- By Kevin
- On Jul 4, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Fairmont(Hotels, Chain hotels)
From its prominent location at the crest of Nob Hill to its two-story tall yellow-marble Corinthian columns, no hotel does grandeur like the Fairmont. Built in the Gilded Age of 1908, the lobby, with its polished floors, crystal chandeliers and ornate staircases, is the very definition of opulence. The Fairmont’s guest rooms - both in the hotel’s original building and in the 1960s tower addition - were completely renovated in 2014 and now feature rich silver and earth-toned textiles, dark wood furniture and sumptuous marble baths.
The 1920s-designed Presidential Suite is the stuff of San Francisco legend, covering the entire 8th floor with a secret exit through a movable bookcase to a rooftop helipad, a feature which was replaced in 2010 with four honeybee hives and an herb garden. In the hall that once housed the Fairmont’s indoor pool you’ll find the tiki-themed Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar where musicians play to diners from a floating bandstand and thunderstorms, complete with falling rain, erupt hourly.
Taj Campton Place
A classically styled hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco, it’s the service at the Taj Campton Place puts this spot above many of its competitors . Elegant and correct in their restrained design, all 110 rooms are done in soothing shades of neutral ecru, with walls of pear wood and high-end furnishings, including leather-top writing desks. Beds are dressed in silky-soft Frette linens, and the limestone bathrooms are stocked with high-end products and chenille robes. The hotel’s room service comes directly from the kitchens of the attached Campton Place restaurant, the recipient of two Michelin stars.
SoMa’s Hotel Zetta juxtaposes its historic neo-classical exterior with the unexpected shapes and colors of an ultra-modern interior. Completely gutted in 2013, the 116-room hotel features explosive artwork and a variety of sculptural elements made from repurposed materials like chandeliers made of discarded eye glasses in the hotel’s entryway. Large functional rooms cater to the Silicon Valley crowd with high-quality electronics and plush beds with 500-thread-count sheets. Burn off some steam at the pool table, giant Plinko board or full-service bar, Salvage and Rescue, in the playful-yet-stylish lobby.
Inn at the Presidio
If you are looking for a quiet evening retreat during your San Francisco stay, the Inn at the Presidio is for you. Once a home for bachelor officers stationed at the Presidio Army Post at the turn of the 20th century, the 22-room, red-brick Pershing Hall was converted into a B&B in 2010. Located in the heart of the Presidio behind the Main Post, the hotel’s extravagantly-sized rooms are impeccably decorated in distressed leather and white-on-white damask.
Most rooms have working fireplaces and the veranda is outfitted with oh-so-charming rocking chairs. Explore the Golden Gate National Recreation Area from your doorstep or hop on one of the park’s free shuttles which will get you downtown in about 30-minutes.