I recently had the pleasure of staying in the iconic Palace Hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This hotel was originally built in 1875 and later fully rebuilt after the devastating earthquake and fire of 1906. It was completely rebuilt and reopened in 1909 and to this day has kept its grandeur.
I’ve stayed in several hotels downtown San Francisco before like the W Hotel, but the Palace Hotel is simply breathtaking with its historic splendor. Staying at the Palace is like visiting part of history. A random fact I learned on this trip about the Palace Hotel was that King Kalakaua died here January 20, 1891 when he traveled to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. A small memorial to him is even displayed in the lobby.
This hotel is very elegant and each room is large with very high ceilings. The decor is classic and warm. I also had excellent service during our three night stay here. The staff was extremely friendly and went out of their way to provide 5 star service.
Two of my favorite things about the Palace are the beautiful bar/lounge area and their pool. Straight off the plane I got to sit at the bar and sip a delicious martini and for a second pretend I was a wearing white gloves, a hat, and it was 100 years ago!
The hotel indoor pool was also a great perk to have in a cool bustling city like San Francisco. You could take a swim in the warm indoor pool and also soak in their jacuzzi.
I highly recommend a stay at the Palace Hotel or simply stop in to enjoy brunch in their garden court and/or a cocktail at their renowned bar.