(photos: Associated Press)
San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel has quite the history. Ever since the hotel was built in the Roaring 20’s, the penthouse suite has been the sought out spot for the honeymoon getaways and swaky soirees of the world’s elite. JFK and Prince Charles have both used it as a crash pad. U.S. Secretary of State Edward Stettinius turned the penthouse into his headquarters during the United Nations Conference on International Organization in 1945. For the past few months, teams of craftsmen have been hard at work bringing the suite up to date, hammering and sawing, cleaning and polishing and restoring its beauty.
“You’ll just be blown away,” says Tom Klein, regional vice president general manager of the hotel, which is reopening the suite this month. The goal of the restoration was to preserve history while adding some modern luxuries.This suite is not for the budget traveler,the standard rate is $15,000 a night. Yet three bedrooms and baths, a 60 person formal dining room, a library, living room, and a view of the San Francisco Bay from the outdoor terrace are all within the suite, which occupies the entire eighth floor . In addition, there’s a housekeeper, chef, butler, masseuse and personal trainer and a fully stocked gourmet kitchen. “There’s just so much history there,” says Klein. “If walls could talk, this suite could write a couple of books.” What do you think?