The Fairmont San Francisco is my favourite property in the US (though I haven´t visited all yet) and I´ve stayed there a couple of times. The hotel is located on Nob Hill and consists of the historical main building (seven floors accessable to the public, the 8th floor features the famous 6000sq.ft. Penthouse Suite) and the "new" tower added to the hotel (about 20 floors) While the main building was renovated a few years ago, most rooms are nothing special IMO (decent furniture, flat screen TV, very small bathrooms with bath/shower combo). The rooms in the tower are more modern (separate bathtub and walk-in shower), have excellent views and have a more exclusive feel as each floor only has a dozen rooms. During my last visit I stayed in a Main Building Balcony Suite: The pretty spacious suite (about 650sq.ft) consists of a living room (sofa, two armchairs, flat screen TV, desk), bedroom (king bed, TV) and a small bathroom (likely the smallest bathroom I´ve seen at a Fairmont hotel.) The suite itself is nice, but nothing spectacular IMO, what makes this suite special is the fantastic balcony (accessable from both the living room and the bedroom) which offers some very impressive views of the San Francisco skyline: Service at this hotel is excellent IMO. The location couldn´t be better for exploring the city: cable cars stop on the street behind the hotel, China town is about two blocks away and Union square is about five blocks down the hill; a taxi to pretty much any place within the city will be less than $10. I didn´t try all the restaurants at this hotel, from my limited experience I can say: Breakfast at the Laurel Court is pretty good, but a little pricey (price is about $40 incl. gratuity and taxes) If you´re after a lighter breakfast, some good coffee or a nice snack during the day I can highly recommend Caffé Cento (a bit like a more upscale Starbucks) which is located on the lower ground floor. Overall a fantastic property I can definitely recommend!