Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Where to Stay in San Francisco: Part II - Nob Hill

Nob Hill is where many of San Francisco's elite had their homes before the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. The Big Four, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, Colis P. Huntington, and Charles Crocker, all lived here. The only surviving pre-1906 structures atop Nob Hill are the Pacific Union Club (formerly the Flood mansion) and the Fairmont Hotel. Both buildings were gutted by the fire, but their shells survived.

Today Nob Hill is home to some of the grand dames of San Francisco hotels. The Fairmont, Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, and Huntington Hotels all sit atop the hill. Just below the Mark Hopkins is The Stanford Court. One block further down the Hill is the Ritz-Carlton. All are luxurious hotels providing top notch service. The Ritz was the top-rated hotel in the recently published Michelin Guide. All of these hotels have many rooms with beautiful views of San Francisco and the Bay.

If you prefer smaller hotels or more modestly priced accommodation, Joie de Vivre Hospitality has three properties on Nob Hill. The Nob Hill Lambourne is just below the summit while the Petite Auberge and White Swan are further down the hill on Bush Street. All are very comfortable and provide a more intimate experience than the large hotels atop the hill.

One of the advantages of staying on Nob Hill is that this is a quiet part of town. You are less likely to be disturbed by street noise here. Also, many rooms have great views. Lastly, you have easy access to all three cable car lines.

The downside of staying Nob Hill is that you are a bit away from San Francisco's sights and activities. While walking TO Chinatown and Union Square is easy, the return trip is a steep climb back up the hill.

If you would like to take a private San Francisco tour that includes a visit to Nob Hill, please call me at (866) 326-4237 or e-mail me by clicking here.

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