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If you’re looking for a hotel exuding classic San Francisco elegance, the Westin St. Francis delivers, with its massive lobby, crown molding, marble columns, and iconic Magneta Grandfather Clock. Built in 1904 by railroad magnate Charles Crocker and his wealthy friends (see “The Big Four and the Bonanza Kings,”), the St. Francis has hosted a who’s who of world-famous celebrities including Helen Keller, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Queen Elizabeth, Mother Teresa, and a number of U.S. presidents. The Westin comprises two buildings: The historic Landmark Building fronts the square, while the 32-story Tower Building, built in 1972, features larger rooms and bathrooms with a sleeker aesthetic. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the city on higher floors. The St. Francis is especially lovely around the holidays, when executive pastry chef Jean-Francois Houdre unveils an elaborate sugar castle or an entire village, and Union Square’s Christmas tree can be viewed from most rooms. While you’ll find the best food elsewhere, there’s something for everyone at this hotel’s restaurants, from casual fare in the lobby at Caruso’s to the classic American menu at the Oak Room. You’ll also find creative cocktails and gourmet bar bites at Clock Bar and wine tasting at Chateau Montelena.