Galleria Park Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Renovated in 2014
- Free daily wine hour features California labels
- Central location near Union Square and Chinatown
- The excellent free architectural walking tours
- Terrace space and jogging track
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Pet-friendly; the pooch doesn’t cost extra
- The gym is small, but day passes to the nearby 24-Hour Fitness are available for about $12
- Valet parking starts at $49 per night
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Former home of Mark Twain favorite The Occidental Hotel, this historic building marries historic charm with a thoroughly modern style in its latest incarnation as the Galleria Park Hotel. The lobby’s eclectic, modern style (lamps shaped like zebras, a curvy Art Nouveau fireplace) leads to a throwback: the original 1911 marble staircase, set off by a display of ossified antlers. In 2014, boutique chain Joie de Vivre completed an $8 million renovation, adding local modern art and a refined, airy vibe.
Bed and Bath
The 177 guestrooms feature Frette linens, buttery leather headboards and muted green and purple furnishings. Though the rooms may be cozier (starting at 200 square feet), the 11-foot ceilings open up the space. This San Fran sleep is also equipped with mod cons such as 42-inch flat-screens and Keurig coffeemakers. Marble bathrooms indulge with rain showers and LATHER bath products.
Helmed by Executive Chef Chris Jones, Gaspar brasserie combines traditional French cuisine with Northern California flavor. The wine list highlights Rhone Valley vintages to complement entrées like wild flounder grenobloise with pommes de terre purée, Bloomsdale spinach and lemon-caper beurre noisette. In the restaurant’s intimate Cognac Room, order cocktails or classics like the House Old Fashioned, crafted with Armagnac brandy, Demerara syrup and bitters. There’s also an evening wine hour in the lobby, where guests can sip a glass on the house. For a taste of history, head to the Legacy Room, which replicates the hotel’s original speakeasy. Work off the dishes and drinks on the terrace jogging track and urban garden, or learn about the city’s art and history on an architecture walking tour with Rick Evans (free with your stay).
In the Area
Venture down Maiden Lane to the Xanadu Gallery, housed in the only building in the city designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Romanesque arch entryway intrigues, and the spiral ramp inside served as a model for the Guggenheim. The California Academy of Sciences, an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum, is steps away. For a night out on the town, head to the Mission District and grab a beer or a cocktail at one of the many buzzy bars lining Valencia and Mission Streets. On nice nights try Zeitgeist’s beer garden. The Crocker Galleria mall can be accessed from the hotel’s third floor public open-space (there’s a stairway leading directly into the three-story mall).
How to Get There
My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in style, visiting beautiful San Francisco and staying at this charming, warm and friendly hotel.
We emailed ahead and requested (and got) a quiet room on an upper floor facing the interior courtyard. Room 716 was a Deluxe Full and was a reasonable size, perfectly okay for us. The bottle of bubbly and card was a nice touch.
The Hotel had a nice vibe and we particularly enjoyed the sipping hour, sat on one of the tables on the mezzanine floor, drinking a couple of glasses of red wine,
Reception and all staff were all very friendly, and made our stay even more memorable.
Free coffee in the morning was a bonus and we also liked taking a few photos in the 3rd floor outdoor garden terrace, with the backdrop of the financial district 'towers'.
Location of hotel was perfect and we walked everywhere. Thanks to all at the Galleria Park, we thoroughly enjoyed our 5 night stay.
Every staff member was friendly and accommodating, and any requests I had were completed quickly and thoroughly. Receiving texts from the hotel was a bit strange at first but definitely became very helpful! I will absolutely stay here the next time I'm in town :)
We loved this hotel. Great location, clean lovely rooms designed for peaceful nights. The people were nice and the wine and martini happy hour was an added plus. This hotel was in the booming financial district but on a weekend the restaurant was closed. Didn’t matter because sfo is full of great restaurants! I’d go back again.