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Fairmont San Francisco/Nob Hill

Pros: Swanky at the top of the hill
Cons:Windy up there
Best For: An anniversary splurge

You fork over the big bucks at the Fairmont San Francisco for its history. Nearly completed and then partially destroyed by the great earthquake and fire in 1906, it was finally opened in 1907. It's architect was renowned perfectionist of the Beaux Arts style, Julia Morgan, whose other great architectural achievement is none other than Hearst's Castle, San Simeon.
The Fairmont was the chosen locale in 1945 where delegates met to draft the charter of the United Nations. Every president from Harry Truman on, has stayed at the grand hotel. The consumate lover of San Francisco, Tony Bennet, first performed his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", in the hotel's elegant Venetian Room.

However if you expect to be treated royally, you have to spring for the more expensive rooms/suites. You can get stuck with a smallish room, without a view, and within earshot of everything that is going on in every room around you, if your budgetary mode kicks in. A splurge affords you a brief opportunity to inhabit this exclusive property at the top of Nob Hill, the home of the legendary barons of San Francisco. The downside for some, is schlepping back up the hill when you're tired.

The lobby is just so gorgeous. The Tonga Room is kitch. And if you secure a room with a stunning view, you feel like a million bucks.
Fairmont San Francisco
Fairmont San Francisco
950 Mason Street, Nob Hill