Built in 1875, the Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is distinguished as San Francisco’s very first luxury hotel. Although there are now a plethora of upscale accommodations in the city from which to choose, this landmark remains one of the finest, thanks to its chic design and impeccable amenities. And now, a multimillion-dollar renovation—which kicked off in April and is scheduled to be completed in September—is returning the grande dame to its original splendor.
The initial phase of the revamp, led by award-winning design firm Indidesign, enhanced the guest rooms, the indoor pool, and the fitness center. The reimagined rooms now feature 11-foot ceilings, sweeping windows, solid oak doors (dating back to 1909), 48-inch plasma televisions, and decorations in shades of plum, dark blue, and gray. The marble bathrooms contain a back-lit mirror and a rain shower.
The second leg of the renovation will debut revitalized public spaces, including the lobby, the Promenade, the Garden Court, and the all-new GC Lounge. While the Garden Court will retain its iconic glass-dome atrium, Austrian crystal chandeliers, and traditional Saturday Signature Tea and Sunday City Brunch, it will be given an updated design motif. The adjacent GC Lounge will provide a laid-back space for afternoon tea, as well as live music and cocktails in the evenings. A San Francisco landmark for 140 years, the Palace Hotel’s new renovation ensures it will continue to be a prime location for years to come. (sfpalace.com)