Many of these stories are told in a wonderful book titled American Hotel Stories, by Francisca Mattéolli (the book was a lovely gift from my children).
There is the story of Alfred Hitchcock who directed Vertigo in the fifties, which was, as you all know, filmed in San Francisco. During the filming, Hitchcock chose to stay at the Fairmont hotel.
The book highlights the interiors of the famed penthouse suite at the Fairmont hotel as it looks today-- although it’s not clear whether Hitchcock stayed at the suite or not.
The penthouse suite was originally built in 1926 as a residence that took up a whole floor. It has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a living room, and a dining room that could seat over fifty people. The suite also has a billiard room and a library.
Here is link to the suite. Enjoy the virtual tour!
Photos courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts