Everything about this classy hotel screams San Francisco, from the Julia Morgan-designed building and gorgeous bay views to the state-of-the-art wellness spa and the iconic tiki bar in the basement.
The historic hotel, which opened right after the 1906 earthquake, is perched atop Nob Hill (close to Union Square, the Financial District and Fisherman’s Wharf) and boasts an opulent lobby with towering columns (home to a two-story gingerbread house during the holidays), exceptional service and impressive views. Almost all of the 606 rooms and 52 suites (10 with balconies) offer panoramic views of downtown San Francsico as well as comfy beds fitted with Frette linens. For those looking to workout or unwind, the hotel has a state-of-the-art gym and wellness spa. The Fairmont also has three restaurants and lounges, and an afternoon tea special that is popular with locals and tourists alike.
Nob Hill has managed to keep its luxurious and majestic character centuries after the first California barons built their colossal mansions overlooking the bay. Cable cars continue to pack the streets while locals head to SF mainstays like Swan Oyster Depot for dinner and gorgeous Grace Cathedral for yoga on the labyrinth.
Time Out tip: Don’t miss dinner or drinks at the iconic Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, a tiki bar with a floating band in a lagoon, surprise thunderstorms and mai tais served in fake coconuts.