Swimming under the glass-domed ceiling that floods the hotel pool with natural light
The recycling bins in the rooms
The city views from the gym are a workout motivator (and we dig the marble baths in the changing rooms)
The bevy of historic details, like the Maxfield Parrish painting that gives the Pied Piper bar its name
What To Know
The wait at the check-in desk, which often seems understaffed, can be long
WiFi is free only for Starwood members
Valet parking is pricey
Some suites have views of bustling Market Street
Parking on site
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Historic San Francisco hotel returned to its former glory, with century-old oak doors, ultra-spacious rooms, and a legendary brunch in the Garden Court
When the Palace first opened its doors in 1875, it was the world’s largest hotel and one of the West Coast’s premier places to stay—a reputation it maintained for multiple decades. By 2015, the interiors were looking tired, but a much-needed renovation transformed them back into modern masterpieces, with new floors, enormous tufted headboards, and lots of dark wood accents, all under 11-foot ceilings. The palette of dark blues, purples and grays feels current and complements the property's charming but older architectural touches like monogrammed brass door knobs and heavy, century-old oak doors. The Palace's historic elegance remains, particularly in the extraordinary Garden Court, a combination lobby-restaurant-lounge topped with a stained glass dome and enormous crystal chandeliers that still manage to elicit gasps from entering guests. A harpist plays here every Sunday and the brunch is legendary (so best reserve in advance).
In the Area
For tourists, museum buffs, and business travelers, the hotel’s location in SoMa (South of Market) is on point. The Financial District and luxe shopping in Union Square are both within walking distance, and a cable car ride to the waterfront views, shops and restaurants of Fisherman’s Wharf takes around 20 minutes. Guests can walk to the Museum of Modern Art, the Beaux Arts building housing the Contemporary Jewish Museum (and Wise Sons Deli), and the Museum of the African Diaspora within five minutes. There are myriad excellent bars also within stumbling distance from the hotel: try Hawthorn for a chic lounge experience and Local Edition for an underground, speakeasy-style atmosphere (and an extensive cocktail list). There’s a BART and Muni station at the hotel entrance, making movement to other neighborhoods around the city exceptionally easy.
Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco
2 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, California 94105
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Palace Hotel - Luxury Collection is San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) - 19.2 km / 11.9 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.