Thursday, January 23, 2014

Murtle's Wedding at The Fairmont San Francisco

It's only apt to end my San Francisco series with the reason why I was in the city:

Murtle got married at the historic Fairmont San Francisco located atop Nob Hill. 
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It's home to the famous Tonga Room, a tiki bar which has been featured on Anthony Bordain's show Layover... 

The Penthouse Suite at The Fairmont San Francisco where Murtle's wedding ceremony and reception took place was not too shabby either.

The suite is 6,000 square feet and spans the entire eighth floor of the main building of The Fairmont San Francisco. President John F. Kennedy, Prince Charles of Wales, Mick Jagger, Tony Bennett, and Nat King Cole are a few of the VIPs that have stayed at the Presidential Suite.

One has to take a private elevator to reach the Presidential Suite and this charming entrance is what greets guests. 

The suite also features an expansive living room which was transformed into a wedding hall for the ceremony.

There are three large bedrooms in the suite and this travel inspired room is one of them: 

The formal dining room, on the other hand, can seat up to 60 guests. It was perfect for Murtle's intimate wedding celebration.

One of the highlights of the suite is the "two-story circular library crowned by a rotunda where a celestial map is rendered in gold leaf against a sapphire sky."  

At the second floor of the library, there's a secret passageway concealed by bookshelves. It used to lead to the rooftop of the hotel for the ultimate in stargazing. Rumor has it that JFK conveniently utilized the passageway for his trysts with Marilyn Monroe.

Books are mostly vintage with 1st edition copies part of the collection.

My favorite room though is the billiards room! It is covered in handcrafted Persian tiles from floor to ceiling making it one of the most beautiful rooms I've seen in a long long time.

From the living room, there is a door that leads to the terrace..

for sweeping views of San Francisco!

Here's a collage of some of the special moments during Murtle's wedding!!!
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The Fairmont San Francisco is located at 950 Mason Street San Francisco California, United States. For more information, click here.

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