Palace Hotel San Francisco, A Luxury Collection HotelTravel — Hotel
|About||The Palace Hotel is located in the heart of the San Francisco. Guests will experience hospitality on a grand scale in the 553 guest rooms, evidenced by soaring 14ft ceilings, original architectural details, marble bathrooms and luxurious amenities.|
Experience gracious hospitality on a grand scale at the iconic Palace Hotel. One of San Francisco’s most treasured landmarks, the hotel was built in 1875 to celebrate the West Coast boom. From the famed 1909 Maxfield Parrish mural "The Pied Piper of Hamlin" in our Pied Piper Bar to the grandeur of The Garden Court to the sky lit indoor pool, the Palace Hotel captures a timeless sophistication that is as distinct as it is inviting.
The Palace Hotel is centrally located in the heart of the city, just steps away from Union Square, Chinatown, the Financial District and the Moscone Convention Center. Whether you’re traveling to San Francisco for business or pleasure, your comfort and enjoyment are our utmost priority at the Palace Hotel.
Palace Hotel History
The Palace Hotel, built in 1875, envisioned by William Chapman Ralston and William Sharon, was reputedly the largest, most luxurious and costly hotel in the world. The Palace Hotel was designed as the American counterpart to the grand hotels of Europe. On October 2, 1875, the Palace Hotel officially opened to capture the hearts of the American public. Originally built by architect John P. Gaynor, the majestic building hailed 7,000 windows, 14-foot high ceilings and an unprecedented opulence. Today's Garden Court was conceived of as the hotel's carriage entrance – a gateway to the splendors and remarkable innovations within. The hydraulic elevators – an engineering marvel for the time – were dubbed "rising rooms." In each of the lavish guest rooms, an electronic call button allowed guests to "ring" for anything they desired and air conditioning was a standard feature. The Palace Hotel quickly gained prominence among the traveling elite. Famed tenor Enrico Caruso was a guest at the hotel on April 18, 1906 when a devastating earthquake hit. While the hotel survived the quake structurally, it was decimated in the ensuing fire that swept most of downtown. It took three years of rebuilding under the supervision of New York firm, Trowbridge & Livingston, before the Palace Hotel would re-open in 1909. It was for this second opening that the artist Maxfield Parrish was commissioned to paint the 16-foot mural “The Pied Piper of Hamlin” that is being displayed to this day in the Pied Piper Bar. Resuming its place among elite society, the new Palace Hotel attracted dignitaries, business moguls and celebrities alike. Presidents Harrison, McKinley, Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Harding, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Clinton all spent time here. John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan and Oscar Wilde were guests, and actress Sarah Bernhard caused a stir when she arrived with her pet baby tiger. Leaving its mark on the 20th Century, the hotel hosted President Woodrow Wilson in support of the Versailles Treaty and in 1945, catered the banquet honoring the opening session of the United Nations. After 80 years of exceptional hospitality, the hotel was closed for a complete renovation. The Palace Hotel re-opened to its restored grandeur in 1991.