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San Francisco Luxury Hotel ~ Huntington Hotel ~ Nob Hill Hotel ~ Big Four

Updated on February 28, 2016

San Francisco Treat


No, I am not talking about Rice-a-Roni here! Rather, I am referring to the first vacation trip taken with my husband to California and the Houston, Texas. We planned to spend several days there sightseeing before heading on up to the Sonoma and Napa Valleys to visit wineries.


My husband used to travel quite a bit representing a fine paper distribution company and he had been to San Francisco previously. He wanted for my first time there to be extra special.


After consulting with the reservation's desk at the Huntington Hotel, the corner room (number 1100) was selected. Situated high atop Nob Hill...one of the city's more famous hills at an elevation of 325 feet it offered spectacular views of many parts of the city including glimpses of Alcatraz Island out in San Francisco Bay, Grace Cathedral and other pretty sites which will be shown from some of the photos that I took. My hubby chose well!

View of the Huntington Hotel (pictured on the left) taken from the Top of the Mark.

View of the Huntington Hotel (pictured on the left) taken from the Top of the Mark.
View of the Huntington Hotel (pictured on the left) taken from the Top of the Mark. | Source

Looking down on Huntington Park from our room at the Huntington Hotel.

Looking down on Huntington Park from our room at the Huntington Hotel.
Looking down on Huntington Park from our room at the Huntington Hotel. | Source

Hills of San Francisco


San Francisco has a number of named as well as some unnamed hills...over seventy in fact.


Some of the highest ones are Twin Peaks, Mount Sutro and Mount Davidson, the latter one tops out at an elevation of 925 feet.


Other well known hills, in addition to Nob Hill are Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, Rincon Hill and Lone Mountain. The list of hills in San Francisco is extensive, and because of the topography most people when hiking those hills wear comfortable walking shoes.


We saw many people carrying their dress or work shoes with them.


One thing is certain...not too many women are walking for great distances wearing high heeled shoes...at least we did not spot many as we were out doing our sightseeing.


One night we took a taxi out to dinner and then decided to walk back to our room at the Huntington Hotel as it was not that many blocks away. I was wearing high heels. Big mistake! I did not repeat that action again! Ha!

Receipt from The Big Four restaurant in the Huntington Hotel

Receipt from The Big Four restaurant in the Huntington Hotel
Receipt from The Big Four restaurant in the Huntington Hotel | Source

The Huntington Hotel, San Francisco

Huntington Hotel


This is one of several luxury hotels in San Francisco and the Huntington has a rich history. It is named after C.P. (Collis Potter) Huntington who was a most enterprising individual.


Having great business acumen and after doing several other types of work, C.P. Huntington teamed up with Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins and Leland Stanford during the gold rush era in California. Combining finances and efforts (the "Big Four" as they were called)...they changed the course of how people traveled by train from the east to the west coast with their Central Pacific Railroad line.


When it was joined together with the Union Pacific rail line at Promontory Point, Utah in the year 1869, transcontinental travel became possible all by rail.


Of course with all of the wealth that this helped to generate, C.P. Huntington did not simply rest on his laurels and bask in his achievements but went on to be an active participant in other enterprises which continued to add to his amassed fortune.


View of Grace Cathedral from our room at the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco.

View of Grace Cathedral from our room at the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco.
View of Grace Cathedral from our room at the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco. | Source

One of many views from our room at the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco.

One of many views from our room at the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco.
One of many views from our room at the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco. | Source

Huntington Park in San Francisco

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Huntington Park in San FranciscoArt show in Huntington ParkMy hubby at Huntington Park during the art show.The artist and limited edition print we purchased at the top.
Huntington Park in San Francisco
Huntington Park in San Francisco | Source
Art show in Huntington Park
Art show in Huntington Park | Source
My hubby at Huntington Park during the art show.
My hubby at Huntington Park during the art show. | Source
The artist and limited edition print we purchased at the top.
The artist and limited edition print we purchased at the top. | Source

Nob Hill


Many other wealthy individuals chose to build their mansions on top of Nob Hill because of the beautiful views and the "Big Four" were among them. Premier architects were chosen and little expense was spared so that these giants of industry could have palatial surroundings.


Unfortunately Mother Nature decided to shake things up a bit and after the 1906 earthquake, fires raged out of control.



Most of these mansions were destroyed including the one owned by the Huntington's. Where it once was situated is now Huntington Park which was given to the city in 1915. Now all people, irregardless of wealth, can enjoy that premium spot!


Where Grace Cathedral now stands was also the home of a mansion destroyed by that same fire. It is the largest Episcopal church located on the west coast of the United States.


I took several photos from the vantage point of our room.


