San Francisco’s Scarlet Huntington Hotel, Historical Elegance And Class

Certain images and stories on film and in life will forever haunt and mesmerize us.

The era of noir in the movie industry displayed that so well.

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were the masters at it. writer, warner brothers photo credit

The Big Sleep is a 1946 film noir directed by Howard Hawks, the first film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart as private detective Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as Vivian Rutledge in a story about the "process of a criminal investigation, not its results."

Private detective Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) is summoned to the mansion of General Sternwood (Charles Waldron). The general wants to resolve the ‘gambling debts’ that his daughter Carmen (Martha Vickers) owes to bookseller Arthur Gwynn Geiger. As Marlowe is leaving, Sternwood's older daughter, the divorced Mrs. Vivian Rutledge (Lauren Bacall), stops him. She suspects her father's true motive for calling in a detective is to find his protégé Sean Regan, who had mysteriously disappeared a month earlier.

Sounds very intriguing.

As intriguing is the fact that Mr. Bogart and Ms. Bacall stayed at the gloriously elegant Scarlet Huntington Hotel in San Francisco. Just as the film oozed with an elegant flair, the Scarlett Huntington abounds in a magnificent historical mist. writer, photo credit

The Scarlet Huntington Hotel is one of the landmark luxury hotels at the top of the Nob Hill district of San Francisco, California. It is located at 1075 California Street, cross street is Taylor Street. The hotel is a twelve-story, Georgian-style brick building that features 135 guest rooms and suites.

The hotel is named after Collis P. Huntington, one of the Big Four railroad tycoons of the Old West. However, it is across California Street from Huntington's Mansion, on the site of a mansion owned by the Tobin family, founders of the Hibernia Bank. It was originally designed by Weeks and Day as the Huntington Apartments in 1922, and was converted to a hotel by real estate developer Eugene Fritz, who bought the property in 1924. Fritz' grandchildren ran the hotel until selling it in 2011 to Singapore-based Grace International.

The hotel closed on January 4, 2014 and reopened in May 2014 as The Scarlet Huntington, following a $15 million renovation.

Have you dined or stayed there? It should be on your to do list very soon.

They welcome us with class. writer, photo credit

At they warmly smile, “Discover a San Francisco icon reimagined. Weaving together a vibrant Singapore Straits Chinese heritage with the high-fashion luxury of Nob Hill, The Scarlet Huntington offers an uninhibited haven in one of the city’s most alluring neighborhoods. Recreated as a sensuous, chic and discerningly different boutique hotel, The Scarlet Huntington maintains its timeless red façade, welcoming hotel guests with a new level of grace and glamour, while inviting indulgence and inventiveness at every turn.

The Scarlet Huntington pays homage to the former Huntington Hotel’s illustrious legacy in Nob Hill. With its defining characteristics intact, it upholds a tradition of high-standards and gracious service. The majority of the former Huntington Hotel’s devoted staff – many of whom have worked here for more than 20 years – greet guests with the same personalized service and attention that has graced this property with the iconic red façade for years.”

“When you get into a hotel room, you lock the door, and you know there is a secrecy, there is a luxury, there is fantasy. There is comfort. There is reassurance.”… Diane von Furstenberg

Very impressive. We love the specialized treatment.

So do others.

The enjoyable group at share, “When you check in at The Scarlet Huntington hotel, you'll be offered a hot towel at check-in. And according to recent lodgers, that's just one example of the hotel's superb customer service. Visitors say the hotel staff made them feel as if they were the only people there. This hotel's elegance extends from check-in to one of the best spas (if not the best spa) in San Francisco, the Nob Hill Spa, named for the property's trendy location. 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, where contemporary American cuisine is served. Should you crave different flavors, the hotel employees can help direct you to a variety of nearby restaurants.”

The well-traveled writer Laurie Kahle at Forbes enlightens, “I believe luxury is about more than expense. My stories draw on my passion for quality, design, artistry, and craftsmanship. I have been writing about five-star travel, the world's finest watches and jewelry, and other luxurious specialties for nearly two decades, including more than eight years as a senior editor at Robb Report. I am a contributing editor for Cigar Aficionado, and I also contribute to Celebrated Living, Centurion, Departures International, Elite Traveler, NUVO, The Hollywood Reporter, WorldTempus, and other outlets. My personal digital magazine is

Perched atop tony Nob Hill, San Francisco’s Scarlet Huntington Hotel, a landmark building since it was constructed in 1924, reopened in May after a short closing with a new name and a colorful contemporary design.”

Good to know. While that may be true, there is a very delicious and inviting restaurant right there in the hotel as well. writer, photo credit Photography by Tim Coy

Are you dressed properly? Very nice. Let’s walk inside. “Decades of history and character infuse The Scarlet Huntington’s Big 4 Restaurant with an unmatched passion for flavorful cuisine, accented by its celebrated hotel bar – a place both to see and be seen in San Francisco’s iconic Nob Hill. Expect great emphasis on top quality ingredients and proper cooking techniques by Executive Chef Brendan Dion. A culinary gem and local favorite, Big 4 ignites the palate and entices the senses in an atmosphere that’s both elegant and timeless.”

Sounds very memorable.

If it was enticing enough for Bogart and Bacall, San Francisco’s Scarlet Hotel is destined to surpass even the highest of expectations.

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