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The Scarlet Huntington Hotel in San Francisco, CA

The Scarlet Huntington Hotel in San Francisco, CA

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Embodied in the storied Huntington Hotel, we're excited to introduce The Scarlet Huntington, a property with inimitable style that is influenced by the city's vibrant heritage and reflects an international couture. With the hotel's new look comes a new name - The Scarlet - portraying an avant-garde style that draws inspiration from a deep Peranakan heritage - derived from the blended cultures of 15th century Chinese immigrants in modern-day Malaysia and Singapore - woven together with San Francisco's history and diversity. Kindle your imagination and book a stay with us.

 

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Rating: 4.16

Address: 1075 California St, San Francisco, CA, 94108

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    1. Tammy N.
    we loved, loved, loved this hotel.  just spent a week there and were treated like royalty.  superb beds, comfy sitting room, delicious shower with fabulous products from the Nob Hill Spa next door.  the turn down service includes this wonderful massage oil which when rubbed on the shoulders can make you feel like a new person.  incredible staff.  hotel limo at your service, just ask.

    20/07/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. wanda p.
    The only hotel my family will stay at when visiting town; the nouveau riche comforts of the RItz or 4 Seasons won't do. An old fashioned establishment that has the comfort of an old inn back home on the East Coast... my snobby family adores it. As for me, they make a good gin martini down in the bar!!!

    12/11/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Wakako U.
    You got it.  They use bath products from the Nob Hill Spa.  Divine divine divine...

    26/06/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. stephanie O.
    This hotel is a delicious escape that made me feel like a beautiful lady. I spent my birthday weekend here and was greeted by a personal message from the hotel wishing me happy birthday... what a class act!  Each and every person (from the doormen to the gentlemen bringing us coffee and the morning paper) was polite, smooth, and quite endearing.  This hotel has so much charm and so much style. Now I know that heaven exists...

    10/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Wendy H.
    I LOVE AL!!!!!  He is the friendliest, the nicest, the funniest, the bestest bellman I've ever met in life!!!!!!  And lemme tell ya, I've lived in more hotels than Nicole Richie's shitzu.  Al is wonderful, as soon as you arrive at Huntington, Al makes you feel like home.  
    I stayed here on my 25th birthday, it was the perfect place to pre-party and crash at 5am, this hotel was especially fitting for my party theme: Big Gatsby.  When I checked in, I was upgraded to the ultimate suite, which typically would've cost $800/nite, I only paid $200.  It was a sweet deal, the best b-day present Huntington could've given me.  When I walked into my top floor suite, it was gorgeously enormous.  With beautiful black and white tiles, a kitchen, dining room table, comfy sofas in an enormous living room.  The bedroom is seprated on the other side of the suite, and the bathroom....so clean, so beautiful, smelled like a new car!  
    inside this suite, my girlfriends and I got ready in our 1920's flappers outfits, wore hand-made garters, glittery headbands w/ feathers and boas.  When the rest of  my friends arrived, we pre-partied with bottles of champagne (all the boys wore fedora hats and suspenders).  In a snapshot inside the 1920's suite, we literally looked like a bunch of Gatsbys and Daisys.  
    This room had a wonderful view of the city, smokers could climb out the window and have ciggies on the fire escape.  As we steppted into my gigantous party bus outside the hotel, my favorite AL took his hat off and wished me happy birthday.

    20/03/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Pat P.
    I've stayed here twice, several nights each stay, and I love this hotel.  It is beautiful, classy without being snobby, perfectly located, and the staff are really friendly and helpful.  I recommend the luxury double -- we were upgraded to a suite and I asked to go back to the double.  The suite was huge, but we didn't need the living/dining space, and the bedroom and bathroom were small and a little tired.  The double was totally updated, incredibly spacious, and suited us much better than the upgrade.  We had a quick bite in the bar...fine, but overpriced.  Massage at the spa was fantastic and the whole spa set-up is gorgeous.

    25/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Juliana M.
    The view and the spa are amazing, but the rooms... not at all up to par unless you like really old, musky smelling things. Our suite had small, old TVs, a small kitchen with outdated appliances, stained carpets, old rickety furniture, and a small bed with a comforter that looked like a million people had used it. The hallways and lobby feel totally outdated.  I understand the charm of vintage things, but they have to be clean and updated.  If you like antiques and old smelling stuff, ignore my review. If you like clean and new things, go somewhere else.

    10/11/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    8. Jennifer G.
    I love the Huntington...but maybe i'm biased, I worked there for five years.  This place is POSH...not the modern, new money, trying too hard W style posh with upscale IKEA furniture...it's damask and hand-tied oriental rug blue-blood posh.  Not the type of place you'd imagine Paris Hilton and Britney Spears hitting up (sitting pantiless on the setee would be highly frowned upon...ladies, please put your undies on before parking your skanky asses on the sofa).  It's more like the place you imagine Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett might stay at. lovely and understated.

    I spent five lovely years in this place...longer if you count the number of years i would sneak in through the service door while my mother was working there.  It is unbelievably well-run, most of the employees have been there for years, and feel a sense of ownership.  The best bellmen (DW!!!!), a wonderful manager, Gail Nishikawa and a very attentive front desk and concierge staff.  You are guaranteed to be well taken care of.  They now have the Nob Hill Spa - I've not checked this out yet, but it's beautiful...that infinity pool overlooking the city has been well photographed.  There's also the Big Four restaurant, with Chef Gloria Ciccarone-Nehls running the show, her specialty is wild game, but for those less adventurous (ostrich is not my thing), there are any number of well executed comfort food type items on the menu...my favorite is the chicken pot pie - i've never had a better one.

    It's a family owned and run hotel and have a long history of esteemed guests.  My best memories of this place are me sitting in my office on a nice sunny day with the windows open.  I can hear Luciano Pavarotti in his fifth floor suite practicing before his performance...and the wonderful tree lighting ceremonies in the Huntington Park across the street, sponsored by the Hotel each year.  Everyone would gather in a suite across from the park and watch as the lights went on in the park - absolutely magical.

    14/01/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Francis K.
    It's a beautiful hotel...a beautiful building inside and out, in a beautiful neighberhood, on a beautiful hill, on the most beautiful corner in all of this beautiful city...

    04/08/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Ann C.
    We live in Santa Rosa and don't get to S.F. often, but since we found this charming hotel we now book plays and musicals just to make a evening once a month an event!  We do try to get the better rooms, and prefer overlooking the church across the street, which by the way has a great coffee shop in side!   We haven't had dinner there yet but plan to.  Drinks after dinner with the piano playing was great, not to loud, wonderful atmosphere.

    02/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. Becky R.
    An old friend has apartment access at the Huntington and invited me to spend the night in her 2 room suite in December and I never say no to a hotel like this. The service was impeccable. The suite had 2 bedrooms and baths, both beautifully done, flat screens everywhere, a wet bar, fridge, dining table, cushy chairs and couches. I've stayed at the Ritz, the Meridian, the Pan Pacific and this was hands down the best. The plus is the location-c'mon, its Nob Hill....
    the only place I've stayed in California that was equal or better was Spanish Bay in Monterey.
    If you are going to indulge and spend the money, this is the place...

    22/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. Hilary S.
    "Ummm", "Ahhhh", and "Ohhhh" are the three things I have to say about the Huntington Hotel.  Go at least once!  (And more if you can afford it)

    Having burnt out my clutch on a on a steep hill on my way there, I arrived on a Saturday afternoon slightly frazzled and embarrassed.  My boyfriend and I walked in, and I was immediately greeted with "Oh, you must be Ms. S" (how did they know?)  I was promptly informed that they had upgraded me to a suite from my original booking of a superior.  Opening the door to our suite, I was awed by the generous space (way more than two people can know what to do with) and amazing view of the city.  It took took me a moment to realize that the phone was ringing.  I was promptly asked if I preferred tea or coffee--a silver pot of which arrived shortly thereafter with a selection of very buttery, very wonderful cookies on a silver platter.

    If you stay in the hotel, you get access to the spa next door, which includes wet and dry saunas, a hottub, and the much photographed infinity pool.  Guests are given a robe and slippers and directed to the dressing room, where pitchers of iced cucumber and lemon water encourage one to stay hydrated.  I highly recommend the wet sauna, where they scent the steam (with eucalyptus?)  It makes you feel warm and almost loved, but not suffocated--a bit like experiencing Demi Moore's supernatural embrace in Ghost for yourself.  The place is filled with nice touches like rose petals scattered across iced washcloths (for use with the sauna).

    If I appear to be gushing it's because I was amazed by the service and attention to detail.  The hotel bills itself as one of the world's best small luxury hotels, and based on my experience, I would not hesitate to agree.

    26/02/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. American E.
    My wife and I stayed here for a few nights and thought it was great. The location is excellent and all members of the staff were very friendly and courteous. Order a pot of coffee and the pancakes for room service. Only one other restaurant, Poppycocks in Aspen, has pancakes of this caliber. They are amazing. The attached bar seems to be a local hangout for congressmen type fellows who chat about yachting and playing polo so that makes for some interesting people watching. It is also remarkably dark regardless of the time of day. We will go here again.

    04/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Coco S.
    This was a really terrible experience. Showed up at the hotel. They refused to greet me. I stood in line, then one of the old boys cut in front of me, they continued to ignore me. Then when I got to the front they said that I had no reservation. Had to go out to the car to get a copy of the reservation. They were rude, snobby, unhelpful, discriminatory towards women, like an old boys club. In the morning I complained to the Concierge who did absolutely nothing but told me that lots of other complaints by guests at check in. There are many other hotels you can stay at in the area. Why stay here when they wont even recognize your reservation, treat women badly, and the manager wont do a damn thing. this is arrogance.
    Its noisy, old, can here everyone  next to you or doing everything that they are doing
    If you are going to spend this money stay at the Westin, The Fairmont or even the Travelodge

    08/11/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    15. Amy G.
    We spent a week here this February and had an excellent stay.  Having stayed at the hotel a few times before, we had high expectations.  Personally, I'd rather stay in nob hill than union square--a bit more mellow and not a huge lobby full of tourists.  When we checked in the first night we were upgraded into a very large room, unfortunately it was very old and had a tiny bathroom however some one who cared about a view would have loved it.  I didn't know hotels still used bedspreads?  I guess we stayed in a recently renovated room last time.  The next morning we were able to switch rooms into a more modern room with bigger bathroom and a white duvet (which seems cleaner than a bedspread).  The room was gorgeous.  So I guess the moral of the story is that there is wide range in the styles of the rooms, but the front desk was excellent and was able to change rooms for us the next day.  The gym/spa are nice as well.

    01/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. jay s.
    The reviews you read in high praise of this hotel are correct. When you want to pull out all the stops, and splurge on something high end that still feels personal, this is your place. Came here for a special occasion, and all I can say is that this place *totally* got it. They made it special in every way they could, and I really, really appreciate that. The spa is lovely and soothing, the rooms sizeable, the service understated and welcoming at the same time. They have it down. The place has character without sacrificing on a sense of luxury and indulgence.

    10/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Stu S.
    Since I was a kid way back when, this was a coveted address and building.  It started as an apartment building I'm told and a young heiress named Dolly Fritz inherited it along with other notable properties including The Brocklebank.  It's housed famed restaurants and people and was the last hotel in SF to engage elevator operators, each a charming little lady wearing white gloves.  The Big Four is the dining room and bar these days and it's as handsome and well run as the great private clubs in every great city.  Alistair Cook always stayed here on his frequent and often long visits and was typical of the understated upper class people who favor luxury in unpretentious form.

    09/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    18. Victor W.
    Stayed here for our 1 year anniversary this weekend, and this is a great hotel. Very friendly staff, super attentive, awesome food, and super fast room service, but I can't do 5 stars because they close the spa at 9, which I thought was way too early, especially during the summer when it's still daylight till almost 9. Also, as good as the food is, the in house "Big 4" restaurant is outrageously expensive $$$$$, and the decor of the restaurant is really in need of some updating, it's like a friggin dungeon in there. I understand keeping some tradition, but that old green leather, dark wood, and dusty antiques ... it's like a 1920's cigar lounge, I was just waiting for someone to tell me I was supposed to use the service entrance. Ok, I know that's my stuff, the hotel is NOTHING like that, and the staff is very diverse, really it is, one of the MOD's (manager on duty) was black, housekeepers were Chinese, bellmen were Black, White, and Asian, etc. etc. so it's really all good, but the restaurant feel's like that.  Those are my only issues, those aside. Stay here!  They had great package deals and they're close to everything. You'll love it!

    15/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. curi k.
    loved this pretentious oasis! i'm used to hostels, shared bathrooms, and ice buckets that are made out of plastic not a leather bucket with gold engraving. loved their mini bar--they have everything imaginable from chocolates to a can of O2 (im not kidding) but of course at a price. regardless, loved it. loved the spa especially their eucalyptus steam room. amazing. one night is not long enough for a sexy stay. i wish i was there longer with my hot hubby.

    oh did i mention they use l'occitane as their toiletries. i wish i lived there with all the amenities included.

    04/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    20. peter m.
    I don't want to get into the (positive) details. This is really really a very good hotel, BUT in suite 4-14 some things were just not up to par and if I had payed full price (which I believe is $700 or so), I would have switched rooms or asked for a big refund, because:

    1. CHANGE THE CARPET. It has big stains all over and that's just unacceptable in this price class.

    2. Have housekeeping clean the decor pillows on the bed. They were dirty. Also, absolutely unacceptable for a hotel in this class.

    3. Have housekeeping clean the walls in the bathroom, especially near the toilet. That was a mess, too!

    4. The breakfast we received was poor. Quality of the pieces was good, but in this hotel class, you expect some fancy presentation. E.g. decorative fruits and vegetables (at least a bit), and at least a table cloth be put on the table by the waiter. Plus some beverages etc. included. We got what we ordered, but that was really it and this was definitely too "dry" for its price.

    It's also the small things that count. Yes, front desk was great and attentive, but the small things that were missing let me subtract 1 star.

    In this price class, EVERYTHING simply has to be top notch - not just 90% - and neglectful housekeeping is always a bummer.

    23/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Patrick B.
    I've never stayed, but the lame experience in their little bar deserves an extra review here to make sure everyone knows not to expect much service in their "Big 5" restaurant, an extra "one" for having the balls the hire the worst service in all of San Francisco.

    30/12/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    22. Robert A.
    It was here during the Thanksgiving holiday of 2005 I got to live out my well-to-do fantasy for four glorious nights.  Prior to that visit, I'm not sure I'd ever stayed at a hotel with any amenities larger than a continental breakfast.  You can imagine my surprise, then, when the bellhop (thought those lived in the movie screen) greeted us by name and happily brought our luggage up to the room.  Their wonderful and timely car service also blew my mind.  I had a delicious $17 cheeseburger from room service.  I suppose I could have walked down the hill two blocks and found one for $5, but then I'd have less to talk about in this review.

    Listen, when it comes to hotels, my standards are really low.  When a family walked into my room at the Red Roof Inn in Flagstaff while I was sleeping ("Oh my god, there are people in here" is the one thing I remember), I hardly cared.  Things happen.  When I got stuck on a maintenance elevator in New York (sans-AC during summer) with two Russian tourists, I chalked it up to getting a "real" city experience.  Besides, the price was right.  My expectations as absent as they are, the Huntington is basically the best place ever in life.  Hotels or otherwise.

    I'll be back this November and I couldn't be happier!

    16/05/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. C C.
    VERY VERY RELAXING BECAUSE OF THE SPA!!!
    Five stars just for that. Overall, the service is very attentive and kind.
    I think the rooms are being renovated or are much older because they remind me of older city apartments with older fixtures and closets. But no big deal.

    Access to the spa is worth it.

    14/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    24. nicky n.
    well helloooooooo high life! Never have I ever felt like such a VIP. Wow.

    26/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    25. Mike M.
    I stayed here for one night and was pleasantly surprised by the lobby and rooms. We paid $150 for our room and it felt like an apartment. The room was large but had dated counter tops and the carpet was heavily stained. So stained that I asked for another room and we moved down the hall. Our new room was much more updated but was significantly smaller. The lounge is dark and old fashioned (in a good way) and the pool and spa area was really cool with views of the city. We ate breakfast downstairs and the prices are about what you would expect for the area ($50 for breakfast for 2) . I would stay her again.

    13/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    26. Justin D.
    My husband and I just stayed at the Huntington Hotel for 3 nights through American Express.  They were running a deal where you paid for 2 nights and got one free.  We were excited to stay at the Huntington, since it is a historic hotel and seemed to be one of the top rated hotels in the city.

