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Where Is San Francisco's Finest Hotel?

Posted: Jun. 26th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

I know what you're thinking: even, or perhaps especially, in San Francisco, price isn't everything. And you're right, it isn't. But you can't deny that staying at the most extravagantly priced luxury hotel in San Francisco sounds like an excitingly whimsical waste of cash you'd want to have under your belt at least once in your life.

President John F. Kennedy, Prince Charles of Wales, Mick Jagger, Tony Bennett, Dita Von Teese, Nat King Cole and Marlene Dietrich are just a few of the luminaries who have bunked at the Penthouse at the Fairmont Hotel. It's the location where world leaders gathered in 1945 to craft the United Nations Charter, and it'll run you $15,000 a night.

Created in the 1920s by American archeologist and art historian Arthur Upham Pope, the penthouse maintains the majority of its original charmólike the vaulted billiards room that's entirely covered in floor-to-ceiling Persian tilesóeven though it underwent an extensive remodel by Alexandra Champalimaud, principle of Champalimaud Design, in 2010.

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