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
My recent stay at the Fairmont San Francisco was memorable right from the start. From the warm welcome of the doormen to morning breakfast everyday at Laurel Court, there isn’t a moment that you are not greeted by one of the amazing staff members. I would highly recommend this location just based on cleanliness of the room and property, but I must give this the highest recommendation possible due to the exceptional service delivered by the staff.
As you enter the hotel ,you are reminded of the glory days of hotels where lobbies and entrance ways created an expectation and element of glamour to your experience. It is nice to see the gilded charm that greets you. However, the front desk can vary with the level of expertise as is ubiquitous in all industries as consistency in employees is hard to exact.The rooms are very spacious and would be amazing if they were updated.The gym is superb and with the offer of replenishing those with forgotten gym wear, Fairmontstands tall.The quality of the buffet breakfast unfortunately doesn't compliment the memorable lobby and beautifully appointed painted dining room. The choices and selections were underwhelming and befitting of an Express hotel. Never have been a fan of the cash grab " resort fee", although it may be suggested that the facilities and wifi are covered by this fee, these items have always existed prior to such a fee, with no significant improvement.A great location with great potential, with a staff that does try to meet your needs and are truly hardworking.
Hotel is beautiful in a great location.But few issues left us feeling unsatified with experience. Would return hopeful that letting our concerns known would change experience .Fairmont has a great reputation so not wanting to say it was all bad .
My wife and I recently stayed here for two nights with our three teenagers. Once I got over the sticker shock of getting a room that could accommodate five people, I absolutely loved the Fairmont. Elegant, old hotel with a gorgeous lobby and we had a nice one bedroom suite. Service - including checking in, bell desk, service desk, and checking out - was top notch. Loved the Nob Hill location as well. Ending our stay by just sitting on the beautiful outdoor patio with a drink in hand was really nice.
Going to sound like a whinging poor Brexit bashed, exchange rate affected English man here but San Francisco is an expensive city without all of that, and the Fairmont is no exception. Why in this day and age is WI FI not free in a big hotel, and in one of the capitals of technology slow...everything in the hotel is expensive, food, drink, the café, all ridiculous and not justified by the quality, which is just okay, not bad, not good. Hotel is living off its name, and although nice inside the location is not as good as downtown where there is more going on. Rooms okay but need updating. Doorman very helpful and great trip down to the wharf from the hotel driver, thanks.