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
The hotel is almost perfect! The rooms are large , comfortable and clean, the restaurant has a limited menu but on the whole good and they have a pool and spa ! I didn’t have time to try the spa and pool but the pictures looked great ! The major problem is position ! You have to walk down hill for 500 metres to find a Starbucks for breakfast or to do anything! Walking back is the problem! We spent quite a bit on taxis ! If you have limited time, best to be nearer the city and tourist attractions!
We love the preferred hotels. Room was great and the location cannot be beat. Only complaint is the breakfast area. It is the bar and so dark you can barely see your food. Would stay again, though. Concierge was very helpful. And a rarity, you can open windows to get fresh air!
We also went to the Scarlet Arms ring and had a fantastic starter & main meal & did not encounter any problems what so ever. The staff were friendly as well as efficient. My husband & I had would recommend it.
We spent three nights at the Scarlet Huntington. A lovely hotel in a lovely part of town. Accessible to all the important spots. They very generously gave us an upgrade and that topped off the stay. There is a lot of construction around but that is part of the problem with cities in summer. The only blindspot for us was the breakfast area. Bit too formal for breakfast and an expensive a la carte menu. Service was slow and poor. Maybe ok for a formal dinner but breakfast needs to be simpler and quicker.
We stayed 3 nights at the Scarlett Huntington and enjoyed the hotel.
Rooms were spacious, comfy and clean.
Staff was very helpful and kind.
The swimming pool is only accessible for adults with spa treatments.
The area is very convenient and safe with a parking next door.
We will come back.