The most historic hotel in San Francisco also happens to be one of the finest. Palace Hotel became one of the world’s most famous hotels when it opened in 1875 thanks to the opulent luxury on display, particularly in the hotel’s restaurant, the Garden Court.
Rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake along with the rest of the hotel, the Garden Court’s iconic 80,000-pane stained-glass ceiling is breathtaking. The fare on offer at the restaurant is excellent, a standard attained by the rest of the hotel, which boasts 53,000 square feet of meeting space, including three elegant ballrooms. Look out for the $2.5 million Maxfield Parrish mural of The Pied Piper of Hamlin, found in the bar of the same name.
TOP SUITE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
Why we love it: Located on the eighth floor of Palace Hotel, the spacious Presidential Suite blends comfort with luxury to create an idyllic living space for elite travelers. The bedroom has a king-size bed alongside a large sitting area, while the living room boasts a Knabe baby grand piano and original decorative fireplace. The style is traditional with Belle Époque influences and there’s a dining area, card room and a kitchenette with microwave and fridge.
- Square footage: 2,000
- Nightly rate: $4,400