Fairmont Hotel San Francisco (11)

I don’t think there can possibly be any argument with the Fairmont hotel’s position as the grande dame of San Francisco’s many extraordinary hotels. Constructed from what was left after the twin ravages of fire and earthquake in 1906 by Heasrt’s pet architect, the prolific and game-changing Julia Morgan, it stands at the very top of Nob Hill dominating the skyline of central San Francisco. (Rumour has it that the hotel’s first owners presciently bought the air rights around the hotel in the days when such a concept barely existed.)

The best word to describe the public spaces would be ‘splendid’. There is much velvet and marble and rich use of colour.

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Staying at the Fairmont feels like an event, from the moment the uniformed doormen leap to attention as your car swings into the drive. As you climb the steps under the Palladian portico, you feel as if you too could be one of the many presidents of the United States who have stayed here or indeed Michelle Obama who was here recently.

My room was up in the tower, whose dedicated elevator bank is a full five minute walk through the hotel. But, unlike many hotels, where tower additions are to be avoided, this one is to be positively embraced, as it has views over the city that would make the most hardened hotel dweller’s jaw drop.

Sleeping here feels as though you are floating above the city, as there are no other tall buildings on any side of the tower, and the sightline reaches as far as Oakland and Marin County on the other side of the bay.

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And here’s the short film I took of my room up on the 23rd floor, overlooking the city:

LLG was a guest of the Fairmont San Francisco

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Wow! its amazing! I stayed in a place like this in Sydney Australia a while ago, so relaxing!

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Yes! Soooo relaxing! LLGxx

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I love SF and have been several times, but have never stayed at the Fairmont. Thanks for this blog – definitely a place to stay next time I get to SF.

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It really is such an iconic hotel. I highly recommend it for a quintessential SF experience LLGxx

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This is definitely hotel porn! Lol!

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That’s the idea! LLGxx

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it looks amazing!

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I have been to this hotel. Well, to be accurate on the forecourt of the hotel, where our courtesy car was picking up two guests, who like us, were on their way to the airport. They kept us waiting for around 25 minutes and eventually emerged, an English couple. They blamed the delay on the hotel who they said kept them waiting while they retrieved their luggage. All the way to the airport, which seemed to take hours, they carped on about the poor service they had received, listing in great detail the many faults of the hotel. When we got to the airport my friend’s daugter whispered to me, “It makes me ashamed to be English”. I resolved that next time I ws in SF I would try to stay in this hotel.

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eurgh. some people behave SO badly! I do hope you go stay – I loved it there. LLGxx

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Oh Glorious citron velvet armchair!

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I know! a visual idea for a future home, I think! LLGxx

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I loved my stay at the Sir Francis Drake hotel.. as well as the food and the cocktails! YUM

M xx

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Lovely review! I popped over from MTFF. I adore the Fairmont, in fact I got married there, reception was right at the top of the tower, we had to peel the guests from the windows to sit down to eat! Such great memories.

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Thank you for visiting! And how wonderful – glad to have prompted some more memory thinking! LLGxx

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