Skip to content
hotel history

San Francisco History Starts Here

Fairmont San Francisco is the city’s grande dame, a Beaux-Arts masterpiece where notable events happen — and have ever since it opened its venerable doors in 1907. The fabled history permeates the walls — you feel it as soon as you step into the sumptuous lobby. The hotel has hosted world leaders, diplomats, entertainment stars, cultural icons, and also staged star-studded galas and internationally impactful events. Fairmont San Francisco earned the moniker “White House of the West” for having welcomed every U.S. President visiting the city since the hotel’s inception.

This flagship has also witnessed numerous historic firsts. A pioneer in the industry, Fairmont San Francisco introduced America to hotel concierge services, and was the first hotel in the city to house honey beehives on its rooftop garden to raise awareness of the world’s collapsing bee colony population.


Since the hotel’s 1907 opening, it has hosted every U.S. President visiting San Francisco and has served as a who’s who of pop culture legends, international leaders and silver screen starlets. International delegates drafted the original United Nations Charter here and Tony Bennett sang his debut of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

Offers Call Book