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Fairmont San Francisco

  • 950 Mason St. Map It
  • Nob Hill
  • Grande Dame
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  • Huge bathrooms
  • Stunning lobby
  • Great location


  • Some guests have complained about spotty service
  • Older rooms can be quite small
  • Hills can be challenging for those on foot

Updated 03/22/2013

Fodor's Review

Dominating the top of Nob Hill like a European palace, the Fairmont has a rich history that includes surviving the 1906 earthquake and hosting the signing of the United Nations Charter in 1945. Architect Julia Morgan's timeless 1907 lobby design includes alabaster walls and gilt-embellished ceilings supported by Corinthian columns. Rooms in the main building are done in conservative color schemes and have high ceilings, fine dark-wood furniture, colorful Chinese porcelain

lamps, wonderful beds, flat-screen TVs, and marble bathrooms. Rooms in the Tower are generally larger and have better views. Amenities and special services (including free chicken soup if you're under the weather and a newly crafted Intersect Media Lounge complete with multiplayer Guitar Hero and Wii Golf) keep loyal guests coming back. Don't miss drinks at the recently spiffed up Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar, an over-the-top Tiki lounge that serves blue tropical cocktails with umbrellas.

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Hotel Information


950 Mason St., San Francisco, California, 94108, United States

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415-772–5000; 800-257–7544

Hotel Details:

  • 591 rooms, 65 suites
  • Rate includes No meals

Updated 03/22/2013

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Aug 7, 2010

Fairmont San Francisco Review

Beautiful room, incredible views (including the fireworks on July 4th) and very good service, particularly for the price.

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Dec 20, 2006

Renovated Hotel - Now Renovate the Service!

Don't go here! While the hotel has been renovated and is absolutely beautiful in places, the service is dismal. My room was actually a charming old suite but I gave everything a low rating as I do not want to encourage anyone to stay at the SF Fairmont - that would be a tragedy. From management to the concierge, the service never got above a minus 5 on a scale of 1-10... I am a long time Fairmont customer and plan to never stay at the SF Fairmont

again. I think, however, that the service is localized to the SF Fairmont as the other Fairmont Hotels at which I have stayed still retain fairly consistent service (if not stellar).

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