    The hotel does have a great historic vibe to it, but there were some real annoyances that could be easily solved.  First of all, the room seemed to be halfway renovated.  Yes there was a flat screen tv, but the shower head was straight out of the 80's and the fixtures were cheap looking.  Things like these are easily solved.  If people are spending as much as they do to stay at this hotel, they expect to have a great shower/tub and luxury fixtures..  just saying.

    There was a small fridge that said mini bar, but it was empty.  Obviously this used to be a minibar, but then they should get rid of the sign that says "minibar".  I know these sound like nit picky things, but enough stuff like this adds up to a not so great experience.

    They lost my luggage upon check in, and I had to go downstairs to retrieve it.  Also we got inconsistent information from staff regarding breakfast, room service, brown water in the toilet, not enough toiletries to use...  Also keep in mind it is at the top of nob hill so it may be quite a trek to get around.  We ended up taking lots of cabs.  Oh, they do have a great car service for guests to use Monday - Friday at no extra charge.  Nice addition.

    All in all, it is still a really beautiful place and the spa was really awesome.  The bed is also really comfortable.

    I don't think we would stay here again though, with so many great options in the city.

    22/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    27. Justin B.
    So the lobby isn't as grand as the Fairmont but the bar more than makes up for it.  If you like dark wood paneling on the walls and ceiling, luxurious dark carpet, a cozy fireplace, dim lighting and some mood music, this is the place for you.  The rooms used to be apartments so they are larger than most city hotel rooms.  The pool and steam room are great.  One very nice thing about this hotel is that they don't nickle and dime you for everything (like the Fairmont does).  The pool/gym/steam room/sauna are all at no extra charge.  They give you water by your bed and tea and granola bars for snacks.  Just a nice place to stay when on Nob Hill.

    04/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Samantha A.
    Stuffy, overpriced and outdated. The only positive about this place is the friendly staff (doorman, bellman and houskeepers).

    06/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    29. Letitia S.
    A perfect experience.  The room was lovely and comfortable and the service was warm and attentive.  

    We stayed there for 2 nights during for our City Hall wedding.  Cynthia, the concierge, absolutely made everyting work flawlessly.  She helped me with whatever I needed.  I even shipped my wedding dress to her and she had it pressed and hanging in the room when we arrived from the East Coast.

    The doorman, Albert, was professional but genuine and Ursula, the driver, made me feel very well cared for.  The Huntington staff calmed every pre-wedding jitter that I could have and made us feel so very special.

    17/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    30. Dorian M.
    Quasi-girls' night out in SF... I checked in with my friend (who was about 8 months pregnant at the time) and boy did they treat us well!!  We got upgraded to a full on suite complete with a large living room and a kitchen!  What?  You mean we can stock up on ice cream and other goodies to fill all of my pregnant friend's cravings?

    It's a beautiful hotel, and often a better value than other comparable hotels in the city.

    11/07/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    31. Kamalike S.
    As my mother slaved away at making beds to a crisp perfection, mopping bathrooms and kitchen floors on her hands and needs.  As a kid I always wondered what it would be like to stay the night here.  Although some of the ridiculous requests from guests at this $400 a night hotel room tired my poor mother, she never complained.  I decided to see what it would be like to stay the night, now that I am older and able to afford it.  It is a very lavishly decorated place with many humble maids still attending to its very detail.  

    My parents were never poor nor did I ever suffer financially, they were just frugal(there's a difference) with unnecessary materialistic.  I wonder if she ever desired being able to spend the money & stay the night in the place she worked hard for so many years.  Anyway, without me rambling on much further....the place is very beautiful and the service is more than great!

    23/08/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    32. Holly A.
    My husband and I stayed here for our first wedding anniversary and loved the old-world charm of the place.  You truly do feel like you're stepping back to the days of the great railroad barons...it's pretty fab.  We booked a killer rate through Hotwire and were still upgraded (without being asked) to a deluxe room with unbelievable city views.  

    The staff was incredibly helpful without being intrusive, and they have a nice turndown service and free coffee/tea as you settle in.   Parking is a pain -- we actually parked in the garge next door for marginally cheaper than the valet -- but come on, this is San Francisco.  Prior to staying here, I checked out reviews on Yelp and a common complaint seems to be that fixtures, etc. are old.  Well, yes, of course they are -- this is a historic hotel.  The furniture might be somewhat scuffed in the suites and the pipes may groan a little when you turn on the sink, but that's what you get (most of the time, at least) when you stay at a historic hotel that bills itself as such; if you want a modern hotel, you should stay elsewhere.  I personally thought the suite was charming and comfortable.  Would I pay $300 a night?  No, but that's why God invented Hotwire and Priceline.  The location is also great - right in the middle of Nob Hill on the cable car line.  

    We also checked out the spa, which is small but satisfactory, though not as nice as, say, the JW Marriott spa in Palm Desert.  Again, the building is old and the spa is lovely considering the structure's age.  I didn't get a treatment due to time constraints, but I did find the prices somewhat inflated -- but again, I expected this for a hotel on Nob Hill.  

    Be sure to check out the Big 4 Restaurant and Bar downstairs -- incredible vibe and nightly piano music.  The bartender, Jeffrey, was fantastic. (Hi Jeffrey!)  Even if we don't stay in the hotel again, we'll definitely be back to the cozy, intimate bar.

    15/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    33. Julia M.
    I know 5 star hotels and this is not one.  Though the bed was comfortable, the bar gracious, and the spa area lovely, the room left much to be desired - chipping paint, stained carpet, furniture past its prime, and a bathroom stuck in the 70's with bathroom cabinets that any homeowner would cringe at.  Our bed had the large Huntington "H" branded pillows, with two hard pillows beneath.  5 star hotels offer a choice of pillows (no, they were not in the closet) and keep their paint and decor up to a certain standard. I stayed here on a Bloomspot offer - so perhaps they reserve their sub-standard rooms for the unsuspecting or people who have bought a deal?  If so, they should not advertise themselves as offering something more.

    05/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    34. John B.
    Stayed for two nights for a little anniversary getaway.  Got a great deal on priceline midweek, $185/night for an upgraded room on 10th floor.  We are very casual and dressed in shorts and tshirt most of time but the staff all treated us great.  We got spa treatments both days but found out you can use the spa facilities even if you don't pay for a treatment, no extra charge.  Most places we've been to charge even if you're a guest. I wish we would have tried the Big Four restaurant but we did not bring anything close to appropriate to wear. One reason I didn't score this higher us that room service took 1 hour and 15 minutes to bring up coffee and dessert at 9 pm.  I felt like returning it but felt bad.  Would definately stay again none the less.

    26/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Robyn S.
    The Huntington is a fantastic hotel with a kind and sincere staff! I got an amazing deal on bloom spot, saw the PERFECT game at AT&T park, and enjoyed the beautiful view from room 808! James, the bellman, went out of his way to make our stay great. Chad took care of our bags, answered lots of our questions, and offered to get us another robe and some ice.  He also gave us a lot of useful information and answered all of our questions.  I will go back!

    29/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    36. Ken C.
    Because I am a nice, thoughtful guy to my gf, I decided to plan a little trip in the city and be tourist in my own city (i live in UC, does it still count) with hiking at Muir woods during the day, dinner at Harris Steakhouse and a room for the night at the Huntington.

    Originally, Le Meredian' hotel was my first option. I was one click away to RSVp, but the next page said it was booked. I guess I will blame the stupid concert at the Golden Gate Park with some country singer named Jack Johnson and a band that makes me want to slit my wrist, Radiohead.

    Anyway, valet parking is a bit complicated and you have to park on the street to get the front man's attention because they hang out in the lobby I suppose. People were very friendly, helpful and nice.

    The room we stayed was 510.

    Great things:
    - Big spacious room
    - Nice marble bathroom
    - Elegant towels and soaps!
    - complimentary tea/coffee with sugary treats
    - nice pool with balcony partially overlooking the bay
    - delicious complimentary breakfast

    The not so good:
    - Not very trendy room, nice but great for old ppl. OLD!
    - Service at the Big 4 (complimentary breakfast), the servers arent too happy to be working there.
    - small TV but good thing i suppose so the gf wont feel neglected =)

    Room was pretty expensive but I guess it is the "standard" now.

    The lady and I decided we will do this "little tourist in our city" every three months. Definitely want to try Le' Meridien, Fairmont, Mark Hopkins etc..

    25/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    37. Zak P.
    Nice hotel, very old and charming. Location is terrific and has a great view of the park. The rooms were clean however decor very outdated. Parking is overpriced and street parking is almost non-existent.  We were disappointed in the room because of the bathroom. The shower had a bench and did not have  a shower head only a hand sprayer. It made taking a shower difficult because you had to hold the sprayer. The bathroom would end up being soaked because there is no tub or basin on the bottom. The bed was also low to the ground which wasn't comfortable. It was a nice hotel but disappointing because of the good reviews it had received. I unfortunately won't be back to stay again.

    15/05/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    38. Tyler L.
    I cannot rave about the Huntington Hotel enough. I absolutely love this place and can't wait to come back. It is a wonderful old world style boutique hotel in the middle of SF close enough to pretty much everywhere to walk. Be aware, it is at the top of what anyone else would call a mountain, but San Franciscans call a hill, but so it most of SF. The area itself doesn't have much, but we were able to get downtown and to fisherman's wharf in about 15-20 minutes. The staff was incredible, on par with the staff at the brand new 5 star hotel we stayed at in Dubai. One noticed my Lehigh University hat, and we talked about it for a while, until he apologized to me for taking up so much of my time! They also greatly helped us when we arrived at 4 am, incredibly jetlagged and frustrated from a bad rental car experience. The room itself was amazing, and since we booked it on bloomspot, I think the smallest in the place, though still larger than out first apartment. We had a lovely huge bed, couch and sitting area, kitchen and bathroom, as well as a great view of downtown SF. The valet parking was a bit much, but very convenient as you just need to call the front desk and they have the car in front by the time you get downstairs. The flat rate for the day was also nice as we were able to take several trips and return. Even their doorman helped us out a bunch by noticing us staring at our phone maps while trying to navigate, and offered us alternate directions to avoid going up and down hills while walking. I'd definitely recommend the Huntington to anyone traveling to SF who is looking for something beyond the normal Holiday Inn or even Hilton vibe and wants some, but not an overwhelming amount of personal attention.

    14/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    39. Lizzy W.
    This hotel is a fading beauty.  I have stayed here in the past and really enjoyed the rooms, service, etc....but now, ten years down the line, it seems a bit shopworn.  The rooms are clean, but the carpeting, the shiny coverlet on the bed, the modest tub and plastic shower curtain seem a bit outdated and, dare I say it, even a bit dingy....I felt a little like I was visiting my maiden auntie in Bristol.  On the positive side, the service was cheerful, they upgraded our room without changing the very affordable price ($195!), and there is a friendly dog park directly across the street for those with hounds in tow (although they only accept service dogs at the hotel).  I probably wouldn't stay here again...I prefer the lobby, rooms, and service at the Fairmont across the street...but, that said, this is a quiet little place that I s'pose I wouldn't kick out of bed in a pinch!

    15/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    40. beth m.
    I spent the day as a tourist in my own city and stayed at the Huntington Hotel. I took my sweetheart for the Romance and Relaxation package as a way to celebrate his birthday without leaving town.

    I felt nothing short of lavish the entire time we were there. Walking into a huge, luxurious room with tons of pillows on the bed and a full sitting area/living room to lounge around in (while drinking the champagne we got at check in)

    The nob hill spa inside the hotel was incredible and our package included a couple's massage that was the perfect end to a looong day.

    02/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    41. D B.
    Nice hotel. Very old and charming. Clean. Polite staff. Fantastic shower pressure....almost too hard. Negatives are hard to get to in terms of logistics, parking. They do have a zone in front, but it is small and can get backed up during busy times...like when I was checking in. Wi fi is weak (two bars) but doable....barely. Elevators are old and very noisy, so do not get a room near the elevator or bring ear plugs. Tv was oddly situated in my room...only viewable from an uncomfortable chair. Overall very nice.

    19/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    42. Peter S.
    Sitting in the lounge with a nice lamb burger and great glass of wine - what could be worse?

    04/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. Lina L.
    Huntington is a great hotel. Stayed here with friends while they were in town (even though I live in SF) and we had a great suite and staff was friendly and accommodating, even when we broke the rules and had too many people in the room. Nice panoramic views of the city and well-situated in Nob Hill.

    28/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    44. Josh C.
    My grandma would love to stay here.

    Pros: Historic hotel, Large-enough rooms, Comfortable mattress, Top notch spa, A total throw-back with very "Grand Dame" feel - especially the old-school, dark wood, vinyl-boothed gentleman's-club-esque Big Four restaurant with a decent pianist crooning nightly.

    Cons: Lackluster common areas (odd lobby, apartmenty hallways), Inconsistent staff (missing luggage left with bellhop, unanswered housekeeping request), dated fixtures, tiny room safe not big enough even for a small laptop, nothing in the keyed minibar!

    The stay was fine but nothing over the top... and for the price they're looking for, probably won't stay here again given other options right around the corner.

    22/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    45. Tristan S.
    Disclaimer: This review is based on my parents' experience. (though i visited their room)

    The hotel is quiet, clean, reasonably updated and not outrageously expensive.  My parents came into town for the weekend and actually enjoyed their stay here. My parents are of the northern liberal elitist genre, so they never actually ate at the hotel, but said it was quiet and the service was prompt. They also checked out the fairmont and decided the Huntington was more to their liking. The room overlooked Grace Cathedral and parking was a breeze, all the stuff they care about I suppose....they don't drink so they couldn't attest to the quality of the bar.  Overall a nice place with a great location. I'll try the restaurant soon and see how it is....

    27/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    46. Cynthia C.
    Exceptional hospitality and high standards set this hotel apart from others:

    1) Doors opened for you WITH eye contact and a warm smile.
    2) Gloves are put on prior to handling luggage.
    3) The desk staff are efficient, professional and w/no pretentiousness.
    4) Complimentary drinks and shortbread cookies on a silver platter.
    5) Updated room: marble bathrooms, cubby holes, flat screen tvs, & an Ipod docking station.
    6) Plush terry robes and luxurious toiletries from the Nob Hill Spa.

    The experience here was intimate and will resonate in my mind for decades to come.

    28/03/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    47. CliveJackson H.
    Central location within walking distance to the Ferry Building, the Financial District, and Union Square.  Around the corner from the Mark and the Fairmont.  

    The rooms have recently been redone.  Ask for one overlooking the park.  In January I got a room with a king bed for $220 per night using Quikbook.  That seems like one of the best deals in the City.

    16/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    48. Janny Y.
    We've stayed here twice because of Bloomspot deals, which may be why our rooms have been on the 'older' side. During our first stay, our room was huge with a great view, but very outdated. The carpet felt and smelled musky from age. The floors were creaky and uneven. The furniture looked about 100 years old. The bathroom was tiny even for me (I'm 5'0), with sliding doors that didn't close all the way. Our second stay was in a better but still outdated room. There are two very old elevators and they are slooooooooow. Sometimes one breaks down so be prepared to wait. The restaurant is decent but I don't think I'd go again. Our spa services were okay, but again, probably wouldn't do again. The staff is very nice and the location is pretty - not many great places within walking distance, but quick taxi ride or bus ride away. Valet parking is pretty steep, but there are a couple of garages on the same block that charge less. All in all, it was okay due to the deal, but had we paid full price we definitely would've expected better.

    13/12/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    49. Yelena G.
    I organized a group's stay at the Huntington Hotel, and it was a wonderful experience. Meghann Southwick from Sales consistently delivered the highest level of service and was extremely accommodating. Thank you to Megan and the hotel for a great experience!

    15/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    50. Marisa N.
    The rooms are fabulous.  The hallways getting to the rooms are a little bit creepy, and the lobby isn't grand or beautiful or anything.  The elevators are dated.  Well let me make it a little bit simpler, the common areas are nothing spectacular.  But when you open the door to your room, it's like I was in another world. Absolutely wonderful.  

    Next morning, we ordered some room service, and it was to die for.  I had the huevos rancheros, and he had the banana pancakes.  

    The location is great.....  

    I can't wait to become rich so that I can stay at this wonderful place again...

    23/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    51. Matthew S.
    Small antique / boutique, but just wonderful. The spa is incredible--best massage I ever had in my life, and I loved the wading pool and jacuzzi. They gave us a complimentary bottle of champagne on our first night.

