Fodor's Expert Review Palace Hotel, San Francisco

2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, California, 94105, USA Fodor's Choice

Open since 1875 and rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake, this legendary hotel continues to be one of the city's elite places to stay, with a prominent location at the border of SoMa and downtown plus a delightful mix of modern amenities (an indoor lap pool beneath a glass-domed ceiling) and deluxe architectural details of a bygone era. The entrance area is a time-traveling stunner, with Austrian crystal chandeliers and eight pairs of bronze-filigree marble columns supporting a magnificent dome ceiling. The former carriage entrance, which reemerged as crystal-roofed The Garden Court restaurant, is a favorite of ladies who lunch and those who enjoy an elaborate Sunday brunch. Even if you're not staying here, sip a cocktail at the Pied Piper Bar, named for its Maxfield Parrish painting.

PROS

  • Oozes history and Gilded Age grandeur
  • Well-trained staff
  • Excellent fitness center

CONS

  • Smallish rooms with even smaller baths
  • West-facing rooms can be warm and stuffy
  • Street noise (ask for an upper-floor room)

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 415-512–1111

HOTEL DETAILS

556 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals