SF Bay Area Trip Highlights
Thanks to services like Hoteltonight and Airbnb, the
tech world has given San Francisco travelers a
multitude of options to rest their head. From giant
international hotel chains to hipsters spare bedrooms,
even the city's hotel accommodations are bursting with
the image of innovation.
Its easy to get lost in the image of modernization and
hipness that the Bay Area exudes. In all the hubbub of
innovation and tech, we sometimes forget that this city
is home to a rich history that spans hundreds of years.
What originally established San Francisco as a premier
place to visit, its history, landmarks and beautiful
architecture have faded in the headlines, giving way to
news about Iphone apps and luxury condo developments in
the Mission. Yet there are a few landmarks that remain
as beacon reminders of San Francisco's rich history.
One of these landmarks is the Queen Anne Hotel. Nestled
amongst the grand Victorians at the top of Pac Heights,
the Queen Anne is a luxurious gem that captures the
quintessential essence of San Francisco grandeur. It
remains the premier destination for travelers who want
to experience a luxury hotel with an intriguing
It was during the late 1800s that San Francisco
transformed into a major city. Mayor Adolph Sutro
strived to turn the city into a Paris of the West,
building architecture that rivaled the beauty of
europe. Neighborhoods such as Western Addition,
Haight-Ashbury and the Mission District were created.
Victorian homes sprout up all across the bay. San
Francisco grew to be a beacon of architectural beauty
It was during this time that a beautiful Victorian
building was opened atop Pacific Heights called Miss
Mary Lake's Finishing School for Girls. The school
opened in 1890 and was praised in the San Francisco
Newsletter for its “handsome and imposing entrance”
and “stained glass work of the most artistic
character.” It was a finishing school for girls
prepped to enter San Francisco society.
The school narrowly survived the 1906 earthquake and
fire and was later turned into a secretive and
exclusive gentleman’s club named “the Cosmos”.
Eventually the club was sold to the Episcopal Church
and was rebuilt into a “Girls friendly Society
Lodge.” It was sold in 1980 and finally re-emerged in
its final reincarnation as the Queen Anne Hotel.
The owners quickly restored and rebuilt the Queen Anne
into a luxury hotel. Brought up to code, sound proofed
and expanded, the Queen Anne was restored to its
original grandeur. Its detailed décor reflects its
historic origins. A step into the lobby feels a lot
like taking a step back in time to the Victorian era.
Upon entering guests are greeted by the concierge who
sits at an antique concierge desk. Guests are leisurely
escorted through the salon where they can sit beneath
crystal chandeliers and sip sherry by the fireplace.
A grand staircase made of Spanish Cedar leads to the
upper floors which were transformed from its dormitory
state into romantic suites. A stained glass skylight
lets sun shine through halls. This is the perfect place
to dress up in a gown and do your best Mary Crawley of
Downton Abbey impression of scowling while descending
the grand staircase.
Situated atop the hill near the cable cars, guests can
continue their tour through history by riding the cable
cars down to Union Square. Finish off the night at
prohibition themed bars such as Bourbon and Branch or
Tradition to bring your journey through turn of the
century San Francisco full circle.
In a city made famous for its gorgeous architecture,
the Queen Anne remains the only hotel that can
transport you through history. Why stay in a generic
hotel chain when you can immerse yourself in unique San