    Minutes walk from Chinatown (hilly though) and the Powell St trolley stop. Close to Union Square, too.  

    Quiet and lovely. Don't let the Big 4 Restaurant inside intimidate you. Even though it's an old steakhouse, the food was incredible.

    10/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    52. Leanne A.
    "Hello Miss Araya. The symphony has you in a suite. Please enjoy your stay"

    well helloooooooo high life! Never have I ever felt like such a VIP. Wow. Now did I feel like a cheap, low life for only having a DOLLAR to tip the maletero? (I don't know how to say that in English, suitcase guy? bellboy??) Anyway, YES. I felt like a cheap ass, but not once did I get the snobby attitude or did I feel like I wasn't good enough for the beauty of the Huntington.
    Upon entering the room, I was so shocked, I couldn't act normal. I wanted to run through the rooms like a kid. The walls were almost all windows, and on the ninth floor on top of Nob hill, my view of the entire city and the mountains and fog beyond were incredible. I couldn't get over how DIFFERENT it was from Chicago. (I shouldn't compare, I know, but it's all I can do). A great view in Chicago means lots of skyscrapers and feeling almost surrounded (in a good way!). A great view on Nob Hill means vast openness and a soaring sensation.
    Anyway, the decor was old traditional. Very elegant art pieces and antique furniture. So different from many other hotels.
    The bathroom was covered in beautiful marble, and the hot tub/shower was luxurious. The living room had a mini kitchen, and the bedroom had the hugest bed I've ever slept in. Actually, the bedroom was so big, I felt a little uncomfortable. (I like small, cat like spaces for sleeping) But that's just me!
    Even the foyer to the suite was decked in marble.
    The halls were skinny and they even had those old mail drops that go from the top floor to the mail room. So cool! The coziness of the halls reminded me a lot of the hotels in Spain.
    The pool was gorgeous. All the walls were glass and luxurious peoples relax in terry cloth robes. Had I not been working like a maniac, I would have used the pool. So sad :(
    Employees were nice, and the concierge even drew a map for me to get to symphony hall. (talk about hills!!)
    I doubt I'll have the budget to return on my own doing, but San Francisco symphony sure treats its clients to a treat at the Huntington!

    21/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    53. Warren B.
    Nice hotel good rooms excellent service great spa very satisfied with it

    31/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    54. S K.
    We stayed at this hotel on 12/28/09. It was a complete disappointment. We checked in on Monday afternoon super excited to be staying at what we thought would be a great boutique hotel with fantastic views of the city. When we checked in, we found out we were staying on the 3rd floor. When I asked for a room higher up so that we could catch a view, I was informed that we were on a lower pay grade and couldn't move up. Not that the hotel was full, but if you want a nice view, you will have to pay for it. Talk about crap service! I know that hotels want to make money, but on a dead Monday night, why not just give the customer what we asked for just to be nice? Four Seasons does it all the time.

    We walked into our third floor room only to find that it was the disabled access room. This should translate as: the shower being only 4 feet high (with zero adjustment), which even being  a mere 5'3" , I had to bend over to wash my hair and no counter space whatsoever. Not even a place to put my toothbrush. Again, the hotel wasn't booked out, so why shove two people into a crap room with hardly any amenities?
    To top it all off - the bed cover and carpet were disgusting with spots. We had to pull the old Las Vegas "throw the blanket on the floor for fear of contracting diseases" maneuver.  To make the room even more unpalatable, they even went so far to have a flat screen television with the worst reception ever. Why bother going hi-def TV if you get double vision and snow pixels on every channel?

    Completely disappointed and will never go back. For an extra $30 a night, you should go to the beautiful Fairmount across the street. That place was phenomenal!

    05/01/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    55. Brian L.
    Just stayed at the Huntington Hotel for 3 nights in a "luxury" room.  The hotel was originally apartments in the 1920's and it has that feel, but the rooms were very spacious and had all the modern conveniences.  I liked the mini bar and how the windows opened for fresh air.  The beds were comfortable and housekeeping always freshened the room while we were away.  All of the staff was very nice and not pretentious.  We ate breakfast at Big 4 every morning and enjoyed the food and atmosphere.  The spa area has a small pool, hut tub and fire place with lounge chairs and an outdoor patio.  You are offered a rob and slippers and can use the locker room showers, steam or sauna.  Very nice to be able to relax in the Spa during the day after walking around San Fran.  The Huntington Hotel was perfect for us and made our San Fran stay even more enjoyable.  It is on top of a hill, but there are a lot of hills in San Fran.  I did not see the Trolley on California once while we were there.  Maybe it wasn't running for some reason.  If you are in good health, you can walk the hills and take a cab when you get tired :)

    20/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    56. Paul O.
    This hotel is amazing! On top of nob hill with the fairmonte and intercontinental. The Huntington is 5 stars from top to bottom. Nob hill spa is connected to the hotel which all guest have access to the pool and saunas in the spa section, which include eucalyptus steam room. I will be back!

    01/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    57. Chuck W.
    One week at the Huntington Hotel - amazing.  Seemingly in the middle of the city, a great historic luxury hotel, we used it as our base to walk literally everywhere - one night, we walked from AT&T park back to the hotel, still something that I think I can be proud of.

    In any case, hotel service was as close to perfect as it gets.  From a good breakfast (though expensive), to a massage at the spa (also great, and expensive), to relaxing in the pool and the hot tub, to the really large rooms and comfortable beds and an outstanding view of the city, it made for a great week and place to crash at the end of each tourist-filled day.

    27/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    58. Denise C.
    What can I say, this is the place I return to every time in the City.  Best location, wonderful staff, and OMG the views.  I cannot wait to return!

    05/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    59. dan h.
    So the girlfriend and I did a in-town-out-of-town thing one time at the Huntington hotel.  We just up and decided to, instead of staying at our condo in the inner sunset, we'd stay at the Huntington some Wednesday night.  It was sorta like a celebration.  Don't ask.  Anyway.  This would work out slightly better for me since I can walk to the Hotel from work and walk to work from the hotel in the morning which the gf would need to drive to work afterwards but she didn't mind.  The idea of something different and the idea that we'd be "up on the hill" for the evening seemed kinda intriguing.  

    The rooms were pretty nice.  Bigger than I'd imagined.  I figured for a small, old hotel, the rooms would be boxes but they were fair sided with large bathroom and wonderful views south down the hill.  There was a "quaint old world" feel to the whole hotel (maybe that would be obvious).  They even had benches outside the elevators.  I don't think I've ever seen that before.  Maybe for when the elevators were so slow?  The lobby folks were wonderful and friendly.  Parking, of course, is horrendous.  Something like $30/day.  But don't park in the lots around there.  Just park with the valet at the hotel itself.  It won't save you any money but it will get you in-and-out privileges.  

    And definitely make a whole experience of it, like we did.  Have drinks at the big 4 downstairs - or another of the old timer bars in the square.  Have dinner up on the hill.  We went to the nice Italian spot around the corner, the Nob Hill Café.  Always a wait but great food and pretty reasonable.  We'd already been to the Spa but if you haven't then definitely do a treatment there.  Not sure if dollar-for-dollar it's worth it but it's worth once in a while just to be able to sit in the Jacuzzi and have some champagne, sit outside and tan yourself.  Make sure you schedule when it's warm and sunny to enjoy the outdoors part of the spa.  Enjoy the neighborhood and the quaint rooms and the good service. Excellent spot.  

    Watch out for the "breakfast in bed" option though.  Since it was a work night and we'd be going to work in the morning, I thought the best way to take full advantage of the "out of town" experience would be to get up 30-40 minutes early and have breakfast like civilized people in one of the restaurants in the area but my sleepy-head girlfriend decided that ordering breakfast in bed - i.e. not having to wake up early - was a better way to go.  Great in theory and the food and coffee was very good, you sure don't get much for your money.  I think it was basically a continental breakfast with maybe one side dish but the bill was around $75.  I couldn't believe coffee, pastries, toast, OJ, and some fruit for two was that much.

    09/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    60. Courtney K.
    WOW!!! This is one of the most charming hotels I have ever had the privelige of staying. The service was impeccable, the accommodations were wonderful and the location is perfect! I love hotels that have that old feel to them without feeling stuffy or smelling like "grandma's house." I spent the day at their spa as well, and was extremely impressed with their services! Great piano bar in the evenings as well! I look forward to coming back for another visit!

    20/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    61. Paulette G.
    Lovely in customer service, location and room size.  It is however in need of an serious update in decor and bedding which were well past their prIme (furniture and bedspread... other bedding was nice).  Again... many pluses, but I got the deal through Bloomspot and the decor was nothing at all like the photo they had representing the rooms in the hotel and I did not appreciate that... it felt a little like a bait & switch.

    26/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    62. Kerry L.
    We found an excellent rate on Expedia for a few nights while our house was being painted and we came to avoid the paint fumes. Our room was a big suite with full kitchen with appliances from the 70s and although the room probably hadn't been remodeled for 30 years it was super comfortable. We ordered pizza from victors and reheated it in the convection oven. Great water pressure, soft sheets, umbrella in closet, robes, 2 Tvs, large rooms.

    24/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    63. Mr. Helper L.
    I have stayed many a night at the Huntington.  Overall a great place out of the hub-bub of San Francisco.  Situated on top of Nob Hill, the Huntington kills neighboring Fairmont and Mark Hopkins by a longshot.

    Pros:
    Wonderful staff.
    Excellent and outstanding food at Big Four.
    Nostalgia decor and feel.
    Large rooms.
    Wonderful, convenient neighborhood.
    Best bartender in the city - Ty.
    Great world class massage.  Nothing better. (Thanks Julie!)
    Towncar
    Wonderful doorman Albert and James.

    Cons:
    Beds need update. (hard)
    No more bar in room - bummer
    TV reception is sometimes a issue.

    Secrets:
    Nob Hill Cafe just a short walk down Taylor Street.  Awesome.
    Venticello on opposite side of Taylor, also awesome.
    Peet's Coffee in the basement of Grace Cathedral kitty corner to the hotel.
    Cala Market a 10 minute walk down California for everything you need for food and groceries.
    A great short walk from the hotel VERY downhill and UPHILL from California to Pine and back on Taylor.  This is a memory!  It will kill you depending on fitness level.  Classic San Francisco.
    Massage: Julie, Sunny, Joe.  Although every therapist is outstanding!!
    Drinks: Have an Old Potrero Manhatten and ask either Ty or Jeffrey to explain Old Potrero.  DO NOT have anything more than the 90 proof!!!!

    You can only beat the Huntington by staying at Four Seasons or a five star.  My home away from home and I love this place.

    12/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    64. Britt G.
    The best place to stay in SF.  'Nuff said.

    Amazing customer service, impeccably clean and large rooms, old school charm, fantastic hotel bar (complete with piano player who takes requests) and beautiful spa and pool.

    When you stay here you'll feel like you've stepped back into time, in a great way.  You get a fresh pot of coffee and cookies upon arrival, which are a great pick-me-up after flying.  The toiletries are L'occitane and generously replenished.  Ridiculously good water pressure, especially given the age of the establishment.  Also appreciated the turn down service.  Room service breakfast was actually good, but admittedly a rip-off.  

    I personally love the location--very central, almost next to the Mark (for when you want to do the whole grab a cocktail and behold the sight of the entire city thing) and walking up all those nearby hills is good for you!  Plus, the cable car stop is only a block away, if that.

    Do yourself a favor and get a massage at the spa if you have a chance.  

    I once was lucky enough to get this place on Hotwire for 140 bucks.  Keep on the lookout for it--it's 4.5 star rating in the Nob Hill area.

    08/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    65. Jon W.
    This is my new favorite hotel in SF. Extra large rooms, great location and a fabulous staff. Best of all, the elevator is 20 feet from the front desk and your room can't be more than 75 feet after you reach your floor. Couple that with a really decent old school restaurant 35 feet ft the front desk and you have a Jewel.

    11/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    66. Michelle J.
    I got this hotel on a Bloomspot special, so keep in mind that is the rate that goes into this review.

    The key to having a great stay to this hotel is asking for one of the remodeled rooms. When I checked in I went up to my room was totally shocked at how old and musty it was. It looked like something out of 1986, and didn't match the pictures in the hotels marketing material at all. They are part way through upgrading the rooms, and the old rooms are tired and very very floral. My Nana would probably love it but not my kind of thing. I went back to the front desk and asked about this and they moved me into a newly remodeled room. The new rooms are lovely. Really nicely designed, huge for a San Fran hotel and gorgeous bathrooms. So long as you get one of the new rooms the price is such a bargain!

    The bar/restaurant was super busy both nights I was there and the doorman were really nice and helpful.

    I'd definitely stay there again but I would call ahead and ask for a remodeled room.

    02/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    67. Ed L.
    Overall:
    This place is dirty considering the price you pay, and for that reason, I wouldn't stay here again.

    Cleanliness:
    this place is rather dirty.  the carpets were stained.  the throw pillows, bed runner, and drapes were dusty and old.  Considering the hideous color of the paint on the walls (aqua?), I doubt they've been painted any time in the past few decades.

    Price:
    I booked a standard room w/ a king bed through priceline and paid $250/night (not including 14% tax & parking) for 3 weeknights

    Parking:
    The hotel's parking is valet-only w/ in & out privileges.  It was $39/night (not including 14% tax) which isn't too bad considering what I've seen at other hotels in the area.  I saw a few other parking garages nearby that were cheaper; however, I'm not sure if they allowed in & out privileges.  The staff at the hotel was good about quickly pulling up my car.  Whenever I called to have it pulled up, it was ready to go by the time I reached the lobby.

    Internet:
    There were no wired connections, but there was free wifi.  unfortunately, the wifi was not very fast (my cellphone's LTE was much faster) and the connection would occasionally drop out.  I wasn't aware of any options for better internet service.

    Location:
    This hotel is located on the top of a rather steep hill... so it's not very nice if you're like me and you like to walk around a lot.  The view of the Grace Cathedral across the street is kinda nice though.

    Miscellaneous:
    - James, the door man during they day, is great.  very friendly and helpful.
    - The power outlets were not very abundant and not very conveniently located
    - The L'Occitane toiletries were very nice
    - The turndown service was nice.  They gave chocolates and a couple bottles of water.
    - The room included a mini-fridge.  It didn't seem to get very cold, but it was better than nothing.

    29/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    68. Lelah B.
    Stayed here for two nights at the end of February. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The efficiency of check in and check out was amazing. I loved the L'Occitane soaps provided, and the complimentary tea upon check in was really nice.

    Plan to spend time in the pool area in one of the plush robes. The spa is nice and bubbly, the pool is beautiful and there's complimentary tea and water, so you can just sit and relax, forgetting all about the time.

    We had a lovely view of Huntington Park next door, and it was fun to people watch from our warm hotel room. The location is perfect for exploring Nob Hill, Chinatown and Union Square.

    We didn't eat at the Big 4 restaurant, but the atmosphere looked intriguing, if you like dark rooms and piano music. For some reason, I really dug the old elevators. They are mirrored and the ride is really smooth. Room service breakfast is very easy. I will definitely go back the next time I'm in town.

    01/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    69. Flo A.
    I stayed here for 6 nights and I did not mind the hotel. It was actually pretty nice. My problem was once I checked out and I was already home. My boyfriend left his card as the registered card for any charges pending after checkout. However, when I checked out I paid with my card the parking charge. A week later I saw that I was charged an additional 104 dollars. When I called I was answered by a person who was incompetent and I could not understand. When I spoke to the manager she was rude and instead of forgiving the charge (since they made a mistake and added a charge on a card that was not authorized) they still l charged us for it. I am upset that they do not treat their customers better. Next time I go to California I will not stay here and I don't recommend it. Any problems you have are not solved. Terrible service by managerial staff!!!!!!

    23/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    70. Clayton T.
    Stayed here withnwife and son between Christmas and New Year's.  Son wanted to see what an old-fashioned hotel was like and the Huntington certainly fit the bill. I've stayed here twice and been upgraded both times. Our room was huge but the furniture was tired as was the bathroom. Best part of this hotel is the Nob Hill Spa.  Very elegant with indoor pool, hot tub, fireplace and drynand wet saunas. Perfect after a day walking the City --best part is that There is no extra charge.

    About Nob Hill.  If you are not familiar with the city, know that the hotel is located at the highest point in the City which makes for cool views, but it is a tough neighborhood to walk as the streets in each direction are extremely inclined. restaurant choices on the hill are limited to the three hotels, the Fairmont, Mark Hopkins and Huntington.

