Do you have a very special occasion that deserves the absolute best hotel room in San Francisco? Do you want to impress someone with an opulent, fantasy hotel stay? Or would you like to just dream about what it would be like to stay in the finest San Francisco penthouse hotel rooms? Whatever your plans, we’ve got the stories and details on the most expensive hotel rooms in San Francisco. Our estimated prices range up to $15,000/night; prices can vary based on month / day and are estimated based on June 2013.
The Fairmont Hotel Penthouse Suite: $15,000
The Penthouse Suite at The Fairmont Hotel is well known around San Francisco as the most expensive hotel room in the city. In a city where apartments can be as small as 220 square feet, this sprawling eighth-floor penthouse impresses at 6,000 square feet in size. The Penthouse includes three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a living room, a formal dining room, a two-story circular library and a billiard room covered from floor to ceiling in Persian tile. It accommodates up to 60 people for dining and 100 people for entertaining, offers an expansive terrace with views of both the city and the bay, and has amenities that include a fireplace, a grand piano, a secret passageway and a huge wine cellar.
Visitors staying here get to indulge in the knowledge that they are sharing a space that has been graced by numerous famous visitors from the political (JFK, Gorbachev) to royalty (Price Charles of Wales, King Hussein of Jordan) to celebrities (Mick Jagger, Elton John). And you’ll be treated like a star while you’re there with access to a private butler, chef, personal trainer, housekeeper and masseuse. This hotel is rich in history; it was built right before the big 1906 earthquake and was destroyed in the subsequent fires. It re-opened one year later with a lavish banquet. The penthouse was added in the 1920s as a private residence; at $1000 per month it was 100 times more expensive than the average residence at that time. Most recently the room was updated just a few years ago to increase its opulence even more and it was at that time that the price jumped from about $10,000 per night to the current rates.
St. Regis Presidential Suite: $10000
The Presidential Suite at the St. Regis is terrific for a business trip. The 3,200 square foot space is designed to sleep just one person. In addition to the bedroom, dining room and main living room there is an office that features an oversized leather-topped desk and swiveling executive chair. When you’re not working, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the city offered by the many large windows of this 20th-floor suite.
Alternatively, you could relax in the oversized jetted tub or prepare yourself a snack in the butler’s pantry. Although the room only sleeps one, you can invite guests over for the evening to enjoy dinner at a table that seats ten or to relax on the mohair-and-silk sofa in front of the 42” Plasma Screen TV. Have a guest that you want to stay over? You can rent an adjoining suite to turn this into an even bigger two-bedroom suite.
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Four Seasons Hotel Specialty Suite: $8,000
The Specialty Suite at the Four Seasons may be only a one-bedroom suite but it’s a large 2300 square foot space that spans the 16th and 17th floors of the hotel. It can also be re-configured as a 2-3 bedroom suite by renting out the additional connecting rooms.
The décor is rich in marble, including a full marble bathroom with a two-person soaking tub and marble-topped coffee tables. Other natural materials to enjoy in this room include ebony chairs, eucalyptus ottomans, hand-woven area rugs, and silk wall coverings. The floor-to-ceiling windows let in natural sunlight and overlook the beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens and the bay. A special treat is the relaxing contemplation room.
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Ritz Carlton Presidential Suite 910: $8,000
If you enjoy being outside in the fresh air as much as you enjoy being in your room then you’ll enjoy the 1200 square foot balcony that accompanies the 1,960 square foot living space of Presidential Suite 910 at the Ritz Carlton. The balcony overlooks the city. The inside includes a living room with a grand piano, a master bedroom, and a dining room with a table that seats eight. The master bath includes a whirlpool tub, a separate shower and a large flat screen TV.
The suite is designed as a one-bedroom suite but can be converted to a two-bedroom suite by renting out the connecting adjacent room. Additional perks here include an impressive ten-speaker surround sound system, a personal espresso machine and access to a wine cellar. Notably this is a pet-friendly suite and animals can get special treatment including a custom-made bronze bed and a dog bowl filled with freshly made meat treats.
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Mandarin Oriental Taipan and Oriental Suites: $6000
The Mandarin Oriental hotel offers two 2-person suites that are 2,000 square feet each in size. The Taipan Suite offers a city view from a stunning balcony that runs the entire length of suite. In addition to a master bedroom (featuring a custom-made floor-to-ceiling headboard), this suite includes a living room, dining room and spa-like master bathroom with a freestanding bathtub and a walk-in rainforest shower.
The Oriental Suite has similar features but the 800 square-foot terrace of this suite overlooks the bay instead of the city so if you want to look out on the water then this is the choice for you. The Oriental Suite averages $6000 per night while the Taipan suite is $5000.
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Hilton Imperial and State Suites: $5,000
Like at the Mandarin there are two large suite options at the Hilton in Downtown San Francisco. The Imperial Suite and the State Suite are each two-level suites with two bedrooms, two marble bathrooms, an outside deck and a wet bar. Additionally, they each have two large 680 square foot parlors capable of accommodating up to 200 guests. Redwood decking, a spiral staircase and a decorative fireplace are other features of the suites. The 19th floor suites offer sweeping views of the city and the location of the hotel on the border of the Financial District makes it convenient for many travelers.
Adagio Bolero Penthouse Suite
If you book in advance you can plan an impressive party on the 16th floor of Hotel Adagio by renting out the entire floor. This includes the one-bedroom Bolero Penthouse suite, which has direct access to the 400 square foot outdoor Seville Terrace. The terrace connects to the 500 square foot Seville Room, which is designed for meetings and small events, which is in turn connected to the larger 720 square foot Siena Room that has city views, fourteen-foot ceilings and a massive fireplace. In total, renting out this floor gives you a bedroom suite for 1-2 but the space to entertain up to 150 people. Enhance the experience by getting artisan culinary catering from Bar Adagio.
Omni Suites: ~$1,500
There are two interesting options for expensive suites at the Omni Hotel, depending on whether or not you’re traveling with kids. If you are then you might want to check out the Kids Fantasy Suite. This suite is designed just for kids with colorful décor, bunkbeds, bean bag chairs and lots of toys and snacks. Parents rent out the adjoining Deluxe King room for themselves.
If you’re looking for something more adult-oriented then the Omni also offers the Presidential Suite. This 16th floor suite has a single bedroom but like many of the others can be converted into a two-bedroom suite by renting out the adjoining room. The 1300 chandelier-adorned square feet in the main suite also includes a living room, an eight-person dining area and a Jacuzzi bathroom. It’s not quite as impressive or luxurious as the most expensive hotel rooms on this list but even at a tenth of the price it’s still costly and special.
There is a San Francisco hotel room for every type of traveler and nearly every budget. If you’re looking for something extravagant then these amazing San Francisco rooms are ready for you.
By Kathryn Vercillo, Copyright JSLN Ventures