Inside San Francisco’s upscale Fairmont hotel, there’s a little rooftop garden open to the public (a public park?) that affords a view of the downtown San Franicisco, the bay and Coit Tower.
As described in this SFGate article:
The Fairmont’s contribution to the greening of San Francisco is a turn-of-the-century oasis with the style of a private estate. Royal palms spread enormous canopies. The wind-tossed fountain spray and the distant view of the bay add to the grand air as to the olive trees, the birds-of-paradise, and manicured lawn. Notice the granite facade of the Fairmont Hotel. On the top floor you can see the terrace belonging to the Penthouse Suite, rumored to be San Francisco’s most expensive set of rooms. Inside the hotel, wander the corridors on the lobby level where historic photos are exhibited.
Naturally, Marta and I have been there several times. Here are some views from a couple of years back. I’m still using one of the photos from that day as my avatar, though it’s getting a bit out of date…
This place is incredibly easy to get to and surprisingly unknown. Just walk into the lobby and toward the bathroom on the ground level. You’ll pass lots of historical photos along the way. Then there’s an entrance to the park, and that’s it. You’re likely to see next to no one there, but there’s an occasional wedding or outdoor party.