At Palace Hotel, an elegance Collection Hotel in San Francisco, you’ll find Gilded Age elegance, historic architecture, and world-class service.
A classic symbol with authentic components and original architecture combined with contemporary interior design. The Palace was the first and largest hotel in the world when it opened in San Francisco in 1875. The Palace Hotel has observed history and changed with the times throughout her tenure as a municipal icon. With the opening of the brand-new Palace in 1909, the award-winning restoration completed in 1989, and the announcement of our 2015 reconstruction, the Palace continues to be a first in its field.
At San Francisco’s Palace Hotel, an elegance Collection Hotel, you’ll find Gilded Age elegance, historic architecture, and top-notch service. The historic hotel in the heart of San Francisco, California, blends traditional style with contemporary furnishings. Enjoy a variety of hotel packages, services, and facilities, including valet parking, professional concierge help, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and event spaces. Elegant, individualized suites provide in-room dining and enticing city views. In addition to two renowned fine dining establishments with diverse settings, our storied luxury hotel also features a heated indoor pool with a sky-lit ceiling. With Chinatown and our famous cable cars just a few steps away, you can easily go outdoors and experience downtown San Francisco, California.
The atmosphere at The Pied Piper is one that encourages mixing and interacting. Everything you need is ready and eager to welcome you. A modern fireplace immediately entices you into the space. Comfortable couches and armchairs are arranged around marble coffee tables with mirrored tops. Around mid-century-inspired tables made of honed, absolute black granite, cool communal seating is set up. Picture yourself hosting guests in a comfortable living room with delicious cuisine and well-made beverages.
The Garden Court is a marvel of Beaux Arts architecture and the Palace’s focal point. It is a magnificent stained-glass atrium that serves as the primary dining space. This was the Grand Central Court in 1875, a carriage entry through which visitors would arrive. The Garden Court is undoubtedly big, measuring 85 by 110 feet and roughly the size of an Olympic-sized skating rink. Many original historic elements, such as Italian marble columns, beautiful crystal chandeliers, and the huge glass dome, remain in the Garden Court. This magnificent location was rightfully declared a San Francisco Landmark in 1969.
When it was first built, the old Palace Hotel, also known as the “Bonanza Inn” informally, had 755 guest rooms, making it the biggest hotel in the Western United States. For more than a decade, the hotel held the record for San Francisco’s highest structure at 120 feet (37 meters). The Grand Court, which functioned as a chic carriage entry, was located in the skylighted open center of the structure, which was also seven storeys high and surrounded by white-columned balconies. This space was transformed into the “Palm Court” lounge sometime after 1900. Jules Harder served as the hotel’s first chef, while William ‘Cocktail’ Boothby worked as a barman for a while. The hotel included enormous “rising rooms,” which were hydraulic lifts with redwood panels.
The “New” Palace Hotel, which had been completely rebuilt from the bottom up, debuted on December 19, 1909, and rapidly took on the responsibilities of its namesake predecessor as a significant San Francisco landmark and venue for many of the city’s major events. The new “Bonanza Inn” is in many respects as magnificent, lavish, and courteous on the interior as the 1875 structure, but has an exterior that is far plainer than the old Palace. The “Garden Court” (also known as the “Palm Court”), which is located where the Grand Court was in the previous building, has long been regarded as one of San Francisco’s most illustrious hotel dining rooms.