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.
Aug 7, 2010
Beautiful room, incredible views (including the fireworks on July 4th) and very good service, particularly for the price.
Dec 20, 2006
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).