Hotels Nob Hill
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High atop Nob Hill, the Fairmont is the grand dame of San Francisco hotels, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The main building was built in 1908, and the grand lobby reveals traces of the Gilded Age in polished marble floors that reflect the glow of century-old crystal chandeliers, and rows of yellow-marble Corinthian columns soaring two stories high. Tony Bennett debuted "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" at the Fairmont in 1961. The 1920s-designed Presidential Suite is the most opulent hotel room in all SF, covering the entire 8th floor; it even has a movable bookcase for secret escapes to the rooftop's former helipad. Service is high-end business class, and guest rooms got a total makeover in 2014. Choose between the original main building or the 1960s tower. Main-building rooms have high ceilings and crown moldings, and feel grand for their proportions. Tower rooms are boxy with lower ceilings, but have incredible bay and city views, especially from high floors. All are furnished with sumptuous beds and marble baths. At the tiki-themed Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar, drinks come with little umbrellas, a dance band plays standards, and artificial thunderstorms rain down hourly on the floating bandstand. A classic SF experience.


Venue name: Fairmont
Address: 950 Mason St
San Francisco

Cross street: between California and Sacramento Sts
Transport: Bus 12, 19, 27, 47, 91, 292, 397, KX
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