Fairmont San Francisco
|Fairmont San Francisco|
|Hotel chain||Fairmont Hotels and Resorts|
950 Mason Street|
San Francisco, California
|Owner||Mirae Asset Global Investments|
|Management||Fairmont Hotels & Resorts|
|Height||Tower: 99.06 m (325.0 ft)|
|Design and construction|
James W. and Merritt J. Reid|
Ira Wilson Hoover
|Number of rooms||591|
|Number of suites||>11|
|Number of restaurants||
Laurel Court Restaurant and Bar
Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
|NRHP reference #||02000373|
|Added to NRHP||April 17, 2002|
The Fairmont San Francisco is an AAA Four-Diamond luxury hotel at 950 Mason Street, atop Nob Hill in San Francisco, California. The hotel was named after mining magnate and U.S. Senator James Graham Fair (1831–94), by his daughters, Theresa Fair Oelrichs and Virginia Fair Vanderbilt, who built the hotel in his honor. The hotel was the vanguard of the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts chain. The group is now owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, but all the original Fairmont hotels still keep their names. As of July 2014, room rates begin at $409 per night.
The Fairmont San Francisco was added to the National Register of Historic Places (#02000373) on 17 April 2002. It is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The hotel was nearly completed before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Although the structure survived, the interior was heavily damaged by fire, and opening was delayed until 1907. Architect and engineer Julia Morgan was hired to repair the building because of her then innovative use of reinforced concrete, which could produce buildings capable of withstanding earthquakes and other disasters.
In 1945, the Fairmont hosted international statesmen for meetings which culminated in the creation of the United Nations. Finessing of the United Nations Charter was conducted in the hotel's Garden Room and a plaque at the hotel memorializes the event.
First concierge in the United States
The Fairmont was the first American hotel to offer concierge services. Tom Wolfe, who had trained in Europe, served as the Fairmont's first concierge from 1974 to 1981. He returned to the Fairmont in 1995.
Among the hotel's attractions is the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, a historic tiki bar, which opened in 1945 and was remodeled in 1952, and 1967. Elements of the bar were also "updated" in 2009. It features a bandstand on a barge that floats in a former swimming pool, a dining area built from parts of an old sailing ship, and artificial thunderstorms. In January 2009, the owners announced plans to close the Tonga Room in connection with a renovation and condo conversion of the hotel. In response, a group planned to file an application to make the Tonga Room an official San Francisco landmark. The plans were delayed and Tonga Room is still open today (despite many rumors of its temporary closure).
On May 9, 2012, funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. and Woodridge Capital Partners LLC, a Los Angeles-based real estate developer and investor, bought the property for $200 million. They acquired the Mark Hopkins Hotel across the street in 2014.
The hotel was sold again on November 30, 2015 to the South Korean Mirae Asset Global Investments group for $450 million.
The Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel was where Tony Bennett first sang "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" in December 1961. A statue of Tony Bennett was unveiled outside the Fairmont on 19 August 2016, in honor of his 90th birthday, the performance and the song's history with San Francisco.
The Fairmont Hotel was used in the establishing shots for the fictional St. Gregory Hotel in the 1983 television series Hotel. The hotel on which the original novel was based is now The Roosevelt New Orleans.
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