    29/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    71. Jackie G.
    We just spent a weekend at the Huntington and I have to say I'm a big fan.  In terms of decor, this is not the W.  It is not splashy and modern.  It exudes classic historic charm and elegance.  Our standard room was spacious, complete with large sitting area, bar area and huge bathroom.  This made getting ready for a wedding super easy.  The bed was very comfy and the view was great.  An added bonus - the L'Occitane bathroom products and complimentary in-room tea and/or coffee service upon check-in. YAY!

    Make sure to spend some time at the hotel's spa.  It is free for guests to use, and is a great way to relax away a hang-over (not that I'm speaking from experience).  Equipped with a great whirlpool, fireplace, infinity pool, sheltered (from the wind) sun deck, exercise room, sauna and steam room, the spa covers all the bases.  Throw in free fruit, cucumber water, tea, towels, and robes, you've got yourself a home-run in my book.  The eucalyptus-infused steam-room with iced towels waiting outside is AMAZING.  Also, to top it all off - you can get anything from champagne to salads and sandwiches delivered to you spa-side.  

    The icing on my Huntington stay however would have to be the hotel bar - dark and cozy - it's the way a hotel bar should be.  The staff there can make a mean drink and has a nice selection of spirits to choose from.  

    Overall - I LOVED my time at the Huntington and will definitely go back given the chance.

    12/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    72. Mack H.
    Hotel was nice enough, great bar / restaurant that takes you back, but I have never had such a terrible experience in a hotel.

    I had hung the Service Room sign on my door and left for the day and when I returned, I found the cleaning staff had turned the sign around to say privacy please. I was absolutely sure when I left that it said service, but I chalked it up to my mistake and moved on. The following day, I called the front desk and requested my room to be cleaned, and left for the day. When I returned from a long work dinner, the cleaning staff had placed the privacy please sign on my door. I specifically remember seeing it on the desk before I left! They definitely did it! AND makes me believe that the day before wasn't my error...

    So I have been there for two days and my room remains uncleaned. The cleaning staff needs to be "updated" pretty soon!

    07/01/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    73. DR W.
    Awesome stay , old but updated , great rooms and sure beats the hell out of the  chain hotels , great place to come for extra long weekend. Very friendly staff and resturant and bar are exceptional ! Hope to return soon!!!

    06/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    74. Chuck N.
    As big as this building is, it's kinda 'hidden' between all the other buildings around it. If not for the titled awning, I'd overlook this place...glad I didn't though!

    The Huntington Hotel is a 'charming' joint - old school setting, friendly service, and a comfortable vibe (cost notwithstanding).

    We stayed on the 7th floor overlooking parts of the city - tight view. Our room was spacious and the restroom was IKEA-esque (modern designs in shower and shelves). L'Occitane soap/lotion as an amenity.

    Final Call:
    Will definitely return for a business trip.

    16/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    75. B y.
    If I could give 4 1/2 stars, I would-- our stay here was nearly perfect, and I would highly recommend the Huntington Hotel if you're visiting San Fran.  This hotel will be first on my list if I come back to visit.

    First the awesome stuff:

    We got a Bloomspot deal so it was well worth the price. Our flight arrived very early and we got to the hotel about 9:30am.  We were greeted by a very happy and helpful bellman (other reviewers here mention a "James" but I thought he said his name was "Jason").  In any case, he was probably one of the friendliest people I've ever met in my life! It was too early to check in so the hotel staff let us change in the spa and we left our luggage at the hotel while we explored.  The concierge recommended a few cafes within walking distance to have breakfast. When we finally did check in to our room, we were overwhelmed with how wonderful it was.  We were on the top floor with an amazing view of the city.  Everything was very luxurious--right down to the complimentary L'occitane toiletries.  Someone brought our luggage up and took the extra time to even put our suitcases on luggage racks.  This attention to detail was carried throughout our stay.

    I had used the iron and ironing board before going out that evening and when we returned to our room later, we had turn-down service, complete with 2 bottles of water, four chocolates and the ironing board had been put away.  Every morning we had a newspaper waiting for us outside.

    The pool and jacuzzi were lovely.  They're indoors so be sure to bring your bathing suit.  The area even had cucumber-infused water to complete the experience.

    Things that could use improvement:

    The TV reception was pretty bad.  None of the channels came in clearly and sometimes they just didn't come in at all.

    There is no coffee maker in the room, so you have to either go out, or order room service.  I think the cheapest coffee via room service is a $9 pot, and you have to add tax, 18% gratuity, and a $3 mandated fee.  So, basically, you end up with a pretty expensive cup of coffee.

    There's nothing you can really get by yourself in the hotel--everything is via room service, down to the ice.  

    The rooms are all pretty different, so you could end up with a great room like we did, or a not-so-great room, like my brother did.  His flight arrived around midnight that night so most likely all the other rooms were taken.  He was on the 2nd floor and the room was MUCH smaller than ours.  He also had some TV issues--his just didn't turn on and the front desk wasn't helpful.  My brother had to deal with the wires behind the TV by himself.

    I think all the rooms are different, but our room did not have a full length mirror--if the hotel could just try to make that adjustment and put a full length mirror in every room, that would be very helpful!

    04/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    76. Amanda M.
    A great place to stay!  I was looking for a place to stay for my husband's 30th birthday and came across a bloomspot deal for the Huntington Hotel.  After checking the reviews on Yelp and seeing that it was so highly recommended I decided to go for it.  I had bought him tickets for the Giants game that day so I wanted somewhere not too far from there (a cheap cab ride away), and also somewhere close to restaurants and shopping - basically a good spot to explore the city from.  

    We live maybe 30 mins away but never come to SF because of the traffic and difficulty in finding parking, so we wanted to take this opportunity to experience all the fun touristy things we never get around to doing.  This place was not far from Union Square (walking distance although you may want to take a cab back or you will have to walk up some super steep hills), and another cheap cab ride to Pier 39 or Fisherman's Wharf.  To sum it up, a great central location.

    The hotel itself is gorgeous inside and you are greeted by friendly staff who treated us great even though we had the discounted bloomspot rate (yes, I have encountered other places that make you feel like you are poor for finding a deal through bloomspot or groupon instead of paying full price).  We were upgraded to a suite upon arrival (without even telling them we were celebrating anything!) and taken to our room.  The hotel originally was apartments, and from the layout of the suite you could tell.  The suite was larger than any one bedroom apartment I have had in the past, with a spacious bedroom, large living room, dining room area that was connected to the living room, and a small-ish kitchen (small by apartment standards, large by hotel standards).  All we really used the kitchen for was the refrigerator - keeping our water and leftover cheesecake cold until we ate it.  I don't think there were any supplies in the kitchen (silverware or pots and pans or anything), so if you are looking  to cook or anything you may have to ask the front desk to bring some up.  My husband bought some beer and we didn't have a bottle opener so they brought one up right away.  

    We loved that most of the charm of the older building had been preserved.  Furnishings were modern enough and things were updated, but you still got the feel of a vintage upscale hotel from the decor.  It was much nicer than the cookie-cutter modern hotels we have stayed at.  I loved that this one had some history to it.  

    We didn't try the restaurant as we were out exploring all day and didn't return until after dinner, but we did order breakfast from room service one morning.  It was so nice having breakfast delivered right on time and eating it at our dining room table while we overlooked the park and cathedral across the street.  My husband had an omelet which he said was just alright, but I had the banana pancakes and they were delicious!  My husband wished he had ordered pancakes after tasting mine.  

    Don't forget to check out the pool while you are there.  It is not intended for lap swimming, but this didn't bother us.  It was great to go for a dip after walking around all day and finishing up with a soak in the hot tub, and it has a great view looking out over the city.  The spa also looked gorgeous but we didn't book any treatments.

    Overall, this is a great historic hotel with wonderful service and friendly staff.  The rooms are huge and the views of the park and cathedral across the street are beautiful (we had a corner suite so we overlooked both).  The location is great also - I highly recommend the Huntington Hotel to anyone who is thinking of staying there.

    27/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    77. M. E.
    Truly old San Francisco charm and the soothing relaxing atmosphere of a bygone era.  Great views, wonderfully large comfortable rooms compared to other hotels in S.F.(after all each room used to be an apartment)  Indulge yourself here..whether it's in your room or at the spa, dining at The Big 4, or the most charming bar in the city with the most beautiful rich woods.. siting in front of the fireplace listening to the piano being played and sipping a cocktail and enjoying a meal in there.  I always feel like I've been transported to somewhere else in time and I never want to leave!  First class service from the Doormen, Hotel staff and restaurant and bar staff.  Kudos to all of you for making every experience for every guest something truly special!

    26/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    78. Merissa D.
    I've stayed here several times, and have always given it a 5 star rating.

    This time I booked a double room, but I wasn't accommodated. I called in twice to "request it" and make sure it was available, but when I arrived -- I had to have a room with a single bed. There was nothing else available.

    Everyone said they were sorry, and I appreciate that. The manager (Geraldine) was also very nice. She mentioned that the double rooms were taken back in June (and I requested in August). Again, that's totally fine -- but since I called twice to make sure I was getting double-beds, it would have been amazing to have been informed that I was NOT going to get a room with double-beds. I would have booked a different hotel had this been the case! I did not want the room I was stuck in.

    Anyway ... I refer this hotel to people all the time, and even had two of my co-workers spending multiple nights in the same hotel while I was there.

    I mentioned that too Geraldine too, again she just said thanks. I asked them to keep an eye out for any cancelations. They never followed up with me the next two days, I had to keep checking.

    I'm not trying to get a freebie, or have things discounted necessarily, but you know what would have been nice in addition to the simple "I'm sorry's" that I received?

    Maybe a free breakfast? Maybe free parking? Maybe an upgraded bigger room with one bed? I dunno. Like, "so sorry you didn't get your double beds even though you booked 3 months in advance, (and we never told you about it!) and thanks for referring two separate people to spend money at hotel for multiple days, please have breakfast on us, and thanks for being okay with a rollaway bed."

    Sometimes I'm sorry isn't enough I guess. Next time, I'll probably stay elsewhere.

    15/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    79. Katie Anne N.
    I had a chance to go to the Nob Hill Spa inside the Huntington Hotel a few months ago. For our 6 month Anniversary, the BF decided that we should try a "get out of town-in town" adventure. We chose the Huntington Hotel to celebrate. Inside the place is adorned with old fashioned accents and décor. You would think a hotel that has been around for ages would be run down and old but they kept this place very clean and tidy. The hallways and the doors are so old fashioned but the room itself is very modern and up to date. When we got inside, the room was clean and beautiful. Marble bathroom countertops with 2 sinks perfect for the Mr. and Mrs. Shower had nice water pressure and the bed was amazing. We had the southern view of the city which was nice especially to not have the noise from the cable cars running all night long. Not even after 15 mins in our rooms, the concierge called up to offer us complimentary tea or coffee. A hotel staffer also left us a bottled water outside of our room. The service is outstanding. We chose to have room service which something that I do not suggest having. Continental breakfast for 1 is $16 and you get glass or OJ, Coffee, and a choice of muffin, pastry, or toast. It is very overpriced and for the price you pay, it should either be the best of the best or you should be received buckets full of it. Not recommended.

    We visited the hotel bar aka Big Four Restaurant (named after Stanford, Huntington, Hopkins, and Crocker- also the hotels next to or directly across from the Huntington) for dessert and some wine. We've been to the restaurant for dinner before and the food there is highly recommended. The bar comes with a real live piano player and is decorated with pictures and accents from the "railroad era". The place has history and helps to keep it alive. It's not the W or the Intercontinental hotel. It's a small luxery hotel. You will leave here feeling revived and thankful that a hotel like this could give you such great service as well as leave you with a piece of history.

    18/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    80. Ashley F.
    We absolutely loved it here. I can not say enough about the room with a beautiful view of Grace Cathedral, the pool with sweeping views of the city, the Nob Hill location, the ease of parking and walking to just about anywhere, room service, the old-school feel and decor of the hotel, the kindness of hotel employees.  We booked through Hotwire and had no idea what we were getting- needless to say we were pleasantly surprised. We will definitely be back.

    2 things to consider- I would not stay here with children- the windows in the room open pretty far with no screens.   There is not free wifi, which isn't that big of a deal.

    04/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    81. Mark F.
    Amazing location
    Amazing comfortable bar
    Great Music
    Historic Hotel

    Makes this spot a win / win for anyone looking for a great SF experience.

    08/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    82. Michael W.
    Amazing Hotel with an awesome Ocean View. As many have said it definitely displays Old World Charm at its finest. The staff, especially the doormen were exceptionally kind and welcoming. Great location and who doesn't love Non Hill!!!!

    09/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    83. Linda L.
    I really loved my stay at this hotel.  

    There are certainly fancier places to stay, and it probably could use a little freshening up in parts, but the service is lovely and they graciously upgraded us to the top floor into a Junior Suite.  That room had the most beautiful view, and it was so quiet!  The pool looks lovely and the location is splendid.  Overall I would recommend staying at the Huntington for the location, the ambiance and the wonderful attention to service.

    31/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    84. Shannon C.
    Beautiful old hotel. Super friendly staff that greeted us with all smiles upon arrival. They gave a great recommendation for lunch and appeared to eager to fill any wish we had. Room is spacious and clean, but remember this is an old hotel and that is reflected in the amenities. If service out weighs modern amenities in your book, this is for you.

    07/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    85. Vetsa V.
    Cant say enough about how fantastic our stay was. I have been many many times to the nob hill spa (located within the Huntington Hotel) and always wanted to stay the night within the hotel. We splurged last weekend and it was worth every penny.

    The customer service is exceptional. They went out of our way to make our anniversary celebration extra special. Room was nicely updated with old San Francisco charm and great views. Another major perk...use of spa included with your stay! So the morning consisted of steam, sauna, swim etc. Was dreamy.

    Cant wait to visit again and play tourist. Was hard to actually leave the hotel and enjoy the exceptional Nob Hill  location...but maybe next time.

    08/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    86. Mia A.
    Iam reviewing the bar hooked onto the Huntington Hotel called "The Big Four". This is one of my favorite bars in S.F.Once you walk through the
    low key door on the corner its like going back in time.The art work in the bath room was so intriguing I  sent for a book of the artists work.He was a
    sartorialist for the Hearst family back in the day.IAll the food on the menu is
    wonderful.My husband is not small and delicate so I suggested the pot pie to him. I had a glass of champaign and the scottish salmon. The piano player will melt your heart with his magic.The staff is very pleasant and I look forward to staying at the hotel this winter.My husband and I just had our twelth  wedding aniversery and our night was perfect just having a
    drink and a bite on  Nob hill.This bar just has "that certain ge'n'esique!!!! If you are into
    history this place is a must.

    21/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    87. Jeena C.
    I've been dreaming of the Huntington ever since the day I found out Jeffrey Alan Marks, one of my favorite interior designers, stayed at this gem during his SF visit. The verdict? Here's a breakdown.

    Delights:

    - My shower wasn't working, so the front desk immediately offered me a luxury suite just two doors down - twice as big as my original room, with phenomenal city views, a separate sitting area, and the famous H monogrammed Wisecracker pillows! This upgrade absolutely made my stay - otherwise, I would have been disappointed with the original Deluxe Room (see "Cons and tips" section below for details)
    - Every single person I came in contact with (bellman, maids, front desk, spa desk, concierge) was impressively pleasant, courteous, and prompt
    - While the $31 room service for berries, a bagel, and 4 sausages in the morning burned a hole in my wallet, I would order again because it was gorgeously presented and right on time
    - Lots of treats like chocolates, bottled water, and L'Occitane toiletries
    - Incredible bedding, soft robes, and plush white towels (which I've found to be rare, even at several upscale hotels)
    - The location is wonderful, and is at one of the most beautiful intersections of the city

    Cons and tips:

    - They charged me $4 to bring me a toothbrush!
    - Slow WiFi costs $10 for 24 hours
    - The spa is nothing spectacular, and if it weren't complimentary for guests, I would never pay the $40 for a day pass
    - Room service is costly but worth it (see above)
    - The entrance and front desk are not as "grand" as the neighboring Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, and Renaissance, and it's definitely not modern
    - You have to ask for a renovated, or "Wisecracker," room in advance to get modern decor
    - The original Deluxe Room I booked was uninspiring (although pretty large), and had only views of the rest of the hotel from the bed rather than complete city views

    In summary, if I were to visit the Huntington again, I would only book a luxurious suite and be prepared to pay a lot for the conveniences of room service. All in all, a fantastic stay!

    27/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    88. Kristina I.
    I dreamt about it....