One day we looked down to see an art show set up. Since my hubby and I both like art, we strolled across the street and ended up purchasing a limited edition print that reminded us of the trees in Golden Gate Park. It is shown next to the artist who created it, and we had it shipped to our home in Houston where it still adorns a wall and reminds us of that vacation trip.


Another morning upon gazing down at Huntington Park we saw people doing their morning exercises. Obviously it is a well utilized park which takes up an entire city block in San Francisco.

Looking down upon the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco (white building with multiple flags over the entrance).

Looking down upon the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco (white building with multiple flags over the entrance).
Looking down upon the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco (white building with multiple flags over the entrance). | Source

Nob Hill Hotel


Looking out of one of our Huntington Hotel room windows, we could see the Fairmont Hotel.


In the photo to the right, it is the one with all of the flags flying above the entrance.


It was built and opened just days before that 1906 earthquake. Also scorched by the fires, the Fairmont Hotel was rebuilt on the same location.


The Fairmont served as the setting for the television show "Hotel" and it was called the St. Gregory in that TV series.


I used to really enjoy watching that television series during the years 1983 to 1988.


The main characters (played by James Brolin, Connie Sellecca & Shari Belafonte and others) consisted primarily of the hotel staff, but each week different situations were presented with the ever changing landscape of hotel guests which made for endless story-lines.




Room service at the Huntington Hotel

Room service at the Huntington Hotel
Room service at the Huntington Hotel | Source

Our room at the Huntington Hotel

Our room at the Huntington Hotel
Our room at the Huntington Hotel | Source

Our home away from home


Each day my hubby and I had different things to see and explore in San Francisco, but it was so nice to come back to the friendly elegance of the Huntington Hotel at night.


One night after an extremely busy day, we decided to stay in our room and order room service.


Seated at a table in front of one of the windows in our room, and watching the glittering lights of the city sparkle as the sun went down, we enjoyed a delightful repast while sipping from glasses filled with a tasty California wine. It was the perfect ending to a glorious day!


Another evening we dined in the Huntington Hotel's award winning "Big 4 Restaurant." We thought that our dinner was delicious and the restaurant well deserved the accolades given to it by many sources.

Our room at the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco

Top Hotel in San Francisco


This YouTube video that I found titled "Our room at the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco" looks like the filming was done from our very room. Perhaps it was!



My hubby and I have also stayed in other San Francisco hotels, but I will always remember my first visit and comfortable lodging at at one of the top hotels in San Francisco with great fondness.





Huntington Hotel photos

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Looking down at the Pacific Union Club (bottom right) and other sites from our room.My hubby in the lobby of the Huntington Hotel.My hubby in the  Big 4 lounge at the Huntington Hotel.More views from our room at the Huntington Hotel.My hubby and a nearby fountain outside of the Huntington Hotel.
Looking down at the Pacific Union Club (bottom right) and other sites from our room.
Looking down at the Pacific Union Club (bottom right) and other sites from our room. | Source
My hubby in the lobby of the Huntington Hotel.
My hubby in the lobby of the Huntington Hotel. | Source
My hubby in the  Big 4 lounge at the Huntington Hotel.
My hubby in the Big 4 lounge at the Huntington Hotel. | Source
More views from our room at the Huntington Hotel.
More views from our room at the Huntington Hotel. | Source
My hubby and a nearby fountain outside of the Huntington Hotel.
My hubby and a nearby fountain outside of the Huntington Hotel. | Source

Does the Huntington Hotel look like a place in which you would like to stay if visiting San Francisco?

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vinaya,

      Yes San Francisco certainly does have some charm. Glad to know that you enjoyed this review of the Huntington Hotel up on Nob Hill. Appreciate your comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Peggy, I enjoy reviewing books, movies, software but I have never reviewed service or hotels. You done a wonderful review. You pictures, as usual, are beautiful. San Fransisco surely has some charm.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DDE,

      Getting to stay at the Huntington Hotel atop Nob Hill in San Francisco was a fun experience on one of our trips to that fine city by the bay. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Being up on Nob Hill in San Francisco affords some good views of the city but especially when one is on one of the upper floors of one of the hotels...the views get even better as you can tell from these photos. For more cityscape views, take a look at the Top of the Mark hub. Those offer terrific birds eye views! Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most impressive and sounds a wonderful place with great experiences

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Peggy this hub is a visual as well as a reader's delight! Awesome pictures , your room was certainly a vantage point for all these amazing pictures.

