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Where to stay in Nob Hill

Nob Hill Introduction

A place of regal mansions and Georgian townhouses, Nob Hill is famed for its cutting-edge fine dining and swish shopping boutiques, making it perhaps San Francisco's most eclectic and refined area. Visitors can flit between a mix of historic hotels and Asian antique markets, scaling the steep hills in the company of rattling trams. They can delve into Taoist temples on the fringes of Chinatown, or sip strong coffees in the boho roasters of Polk Street.

Hotels in Nob Hill

The hotels in Nob Hill are overwhelmingly opulent – many were once the homes of American tycoons in the 19th-century, after all. Oozing history and character from each of their Victorian-style crevices, they poke above the flat-topped roofs of downtown San Francisco, touting views of the Pacific, private limo services, panoramic terraces, billiard rooms and more. The hipster vibes of the great city are reflected in the eco themes of other boutique offerings, while a couple of cheap Nob Hill hotels and motor motels line the streets, too – complete with in-house tour operators and laundry facilities.

Where to stay

The north-eastern edge of Nob Hill is a great place to bed down, offering easy access to the steamy dim sum houses and chop suey-scented holes-in-the-wall of San Francisco's famous Chinatown area. If money's no object at all, then why not consider the palatial rises of the old mansions on California Street? These lot burst with gilded lobbies and swinging chandeliers, indoor pools and bespoke spa facilities. On the other end of the spectrum are the budget digs that pop up at the intersections of Van Ness Avenue – small, compact, simple, but also eminently affordable.

Things to see

Nob Hill is home to some great relics of San Francisco's golden age. You can see these bearing the legendary names of Vanderbilt and Raffles in the middle of the area, where the famous Fairmont Hotel still draws eyes with its gorgeous Beaux-Arts interiors and classic tiki bars. The majestic Grace Cathedral stands close by, with mosaics by Jan Henryk De Rosen, while the babbling Fountain of Tortoises in Huntington Park belies a Roman connection between the palm-dotted lawns. Also, check out the steep and winding streets, which come to a head with the plus-30-degree gradient of Filbert, and the winding zig-zags of Lombard Street. Closer to the eastern end of the district is the entrance to Chinatown, where it's possible to delve into frenetic bazaars of oriental trinkets and taste acclaimed Cantonese dishes. And don't miss the acclaimed Cable Car Museum – loaded with old carriages and machinery.

How to get to Nob Hill

Nob Hill sits right at the heart of downtown San Francisco. Consequently, it's very well connected with the rest of the city. The town's classic cable cars rattle through Powell Street and California Street, linking the area with other popular spots like the Financial District and Fisherman's Wharf. Buses also run around the peripheries of the neighbourhood on countless lines, while it's also possible to walk here from the 4th and King Street Station in under an hour.

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