    This place makes me miss home just a little less... Super soft sheets and towels, amazing views of the city, in the heart of Nob Hill where it's quiet when you sleep, live music and delicious drinks right down stairs, and if you are lucky enough to be a VIP here and get the hot towel offering when you arrive, then you are lucky enough.

    15/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    89. Celza O.
    My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights on our 6th wedding anniversary, we got a great deal for a deluxe room on Bloomspot. The hotel has old world charm, good service and a really nice spa we went to daily! Room service was ok nothing special and we didn't get a chance to check out the hotel restaurant. All in all their was great views and nice rooms, I would definitely stay here again.

    P.S. WiFi was not available in our room :(

    02/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    90. YW T.
    i don't understand the high ratings...?

    pro: the room was very big, convenient location

    con: dusty and dirty; expensive parking; the front desk was not helpful nor friendly; facility is super old, and not in a charming way; the air was so dry, that i woke up several times at night from the pain of my crackling skin; no wi-fi, and the connection worked only once in the 4 days i was there (it was deathly slow when it did work); walls were paper thin; worst of all, the water pressure in the shower was non-existence, it felt like i was being peed on by a baby. we even asked the maintenance technician to adjust the shower head, but it didn't help at all. while he was "adjusting" the shower, my husband saw that they put this water saving filter in the shower head to constraint the water flow and that's why it was so slow and weak. this is really annoying to me as i have long hair...

    verdict: i will not book this place again.

    07/11/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    91. Blair H.
    I am staying here at the hotel and still have one night left, but I already Love this place. My new fiancé and I came here to celebrate both our engagement and our three year anniversary. The service has been perfect and the bed is amazingly comfortable. I had the best sleep I have had in weeks.  Since my fiancé told them about our engagement, we were hoping for a nice room and they delivered. We got a corner room in the top floors with a fantastic view.  The nice gestures from a wonderful staff to celebrate such a special time in our life together has made our trip.  The dinner we had downstairs was amazing. You have to try the Big 4 restaurant. I already look forward to staying here again. The views and the service cannot be matched and the rooms are adorable. Love.

    Ps: We already want to come back ASAP. It's that good.

    01/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    92. Virginia C.
    Quaint hotel and great service.  Spa is a must-visit.  Highly recommended and must-see in San Francisco!

    08/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    93. Ryan P.
    My lady and I have been coming here for special occasions for the past few years.  One of my favorite memories was waking up at 4am on Christmas morning, having forgotten where we were.  It was pitch black, dead quiet, and the bed felt so amazing I thought briefly I was dead.

    But I wasn't!  I woke up later and had an amazing breakfast in bed.  And then visited the best pool in the City!  It is not the biggest pool but it has the most breathtaking views and --even better-- is 100% child-free.  

    Follow that up with a cocktail at the bar and their excellent chicken pot pie and you're ready to spend some more time in those 500-thread count sheets.  Sweet perfection of life.

    13/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    94. Kim D.
    Due to privacy reasons I am unable to discuss my situation in detail here in Yelp, but I am here to say that The Huntington Hotel is THE BEST HOTEL SERVICE that I have EVER experienced ANYWHERE in the WORLD.  Chris at the Concierge Desk is an Angel and George is the MOST compassionate Hotel Business person that I have ever known.

    I am an executive world-wide business traveler and never have I experienced this level of service and personal care...unprecedented in my experience

    If you value businesses with integrity, family values but most of all a compassionate Heart, you MUST patronize this amazing San Francisco establishment.  I will ALWAYS stay here "happily-ever-after" whenever I am in San Francisco.

    13/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    95. Brandy B.
    Stayed here for the weekend. Was very pleased. Staff was wonderful. Was brought complimentary coffee to my room. We have a great park view, and they are shooting a movie across in the park! In great walking distance to a variety of different areas of the city

    26/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    96. Queen S.
    In a word.

    Impeccable.

    Although it did take room service about 2-3 hours to get my friend a bucket of ice. Other than that...*wink*

    We had the pleasure of a girls weekend to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday. Her husband surprised her and treated us to this magnificent hotel. He wins hubby of the year award.

    The view on the 11th floor is lovely. We were in 1108 - a great corner room. We loved the three windows in the room that captured both evening and day views of the city. The bathroom has a large window as well. We liked that the windows open as it can get a bit stuffy inside the hotel.

    Love the L'Occitane products available to guests. Staff was friendly, and helpful. The doorman, Jason, on the day we checked out was so much fun, such a ham.

    The hotel is in a fantastic location. Nob Hill is lovely. Grace Cathedral is across the street, as is a well-manicured park. There are many restaurants and sights within walking distance. We loved Rue Lepic for French cuisine done perfectly. Walking back to the hotel will require you to go up a steep incline. Which is great, as you'll need to walk off all that delicious food.

    Beautiful architecture, gorgeous views.

    Make sure you enjoy the Nob Hill spa too.

    Cheers!

    27/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    97. keri l.
    This is a charming hotel with a few standout areas beyond the traditional offerings.

    1) The Big 4 Restaurant has a great atmosphere and old school charm. Solid wine list too!

    2) The concierge, Cynthia, is a class act and well connected. She had some great suggestions on restaurants and spa services (next door) and went out of her way to be helpful.

    3) In addition to the terrific spa services (facial, massage & pedicure), the spa amenities were also appreciated. The pool area was serene and the couch by the fireplace can't be beat.  

    The only caveat is that the fitness room with the treadmill is very small.

    01/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    98. Nicole G.
    My husband and I stayed here on a Mad Men (yes, we are those dorks) package for our 17th wedding anniversary.  I cannot say enough nice things about the staff and service we received.  We truly felt like we were VIPs, though we know we were just another guest.  

    If you are looking for the San Francisco old school experience in a classic hotel with warmth and personality, this is the spot.  The restaurant and spa are both top-of-the-line as well.

    Extra kudos to the Huntington for remembering our names as we went in and out of the hotel.  The Ritz Carlton reviews said their staff do that and I'm here to tell you that is not true!  The Ritz could take a lesson from the Huntington.  

    Thanks for making our 17th even more special and I actually day dream of being able to live in the Huntington now.

    05/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    99. Snoopity S.
    I'm going to make this short and not so sweet. I've stayed in a few of the older/luxury hotels in San Francisco and was tempted to go back to the Palace Hotel, but saw a Bloomspot Offer for the Huntington and decided to give it a try.

    Overall thoughts:

    -Most of the guests were Seniors and they seemed to be the only ones worthy of any customer service from the staff
    -Front Desk Staff was brusque at best.
    -We lugged all of our bags up and down without even a sideways glance from the staff
    -The only thing luxe about our room was the bathroom and the linens.
    - It was a large room with two leather chairs, an old tv and bookcase with thrift store mystery novels
    -Mini-bar was totally empty
    -The bed was nice and comfy
    -Turn down service with chocolate and bottled water was nice to come back to

    Truly, there was nothing that said luxury about this hotel; from the dismissive tone of the staff to the bare bones room and empty mini-bar it was a budget hotel dressed up in Frette linen.

    24/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    100. Angelique F.
    We were very impressed with the Huntington. Lots of charm, exceptional service, and perfect location. They knew we were getting married at Grace Cathedral and made sure we got a room with a view of the cathedral. From the delivery of iced tea upon check in, to the amazing spa facility, we were pleasantly surprised at every turn. The doormen were fabulous! Room service quality was very good. Staying here was perfect for us, and we look forward to going back for special occasions!

    22/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    101. Kelley R.
    What a prefect little hotel positioned on top of Nob Hill so the view is fabulous. We had a Bloomspot deal to celebrate some landmark events in our life including an anniversary.

    We mainly wanted to relax after a huge move. The Nob Hill Spa was accessible to guests. We did not purchase any services but the other Yelp reviews are superb. The spa was super clean included a steam room, dry sauna, showers, lockers, infinity pool, hot tub, exercise room, and a Zen room which lived up to its name. We read and drank tea in our fluffy bathrobes on the patio looking out over The City.

    We actually didn't purchase anything additional from the hotel so the price was incredibly manageable. We brought out own champagne and order up ice and got cheap Thai take out at Thai Idea which was super yummy.

    The room was clean, decorated beautifully, great view, huge tiled bathroom and shower, sever huge full length mirrors, high thread count sheets, supple towels, and cozy bathrobes.

    Relaxation confirmed.

    Parking: Grace Cathedral which is the cheapest closest garage. Heads up: once you're parked and plan to do the 24-hour rate you can not leave and get the same rate.

    25/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    102. Hoa T.
    Old world charm!  Spacious rooms, even huge by SF standards.   You think you're getting a room but it's seriously a full size apartment.  Nice thick towels and linen.  Bring comfy shoes as  the hills are steep.  

    Only downside is that there are no ice machines.  Room service or the bell hop has to deliver your ice.  And why have a fully functioning kitchen if there are no supplies?  Especially since there is no microwave.

    25/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    103. A L.
    This is as good as it gets. This is my go-to in SF when it's not booked up. It is an old hotel, turned modern - but still kept it's vintage quirks. The Nob Hill spa attached is just amazing - and all guests of the hotel have access to the pool, spa and locker room at no cost. I love the bar attached to the hotel as well - it's dark and there is always a live pianist - and old school New York feel. The rooms are HUGE and so beautifully done. The doormen are personable and just a delight. I would recommend this hotel to absolutely everyone I know. The location is unbeatable too. This is a must in SF. Well worth the money.

    12/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    104. Shei H.
    I stayed at the Huntington this past weekend and was pleasantly surprised at the quality and quantity I was able to get for my money in a city such as San Francisco!

    The hotel had a nice old fashioned charm with modern upgrades. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I loved how the staff dressed in the same upscale/old elegance way that they would have back in the 1920s just a great ambiance to the whole overall hotel. On arrival I was told they had an upgraded room for me without requesting it and free of charge which was such a win because the room was HUGE.

    The only reason I'm giving the hotel 4 stars instead of 5 is because although the room was great there were some obvious signs of wear and tear such as a VERY old mini fridge, and slight rust in the large tub as well as some stains on the carpet, nothing that was a major turn off but just obvious little signs that maybe its time to change out just a few minor things. Also, there wasn't free wifi, for a fee per DAY we could access internet or go down the street for free wifi.

    The hotel is in a great location and pretty centrally located where everything is a trolley ride or bus ride away which is great. The spa is absolutely beautiful with an indoor pool and sauna. Overall this is a great hotel and would definitely recommend staying here.

    22/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    105. Gourmet G.
    Since 1924, this family-owned and operated luxury Nob Hill property has been catering to heads of state, dignitaries, nobility, celebrities, corporate travelers, and tourists with taste and big bucks. Because it originally was constructed as an apartment house, the rooms are considerably larger than those found elsewhere. Colors, fabrics, and furnishings vary from room to room, each of which has a panoramic view of the skyline and bay or Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park, wireless Internet access, dual-line telephone with voice mail, fax machine, cable TV, and an electronic safe. Other guest amenities include complimentary access to Nob Hill Spa & Fitness Center - which features ten treatment rooms, Jacuzzi and saunas, a eucalyptus steam room, an indoor infinity pool with spectacular views of downtown through 18-foot-high windows, yoga and tai chi classes, and a weight room - and chauffeured sedan to the Financial District and Union Square from 8:00am until 4:00pm. Located off the lobby, the award-winning Big 4 Restaurant has been named one of the top twenty restaurants in the city by Gourmet magazine. Guestroom rates range from $339-399, and suites start at $490.

    04/10/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    106. blanca g.
    Incredible service from the moment we walked in.  Atop Nob Hill, with stellar views of the city. Housekeeping barged in on us at 7pm but was apologetic. Room was decorated very nicely and bathroom was four times as big as most hotel bathrooms (no exaggeration!)  Excellent location in terms of walking distance to all we wanted to do.
    Would stay there again in a heartbeat!

    21/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    107. Frank B.
    I never stayed at a hotel where the employees love the place so much. From the maids, to the concierge, to the room service, head of house keeping, literally everyone is committed to making the guest happy...and with a smile on their face. I would never think of staying in another place in San Francisco.

    The only complaint might be the hallways are a little dark and dated, but that is small price to pay for the quality of the people.

    I met a guest from Hawaii one night in front of the hotel and he asked me how I found out about it. He does not tell anyone about it for fear it will get too crowded!

    I can not be that selfish. The Huntington is a treasure!

    29/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    108. Mia S.
    My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of staying here for one night. It was a gift given to us after he had done all of the design work for his cousin's wedding.

    We enjoyed a suite and it was absolutely breathtaking. The service was superb, and without being super elitist. I was glad we didn't get any funny stares from the front desk since we do look on the younger side for staying in such a prestigious hotel.

    My favorite aspect of the room had to be the huge tub and thick cotton robes that felt like heaven.

    30/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    109. Jessica G.
    I was one of the first people to check in the day they reopened after being completely renovated.  It was magnificent!  Flamboyant!  Wonderful!  First off, they upgraded me to a suite since I was one of the first guests, and so I found myself spending two nights in a huge sitting room and double bedroom, which I loved.  All new carpet, drapes, furnishings, mattresses, everything! The bed was super comfortable, the furnishings were luxurious and the style was distinctive and eye-catching.  The room service, provided by the Big 4 restaurant downstairs, was delicious and delivered in less than 20 minutes every time.  I'm already planning a return trip!

    09/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    110. Henry J.
    A hotel in need of serious renovation! Dated decor, worn out furnature, circa 1995 TV, and a dank appearance to the room. You can call it "Historic", "Vintage" or some other quaint term, but the room is simply long over due for an upgrade. Parking was expensive, over $50 per night. The restaurant was also very expensive relative to the quality, but a beautiful old school atmosphere. Service was mixed from very good to average, more positive than negative. Location was great, and close to a fun part of town. Given the overall experience, pretty certain I would not go back.

    11/12/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    111. Kevin M.
    I would typically not give a hotel in this condition four stars, but this is not a typical hotel despite the fact it needs a serious room renovation!!!!  The Big Four restaurant and bar are a throwback to another age along with the menu, i.e., Chicken Pot Pie. But oohhhhh, WHAT a Chicken Pot Pie it is!  Wonderful bar, great atmosphere. Love this place.

    23/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    112. Sally A.
    We stayed here during the San Francisco portion of our honeymoon in October 2012 on a Bloomspot deal that included a junior suite and a massage at the Nob Hill Spa.  This hotel was beautiful and we loved our room.  I am a bit of an old soul and would have been very happy to be my current age in the 1920s.  I loved the elegant, antique-y vibe of the lobby and rooms.  Our room was massive with a gigantic walk-in closet.  I felt truly spoiled to be in such a room in San Francisco (in the past I've stayed in less impressive accommodations there).  I would definitely stay here in the future.  One note - don't attempt to walk here from the Union Square BART station.  We thought we were going to pass out making our way up the hill to California.  Treat yourself to a cab ride.

    17/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    113. Hannah A.
    I hate to give such a well-known SF landmark a poor review, but several events occurred that affected my opinion of this hotel.

    My parents always stay in Nob Hill when they visit, since it is near my apartment, and they decided to try the Huntington for the first time.  They were here for about 2 weeks and very, Very excited to stay here.

    The room itself was Huge and nice, but the room mini-fridge did not work and it took the front desk 2 days to determine that the room was one without a working refrigerator.  Now, why would they put someone in a room sans refrigerator if they made it quite clear they were staying for an extended period?  My parents had to keep their leftover food at our apartment, which is ridiculous!

    Additionally, the rooms do not have coffee pots, and after inquiring into this, my parents were told they were dependent on the restaurant for their morning coffee.  This is terribly inconvenient for folks who wake up on an Eastern time zone schedule (3 hours earlier), who must either observe the restaurant's  business hours for a cup of coffee, or haul it over to Cafe Cento at the Fairmont, or the Peet's at Grace Cathedral.  Not to mention the hotel coffee is about $5 a pop, despite the steep $300/night cost of the fridgeless room.  

    I came back to the room with my folks one evening after dinner and visiting and our ice bucket was empty, so I headed down the hall to find an ice machine.  Guess what?  No ice machine.  I had to ask some people down the hallway where they got their ice.  Apparently, ice is only available downstairs from the bartender at the Big Four - and only before 10pm.  

    Lastly, 4 colleagues and I attempted to retrieve a cab one evening about 7pm in front of the hotel via the doorman, WHOM I know not only from my parents' stay, but also because I pass him daily on my way to work.  We were headed to a Christmas party at the Julia Morgan Ballroom, so we were in formal wear.  Some of our friends were leaving the Big Four as we were waiting for a cab, and one friend of mine said "Well hello, guys!" as a greeting to our friends, and the Doorman yelled at us, saying this was "Not that kind of place!  Cut that out!"  What the Hell?

