Fairmont Heritage Place
Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, California, United States of America
At a Glance
The resident style accommodation is ideal for families
All the comforts of a home with the benefit of hotel service
Breakfast served every morning and cheese served every afternoon
Wonderful bay and city views from the residences
Great location close to the waterfront
Best time to Visit
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San Francisco is a year-round destination but has a cool maritime climate. In the summer, the city’s famous fog rolls in mornings and evenings, creating a misty chill in the air. Spring sees the end of the rainy season, and the city’s pretty-in-pink cherry blossom trees dot the landscape. In Autumn Indian Summer comes to San Francisco, bringing warm, dry days with plenty of sunshine. The very best time of year is August to October when temperatures are at their highest and days are often sunny.
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The Fairmont Heritage Place offers luxurious residential-style accommodations on the west side of Fisherman’s Wharf. Located in an historic area once home to the Ghirardelli’s illustrious chocolate factory it is a great option for families or friends.
The Fairmont offers residential-style accommodations that are among the most luxurious in the city. Two and three bedroom bay view residences feature a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, state-of-the-art media centre, living room with fireplace and queen sofa bed. Master bedrooms feature the best mascioni Italian linens and en-suite bathrooms. This residential all-suite style accommodation means that you can enjoy all the comforts of a home but with the added luxury of the world class service of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Since the factory moved locations in the 1960s, the square is now home to an array of upscale shops, dining options and spa facilities.
A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily and afternoon cheese and wine reception in the lounge daily. In Ghirardelli Square choose from fine dining, Vietnamese cuisine to fresh seafood. Children or adults in touch with their inner child may enjoy a delectable Hot Fudge Sundae or Chocolate Square from the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop in the Clock Tower Building.
Take advantage of the hotel's BMW bicycles to explore the waterfront trails leading over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and Cavallo Point further afield. Guests can also benefit from the in-house car to take you to nearby points of interest. Guests can indulge in an in-room massage, or allow the concierge to create a custom spa experience. The hotel also has a 24-hour state of the art fitness facility.
Accommodation is in the form of one, two and three bedroom luxury residences complete with kitchen, living room and en-suite.
Each residence features bedrooms with full private bath en-suite, flat screen LCD television, DVD/CD player, contemporary art and richly coloured carpeting. The en-suite master bathroom has creamy stone tile floors and dark wood cabinets. A glass door opens into the wet-room, which features an oversized bathtub and separate rain shower.
Living rooms have dark wood floors, open loft-like ceiling, contemporary sofa and chairs, a fireplace and a mounted LCD TV.
The kitchen and dining areas are elegant and sleek with stainless steel surfaces and wooden cabinets. The kitchen is equipped with a sub-zero refrigerator, Wolf appliances and a wine refrigerator.
Children are welcome to come and stay and the style of accommodation is perfectly suited to families. The extra living space and the opportunity to cook is often popular with families due to the practicality. Childcare services can also be arranged for an additional fee.
Daily continental breakfast is served from 7-10am and you can enjoy complimentary wine and cheese from 4-5pm. If you would like to dine in, you can hire a personal chef and waiter to make the evening a bit more special. Or you could arrange for some pre-arrival grocery shopping to be delivered.
If you'd like to spend a quiet night in you can make the most of their DVD service - choose from 800 films and settle in with some popcorn!
The Fairmont offers a complimentary car service to take you anywhere within a 2-mile radius, anytime between 7:30 am and 10:30 pm, first come, first served.
The 24-hour butler and concierge service will ensure that you can make the most of your stay.
San Francisco, the West Coast’s unpretentious culture capital offers world-class restaurants, including 17 Michelin-starred eateries within city limits, as well as museums and shopping. Fairmont Heritage Place is ideally located to explore the city, take the old fashioned trolley along Market Street towards Union Square, or down towards Embarcadero from where you can take the F line from the Ferry Building up to Fisherman's Wharf. San Francisco is incredibly easy to navigate by foot, bicycle, bus, trolley or taxi. It’s also a gateway to the nearby wine country of the Napa Valley.
In downtown San Francisco you can browse art galleries, visit bustling Chinatown, get a handle on the geography by climbing one of the city’s famed hills or take the cable car, go shopping in the fashion epi-center Union Square, board a bay cruise at Fisherman’s Wharf to take it all in from the water or book ahead to visit Alcatraz Island, take a stroll across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and lunch in charming Sausalito.
Charlotte Austin (Staff)
This hotel is set in a beautiful square made up from the old Chocolate factory. It is unusual to find this much space in a city hotel as there are large residences making it perfect for families or groups travelling for longer periods of time. It is a very short walk to the Fisherman's Wharf which is a must-see even for just a morning. It is also very close to a beautiful green park overlooking the water where you could people watch for hours with locals swimming, running and exercising in the park. I would recommend the residences in the Mustard wing so you can step right out onto the Mustard terrace but these wouldn't be ideal if you wanted slightly more privacy.
Bespoke Tour of San Francisco
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Catch a Baseball Game
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Cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito
Hire a bike and cycle over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge from Fisherman's Wharf to charming Sausalito, perched on the hillside between the Bay and the Marin Headlands, or for the really energetic keep pedalling to Tiburon for lunch at Sam's!
Explore Alcatraz Island
Yes it’s touristy, but it’s hard not to be excited as you ride across the choppy waters of San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island. Along with a historical prison tour, Alcatraz offers a working lighthouse, tide pools, a fort, gardens and epic city views.
Feel small among the Redwoods
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North Beach Food Tour
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Pier 39 - Sealions and Submarines
Ever since fisherman first hauled out of Pier 39, sea lions have bellyflopped on the docks. More marine life can be seen at the Aquarium of the Bay, while street performers, fairground rides and an array of boat trips on the Bay thrill visitors.
Location & directions
Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, California, United States of America
Fairmont Heritage Place is located in Ghirardelli Square overlooking San Francisco Bay.
How to get there
11-hour flight from London to San Francisco International Airport followed by a 30 to 40-minute transfer.
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