The Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square is a hotel and private residence in the historic Ghirardelli chocolate factory that dates back to 1893. Located steps away from busy walking and jogging paths that wind alongside the Bay, the property’s single, double and triple-bedroom units offer partial ownership of the iconic landmark with the added benefit of around-the-clock five-star amenities. Fractional ownership sets this property apart from a typical timeshare, as holders own a stake in the asset rather than simply access to accommodations. But, if you’re not ready for that kind of commitment, the property can be booked like a regular hotel, too.
Each unit is oversized, comfortable and boasts a contemporary design aesthetic. The spacious dining and living areas provide ample room for hosting guests, while evidence of the building’s rich history remains in each room with exposed wooden support beams and brick walls.
Prior to arrival, owners are encouraged to submit a grocery list, and a dedicated butler will ensure that the fridge is stocked. Fully equipped kitchens feature state-of-the-art appliances, and an equally impressive sound system plays crisp tunes throughout the suite—even in the washroom. Outside, spacious terraces overlook the ocean, Alcatraz and the cobblestone square below that is now home to a mix of fine-dining restaurants and one-of-a-kind boutiques.
Quince, a Relais & Châteaux establishment, received a second Michelin star last year and is a culinary experience that mustn’t be missed. Inspired by succulent, fresh seafood and local vegetation, the three tasting menus—one five-course and two nine-course options— change daily, along with wine pairings.
Treat yourself to a new signature scent at elizabethW. The San Francisco-based perfumery carries locally made fragrances, bath oils and body lotions in singular scents, like lilac and lavender, that sound simple but smell remarkably sophisticated. Plus, it’s a stone’s throw from the Fairmont Ghirardelli.
In the evening, head to the harbour and charter a yacht for an unforgettable tour of the Bay; the city offers a variety of private and semiprivate excursions. Let your personal captain reveal the city’s iconic architecture, including the Golden Gate Bridge, as you sail along the shore—champagne in hand, of course.