San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel - Luxury on Nob Hill
Located on a hilltop crest in Nob Hill, the Fairmont offers outstanding views in a luxury environment. It is famous for its bar, the Tonga Room, which has a faithful following. The views are gorgeous; my room in the corner had a great vista all the way past Alcatraz Island. Take some time to wander the halls, which are filled with movie and celebrity paraphernalia, from visits to the Tonga Room to movies filmed on location to stars who stayed at the hotel. Be sure to check out the restaurant—the chef has four honeybee hives atop a rooftop garden!
By Andi Fisher, AFAR Local Expert
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All About the Bees at Laurel Court Restaurant
It's all about the quarter million bees living in four hives on the roof of the Fairmont San Francisco, or more specifically, the honey they produce, when it comes to dining and drinking at the Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar inside the hotel. Honey produced by the bees -- the colony produces some 1,200 pounds of honey each year! -- is used in the restaurant's special artisanal honey beer as well as the delicious desserts it creates and even the house-made salad dressings and with the afternoon tea service served here. Beyond honey, however, the super eco-friendly restaurant focuses on locally grown and sustainable ingredients from produce to meat. The elegant marble locale in the hotel's lobby area is also atmospheric.
By Becca Blond, AFAR Local Expert
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