Fairmont San Francisco
What We Love
- All rooms and suites received a $21 million renovation in 2014
- The unparalleled city skyline and bay views in Signature Bay View rooms
- It’s the only place in the city where each of the city’s cable car lines meet
- Rooftop culinary garden houses four nascent beehives that provides honey for the hotel’s two restaurants and namesake beer
- Read more about what to see and do in San Francisco and Big Sur in our magazine section
What To Know
- Join the Fairmont President’s Club — which doesn’t cost a dime — for free WiFi and access to the Active Sports Club Nob Hill
- Parking costs $64 a day
- The surrounding neighborhood is one of the city’s hilliest — bring good walking shoes
- There are often a lot of business travelers and conventioneers here, so it can feel busy at times
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Planted in prime position atop Nob Hill, The Fairmont San Francisco is a true landmark in an equally iconic neighborhood. Time-honored details like velvet chairs, mahogany furnishings, ornamental Corinthian columns, gilded frames and marble accents remain wonderfully in tact since the hotel first opened its doors in 1907. Every president since Truman has bedded down within its hallowed halls, which are adorned in celebrated photographs that bespeak the hotel’s storied history by the decade. Each of the 591 rooms and suites complement the hotel’s prominent features with modern luxuries and unmatched views.
Bed and Bath
Fresh off the hotel’s $21 million renovation, the historic Main Building’s expansive rooms and suites feature beautifully restored wrought iron fixtures and white crown molding that anchor contemporary details of sapphire button-back loungers, handcrafted ombre glass lamps and floral paisley-printed carpets and drapes. Spanning 29 floors, the Tower Building’s modernly sophisticated rooms and suites offer exceptional views of the city and bay. But nothing rivals the vistas available in the Signature Suites that — like many of the renovated rooms — exhibit framed work by local artists. Nothing short of elegant, the marble bathrooms come equipped with Rose 31 products in the glass-encased rainfall showers — as well as the jetted tubs available in the spacious suites.
The hotel features a rooftop culinary garden that spans 1,000 square feet and includes four nascent hives with 250,000 bees that produce up to 1,200 pounds of honey per year. Each batch is procured for delectable desserts, dressings, and afternoon tea, as well as the hotels own artisanal honey beer available at the Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar. The bees are spearheading The Fairmont San Francisco’s history of environmental stewardship, which includes homegrown and sustainable ingredients on the farm-focused seasonal menus at Laurel Court and the historic Tonga & Hurricane Room. Local dishes like fried Saimin noodles and hibachi-grilled beef tri tip are served grotto-side at the subterranean restaurant, where live music can be heard every night in between claps of thunder from a flashing tropical storm simulator.
In the Area
A stroll down one of Nob Hill’s many steep hillside streets will lead you to the lively Union Square, which throughout the year is a host to free outdoor entertainment, from Film Night in the Park to monthly concerts showcasing up-and-coming Bay Area musicians. Take a walk along Powell and surrounding streets, home to such big name brands as Neiman Marcus, Gucci, Burberry, Prada and Marc Jacobs. For some of the best views of San Francisco, hike up Grant Avenue to North Beach’s latest artisanal cocktail spot, 15 Romolo, where we love the punchy Pimm’s Cup and the Rio Grande (bourbon, Reposado tequila, lemon, lime, syrup). Or hop the cable car back to The Fairmont San Francisco stomping grounds of Nob Hill to join its well-heeled residents at the speakeasy-style Bourbon & Branch for creative libations. Save room for the best herbivore bites at Union Square restaurant Millennium, where the masa dumplings with porcini molé and agave-centric elixirs are musts. For a modern spin on traditional Vietnamese, head over to Charles Phan’s Slanted Door in the Embarcadero’s famed Ferry Building.
How to Get There
Excellent location with great views if you have an exterior room. Stunning Christmas Lobby. Large bedrooms with nice touches e.g. umbrella, shoe horn and bath robes. All staff were friendly and helpful. Stayed for my wife’s birthday and the hotel provided a few presents to help her celebrate. We are silver L’Accor members and the benefits offered were good especially the nightly ‘wine down’. Do visit the Tonga restaurant for a very interesting experience! We loved our stay.
I always love staying at Fairmont’s during the Christmas season. The minute you pull up to the hotel, you see beautiful holiday lights and decor... and the moment you walk into the lobby you see a gigantic gingerbread house and Christmas tree.....Add in the piano player in the lobby, playing Christmas tunes, and you feel like you stepped into a winter wonderland.
My room was large, beds were comfortable , internet was great, and the view of Alcatraz from my room was amazing. In room dining was served timely, accurate, hot and with a friendly smile!
Staff is always helpful and accommodating and housekeeping was top notch.
My only feedback for areas of improvement would be, a larger bathroom vanity, so I have a place to put my makeup bag and toiletries, and giving priority access to hotel guest in Tonga. The wait to get a seat weekday was more then 30 min and I didn’t feel like standing in the middle of an open dance floor, by myself, to get a table.
The above are very minor and will not deter me from returning.
I highly recommend a stay at Fairmont.... you won’t regret it!
The hotel is gorgeous and the room was absolutely beautiful and comfortable. The hotel staff was nice and courteous and the location good. The hotel has a Tiki bar which i found to be fun (a bit funny) and surprising!
Six Nights of pure romance in a classic and romantic place !!
The charm already happens on the arrival of the hotel at night ... all decorated for the Christmas celebrations and a memorable reception by the staff, and what an incredible team. We were delighted with the history of the hotel and with all the historical facts that occurred in its rooms. Certainly one of the best choices !! Its lacalization is extremely privileged, close to great restaurants. Worth every moment of staying at this Classic and Magical Hotel !!!
We stayed at the Fairmont San Fran for the start of our California Road Trip, and it was definitely worth it. The staff were great, the suite was spacious and comfortable and the location was perfect for guided tour pick ups (Vantigo). There was extra water and snacks in the room for the kids, which was a nice touch. The hotel restaurant was not very good, but there were so many great restaurants within walking distance that it didn't really matter to us. It was helpful to us to have a UPS store on the ground level of the hotel as I was working during our vacation and had to send a few packages.
You can rarely go wrong with a Fairmont. IMO.