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
- 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
From the moment we were warmly greeted at the entrance by a friendly doorman until we sadly had to leave, our stay at the Huntington was near perfect.
The hotel is situated perfectly across from a park on Punt Hill, so for those who have never experienced the rolling geography of the streets in San Fran, here is your chance. Its also a quick walk into the CBD so no need to catch Ubers everywhere.
The room itself was elegant and had everything you need, the bed was comfortable, it was quiet and the amenities were a high quality with L'Occitane.
Breakfast is in the restuarant which is a cosy, wood pannelled extraganza which we really liked the look of, and the food itself was good although somewhat unimaginative. Service was again, friendly and efficient.
We would definately revisit on our next trip to San Fran.
It is nice to stay somewhere where the rooms don't all look alike. Very nicely furnished and very cozy feeling. Even the soaps were nicer than most. Deep tub. Quiet. Staff was great. I enjoyed the stay very much.
And if you are going to the Masonic for a concert, it is right across the street.
I was in San Francisco on business and needed a hotel on California Street. I prefer boutique hotels over chains if possible and the rate and location were desirable. From the time you arrive they have great attention to detail. Helping with your bag, announcing you to the front desk to expedite check in. Plenty of amenities included with the room including a town car to take you to the sites (within limits). The rooms are large with great lighting, modern deco-style furniture and nice toiletries. Huge closet and bathroom and space in the room that is a distant memory in chain hotel room design. The linens are super soft and the bed is very comfortable. Would highly recommend and gladly stay here again. Although there's a restaurant on site I'd also check out the Nob Hill Cafe about 3 minutes away for fantastic Italian food.
Great location, San Francisco Iconic Hotel. Fantastic bar & restaurant. Parking typical SF pricing, high. Hotel staff very friendly, helpful. I would stay here again. Can't wait for the new ownership and décor
Edgy Elegant , not "just another corporate hotel". The old Huntingon Hotel had morphed into a new look, slightly over the top decor, but still retains the feel of Nob Hill elegance. This has much to do with the retention of excellent staff and personal service. New management now charges a $40-60 day use fee for pool/spa use in addition to a $25 resort fee. Not good. Otherwise we were pleased, but may rethink the value in the future.