    In any event, I am done with this place.  It's either the Stanford Court or the Fairmont moving forward:)

    07/02/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    114. Arun S.
    Stayed for the weekend at the Huntington hotel. The staff were really kind to put us on the top floor, which i requested during booking. The rooms are clean and spacious with great view of the city at night. Touch disappointed that there was no liquids for the bath in the room and the room service wanted me to contact the front desk for it, not sure why they asked me to do that.
    Apart from that it was a great place to stay.

    18/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    115. Marshal M.
    Had high hopes for our 4 night stay at the Huntington. Upon arrival, the doorman was friendly and helpful in getting us into the hotel, off a busy and crazy street. Unfortunately, reception was frosty and overly swift. No welcome, no offer of an upgrade (which I would have paid for), no explanation of hotel amenities, and certainly no warmth. I even had to ask what our room was. Perhaps it's because our booking was pre-paid, but I've never had a luxury hotel be so cold upon my arrival. This set a bad tone from the start.

    Our room was a standard king, on a middle floor. It was not overly large, but had enough space for us and our stuff. Carpet was in need of cleaning and repair, baseboards and walls and doors were nicked and rough looking. Bathroom was spacious and clean, but needed some more space to place our things. We were surprised and disappointed to have no in-room coffeemaker. This meant we had to leave the hotel to get a cup of java every time.

    The hotel bar/restaurant was dark and clearly popular. It was also very pricey. We stuck to drinks only. Servers here were friendly, if scarce.

    We never did find the associated hotel spa, pool, or gym. The concierge service was so frosty and slow that we made our own arrangements. We witnessed the same frosty service being given to other guests. Surprising, and made me wonder why they bother having a concierge.

    Cleaning and maintenance staff and doormen were friendly and professional. While we found the doormen often missing just as we arrived with hands full of coffee or shopping bags, they were always gracious and friendly and helpful when they were present. Can't blame them for being overworked. We accessed the "free town car", which will give a lift within 1.5 miles of the hotel between 8-4 daily. Driver was terse and cold.

    All in all, while I thought it would be a great boutique property, I found the Huntington frosty and pompous. Too bad, as we'd have otherwise happily returned. Maybe we can when they invest in some freshening up of rooms and some customer service training?

    18/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    116. Amanda H.
    Stayed here for new years eve and new years day 2012/2013!

    Pros-
    -Uylesses was a very very friendly bellman
    - excellent customer service from entering the hotel with the bellman and valet, front desk, to the room services attendants
    -the room was HUGE, we were upgraded to a HUGE suit, with couches, and large bar! The view was gorgeous! I definitely felt transported to the 1920s!

    Cons-
    -EXPENSIVE!!
    - I wished that the bathtub was just a solo tub, the views were incredible would have loved to bathe with a view of the city close by
    - the cleaning service hits you at like 8am! We are on vacation! Come by at least by 10am! lol!

    everything truly was amazing and this hotel was in the most beautiful of locations. Would love to stay their again as long as we find a good special running!

    07/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    117. Maureen G.
    An amazing hotel!

    ok background: I was hoping to attend Pride in SF and as I was looking to book a place, I realized all of the hotels(even cheap ones) were going for $200 a night. YIKES! Then I saw the Bloomspot deal for $179 a night. I decided to book it.

    THE BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE!

    This was the fanciest hotel I've ever stayed at. Definitely old world charm, as one Yelper said it.  We certainly didn't fit in with the rest of the crowd that was staying there (older people and people who were obviously well off) but the staff was super friendly to us and didn't treat us any less because I had bought a Bloomspot deal.

    I drive up to the hotel, they greet you by opening your car door for you and unloading your car. NICE! Maureen, the lady who checked us in, was very nice and welcomed us with a detailed map of SF. By the time I got to my room, the man who unloaded my car had my jacket hung up in the closet.

    We had a BEAUTIFUL room on the 11th floor.  I died and went to a fancy heaven.  King bed with living room? Couch and tv and coffee table aside from desk and bed.  Big closet with robes and an umbrella for you to use.  Partial kitchen: sink, mini fridge, glass cups.  

    I wont bore you with every. single. detail so I'm make a list of good and bad:

    Good:
    They bring you ice whenever you need.  Just call! Very attentive and friendly staff who dont seem to mind when you ask them for something.
    Complimentary hors d'oeuvres at the fancy restuarant downstairs at 5pm.  
    They come in to turn your bed down in the afternoon. FANCY!
    Two indoor pools with a nice view. (I wish I had taken advantage of the spa!)  
    Beautiful, beautiful spacey rooms.
    L'occitane shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel, and lotion
    Nice view from 11th floor.
    Cute little park across the street where you can play with lots of dogs!
    Parking, although expensive, has unlimited ins and outs.

    Bad:
    The drive up the really steep hill is a little scary.
    Be prepared to walk up the hill!
    Parking is not cheap to stay there. $45 a night! Yikes

    I would definitely stay here again. Maybe this time, on a romantic trip ;)

    12/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    118. Meghan M.
    The Huntington Hotel has phenomenal, discreet service.  What does that mean?  It means they are not in your face about their phenomenal service...they keep it on the DL. It's awfully nice for those of us who don't need to be doted on but appreciate attentive hotel staff.  

    We were given a huge suite, likely bigger than my apartment, with a gigantic and incredibly comfortable king size bed, living room area, and huge bathroom. They drop bottled water off each evening (a bonus since there's no in-hotel sundries shop), and make up the room quite nicely, often twice a day.  Free wifi and wonderful towels and robes topped things off in our kick-ass room.

    The indoor pool, hot tub, and sun deck are absolutely awesome. Waking up early in this beautiful city and catching a bit of sunshine with a complimentary cup of herbal tea on a lounge chair outside can't be beat.

    Brunch at the hotel restaurant was also fantastic.

    The only, and I mean ONLY, things to improve here are...
    The gym. Dang, that thing is small. Two (old) treadmills, and an elyptical...and no room to do anything else. While I appreciate the extensive amount of space for the zen-ness of the spa/pool, they could definitely look to create a larger area.  

    One warnings, which is something that did not bother me at all but may bother others, would be that the location is not for the out-of-shape. You are at the very top of Nob Hill and it is a ridiculous climb. There's also not much to do up there so you will almost always be walking up/down the hill. If you're not up for it, be prepared to take taxis.

    17/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    119. Lin Lin S.
    this place is on california street. being a tourist, i had no idea that this was at the top of nobhill. any sightseeing on foot was later met with scorn, regret and sweaty pits when we climbed back uphill to our hotel. prepare for a change for clothes. or wear dry fit.

    the hotel is old, but classy and charming. the staff is quite nice. i think most of the rooms are suites. ours had a separate living room, a kitchenette (microwave, stove, fridge - helpful for late night leftover pizza from tony's pizza napoletana). i also like how the window can be opened to allow air in. you have nice views of the city.

    my only gripe is the free shoe shining service they offered. leave your shoes outside and they will be cleaned and shined by 5am the next am. my taupe boots are now chocolate brown with uneven streaks of polish/shoe lotion. my bf's patent prada loafers also have streaks of lotion stains on them. both pairs will need to be recleaned. i dont think they are damaged, but it just created extra work for us when we get home. so just skip the shoe cleaning service.

    oh, and why is internet not free? it's like the more you pay for the room, the more you have to pay for the amenities. free wifi is only in the lobby. poo.

    22/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    120. Eve O.
    Loved it!  The decor, the service and L'Occitane products in the rooms.  Came on a girls trip and we got a suite, it was very large, beautiful design and all around 5 stars.  Definitely would stay here again.

    18/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    121. Catherine P.
    Spent an evening here at the Huntington as part of my wedding anniversary celebrations over the weekend. Overall, we had a very nice stay.

    Pros:

    - charming, ivy-covered facade
    - small, but elegant hotel lobby
    - polite, genuine, and friendly staff
    - complimentary access to amenities at the AMAZING adjacent Nob Hill Spa

    Cons:
    - dated dated dated rooms!

    Our stay was fantastic except for our room. We were upgraded to a deluxe room with nice views, however, upon entering, there was a distinct, musty, "great grandma" smell. Though it was large and roomy, furnishings and bedding looked as if they were never updated from the original decor. I also noted that, though we had toilet paper, there was no kleenex to be found.

    This wasn't enough to dampen our stay, overall. The staff was unbelievably wonderful, we were treated like VIP guests and we spent most of our time at the Nob Hill Spa next door anyway. When we return, and I imagine we will, we'll probably consider shelling out a bit more for one of the renovated rooms/suites.

    29/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    122. Ariela M.
    I had a great time at the Scarlet Huntington - I never stayed at the "old" Huntington Hotel, but my experience here in May 2014 (just a few days after they reopened) was fantastic.  To all those people who gave 1-star reviews just based on the projected look of the hotel on their website...I don't think it's really valid unless you actually STAY there!

    The highlight of the stay was the staff.  They were pleasant, friendly, helpful, and funny.  One doorman in particular (sorry, I can't remember his name!) was fantastic and gave us suggestions every day for different things to see and do (and also made fun of my fiancee in a lighthearted way which made me crack up every time).  The front desk people were really helpful with any question we had for them.

    Our room was great - extremely spacious (you could fit at least 2 if not 3 NYC hotel rooms in there!)  I get that people may not like the "modernization" process, but I have no complaints especially when "modernization" includes a minifridge (not the one for the bar but a whole empty fridge), a huge flat-screen TV, and beautiful modern furniture.  The bed was extremely comfortable, the bathroom was luxurious (this is the only place I've stayed in the last 3 years besides one Four Seasons where the towels were really thick and plush), and the staff came by TWICE a day to clean with an afternoon turndown service.

    The restaurant (Big 4) was great as well - I like that they preserved it in the pre-renovation state and I loved the live jazz music.  It was very chill, not crowded, but still a good group of people there both of the nights we went.  

    Only three things prevented me from a 5-star rating:
    (1) I get annoyed at places without free internet...some glitch in the system allowed us to get free internet for the first few days and then they switched it and turns out we were supposed to have been paying $15 per day (whoops).  Again, the staff was great and they gave us one more day free, so we basically got free internet our whole stay....but in general, it would have been $15 which is crazy (in 2014, not having free internet is like not having a phone or TV).
    (2) The entrance had a large collection of flies buzzing around it...every single time we walked in, no matter what time of day.  I have no idea how or why these flies chose to congregate there, but they REALLY need to do something about it...you do not want your first experience in the hotel to involve walking through a mini-swarm of flies.
    (3) Their "gym" definitely needs a renovation...after walking through the beautiful spa area, it is a huge letdown to find that the "gym" is really one treadmill, one bicycle, and one elliptical (which squeaks rather loudly at that).  Come on guys - if you are going to spend millions on renovations, update the gym too!  I actually ended up paying to go to the nearby Fairmont and use their gym since every time I tried to go here the machines were occupied (not surprising when there are 3 total).  

    Otherwise, I really loved this place and would definitely return.  It's not cheap but what nice hotel in SF is?  The staff are the biggest draw, and the rooms and view are fantastic!

    08/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    123. Alexandra C.
    Great location on the top of the hill overlooking the cathedral. Gets your exercise in for sure!
    Very historic. Hallways looked old and a little creepy.
    Room was a relief though- it was newly renovated, spacious enough and loved the newly finished marble bathroom - small but beautiful.
    Loved the lounges by the beautiful pool area (nicely heated) and the balcony overlooking the city.  
    Overall a lovely hotel.  Was rather pissed I needed to pay twice for one of the nights..ugh..due to a reservation error they said was my fault, but hey, at least the hotel was good!

    07/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    124. Cathleen F.
    The most sedate and intimate of the "Big Four" hotels on Nob Hill.
     
    There is a certain restrained dignity here.  There ain't nothing trendy about this old hotel, though the spa is newer and lovely (and the guestrooms have been updated with newer furnishings and bathrooms).

    There is NO better feeling than pulling up curbside and being welcomed by name by James, just the nicest doorman/greeter around.  He's got it down. Granted, I've stayed at least 15 times over the years, but never more than twice a year.  And sure, he has a list of the names of the people arriving that day, but he doesn't miss a beat when he sees me and I get to feel pretty darn royal for a second.

    Ty, the bartender, is ultra cool.  Nab one of eight or so barstools in the ultra-civilized lounge (replete with fireplace and pianist), for an evening of being paternally watched over so you won't be lonely.  You never know which mover-shaker you'll be squeezed next to for a bit of eavesdropping which makes for an entertaining evening. Beats Top of the Mark (tourist trap) any day!

    Chef concierge, Cynthia, has all the connections to take care of every need.

    And I adore that each floor has a mail chute next to the elevator...

    27/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    125. Wes T.
    Staying at the Huntington is more about saying you're staying at the Huntington rather than the accommodations themselves. Which is not to say that the hotel is by any means deficient, it's a fine place, but the rooms are a bit dated. Given that the place has been here for a long time, its prime location, and outstanding staff service, it's nice place to stay if you can swing it.

    The real little gem in this hotel is the spa. Located in the basement, it offers massage treatments, facials, etc. There are steam and dry saunas in the dressing rooms (i.e., not coed), and a nice coed pool and hot tub. Add to that a deck with a very fine view looking south over San Francisco, and you've got a pretty nice place to pamper yourself. They also boast a little fitness room, as well as a Zen space for quiet times.

    26/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    126. Redloci R.
    HORRIBLE new interior, what were they thinking?! Looks like the queen of hearts threw up all over this hotel and then forced the Mad Hatter to design it to the threat of "off with his head". Whoever thought this interior design style reflects SF obviously has no pulse on this city. Sad to see a great old hotel undergo such torture.

    13/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    127. Maile N.
    We came here for a much-needed staycation away from our cluttered SF studio for one night over Labor Day weekend, and plus, I always wanted to stay at the illustrious Huntington Hotel.  I always see well-to-do guests go in and out while I wait for the cable car across the street, and I was curious to know what Huntington Hotel was like on the inside, how nice was it, how were the views, was it as classy as everyone says it is.  Thank you, Bloomspot, otherwise, I would not be able to afford to stay here!  HH was everything I hoped for!

    We were lucky to get a lovely room overlooking beautiful Huntington Park flanked by the Grace Cathedral and Fairmont Hotel with views of the Bay, Nob Hill and parts of North Beach - gorgeous!!  We loved standing by the windows and seeing all of the people activity at the Park - people exercising, playing with their dogs, sunbathing, sightseeing, doing the Labyrinth outside of Grace Cathedral.  Loved it!  Such a wonderful perspective of the City!  

    There's a small fridge in the room so we brought drinks and snacks, and there was a small sink furnished with drinking and wine glasses.  The bed was sooooo comfy - awww, I fell asleep like a baby.  We had a big flat screen TV and a comfy firm couch to enjoy the view, TV and just plain quiet reading time.  We loved the furniture set-up with the bed, couch, desk and TV - very feng shui.

    The turn down service was a nice.  She brought us ice, chocolates, extra towels.  We felt well taken care of.  Loved the L'Occitane products and other toiletries.  I wish they had more counter space in the bathroom, but there were plenty of shelves to put your personal effects.  The shower had good water pressure - those little things count.  

    It's an older hotel so the room made little sounds.  The smoke alarm made a little vibrating noise and something else made another quiet ticking sound, but oh well, we got over it.  The windows have double-panes so that helps to drown out some of the City noises, but you'll hear the charming bells of the Grace Cathedral clock, cable cars and maybe an ambulance siren or two (not too loud though).

    We loved that we could walk to one of our fave neighborhood restaurants, Nob Hill Cafe, for dinner, and we enjoyed our tasty breakfast (brioche french toast, poached eggs over tomato and spinach, great coffee, there's no coffee pot in the room) at the hotel's Big 4 restaurant.  Great service - we always enjoy seeing Antonio!

    We also went the hotel pool in the Nob Hill Spa downstairs in the basement.  It's an infinity pool and because it is part of the spa, it isn't meant to be splashed around in, you can't swim or dive in it.  It's meant for relaxing in only.  We went in the hot tub too, and enjoyed the fruit-infused water, tea and fruit they have a set up near the pool.  

    We really enjoyed our stay as it was just what we needed, and it gave us new perspective of San Francisco.  Whether you live far far away or even if you live only a block away, the Huntington Hotel is a lovely oasis of a place to stay.  Thank you, Huntington Hotel!

