I would have liked to burn my Fairmont free night certificates on Banff or Lake Louis but due to time constrain that wasn’t going to happen and as such I eventually settled for Fairmont San Francisco. While the hotel itself is beautiful, I think the location of the hotel is probably it’s best part. It is within 30 minute walking distance from Chinatown, Lombart Street, and Coit Tower. The famous Golden Gate Bridge is about 25 minute drive away from the hotel.
I used suite upgrade certificate to secure a suite room. I also burned both $25 dining certificate at this hotel. Normally dining certificate does not apply to in-room dining but I called down to the lobby and they were more than willing to make an exception. An important thing to note is that $25 certificate is only usable one time so if you want to maximize the value, then I suggest running numbers before hand. Actually, I would go as far as to suggest to skip in room dining for dining downstairs.
The first room on entrance included fairly standard material like bed sofa, tv, and a minibar.
The bedroom had a lot of extra space which i loved.
Both rooms had large windows that more or less gave the same view. In the morning plenty of sunlight got through the window.
The bathroom amenities were pretty nice. The bathroom also had a window but it wasn’t would not open either.
I wish I had more time to explore the hotel but I would still not trade away exploring San Francisco to exploring the hotel. The lobby of the hotel felt grand but that grandness did not make it past the lobby. Also I thought the quality of food in in-room dining was rather mediocre.