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Fairmont San Francisco’s Storied Past that Continues to Write History

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Capturing the hearts of San Francisco One Event at a Time, Fairmont San Francisco

There is arguably no greater triumph story in San Francisco from the early 1900s than that of the famed Fairmont Hotel. Built as an ode to their father, Silver King and noted Gold Rush era personality James Fair, the Fair sisters, Tessie and Birdie, commissioned the Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill and were about to bask in the glory of the opening of the city’s greatest hotel on the morning of April 18, 1906, when terror struck.

The great San Francisco earthquake shook Northern California and leveled the city. What came next was far worse than the damage from the quake. Dozens of fires spread throughout the city at an alarming rate and caused damage to nearly all the structures that withstood the earthquake, including the Fairmont.

One year to April 18, 1907, the Fairmont opened with the help of a relatively unknown local architect, Julia Morgan, launching her career and opening finally, San Francisco’s most celebrated hotel and the namesake of the Fairmont brand.

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Capturing the Hearts of San Francisco

Every city has one hotel where sophistication meets culture, where occasions happen. Where world leaders keep company and where trendsetters set trends. In San Francisco, that hotel is Fairmont San Francisco—where people experience unforgettable moments in extraordinary spaces.

Since opening day, San Francisco’s most important meetings, moments, and events have happened at this landmark hotel. One of the most notable in history was the drafting of the United Nations Charter in June 1945 when President Harry Truman came to San Francisco to meet with world leaders to draft this charter with world leaders as a symbol of diplomacy, global peace, and cooperation.

Often referred to as the White House of the West, Fairmont San Francisco is proudly the chosen abode for all guests, from royalty to rock stars and beyond, commanding from its coveted location atop stylish Nob Hill with breathtaking vistas of the city and bay.

Fairmont San Francisco Rooftop Garden


Venues for Every Occasion

Today, visitors worldwide meet, greet, and convene for conferences, conventions, company retreats, or board meetings in one of the hotel’s unique spaces. The 72,000 square feet of plush elegance, well-equipped function space, and the latest technology are paired with the exquisite service standards on which Fairmont San Francisco has built its reputation to create an experience unmatched in the city.

A small gathering, custom event, larger conference, or special event is like no other, as Fairmont San Francisco is home to several indoor and outdoor 'uniquely San Francisco spaces.'

The talented events team is experienced in creating seamless events at every turn, demonstrated by a high level of repeat business as a testament to consistency in delivering impeccable service in a luxurious yet comfortable environment. Fairmont San Francisco’s salons, ballrooms, and timeless event spaces are among the city’s grandest. Helping companies create an intentionally designed event experience that can connect audiences and presenters across multiple venues and locations to achieve meeting goals and needs.

Accommodations Fit for Royalty

Take in San Francisco’s most romantic and breathtaking vistas from the hotel’s 606 graceful guest rooms and suites: the sophistication of the iconic Main Building to the celebrated panoramic views of the 23-story contemporary Tower Building. The 62 suites offer exceptional views of the City and Bay, including 12 one-of-a-kind specialty suites, perfect for top VIPs.

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A Taste for the Extraordinary

Fairmont San Francisco’s culinary offerings feature locally sourced, organic, and sustainable items to bring the freshest items to the plate. The expert culinary team runs with precision and presents flavors centered on health and creativity with a modern twist while still providing a few familiar classics. The attentive and service-oriented staff is ready to accommodate whatever a group dreams of.

Dining options throughout the hotel are plenty. Dine on sophisticated California coastal cuisine in the ornate turn-of-the-century glamour of Laurel Court, share island-inspired plates in the lively Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, nibble on scones and cucumber sandwiches Victorian-style over afternoon tea, grab a coffee in the historic Cirque Bar or enjoy a five-star meal in the luxury of a suite overlooking the city skyline. The choices are endless.

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Rooted in Belief for Sustainability

For more than three decades, as a company, Fairmont’s roots have been firmly planted in environmental sustainability. The core belief is that leading operational efforts to reduce the overall impact on the planet and implementing forward-thinking and innovative programs to promote responsible tourism can and will make a difference. The hotel offers Net Zero Carbon Calculator tools that can help measure and reduce each meeting or event’s carbon footprint.

Spa & Fitness

Wellness is always available at Fairmont San Francisco with Live Fit Gym & Wellness Spa Penelope and the Beauty Bar. Whether guests prefer to book a personal training session with Live Fit Gym or treat themselves to a luxury facial at Penelope and the Beauty Bar, Fairmont San Francisco has something for everyone’s wellness desires.

A San Francisco Treat

Accompany meetings and events with memorable team-building exercises and relaxing group retreats. From customized culinary experiences to exclusive city excursions unique to San Francisco, the expert conference services team will work to ensure a successful and seamless group escape. Destination partners are also available for large-scale activations off-property or to create a beyond-expectation experience to give guests a truly unique San Francisco memory.

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Leaving Hearts in San Francisco

It's hard to name a major American entertainment figure of the 40s, 50s, and 60s who did not perform on stage at the Venetian Room. When this art-deco-styled supper club opened in the mid-1940s, it quickly became a must-stop locale for all iconic performers and legendary voices. 

The room was the place to be with lush red interiors, a swinging house orchestra, and jacketed waiters in a room filled with candlelit tables and the city’s chic.  With some of the brightest stars and up-and-coming artists that would make a name, the Venetian is most known for where the legendary Tony Bennett’s iconic “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” debuted in 1961.

To this day, the room continues to host legendary events and moments. Yours could be next.

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