    02/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    128. Shanna K.
    Boyfriend and I have been trying to make plans every few months to come up to San Francisco (we are in San Jose) and have ourselves a little mini vacation.   With that in mind I will peruse sites like Bloomspot, Jetsetter and so on... for discounted getaway specials.  

    I ran across a screamin' deal for the Huntington and, after reading about it's interesting history, we decided to give it a try.  Since we had to book our reservations at the time of purchase I reserved a room months in advance for Valentines weekend.   I also decided to book a well deserved massage at the adjacent Nob Hill Spa (please see their yelp page for a seperate review).  

    The Huntington is easy to get to and offers a $39 per night valet charge for parking, with full in and out privileges, which is very convenient.   The valet seemed to take care of my car, though when it was returned to me the radio was blaring.  I don't listen to the radio (I use pandora and a jambox) so I didn't turn it on.. and although I didn't check the mileage I'm hoping they weren't joyriding.  Can't say but.. just a note.

    Upon checkin we were upgraded to a city view suite which was a wonderful surprise.  We walked in expecting a simple deluxe room but instead we were greeted by over 700 square feet of high ceilings and huge windows including a living room, small dining area, spacious bathroom and galley style kitchen with a full size refrigerator.    I was very surprised!  Thank you Huntington!

    The suite was high up on the 6th floor and the near panoramic view of the city was spectacular, though as others have mentioned they could use a remodel.  Nothing was falling apart, really... just dated.   We didn't mind...   we enjoyed having the extra space, the room was quiet and peaceful and the bed was *super* comfortable.  

    The kitchen was not stocked with cooking equipment, dishware or cutlery nor did it include a microwave... so be prepared if you decide to bring snacks, drinks or store leftovers.  It would be helpful if they stocked the suites with the basics but as of this review they do not.   I'm not certain if the staff can provide those items or otherwise help out so be sure to ask.

    The bath is stocked with fluffy white towels and robes and delicious L'Occtaine products.   Curly haired girls need to bring a diffuser though, as there is only a basic hair dryer.

    Also...  One very important thing for those of us who are not very functional in the morning... there is no in room coffee.  Rather than pay for pricey room service we walked across the street to Grace Cathedral and took advantage of a little Peet's coffee stand that is in the basement near the shop.  Very convenient and Grace Cathedral is beautiful to behold.   Highly recommend you do the same.  

    Service was otherwise fantastic.   The concierge was very helpful in securing dinner reservations for us, the bellmen and valet were friendly and prompt, the front desk staff was polite and we appreciated that we were able to store our bags  upon checkout and spend the day roaming the city before picking up our car and heading home in the evening.    

    In addition, the decor and atmosphere is absolutely charming... from the wood staircase to the crown moulding to the vintage mailboxes and the doorbells on the rooms that were apartments.     The Huntington has so much character in comparison to the bigger, sleeker hotels.  I would happily stay here again.

    18/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    129. Shannon P.
    Maybe it's because my dad is an experience traveler so we tended to stay in very nice places during our family vacations, or maybe it's because we stayed at a very mediocre hotel the two nights before arriving here but i LOVED this hotel.

    The way that this hotel was able to maintain the original historic charm that it had as an apartment building in the 1920's with the modern upgrades was very tasteful. The service was also incredible. Every staff member we came into contact with was friendly, helpful and competent. We stayed in a Jr. Suite with a gorgeous little sitting room and beautiful view of nob hill. The one expected negative with this hotel was obviously the five star price. We were only able to afford staying here through a Bloomspot deal which ended up being a huge pain that caused us a lot of travel stress. Fortunately the hotel was good about the misunderstanding we had.

    We took full advantage of staying in a hotel in such an awesome location! The hotel is surrounded by tons of amazing shops and restaurants and is close to cable cars and public transportation. If you have the money or the right deal, I definitely recommend! We thoroughly enjoyed our little taste of the five star life.

    07/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    130. Monica W.
    We live in the Bay Area and wanted to spend a night in the city at a historical, luxurious hotel. Now the "Scarlet" Huntington, the place is now somewhat garish and tasteless-- it feels like a run-down version of what used to be a great hotel. Ex: giant gold headboard, weird hot pink furniture on spindly legs, strange gift shop with kitschy items at the entrance to the "spa." The indoor "infinity pool" and hot tub are small and somewhat grim, especially because guests order meals there, so while we were soaking in the morning we had to listen to a loud breakfast conversation. PRO: Beds are extremely comfortable, bath tub is nice (but too small to fit my boyfriend!), nice views, but overall, this felt like a waste of money for someone who lives here-- definitely not the place to have a hushed, romantic getaway.

    08/09/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    131. Renee E.
    I found an absolutely too good to be true rate on Booking.com for the Huntington Hotel, so I snatched it up. I'm glad I did! I loved that it was a historic hotel and in Nob Hill. I was not quite prepared for the trek up Powell from the BART, however, but that's neither here nor there.

    I arrived in SF quite early in the morning and I was able to leave my bags at the front desk, where the staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. When I was able to finally check into my room later that afternoon, I was really happy with the room I was given. Really nice size room and I was not repulsed by the bedspread! There is nothing that ruins a hotel room more for me than a crappy bedspread.

    It was also a nice touch that I received bottled water and chocolates. The L'Occitane products in the bathroom also made me happy. I will definitely stay at the Huntington again when I return to the city! Great location. I felt very centrally located and the California cable car was right outside the hotel making it very easy to get to, say, the Ferry Building!

    14/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    132. N G.
    ACK! I usually stay here when I am in San Francisco. Had started to plan my July 2014 stay and clicked on to renovation nightmare - I hope the BIG 4 remains untouched.

    My god what where they thinking? This is hideous, no it is more than that - it is vulgar and tawdry- a shame that a true beauty has been defiled.

    23/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    133. Priscila A.
    I stayed at this hotel "supposedly" in one of the nicer suites on my honeymoon. The downtown view I was promised was more like a view of the ghetto. I asked to change rooms and they refused to help me. Later, when I excepted the fact that my overpriced room didn't have the accommodations I was promised, my room alarm goes off in the middle of the night. I called again to complain about the fact that they had had a courtesy call delivered to the wrong room, and disrupted my sleep. Once again they told me they could do nothing for me and would call me in the morning when the manager came in. I never received a call. I decided to cancel my second night at the Scarlet Huntington due to the fact that they overcharge and add hidden fees to basically everything they can. They blocked of my two night stay on my credit card until I called and complained about it. Never returning again! They think they are one of the most luxurious hotels on knob hill and they can NOT even deliver basic customer service! Don't come here expecting luxury just another overpriced hotel that includes NOTHING! Not even parking or wifi!  Your better off going to the Holiday Inn.

    04/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    134. Hugh B.
    Spent 5 fabulous nights here in one of their newly renovated suites. Just about the best hotel stay I may have had in my life. Comfortable, quiet, great bedding and a wonderful staff. My companion used the spa every morning and loved it. We were able to walk to most of the areas points of interest and the friendly doorman gave advise on how to avoid some large hills for walking. Breakfast room service was fantastic! Expensive as room service is in most hotels but it made for a very special stay. If you're looking for a value breakfast just walk across the street to Pete's located in the basement of Grace Cathedral. Seems to be know only to the locals. Really I can't say enough praise for this lovely hotel and it''s staff.

    30/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    135. Michael D.
    I have to say that the overall experience was agreeable and enjoyable. While the place has a very well maintained vintage look, some of the furniture and fixtures have a worn look to them. The room was something from the golden era of Hollywood but we liked it. We had two very large windows with a great view of Nob Hill. The Big Four restaurant and room service were outstanding. What really made this hotel experience above the others was the intimate connection between staff and guests. The front desk is a few feet from the door so you are constantly greeted as you enter or leave the hotel. The bell service was second to none. Cornelious, Joe, and John made us feel so welcomed all the time. They immediately connected with us and it seemed like they were always at the door when we passed by. I really liked that because no other hotel does it with the warmth and sincerity they had.

    07/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    136. Aaron S.
    Due to a major screw-up involving Hotwire, my wife and I recently lost our "confirmed" reservation at the Scarlet Huntington.  This review is for the helpful staff, notably Vanessa who understood our predicament and helped us secure a room in a different hotel nearby.  She also invited us to come back, and comped our drinks at the Big 4 restaurant, which has a wonderful feeling of a classy, old-school bar with historic photos, dark wood, minimal lighting, and someone playing piano.  We look forward to returning to SF in a few years and attempting to actually stay at the Scarlet Huntington.

    08/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    137. Linh Dan V.
    One of the only hotels in SF to have a hot tub. This is a historic hotel with an antiquated decor and vibe.

    View is the best especially on the 12th floor. We got room 1200 with a view of Alcatraz from the shower.  Our room was spacious and comfy. Bathroom fixtures are not modern but being that its a historic landmark you would appreciate the feel. Great amenities including L'occitane shampoo and lotion.

    The best part of this hotel is the spa and pool. Great way to end the day with a hot tub. Amazing view of the city on the balcony or chillax with a mag while nibbling on trail mix in the relaxation room.

    This was our second stay and will probably stay here next time!

    14/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    138. stacy o.
    The renovations have completely RUINED this fantastic, beautiful San Francisco landmark. Are they kidding? I expect a ring master to great you at the door. Never again. Here's the new site and the "redesigned" rooms: thescarlethotels.com/hun…

    10/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    139. Steve S.
    Just stayed for my birthday. From Gary King (the GM) on down the service was impeccable. The room, the bar and the spa have to be seen to be believed. We had 4 rooms for family and friends and we're all looking for another reason to go back as soon as possible. As far as I'm concerned there is no other place to stay in SF. Oh yes the food was great as well.

    22/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    140. SS. K.
    A hamburger and a coke from room service cost $42. I asked for the burger medium well, it had blood dropping out of it. When I complained to the front desk, the gentleman working behind it claimed he didn't know how to discount the meal or anything like that. Conveniently, he suggested that a co worker might be able to do something "in a couple hours." A colleague of mine found that "coffee for one" cost $18.

    The hotel was probably a nice one 100 years ago, but it's aging, has small rooms, it's an extremely awkward location, and they rob you blind on food. If you want something to eat or drink at night be prepared to walk up and down the biggest, steepest hills you've ever seen to find something open.

    09/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    141. Anya Z.
    This was a very nice hotel. I am a SLH member which got me an amazing upgrade to a gorgeous suite.  The restaurant in the hotel is AWESOME.. great food and place to grab a nice cocktail before going out or as a night cap.  Beautiful location.  Only thing I thought was strange is there are no mini bars in the room, never have seen that in a hotel of this class before.

    16/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    142. Johanna V.
    The place is great. Employees are a bit serious (which can be great if you're not a people person- they get straight to business). My room was on the third floor and I had an amazing view of the city!  The beds are extremely comfortable (no bed bugs). I stayed for two nights this past weekend because I attended the Nike Women's Marathon. My checkout was at 12 pm- and I didn't get done with the race until 1030 am, I was so scared that I wasn't going to make it on time for checkout so I called the hotel. I spoke with a staff member and kindly asked if I could check out at 2 pm instead of 12- they said yes (free of charge :) ). If they only knew how much that helped me! Thank you Scarlet Hotel.

    20/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    143. cheryl m.
    wow, we were so excited to see our last stay of our week visit in the san fran/sonoma area...and we were not disappointed...this is such a cool relaxed hip boutique hotel.  much character, beautiful interior and a great staff...if there was anything we didn't care for was the wait staff in the bar/restaurant.  it was as if we were a bother to them vs. paying customers but....the spa was open and we took advantage of the steam room, dry sauna, pool/hottub and breakfast room service one morning.  sitting outside on the veranda in february wasn't too bad of a deal as well!  

    upon arrival, the bellman was great allowing us to just leave our car before we had to return it to the rental company so we could get settled into our room.  

    Our room, we were asked if we wanted to upgrade to a suite and since it was our 20th anniversary we decided to do so....it WAS HUGE!  and so fun!  an awesome bedroom/living area/dining spot, windows that opened to feel the breeze and hear the sounds of the city as well an awesome bathroom!  loved the shower/tub combo!

    we slept so well and so enjoyed every minute in our home away from home.

    stay here and enjoy the beautiful views of the city, glimpse the bay and soak up being able to relax, have fun and feel like a queen and king!

    02/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    144. Emi G.
    Love this hotel! I stay here every time I come to SF for work or play...if I'm not staying with family.  It's right on top of the hill, and you can always catch the cable car to get back home to the hotel!  It's a lovely 4 star boutique hotel and the best one in town!

    One of the things I love about my room here aside from the fact that they're huge rooms, is that they have real windows that I can crack open and get fresh air in my room!  The views from the upper level rooms are great!!! Also L'Occitane amenities are a nice touch too!
    Also they have a great lounge BAR inhouse with a live piano player every night.  Chicken pot pie is great too :)  SPA is of course....fantastic.
    Service is always out of this world here :) Doorman, bellman, front desk and concierge are always sweet and sincere when they welcome me back to my SF home away from home! It's one of those places that the staff try really hard to call you by name when they see you!

    04/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    145. Martin G.
    I stayed here from 11/23 to 11/26. A short trip, but it was all my fiancé' and I could get with our busy schedule. After scouring the web for the best San Francisco could offer, I kept coming across The Scarlet Huntington. We drove up from LA, and after a huge mess up with our rental car, it was a pleasure to set foot inside The Scarlet Huntington. From the service to the rooms, everything was perfect. You feel like you stepped into the past from second you cross the threshold. Small, boutique, it makes you feel like you're somewhere special.

    All this praise would probably make you think I work for the place, I assure you, I do not. I'm simply giving a fitting review for a great hotel.

    We only had a smaller room on the fourth floor, but it was still top notch. Clean, elegant, and one of the most comfortable hotel beds (or really in general) I've ever slept on. I can only imagine their other rooms and suites are even more spectacular. Also, the windows open. This may not seem like a big deal, but after staying in numerous hotels where you felt locked in, it's nice to open the window and let the air come in. Especially in a city like San Francisco, where the smell of a million types of food drift through streets on a daily basis.  

    The Big 4, which is the restaurant/bar that is part of the hotel is also a big plus. Serving drinks that are throwbacks to cocktails of the late 1800s, this place has a classic feel that convinces you that you may run across Don Draper of Mad Men on a midnight rendezvous here. We were hungry, so we also dined, and the burger was delicious. I regret not exploring their whisky/scotch selections, and mainly stuck with Sculpin IPA, a go to of mine. And for some reason, it tasted better here.

    The staff was courteous and on hand. We used the concierge several times for restaurant recommendations, and they steered us in the right direction every time. Check in/Check Out was a breeze. I honestly cannot say enough good things about the hotel, so if you're trying to pick out a place in San Francisco, especially if you're with someone special, I highly recommend it.

    29/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    146. Steve L.
    I'm updating this review based on recent changes at the hotel, including the tragic addition of "Scarlet" to its name. Haven't stayed there yet, because the new pricing is prohibitive, but walked through the other day and was appalled by the sterile, faux-hip lobby. On the other hand, the new owners had the good sense to keep the historic Big-4 bar and restaurant as it was - resplendent and dark, and decorated with a stunning collection of railroad memorabilia. .

    A curious story from our recent visit. We were in the bar chatting with a couple we had just met and were wondering aloud about a full-size color portrait hanging on a wall opposite a grand piano. Which member of the Big-4 is it - Stanford, Crocker, Hopkins, or our mythical host, Huntington? "It's Walter Pidgeon," said a well-dressed elderly local as she strolled past. But of course...

    10/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    147. Brittney S.
    Really impressed with this hotel. After researching rooms and rates for months prior to an event we were attending in the city I finally came across The Scarlet Hunington. Although it was still more then I was wanting to pay (unfortunately there were several events going on this weekend so prices were practically tripled) I went ahead and booked it because it looked to be very high quality and well my last name is Scarlett after all. Its in a good location at the very top of the hill (I believe Nob Hill) and close to lots of good places to go out and eat.

    Upon checking in the guy at the front desk looked a little confused but didn't say much and then just goes "well looks like I will just have to put you in our suite." Considering I had booked their most basic room being upgraded to a suite was quite a nice surprise and definitely made it worth what I had paid. We were surprised to see our suite didn't even have a number as it was the best room in the whole hotel on the highest floor and was called "The Passion Suite." It was beautiful old world decorated but still had that modern up to date feel to it which I like. The room was very clean and our bed in it's own separate room (probably as big as our bedroom at home) was extremely comfortable. It all worked out nicely because we ended up with 4 friends staying in our living room after the party, really we could have just had the party at this beautiful suite.

