The Scarlet Huntington

1075 California Street | San Francisco, CA 94108 [See Map]
#12 in Best San Francisco Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 763 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 136 rooms, 12 floors
Primary View(s) City center, Neighborhood, Bay
Style Traditional, Historic, Opulent
Best For Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

When you check in at The Scarlet Huntington hotel, you'll be offered a complimentary cup of tea. And according to recent visitors, that's just one example of the hotel's superb customer service: Visitors say that the hotel staff made them feel as if they were the only people there, working tirelessly to ensure the best experience. This hotel's elegance extends from check-in to one of best spas (if not the best spa) in San Francisco, the Nob Hill Spa. And the hotel's Nob Hill location and proximity to the cable cars make it a convenient choice for sightseers. When you're not out on the town, you can kick back in one of the spacious guest rooms, all of which feature flat-screen TVs, iPod-compatible stereo systems and wireless Internet access. The Scarlet Huntington also houses its own eatery, the Big 4 Restaurant, which features a menu composed of contemporary American cuisine. Should you crave different flavors, the hotel employees can help direct you to a variety of nearby restaurants.

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Critic Reviews


“Taken over in late 2011 by Singapore-based Grace International, this 136-room historic hotel in swanky Nob Hill has an attentive staff, a quiet, intimate atmosphere, and old-world grandeur to spare.”


“Stars from Bogart and Bacall to Picasso and Pavarotti have stayed in this ivy-covered hotel famed for its gracious personal service and spacious rooms and suites, most of which have great views of Grace Cathedral, the bay, or the city skyline.”
Award: Fodor's Choice

Lonely Planet

“Request a high-floor park-view room ('PVR') and don't even think of wearing workout clothes in the white-glove lobby. The chic on-site Nob Hill Spa is among the city's best.”
Award: Lonely Planet Recommended

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Frommer's Highly Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 763 guests have reviewed the The Scarlet Huntington, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 763 reviews)

Guest Reviews: Read most recent guest reviews



  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

With a $15 million renovation that was completed in May 2014, The Scarlet Huntington preserved its historical roots while adding a touch of luxurious Asian flair. Located in San Francisco's Nob Hill neighborhood, the hotel is across the street from Huntington Park and Grace Cathedral. The property is less than a mile west of the Financial District, and there is a California Street cable car stop directly in front of the hotel.

  • Less than 2 miles south of Fisherman's Wharf
  • The hotel offers a drop-off only car service Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis
  • San Francisco International Airport is 15 miles south; Oakland International Airport 20 miles southeast

  • 24-hour valet parking ($42)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

The true highlight of every guest room at The Scarlet Huntington are the floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the iconic Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park and San Francisco skyline. Inside, each room type features a different vibrant, funky color scheme. Amenities include flat-screen TVs and work desks with USB ports.

  • Internet access costs $14.95 per day
  • Personalized wake-up calls with choice of coffee or tea
  • Some upgraded executive rooms feature balconies

Standard room size:

335 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


The Scarlet Huntington's dining venue is the Big 4 Restaurant and bar, which serves seasonal American cuisinse made with locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant is themed after the four big railroad tycoons of the industrial era.

  • Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Breakfast and lunch also offered through the Nob Hill Spa

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:



  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


Located inside the Nob Hill spa, The Scarlet Huntington's indoor infinity pool provides guests with impressive views of the San Francisco skyline. Guests can also take advantage of the outdoor sundeck.

  • The hotel requests that pool users don't dive or swim laps
  • Guests younger than 16 are not permitted in the pool

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Scarlet Huntington's Nob Hill Spa offers guests 10 treatment rooms, steam rooms, saunas and a lounge with a fireplace. This three-level spa's menu features massages, facials, body treatments, manicures and pedicures. Highlights include couples massages in addition to seasonal offerings like the 50-minute winter illuminating body polish.

  • The Nob Hill Spa offers a dedicated spa menu and wine list
  • Guests must be 16 or older to use the spa

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna



The Scarlet Huntington's on-site fitness center is located within the spa facilities and features cardio equipment, yoga mats and free weights.

  • Gym is open 24 hours a day
  • Guests must be 16 or older to use the fitness center

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Scarlet Huntington has a variety of meeting spaces. The hotel can host up to 80 people and boasts classroom, theater, banquet, reception and conference style set ups.

  • The on-site restaurant can provide catering
  • Hotel has audiovisual equipment

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available




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1075 California Street | San Francisco, CA 94108 [See Full Map]