Take a Peek Inside San Francisco’s Most Expensive Hotel Suite


Few hotel suites in the Bay Area carry as much prestige as the Penthouse at the Fairmont Hotel. Everyone from foreign dignitaries, Hollywood legends and stadium-filling rock and rollers have once stayed within its famous walls. Unfortunately, lounging in the same suite that once played host to the likes of John F. Kennedy, Prince Charles, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and Mick Jagger won’t be cheap. Just one night will cost you $18,000.


Originally created in the 1920s by archeologist and art historian Arthur Upham Pope, the world-renown suite still retains many of its signature attributes, despite undergoing massive remodel by Champalimaud Design in 2010. According to Curbed SF, The spacious, 6,000-square-foot suite spans the entire eighth floor of the hotel and contains three large bedrooms, a living room with a grand piano, a formal dining room, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and a two-story library adorned with a rotunda where a map of the stars made from gold leaf dots a sapphire sky. If all that wasn’t enough, the suite also features a vaulted billiards room entirely covered with Persian tiles. Moving outside, a large terrace offers first-rate views of the San Francisco skyline.


Beyond its visual splendor, guest of the Penthouse also receive a coterie of dedicated personnel, which includes a round the clock butler and a personal trainer. The suite’s kitchen is also stocked with quality goods from the Ferry Building Farmers Market, along with a number of posh California wines and fine china.


If you can’t swing a few nights in the Penthouse at the Fairmont Hotel, the space also plays host to weddings and other types of events.

Images courtesy of Patricia Chang

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