    I also have to mention that they have a very cool bar/restaurant. You immediately feel like you've gone back in time with their old style decor and cool roaring 20's feeling. We ended up having lots of drinks (bloody marys and mimosas yum) and brunch. The food was excellent, I had their blackstone (think that was the name) which was basically their take on an eggs benedict with  peppery bacon and tomato on it, it was delicious. Our whole table split the french toast which comes with brioche bread so need I say more. The portions were really nice, not too much food just the right amount. Oh and must mention our awesome waiter, I am so bad with names but he was great!

    Next time I'm in the city I would definitely like to come back to the Scarlet Huntington!

    28/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    148. Ethan H.
    Beautiful clean suite. Very nice furniture. Love the gorgeous view of the city. Doormen very nice. Bellman not so. Check in person Art not very professional. Did not say hi, just left my keys on the counter and walked away. Another staff member asked if I was being helped, I told her yes by Art. Then I came to realize that he had left without telling me anything. Pool not kid friendly. No kids under 16 allowed in pool. The funny thing is my wife and I and my two kids went to check out the pool first, no staff approached us to let us know that kids weren't allowed. We then came back in our bathing suits and about 5 staff members were standing at the front door watching us walk by. Nobody had the courtesy to tell us anything. The kids and I went into the pool, 2 mins later they told us we had to leave, no kids allowed. Great customer service Huntington.

    02/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    149. Ani C.
    FANTASTIC hotel and service. Stayed here this weekend. These people with the 1 star reviews critiquing the decor are insane. The hotel is a tasteful mix of old and new. All the old world grandiose charm you would expect of a Big 4 landmark. With a nice mix of contemporary furniture.

    The rooms are HUGE, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. I've stayed in hotels all over the world, this had to be the BEST standard room, ever. It was the size of a suite. Very comfortable beds, coffee machine, huge bathroom with l'occitane products. Very clean. No mold, well lit bathroom-I check all these things.

    The best part was the service. VERY fast and attentive. We called room service twice, once for extra coffee and once for plates and forks, to eat food we bought from outside. They arrived at warp speed in under 5 minutes. Mind you, this was for free coffee and plates to eat food NOT from room service. The fastest service ever.

    Very impressed and would highly recommend this beautiful hotel. Excellent location, convenient and beautiful, spacious rooms.

    11/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    150. Ingrid Y.
    This place was great, had a corner suite on the top floor, great views of the city and the place was so clean, a must stay when in the city!

    21/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    151. Roy N.
    I contacted the hotel following their comment to my review. I have to say once we spoke by phone the Scarlet Huntington more than bent over backwards to make things right and address my concerns. Had this been the result when the concerns were initially they would have received at least 4 Stars if not 5 initially. However that said, the sign of a quality establishment is realizing a error and fixing it which is what the Scarlet Huntington did.

    Based on the attentiveness to customer service I can again solidly recommend the Scarlet Huntington to anyone visiting San Francisco and looking to a top notch high quality hotel on Nob Hill. Equally one should not miss the experience of dining in the Big 4 Restaurant.

    23/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    152. Jonathan S.
    Out of this world ! This hotel is the nicest I've ever stayed at and I fell in love with this place are room was gorgeous and the view was amazing . Valet , bell man , front desk staff were among the best I've seen In anticipating our needs as guests . Nob hill spa was also amazing got a massage from Eric and he did a great massage I should know I'm a massage therapist . I will be coming back again and referring all my friends and clients to stay here !!!!

    15/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    153. Mike G.
    Phenomenal. My fiancé and I spent Valentines day here this year (2015) and we didn't want to leave the room. We did the Rejuvenation Package which came with a massage (for my fiancé) and breakfast. We stayed in a gorgeous Premium Room, room 614, and had a great view looking out over the city (from the bedroom window we could even see the bay). We had room service deliver champagne Valentines Day evening and then breakfast in the morning and the food was delicious. Everything about this stay was relaxing and beautiful. I definitely plan to come again any time I am in the city.

    15/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    154. Krystal C.
    We are so glad that we picked this place!!!! Our stay was perfect! The room is more like a suite! We selected a deluxe king room and we got a huge room with a bedroom and separate living room! It was just perfect! This is definitely the place that I will always stay!!

    30/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    155. Nick J.
    I brought my fiancé here the night we got engaged. The hotel staff knew I was popping the question and upgraded us to an 11th-floor suite with INCREDIBLE city views and space. Seriously, it was bigger than my old apartment.

    When we left for dinner, they put rose petals on the bed for when we got back.

    This stay was amazing, and thanks to the generosity of this wonderful hotel, our engagement weekend was that much more special. Thank you so much -- and we will be back!!!!!

    07/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    156. larry o.
    Nice room on Nob Hill, but the AC in the room did not work.  When I complained while checking out, the women said most of the old hotels in the area don't have AC.  The bellman told me he couldn't believe she said that and encouraged me to complain to the floor manager which I did.  He said the old system in the hotel had a hard time cooling rooms on my floor.
    No attempt was made to adjust my bill for the fact that our room stayed uncomfortably warm most of the night resulting in poor sleep.  
    Don't recommend!!

    19/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    157. Liz L.
    Service is great.
    Within walking distance to Osso's ;)
    Nice view of the grace cathedral from my suite :)

    Enjoying my stay on this rainy day!

    11/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    158. Bill J.
    I stayed here for four nights and it was outstanding.  I consider myself to be somewhat of a hotel snob, especially if my expectations are high.

    The staff here is courteous and friendly without fail.  The concierge was especially helpful on a couple of occasions.  

    The lobby is small, but do you really want to spend a lot of time standing around in a hotel lobby?  Our room was huge compared to other Nob Hill hotels and the room was very comfortable.

    I would not hesitate to recommend the Scarlet Huntington to anyone and would definitely stay here again.

    24/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    159. C L.
    This hotel was my choice for a birthday week trip before moving on to Sonoma for some business. Everything about this hotel is perfection. The front desk clerk was adorable, he laughed at my husband's silly jokes, and upgraded us when I mentioned this was my hotel of choice for my birthday. The suite was peaceful and gorgeous with plenty of everything we needed. The Big 4 restaurant was more than just a normal hotel restaurant. The location put us with just a short ride to anywhere we wanted to explore.
    The best part of our visit honestly had to be the doormen. They were absolute gems dealing with a lot of protestors (the Japanese PM was staying up the street while we were there and there were big protests locking down the area). They kept their sense of humor and were simply the kindest and warmest gentlemen we met during our entire week here.
    We were disappointed to not have time for the pool or the spa but next time...
    I may be sending a gift to the friend who referred us here. Truly one of our best hotel experiences to date!

    02/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    160. Kevin M.
    We're here right now. Staff nice enough for sure. They apparently upgraded us without an ask and that is always very much appreciated no doubt.

    HOWEVER - here is what you need to know.  It's $15 a day for wifi access. And there is no furniture in the room. One chair. We are two people so we are taking turns sitting down. I'm not kidding. Ironic in that the room is more than big enough for a nice little couch. We could dance in here. So it's not a space issue. Yet barely one person - literally - fits in the tiny tiny tiny bath room and yet again the large room is empty. They apparently renovated these rooms not long ago and whomever decorated should be found and denied the opportunity to ever decorate anything anywhere ever again.  Oh & find someone else to answer the phone when a guest calls in from the outside. When asked about the President staying at the Fairmont just doors away - and whether it would be causing havoc (it did & has) the answer in difficult to understand English was "he is not staying here". I know that! He probably likes to sit down now & again. "Well then what do you want to know?" was the kurt reply. Again, ...about the neighborhood chaos. "Hold on". And the call was transferred to the doorman.

    Not ready for prime time.  I'm on my way to Ikea to buy them a second chair & a table for our room. And on the way I'll stop in all the other hotels who understand that charging for wifi is passé.

    Too bad. Lots of potential here.

    13/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    161. Joel N.
    One of the best hotel experiences we've had. Love the old school style and service. Where very fortunate to be upgraded to a corner room om the top floor. It was spectacular. We also loved the piano bar. The only place in San Francisco to still have live piano 7 nights a week. We loved the neighborhood and chose to have an excellent dinner at the Big Four. We're from steak country and my ribeye was excellent. Our scallops and the service were good also. We will be back.

    29/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    162. JoJo M.
    Amazing SPA decor and service (although the jacuzzi is men and women and had to deal with a creepy man starring at me while in the jacuzzi!!) the food was so so and the massage therapist mediocre, however the facial was outstanding! May or may not go back just wont use the same massage therapist. Everything else was pretty good and next time if there's a man in the Jacuzzi just wont go in.

    16/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    163. Melanie H.
    This place is quickly becoming one of my favorite hotels. But I may be biased as this is the hotel we stayed in during my wedding weekend! It was the perfect place for my bridal party to get ready in; lots of space, mirrors everywhere, and the stylish furniture made for amazing photos! Customer service has always been top-notch for us. And how many hotels in SF can boast a beautiful indoor pool and zen room?! Specifically we worked a lot with Angie, who was fabulous and went out of her way to make sure our guests and we were taken care of. We went back for our three-month anniversary and the stay was just as fine as the first time. Recommended for special occasions!

    It's old San Francisco glamour at its best, so don't come here looking for modern rooms and hi-tech gadgets everywhere. Menu is not super creative but everything is done very well.

    23/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    164. Jonathan G.
    I chose The Scarlet Huntington for my last few nights in San Francisco and my last few nights as a resident of California. There is no other hotel in the City that has managed to keep hold of its old school, old money, old family, old San Francisco aura and grandeur. When I'm in The Big Four or anywhere on the property I feel and sense the history and past of the building, not the influence and branding of a parent corporation. They have managed to keep the best of the past intact, yet still perfectly update the property to modern standards of ease and convenience.  My suite was fantastic, top floor - corner.  Amazing views of Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park, The Flood Mansion. It was a fitting locale for a few nights of luxury, dear friends and large cocktails before my departure East. I will always choose The Scarlet Huntington whenever my plans bring me back to San Francisco for any amount of time.

    19/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    165. billy c.
    On arrival in SFO the first stop is the old style restaurant bar. Find leather great service and tranquility are very soothing after air travel.
    The drinks are well made and the meals served with any request handled.
    Don't forget about Breakfast it is quite good and served early (7:00 am)
    If you are on the hill stop and try his place

    12/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    166. Emily M.
    Really loved staying here! We were with a group , loved the lounge & the rooms (remodeled) were fantastic! We had a fabulous view of the square & loved hearing the church bells. Peeks of the bay when not foggy were an extra delight. Rooms were large, great closets, great bathrooms & my husband and I loved the provided toiletries. It's expensive, but if you're looking for high class but still a unique San Fran experience-this is your spot.

    18/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    167. Mike P.
    Nice hotel...front door man really nice and helpful.  Decor in room really nice, clean, cozy bed.  Modern but classic.  Room cost 220 through hotel tonight plus 20 in taxes.  Internet is 14 per day.  If you valet its 50 per day, there is a parking structure next door to the hotel that is 38 per day.  Would have given 5 star if Internet was free and parking 25 per day, finally the air conditioning is a bit stuffy when turned on.  I got congested as soon as we turned it on.  Everything else really nice.

    25/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    168. Nicole H.
    This is a downtown location located in the south side of downtown. It is a safe area and the hotel is reasonably priced for its location. The rooms are clean and have good space. The staff is helpful, friendly and efficient. I have stayed here twice now in the last 3 months and I would stay here again and I would recommend it.

    04/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    169. Stefan N.
    This place was the perfect get-a-way for my wife and I. Service is fantastic and the staff is very helpful. Upon check-in, my wife and I met with Vanessa Ortiz at the concierge desk. She spent a good 20 minutes with us, building an itinerary for these San Fran newbies. All her recommendations were great, including some off the radar restaurants in China Town and Little Italy, which were seriously amazing!

    Room was updated, and appealed to our sense of style. We had a great view of Grace Cathedral, and the location is awesome, we could hop right on the cable car! Spa was small but has everything you need - the menthol steam room is a wonderful way to wake up in the morning.

    We will be back for sure. The only thing preventing this hotel from a perfect 5 star is the $14.99 charge for WiFi, I mean even Starbucks has free-wifi now!

    20/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    170. Jocelyn L.
    The recently remodeled rooms are Gorgeous! Contemporary, updated, classy, tasteful- a giant step forward into the 21st century. The rooms used to be staid, dusty looking and beyond boring.

    The Passion suite is beautiful. Frankly, I want the 'corset' bed for myself!
    The rooms are huge, compared to hotels anywhere in SF or NYC, even the 'smallest' rooms at the Huntington are abt 1.5x bigger.

    The views of Grace cathedral and nobhill from some of the rooms are gorgeous.

    Definitely recommend the hotel to anyone.

    23/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    171. Bill S.
    This weekend ( 6/20 - 6/22/14) was our first stay since the name change ( Scarlet Huntington ) and remodel. We had a wonderful experience and are totally impressed with all the upgrades. It's obvious they put millions of dollars in upgrades
    without sacrificing the charm of this classic hotel. Most of the staff returned and did not miss a step. The service is excellent ! From the door & bell staff ( first impressions are important ) to the reception staff and housekeeping. It's obvious management has made customer service a priority. Everyone we encountered on our stay made us feel special and welcomed, Including the staff at the Nob Hill Spa. We can't wait to return !

    22/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    172. Sara P.
    My husband and I stayed here for a weekend getaway recently.

    The customer service was phenomenal. I wouldn't change a thing as far as that goes.

    However, our room was incredibly dusty. When I say incredibly, I mean, INCREDIBLY. You could see dust in the air, on the counter top where the TV was, on the desk, on the desk chair, and nightstands. It was enough to make me feel like the room was filthy. Dusting is probably one of the easier aspects of cleaning...take a duster and move your arm from side to side. No scrubbing needed...don't even have to bend over!

    Anyway...it was a turn off. I feel dusty.

    I don't like feeling dusty.

    22/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    173. Alicia P.
    WOW! What an EPIC birthday surprise for my husband on March 5th! Everyone was so helpful from booking to checkout! From  Mark being very patient  with me trying to plan a surprise  dinner for my husband through email to being checked in and upgraded to a suite I literally ran around in smiling like a kid in a tree house filled with candy!

    After being checked in I was able to talk to the very sweet concierge (please forgive me I'm horrible with names)  about  getting a ride over to my husbands job a few blocks away  to surprise him.  For last minute it went perfectly!  The driver was very nice and happy to help. I was shown around the pool /spa by Katie, very nice(great spa voice, weird I know but she has a peaceful voice). The elevated view of the pool is stunning!

    The room...was just beautiful. A corner suite with views of the Cathedral and the park. He was very impressed and just in awe of the views, he even  liked the splashes of pink & red & yellow throughout the room.

    Everyone was just so welcoming that I was surprised our waiter that night was not. I decided to not knock this review down a few stars even though it was not a great experience. We we're led to our seating area which was a large table. The whole restaurant with the lighting and warm tones with green leather was just so romantic!

    Let me start out by saying the food was terrific! My pot pie was delicious! We ordered different things around the table, the chicken, seafood, foie gra & most importantly the birthday boy's lamb was the best he'd ever had accompanied by the best Hemingway cocktail.

    As for the service...the party was supposed to be 12, one of the couples did not get back to me, one couple hit traffic(come on its SF & they have a newborn how is that not unlikely but still we're on their way) one woman worked a double at a hospital and didn't want to arrive in her scrubs. So it was 9 of us instead of 12, but our waiter was rude & asking where was the rest of the party...not happy birthday to my husband or very inviting... And just so everyone reading this doesn't think I'm some snob... I'm not, I happen to be a server myself and know how customers and people in General should be treated.  All night it was frustrating asking him for another drink shouldn't feel awkward like he was annoyed in general?  When the bill came I wished I could give the tip to the helpful waitstaff & the kitchen. It was just very disappointing everyone was so welcoming the whole time till then?

    As for the morning, the waiter was very charming and helpful. And the French toast! Just wow, especially recommended after a night of too much champagne.

    The hotel is truly a gem. There's a hotel I usually stay at up the coast for birthdays but I've already told my husband I hope we can stay here in August. Thank you for the great hospitality and I hope to stay here again!

    10/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    174. Annemarie H.
    Stayed here in June 2014 for a week with my husband for my birthday. Staff was friendly, especially the door men! Room was very spacious, comfortable and had a huge bathroom!  Close to many restaurants and trolley stops. Would definitely return to the Scarlet next time we are in San Francisco : )

    (Tip: the cathedral across the street has a little coffee shop for a quick bite.)

    15/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0