      Voting this up, awesome and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      All three of our trips to San Francisco and the wine country have not been business related but simply vacations for us. We love it out there! Nice that you have also been to San Francisco and the wine country. It is a beautiful part of California...especially for those who enjoy trying out different wines amidst gorgeous settings. Thanks for your comment.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a fascinating, historical hotel! We love San Fran and wine country, but we've never been to Nob Hill (although we did tour many of the hills around the city). I definitely agree that high heeled shoes aren't a good idea for city tours! How nice your husband's job enabled you to see so many beautiful places. Thank you for sharing your trips with us.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sweetie,

      It was indeed a special evening and having dinner in our room at the Huntington Hotel made it even more special. The food was delicious and overlooking the city from that vantage point while listening to the cable cars clanging their way up and over the hills was fun. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      The picture looks beautiful. Hotel looks very good and your dinner near the window in your room, makes it extremely romantic. Voting it up.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruchira,

      I have to agree that the view from our room at the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco was spectacular. Am so glad that we decided to have dinner in our room that one night while we enjoyed the views right out of our window. And oh yes...the wine was good also! :) Thanks for your comment, votes and sharing of this hub with others.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      wow, peggy. This was such a thorough hub on this magnificent city and the lovely hotel. no one could ever get lost after reading this interesting hub of yours.

      voted up and sharing it across.

      psst...loved the view from your room....priceless esp with a glass of wine ;)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      A one night stay at the Huntington Hotel would be nice if you ever to to San Francisco. You will have a great view of the city and be pampered like you deserve. Thanks for your comment.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Sorry, I miss this hub. You have nice review about Huntington Hotel. I hope I can stay just for one night one day if go to San Francisco. Thanks my friend for share this information. Again.....I really enjoy all pictures above. Rated up and pressing all buttons, except funny.

      Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      Nice to see you here commenting on this Huntington Hotel hub from San Francisco. Thanks!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Another gem from you Peggy and another for me to boost my already large collection of 'Armchair Travelling' hubs.

      Here's to so many more hubs for me to share today.

      Take care

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Judi,

      You have probably been to San Francisco many more times than we have. Did you ever stay at the Huntington Hotel? Appreciate your comment.

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      judio 5 years ago

      San Francisco is one of my favorite places, and I've been there many times. Thanks for the memories!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      The wine for our in room dinner at the Huntington Hotel was definitely from California. I no longer remember which winery...but it was good! :)) Thanks for your comment.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Rice-a-Roni, lol you bad Mrs. Peggy. This trip with you was really super with San Fran as a destination. Very intimate the Huntington Hotel. Was that two glasses of good Cali wine I saw there Peggy? Alright, in a playful mood my friend. Great pics of downtown. Your hubby did choose well!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Om,

      That is not the normal type of lodging in which we routinely stay (due to the price), but it certainly was a special treat for those few days. Glad to have been able to show you something about the Huntington Hotel and who it was named after. Thanks for your comment.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      I had heard about the Huntington Hotel quite a bit, but had never actually seen it until I came across your hub. What a charming place to stay. Unfortunately, I probably won't be able to afford to stay there any time soon! hehehe...Thanks for sharing this amazing hub. Rated up and awesome!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for your comment regarding the Huntington Hotel and Nob Hill sites in San Francisco. The views from there are stupendous. Hope that you get to vacation there someday.

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      Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      The Huntington hotel is really elegant and beautiful. I love the atmosphere and the location of the hotel. Your photos and videos are wonderful. The art and dining area in the video is really awesome. I will include San Francisco on my future vacation list to visit. Great information, photos and videos of another one of your enjoyable vacation get-a-ways. Lovely hub.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again Riverfish24,

      My husband and I have been to San Francisco together on 3 different vacation trips destined for more exploration of the wine country but always spent some time in the city as well. We have yet to see it all. So we share a similar interest in wishing to see more. :)

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      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      Yes, I did! I hope to explore SFO, have been a couple of times but not spent enough time.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Riverfish24,

      Thanks for that compliment on the formatting of this hub. Hope you enjoyed learning a bit about Mr. C.P. Huntington, the hotel and park both named after him, and something more about San Francisco. It is such a great place to visit! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      These luxury hotels in San Francisco on Nob Hill (like the Huntington Hotel) are definitely not bargain basement prices. I no longer remember what we paid for that great room but there is a link (in this hub) to the Huntington Hotel which I just checked...and the prices vary, depending upon which package or special deal you might have arranged. You do not have to stay there to be able to dine in their restaurant which gives one another way to enjoy the hotel and area. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      You format and design your Hubs so well! I really liked this one. So much to learn from. Thank you!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What beautiful views from these hotels. But am I correct in assuming these are fairly expensive? Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gene,

      What a nice thing to say! You obviously have good taste also judging by the gal you married! Have you ever been to the Huntington Hotel? I know you have been in San Francisco. Thanks for being the first to comment. :)

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      Gene Jasper 5 years ago

      Bruce has always had great taste. Just look at the wife he was fortunate enough to marry.

      Gene