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From up here, look ahead. Historically, Nob Hill was a lookout point where merchants and sailors could spot an incoming ship before it arrived at port. More than a century later, our privileged perch is still the place to be in San Francisco—where you can see what’s on the horizon of a city on the edge of innovation. Stanford Court Hotel was aptly named after a forward-thinking railroad tycoon who helped lay the tracks for the first transcontinental railroad. Not coincidentally, the hotel sits at the only intersection of San Francisco’s legendary cable car lines.

A PROGRESSIVE
OUTLOOK

From up here, look ahead. Historically, Nob Hill was a lookout point where merchants and sailors could spot an incoming ship before it arrived at port. More than a century later, our privileged perch is still the place to be in San Francisco—where you can see what’s on the horizon of a city on the edge of innovation. Stanford Court Hotel was aptly named after a forward-thinking railroad tycoon who helped lay the tracks for the first transcontinental railroad. Not coincidentally, the hotel sits at the only intersection of San Francisco’s legendary cable car lines.

TRUE TO OUR ROOTS

Like our predecessors, we dare to dream big and connect people.

It all started with Leland Stanford, an industrial railroad tycoon who built the Central Pacific Railroad—a 19th century highway that catalyzed the exchange of new cultures and ideas. Stanford’s 1876 mansion became a relic of inspired luxury in the lush Nob Hill neighborhood until it was destroyed in a fire during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. In 1912, investor Lucien H. Sly transformed the vacant lot into the posh Stanford Court Apartments. 60 years and a dramatic debut later, Stanford’s legacy stands today at the Stanford Court Hotel.

Restored and relocated to the hotel’s arrival porte-cochère entrance is a 3-ton,10-foot tall penguin sculpture by Beniamino Bufano, which for 45 years was hidden in the landscape at the corner of Pine and Powell Streets. Bufano created many public art sculptures which can be found throughout the city and Bay Area. His free public art reflects the irreverent yet inclusive spirit of the city. Spanning the wall beneath the lobby dome is a mural based on photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s “Sallie Gardner at a Gallop”, an innovative photo series centered on a horse’s gait. Commissioned by Stanford in 1878, the series of 24 images shot in rapid succession not only enabled Stanford to win a bet, but also helped lay the groundwork for the motion-picture industry. Mounted on the ceiling of the hotel’s bar is a mural from the legendary car chase scene through the streets of San Francisco from the 1968 movie “Bullitt” starring Steve McQueen. The exhilarating scene, considered to be one of the best of its kind in movie history, features two heavily modified four-speed Mustangs burning rubber across the city from Fisherman’s Wharf to Guadalupe Canyon Parkway.

Marrying maverick discovery with artistic expression, the art embodies the singular ethos that has come to define our city. We continue to champion San Francisco’s “boom town” spirit—the tenacity instilled by the risk takers and visionaries of the California Gold (and Silicon) Rush. Stanford Court offers the perfect mix of character, culture, tech, and style, with all the comforts of a great boutique hotel.

  • “The Big Four” including Leland Stanford lay first rails of the Central Pacific Railroad

  • Ceremonial Driving of the “Last Spike”

  • Stanford Mansion completed atop Nob Hill

  • The Great San Francisco Earthquake

  • Mansion restored as one of SF’s most fashionable residences

  • Stanford Court Hotel opens following dramatic remodel

  • Newly Redesigned Stanford Court debuts

Amenities

We’re obsessed with giving you the sweetest experience possible, and for us, that means rounding up the best of SF and making it available to you. 

Influenced by the progressive tech culture on which San Francisco thrives, Stanford Court hotel amenities were thoughtfully developed to keep you efficient and feeling your best while on the road. 

amenities

Enjoy the very latest in state-of-the-art amenities and unparalleled service during your stay with us in San Francisco’s Nob Hill.

The locally progressive tech culture that San Francisco and Silicon Valley thrives on inspires many Stanford Court amenities.

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