Nob Hill Peak Experience At The Huntington Hotel

The Huntington Hotel at the top of Nob Hill is the last of San Francisco’s family-owned luxury retreats and one of its best-kept secrets (unless you’re Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Oscar de la Renta, or Desmond Tutu). Surrounded by fairy-tale views and chugging cable cars that lull guests to sleep, it beautifully captures the flair of this city. We love the steep, foggy hills, culture oozing from every corner and well-dressed people stepping out with purpose. It’s so much more urban than our own LA.

The discreet Huntington has drawn heads of state, celebs and world travelers to its prestigious address on Nob Hill since 1924. It is a fine place: Guests are greeted with formal tea or sherry service. Before you head out again—you’re just three blocks from Chinatown, four blocks from the theater district and the cable cars stop right at the door—you must take in the amazing views of the skyline, Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park, and the Bay.

Or stay in and unwind in the antique-strewn and Feng Shui arranged spa and treatments such as the ScenTao, the Green Tea Facial or the Bali Ginger Spice Scrub. The indoor swimming pool is an exercise in pure fantasy. It is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows featuring panoramic views of the city and the pink glow from the skyline makes a theatrical effect. Sip complimentary tea as you enjoy an Ayurvedic treatment. As a guest descends the winding staircase, the space looks more like a stage set than a bathing area.

Built in 1924, the Georgian-style 12 story brick structure features 135 guest rooms and suites, all with views. Guests enjoy twice-daily maid service, nightly turndown, valet laundry service, complimentary access to the spa, the business center and complimentary chauffeured sedan service from the hotel to the Financial District and Union Square.

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