If you’ve ever considered heading to San Francisco for the weekend, you’ve probably struggled with the decision of where to stay. So many choices! Bustling Union Square, fancy Financial District, or the hip Mission District? While the choices are as diverse as San Fran is, there’s one hotel that’s combining the best of its history with today’s modern technologies. Stanford Court atop Nob Hill is a beautiful historic hotel, conveniently located, and brimming with possibilities.
Located on the corner of California Street and Powell in Nob Hill, Stanford Court is up against some heavy competition; The Ritz-Carlton, Sir Francis Drake, and The Fairmont are just a few of its neighbors. So how does the modest hotel hold up against these luxurious juggernauts? Well, with location, loving details and of course, technology. This 393-room hotel is the first in the world to incorporate Powermat charging stations. These mats allow guests to wirelessly charge their phones and other devices in the hotel’s lobby, bar and front desk, for free. In addition to this innovation, the hotel provides mac computers and iPads in the lobby. A flat screen TV behind the concierge desk displays a live feed of bustling California and Powell streets, and guests can call the front desk for a charger, or other technological necessity they may have forgotten at home.
The history of the hotel is as fascinating as its home. Built in 1876, as the private mansion of Leland Stanford—former Governor of California and founder of Stanford University—it has had various ownerships, until in 2013 when it came under independent management as Stanford Court. The ornate stained glass Tiffany dome in the hotel’s lobby reminds visitors of its historic beginnings, while the interior décor of local artist’s designs, throw pillows of iconic street names and front desk iPads speak to their modern sensibilities. Even the staff uniforms of Levi jeans and formal button downs, create an old-meets-new statement.
While there is no formal restaurant in the hotel as of yet, there is a bar area that features craft cocktails, beer and wine in the evening, as well as a brief menu of local, sustainable food items. In the morning guests can choose between a continental or full buffet breakfast for $18 and $26 respectively. Although the food options are limited (room service is also affected by this limitation) there are whispers of hotel renovations next year, which will likely bring a much-needed lift in its culinary options.
What it lacks in food services, it more than makes up for in location. Guestrooms feature gorgeous views of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid, Alcatraz, and of the bay below. Chinatown, Union Square and the Financial District are each a short walk from the hotel, all of which offer an array of delicious foodie options. A cable car stop is conveniently located just steps from the hotel’s entrance; a wonderful way of traveling up and down that steep California Street! In addition to location, unique details like bathroom towel warmers (yes!) a free bottle of water in each room, free bike rentals, and free Wi-Fi keep Stanford Court standing above the rest.
The demographic of the hotel sways between techies in town for business, to wedding guests, international vacationers and even flight attendants. It’s a financially more viable option than the neighboring hotels (one standard room can be found for $189 a night) and the goal of the hotel is to encourage that new, technologically-savy millennial vibe. As Ruben Barahona, Director of Sales and Marketing says, their aim is to be, “appealing, but not intrusive.” It’s exciting to imagine what Stanford Court has in store for the next 100 years.
905 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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