San Francisco’s Palace Hotel is a timeless treasure. Originally opened in 1875 and a favorite of locals and visitors alike for over a century, it has been transformed. The stunning renovation honors the classic architecture and history while introducing a modern and elegant décor.
The Garden Court has experienced a renaissance with the addition of the GC Lounge in the front half of the restaurant that has become the hotel’s living room, a place to work, connect, or dine throughout the day or evening.
The Garden Court remains elegant, refreshed with beautiful new furnishings that complement the room’s architecture. They continue to serve a full lunch menu, Afternoon Tea on Saturday, and a lavish Champagne Brunch during holidays. Their a la carte menu includes new and classic favorites.
The GC Lounge serves lighter bites all day long. And you can enjoy modern tea snacks with tea, a cocktail or champagne as an afternoon pick-me-up. We enjoyed Tea Time and such delicious bites as Crab Asiago Tart, sumptuous panini toasts, scones and decadent dark chocolate torte in the comfort of this beautiful space.
With the sumptuous changes to the Garden Court and lobby, I couldn’t wait to see the guest room transformation. I was delighted to find that the classic architecture was enhanced by rich textures, colors, and interesting furnishings giving it a fresh appeal. Stunning one-of-a-kind furniture serves as art, in addition to being functional.
Room amenities cater to the traveler’s comfort. Connectivity is one of those things that is often overlooked requiring a guest to crawl around to locate an available plug for electronic devices. The wired desks, abundance of outlets and obvious locations made it easy to connect and stay powered up.
Each room offers a distinct headboard or poster-bed and unique décor providing a reason to request a different room for each stay. Comfy beds, luxury linens and fluffy pillows contribute to a restful night of sleep. Plush robes envelop you like a hug. Marble bathrooms have delightful bath products and luxurious showers and shower/tub combination. Some rooms even have bidet’s.
One of my favorite amenities, the sky-lit pool provides a beautiful place to relax after a busy day of touring or business. From the pool captivating city views with towering skyscrapers offer an unusual perspective. Whimsical black and white vintage photographs showcase a variety of leisure activities. The fitness center has been greatly expanded and provides views into the pool and the city beyond.
It is hard to imagine that this classic hotel could become even more beautiful; the reinvention makes it appealing for this modern time and a new generation of travelers.
Details: The Palace Hotel has played host to the world’s who’s who for over a century. Visit their website to book your own memorable hotel stay or to make a reservation to dine in one of the classic restaurants. The Palace Hotel is located at 2 New Montgomery Street in San Francisco near Union Square shopping district and the Financial District and conveniently located to public transportation.
About the Author: Karla Erovick writes about romantic travel, wine, and food. She is the author of over 500 articles covering destination guides, wine travel, and restaurant reviews.