St. Francis

The hotel provides the public with little information about its history. Our team researches the hotel's past, from the very beginning, verifying its exact opening date and providing an overview of its history up to the present day.?If you have any useful information and would like to share it, please send it to you This is what we know so far (attention: unverified history!): host to the prominent for decades, it was one of the few buildings to survive the earthquake 1906 --here one will also find the great Magneta Clock, the first master clock introduced to the West, and object of the expressio, "Meet me under the clock".
The St. Francis Hotel has seen its fair share of scandalous events. On Labor Day, Sept. 5, 1921, silent film star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and friend Fred Fishbach were partying in Suite 1219-122l. A young starlet named Virginia Rappe also attended the party and died of internal injuries four days later. Arbuckle was accused of injuring her during a sexual assault. Although he was tried three times and never convicted (two hung juries and an acquittal), the trial ended his career, also due in part to William Randolph Hearst's yellow press and inflammatory coverage of his trials. In 1950, the 64-year-old entertainer Al Jolson died during a card game in a penthouse suite. According to Mark Gordon of "The Great Frisco Crime Tour," Jolson said, "Fellows, I'm not feeling well," went back to his room and died. The San Francisco Examiner dispatched a photographer to the scene, who re-arranged the card table to give Jolson a pair of aces and eights--deadman's hand. In 1975, the St. Francis was also the location where deranged would-be assassin Sarah Jane Moore fired a shot at then-President Gerald Ford. Marsha Monro, director of sales and communications for the hotel, says that very few guests mention Arbuckle or Ford. "Honestly, we have more people asking us if we still wash coins or if J. Lo is staying here," she says. During the '30s and '40s, the St. Francis employed people to wash coins so that ladies' white gloves would not get dirty. For the record, the hotel will still do this "upon special request." Now that's one way to launder money.
Managed by: Starwood - The Luxury Collection
1.192/83 Rooms
Victor´s, fine dining Compass Rose, for afternoontea, or champagne and caviar Oz, the dance club St. Francis grill Dutch Kitchen Dewey´s
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St. Francis
Country: USA
City: San Francisco
Opening date: 1904, March 21

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General Manager Joe Berger Esq.


335 Powell Street
CA 94102-1875 USA, San Francisco

Tel: +1 415 397 7000
Fax: +1 415 774 0124

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