The Scarlet Huntington Hotel
What We Love
- A high-end Nob Hill location, with a cable car stop in front of the hotel
- Excellent views from atop San Francisco’s most famous hill
- The on-site Nob Hill Spa is known as one of the city’s best
- Roaring fireplace and a seasonal menu in Big 4 restaurant
What To Know
- Big Four Restaurant uses mostly local, seasonal ingredients in its breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus
- Kids under 16 are not allowed in the spa or pool
- San Francisco can be tough to navigate, and stately Nob Hill can be an uphill hike from other neighborhoods
- Rooms were last updated in 2010
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A San Francisco legend on Nob Hill, the Scarlet Huntington is still where the well heeled rest their heads. The hotel’s giant sign has been an mainstay of San Francisco’s skyline since the 1920s, and the property exudes the style of that era with its stately brick and ivy facade and marble floors. The Scarlet Huntington is about the finer things, and that sense of the classic oozes from every corner. This is the spot to sip a Manhattan by the piano, enjoy a multicourse dinner by the fire in the restaurant and spend the next day indulging in one of those spa experiences you see in movies, complete with cucumbers over the eyes and a glass of champagne in the hand.
Bed & Bath
Decorated in a traditional style, the 136 rooms and suites are spacious since they were originally designed as apartments. Superior Rooms measure in at 335 square feet, or you can go full residential style with 715-square-foot City View Suites, which have a separate living and dining area and deliver fantastic views of downtown San Francisco. Whether you go with the suite or not, no two rooms are the same, but all are elegantly appointed and done in subdued hues of green, burnt orange and gold.
The Scarlet Huntington is home to the best pool in the city, hands down. The pool at the Nob Hill Spa is legendary for it’s panoramics, and the spa itself features expert therapists and a variety of services for women, men and couples. Downstairs, the Big 4 Restaurant (named for the nation’s four biggest 19th-century railroad tycoons) takes guests to another era, with its forest green banquettes, lead-glass mirrors and brass finishes. It’s a San Francisco classic, and a must-dine destination even if you’re not bedding down in the hotel’s luxe digs.
How to Get There
Stayed here for 1 night for the 4 July fireworks, and the hotel is lovely. Friendly staff, and a beautiful room. We walked to the hotel from BART, and later from Fishermn's Wharf after the fireworks, and it's definitely a climb. But it's worth it!
Didn't eat at the hotel, so can't comment on food or beverage.
My wife and daughter stayed here for one night after flying in from Melbourne, Huntington Hotel is ideally situated in the lovely Nob Hill district which is a short (but pricey) cable car ride up the hill from Union Square.
We had a great evening in the bar having a snack and drink, the Scottish waitress was very helpful with the wine selection and funny. The hotel is older style with a lovely history,smaller and more personable than its 2 neighbours the Fairmont & Mark Hopkins.
Recommended highly and would stay there again next time in SF.
Brief staycation in SF. We were upgraded because we signed up for the (free) rewards program. The room was impeccable. The spa facilities are amazing at Huntington Hotel - a must do! Upon arrival, our bags were taken up to our room at no charge. Street parking around the hotel is not very good! There is a parking garage for $40 next door or valet is $50 or $60.
Location. Check. Relatively well located in downtown San Francisco.
Parking. Check. Convenient and relatively reasonable (for San Francisco) $40 per 24 hours next door.
Staff. Check. Check. Check. Friendly and helpful from the curbside assistant when we drove up. The doorman was gentlemanly. The bellman was quick and courteous. The front desk staff was up to the standards of their coworkers. The only issue we had was the concierge gave wrong directions to the Walgreens where cable car tickets could be purchased.
The room. Check. Relatively roomy. Clean. Good amenities. Quiet. Good sleeping environment. The only minor complaint was the air conditioning for room 712 was a bit weak but did get the job done and was not overly noisy. The air conditioning in room 711 worked great. Price for the room was reasonable by San Francisco standards.
The hotel. Check. Clean. Simple elegance. Well maintained.
Restaurant. Check. A nice setting. We ate breakfast there and breakfast was reasonably good but the price was a bit cheeky ($100 for 3 for relatively simple fair) but hey it's San Francisco.
Bar. Check. Small but the bar has a lot of character and the bar tender was attentive and friendly.
Overall this is an excellent hotel.
I had an excellent experience at the Huntington during a recent 3 night stay. Service was great and the staff was very accommodating. The hotel itself is beautiful. My room, a beautiful junior suite, was on the 10th floor and very quite. It was one of the best hotels I've stayed in. For reference, in SF I've stayed at the Marriott, Vitale, Omni (multiple times), Hyatt and others and only the Omni comes close. I almost didn't want to write this review because I would like to keep this hidden gem for my next visits. Location (Nob Hill) is slightly away from the main touristic areas but that was a plus for me.