Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco

27 April 2016 / By

We were lucky to have as our tour guide Ms. Stephanie Lapsley (Director of Sales and Marketing).  Ms. Lapsley was not only knowledgeable about the Palace hotel but gave us many “insider” tips of the surrounding area.

The Palace Hotel first opened its doors on October 2, 1875, as the largest hotel in the world at its current location. The Palace remained a world-renowned hotel until the fires of the 1906 earthquake destroyed it. And like the phoenix rising from the ashes, the new Palace opened its doors on December 15, 1909.  As of the end of last year, the Palace Hotel again went through another renovation, and we were wow with the fantastic transformations.

The four-diamond Palace Hotel is a member of The Luxury Collection, a glittering ensemble of more than 85 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries that celebrates history, luxury, and service.


Photo by Alex Leber

The Location

Centrally located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, the Palace is walking distance to Union Square, the cable car system, the Embarcadero, Ferry Building Marketplace, Chinatown, AT&T Park, boutique and high-end shopping, cultural museums, and theaters. If walking is “arduous” (as Tom thinks), then give Uber or Lyft a try; they are everywhere!  This tech-centric town is buzzing with conveniences.


Our superior suite enjoyed 11-foot ceilings and refined crown moldings that underscore the architectural grace of the hotel. Mood-setting colors throughout not only the hotel but our room as well. The Palace offered many accommodation options during your stay from Superior Room to Presidential Suite and based on your needs.

Photo by Alex Leber

Photo by Alex Leber


  • Garden Court – Recognized as one of the most beautiful rooms in the world, a glass dome atrium and shimmering Austrian crystal chandeliers crown the breathtaking Garden Court.
Photo by Alex Leber

Photo by Alex Leber

  • GC Lounge – known as an area for Tea Time and savory bites. We missed both but skipped to amazing cocktails instead while listening to the nightly live music.
Photo by Alex Leber

Photo by Alex Leber

  • Pied Piper Bar & Grill – Named after the famous Maxfield Parrish painting that graces this room, the Pied Piper is warm and inviting. This is the perfect place to enjoy fine dining and signature cocktails under the watchful eyes of the Pied Piper.


Whatever your heart desires, the concierge is at your disposal. On-site, there’s a health club and a glass-domed, a skylit indoor swimming pool, which is a one of a kind in San Francisco. If you are interested in exploring the surrounding area, a tour of the nearby wine country can be arranged. It seems that biking is the outdoor activity of choice in San Francisco. There is no better way to explore the city and surrounding areas. Since we drove, we brought our bikes and enjoyed a stunning sunset ride over the Golden Gate Bridge. However, bike rental with a guide or on a self-tour basis is simple to arrange.


Photo by Alex Leber


The Palace Hotel is the perfect place to stay in San Francisco. The location and history are unique and make this property a special place for a long-term stay or a quick weekend getaway. The Palace Hotel offers many activities for kids, which is perfect for a family gathering. The luxurious accommodations, attentive service, historical significance, and ideal location make the Palace Hotel a fantastic property to call home when you’re in San Francisco.

We are Virtuoso agents.  The following benefits and concierge services are offered to our clients.

Virtuoso Amenities  

For 2019:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary full breakfast for two daily until 10:00 a.m. for duration of the stay (excludes Sunday Brunch)
  • USD 100 Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Contact Us for additional information about this property or other Virtuoso properties around the world.

*Photos are courtesy of Alex Leber Photography.  Professionally trained and armed with a degree in digital media from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Alex enjoys the simplicity of seeing someone’s face light up, in awe of a well-made photo. Alex still nurtures a love for the art and continues to further his craft with every shot. Alex is based out of San Francisco.*
About The Author

Leave a Comment

*Please complete all fields correctly

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.