Farewell Fairmont San Francisco

t48-19 We hear that parts of San Francisco’s famed Fairmont Hotel (above) could possibly be shape-shifting into a luxury condo tower. The Nob Hill icon — which served as the backdrop for ’80s soap, Hotel — will convert some 226 rooms into 160 apartments. Purists — and preservationists — can exhale knowing the changes will take place not in the Fairmont’s landmarked 1907 original building, but rather in its newer tower built in 1961. The condos will range between 1700 and 7500 square feet and begin in the low seven figures. While the move will help keep the Fairmont in business, it will sadly mark the end of its legendary Tonga Room bar, whose tiki-themed funness is not included in the new master plan.

Bummer!

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