco, and it's where my wife and I will leave our hearts.
- 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