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From its prominent location at the crest of Nob Hill to its two-story tall yellow-marble Corinthian columns, no hotel does grandeur like the Fairmont. Built in the Gilded Age of 1908, the lobby, with its polished floors, crystal chandeliers and ornate staircases, is the very definition of opulence. The Fairmont’s guest rooms - both in the hotel’s original building and in the 1960s tower addition - were completely renovated in 2014 and now feature rich silver and earth-toned textiles, dark wood furniture and sumptuous marble baths. The 1920s-designed Presidential Suite is the stuff of San Francisco legend, covering the entire 8th floor with a secret exit through a movable bookcase to a rooftop helipad, a feature which was replaced in 2010 with four honeybee hives and an herb garden. In the hall that once housed the Fairmont’s indoor pool you’ll find the tiki-themed Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar where musicians play to diners from a floating bandstand and thunderstorms, complete with falling rain, erupt hourly.

By: Shoshi Parks


Venue name: Fairmont
Address: 950 Mason St
San Francisco
Cross street: at Sacramento St
Transport: Bus 12, 19, 27, 47, 91, 292, 397, KX
Price: $$$
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