Breathtaking views, superb personal service and oodles of old-world luxury define the Fairmont San Francisco
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With its commanding Nob Hill position, at the confluence of San Francisco’s legendary cable car lines, the Fairmont offers extraordinary views of the city and bay area. It was also here that Tony Bennet gave his first public performance of I Left my Heart in San Francisco back in 1962. Nearby attractions include the Cable Car Museum, Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and the eight hairpin turns of Lombard Street, the ‘crookedest street in the world’.
The hotel may date back to just after the earthquake of 1906 but the rooms received a $21 million makeover in 2014. All 592 rooms and 62 suites are both elegant and spacious, offering flatscreen TVs, luxury linens, pillow-top beds and marble baths. Signature rooms are located in the more contemporary Tower building and offer unparalleled views of San Francisco Bay, from Alcatraz to Coit Tower. Suites are even more impressive and come with telescopes on tripods to take advantage of their splendid vistas.
Choose from three delicious dining options. A celebration of kitsch, the Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar offers exotic Asian cuisine and some of the city’s best Mai Tais in a tropical rainforest setting, complete with indoor ponds and artificial rainstorms. More local flavours, including fresh seafood from San Francisco Bay, can be enjoyed at the Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar. Caffé Cento, meanwhile, was recently named one the country’s best hotel coffee bars by the Huffington Post; it also serves Ghirardelli chocolates and a selection of pastries, breakfast and lunch items.
One of San Francisco’s best health clubs is located on the Terrace Level of the hotel and is free to use for hotel guests. As well as a full complement of gym equipment, it offers daily classes in aerobics, Pilates, yoga and spinning, not to mention a full-service spa with a range of massages and beauty treatments. The rooftop culinary garden has an assortment of fresh herbs and houses four nascent beehives that provide honey for the hotel restaurants and its signature craft beer. The front desk and concierge are on hand 24/7, and if you’re ready to brave the hills, bike rental stations are available nearby.
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