San Francisco is full of historical spots—from edgy to elegant. If you’re yearning for a huge serving of the latter, grab a room at The Fairmont San Francisco during your next vacation to the City by the Bay.
Opened in 1907, the hotel’s historical claims are many. In 1945, it was where the founding Charter for the United Nations was drafted. The Fairmont has been called the “White House of the West,” due to being the San Francisco residence of many United States presidents. It’s also the first hotel in the U.S. to have offered concierge services. High atop Nob Hill, the hotel is the only place in San Francisco where each of the historic cable car lines meet.
The Fairmont’s stylish 591 guest rooms and suites include comfortable pillow-top beds and Frette linens, marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, MP3 docking stations and Wi-Fi (for an additional fee). Want to get your Wi-Fi for free? Join The Fairmont President’s Club before your stay. Membership doesn’t cost a thing, and includes express check-in and checkout, complimentary high-speed Internet access and local calling, and more.
While some rooms are located in the seven-story main building, the rooms in the more contemporary Tower building are the ones with the jaw-dropping views of San Francisco. Since you’re already staying in style, why not take advantage of the opportunity? The hotel’s room rates start at $289 and vary, depending on type of room and time of year.
Speaking of style and spectacular views, here’s something to add to your wish list at The Fairmont: the Penthouse Suite. The 6,000-square-foot suite has three large bedrooms, four bathrooms, living room with fireplace, a formal dining room, kitchen, library, billiard room and an outside terrace. If the terrace looks a little familiar, perhaps you recall scenes from The Rock.
Even if the Penthouse Suite isn’t part of your stay, there are plenty of places at The Fairmont to feel pampered. Relax over lunch or wind down the day at the ornate Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar—or drop by for Afternoon Tea, a tradition at the hotel from its first day. If you’re looking for something a little more tropical, check out the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, which even includes a rain storm.
Article written by Jill K. Robinson of Danger Jill Robinson.
Photos courtesy of Tim Leffel and The Fairmont San Francisco.