Hotel at a Glance: Stanford Court San Francisco
Boutique guest rooms at Stanford Court San Francisco offer guests a stylish stay in a central location. Better still, your room might look out onto historic Nob Hill, just below. You might see the bay and its Golden Gate Bridge or soak up views of the city.
- Aurea Restaurant: Enjoy daily continental breakfast and light dinner fare under a dome of Tiffany-style lamplight near the lobby.
- Wall of wine: Come evening, Aurea turns into a lounge anchored by signature cocktails, light fare, and a floor-to-ceiling wall of wine.
- In-room amenities: 37-inch LCD TVs and free WiFi
- Nearby shopping: Union Square, the city’s premier retail district, is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
- Distance to cable-car stop: about 230 feet
Nob Hill, San Francisco: Fashionable Neighborhood with Scenic City Views
One of the original seven hills on which the city was built, Nob Hill is a fashionable, upscale neighborhood, once referred to as a “Hill of Palaces” because of its many estates. Huntington Park is the centerpiece for the bustling district, and it’s bordered by Grace Cathedral, a beautiful Gothic-style building with colorful mosaics and a replica of the medieval labyrinth in France’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres.
Just downhill from Nob Hill is the Russian Hill neighborhood, whose notoriously steep roads provide some of the city's most scenic vistas. From the top of Russian Hill, you can drive down Lombard Street, often dubbed “the world’s crookedest street” for its eight tight hairpin turns. The street is lined with stately houses and meticulously manicured gardens. A few blocks south, the tiny Ina Coolbrith Park is made up of tucked-away terraces cut into a steep slope between Russian Hill and Nob Hill. The secluded space is considered a local hidden gem for its postcard-worthy views of downtown. In 2008, SF Weekly named it the Best Park Named for a Poet Laureate—Ina Coolbrith was the first person to hold the esteemed title.
San Francisco's iconic cable cars head up and down the streets of Nob Hill and Russian Hill. The nearby Cable Car Museum fills you in on the history of the iconic San Francisco tradition. You can hop on one of the cable cars and head north to reach Ghirardelli Square’s high-end boutiques and Pier 39’s seafood restaurants, or take a cable car south to see Chinatown—one of the largest Chinese communities outside of Asia—and the quaint cafés in the Italian-influenced North Beach neighborhood.
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