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The city by the bay is filled with some of the nation’s most iconic sights. The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the famous cable cars and the switchback-filled Lombard Street are just a few of the must-see stops in San Francisco. Visitors to the city can extend their sightseeing by choosing to spend the night at one of San Francisco’s famous hotels – from the spooky Queen Anne Hotel to the Hotel Majestic that survived the earthquake and fire of 1906. Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, you're sure to enjoy one of these San Francisco hotels.

Queen Anne Hotel

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If you’re open to spending the night with ghostly visitors, then the historic Queen Anne Hotel in downtown San Francisco is the place for you. The building started out as the home of Miss Mary Lake’s School for Girls in the 1890s and it is possible that Miss Mary still roams the halls of this Victorian hotel. Guests in room 410, which is where Miss Mary’s office was originally located, have reported seeing a female misty figure. The spookiness is not limited to room 410; there have been numerous reports of unexplained and possibly supernatural occurrences throughout the hotel.

Queen Anne Hotel

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Hotel Majestic

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The Hotel Majestic opened its doors in 1904, two years before the Great Earthquake of 1906 and the subsequent fires nearly destroyed the city of San Francisco. The fire made it as close as two blocks from the hotel before it was put out. Luckily, the Hotel Majestic remained unscathed. In fact, it is the oldest continuously operating hotel in the city. Like the Queen Anne Hotel, there are rumors that the Hotel Majestic is haunted. The unnamed ghost is said to be friendly towards guests, which is good news if you are planning a visit to the Hotel Majestic.

Hotel Majestic

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Palace Hotel San Francisco

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Unfortunately the Palace Hotel did not fare as well as the Hotel Majestic during the earthquake that ravaged the city in 1906. The building was devastated on that April day but was rebuilt and the Palace Hotel reopened its doors on December 15, 1909. The hotel has hosted several presidents in its more than 100 year history including Presidents McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Harding, FDR and Clinton. Other famous guests include Amelia Earhart, Andrew Carnegie, Charlie Chapman and Thomas Edison. If you’re interested in visiting the hotel but don’t want to stay the night, tours are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Palace Hotel

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Fairmont Hotel

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The Fairmont Hotel’s history also goes back to the Great Quake of 1906. When the quake struck, the building was complete but not yet open. Although it survived the quake from its perch on the top of Nob Hill, the subsequent fire caused quite a bit of damage to the building. The owners immediately began to repair the building so that it could open up to guests. The hotel has faced several rough patches during its more than 100 year history including a downturn during the depression and a controversial restoration early this century.

Fairmont Hotel

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St. Francis

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The Westin St. Francis is the only hotel on San Francisco’s famous Union Square. The $2.5 million hotel, which was designed to bring a little of Paris to San Francisco, opened its doors on March 21, 1904. Like so many other famous hotels in the city, the St. Francis suffered extensive damage in the fire that ravaged after that historic 1906 earthquake. The owners of the hotel focused on rebuilding and in late 1907 it reopened its doors. Today, the hotel includes several wings and a 32-story tower, which makes the Westin St. Francis the largest hotel on the Pacific Coast.

St. Francis Hotel

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Sources: Haunted Hotels: The Queen Anne | The Hotel Majestic | Palace Hotel | Fairmont Hotel | Westin St. Francis

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