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Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco

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Why We Love It

  • San Francisco’s oldest luxury hotel underwent an extensive 2015 renovation
  • This regal, AAA 4-Diamond property has hosted eight presidents and countless celebrities
  • The indoor pool with glass rotunda offers views of the city's skyline
  • There's an on-site Ghirardelli chocolate shop accessible via the lobby

“This upscale landmark hotel built in 1875 is aptly named” – Oyster.com
Enjoyed This
(6 Member Ratings)

Map & Directions

The hotel is 14 miles from San Francisco Airport; guests can expect to pay approximately $60 in taxi fare to reach their destination.

Rooms & Rates

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The Palace Hotel opened its doors in 1875 as the largest, most expensive hotel in the world. Fresh off a $40 million renovation, San Francisco’s oldest luxury hotel maintains historic touches like vintage mailboxes, a spiral staircase and Austrian crystal chandeliers in the Garden Court’s gold atrium.

Created with royal guests in mind, the Garden Court is the hotel’s crown jewel. Eighty-thousand panes of stained glass filter a rainbow of sunlight over marble columns and sparkling chandeliers, where brunch and afternoon tea are served. The fourth floor is home to an indoor pool under a restored, sky-lit ceiling showcasing the San Francisco skyline. A gilded doorway from the lobby leads to hotel’s on-site Ghirardelli shop.

Accommodations are surprisingly big with crown moldings and 11-foot ceilings making the spaces seem even larger. The renovated guest rooms feature ivory tufted leather headboards, jewel-toned throw pillows, nightstands inspired by vintage travel trunks and all-white marble baths with walk-in showers.

The downtown hotel is just minutes from Embarcadero Ferry Building, Chinatown, Union Square, cable cars and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

From the press:
  • “Last summer’s epic restoration breathed new life into an historic landmark” -- Travel + Leisure
  • “Enter the Palace Hotel and its stunning Garden Court, and you might think you’ve stepped into a Parisian castle” -- Frommer’s



  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi in public areas (fees apply)


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Slippers


  • Valet service (fees apply)

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Pets: Pets allowed

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Check-in time starts at 3pm.  Checkout time is 11am.

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed. Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

Know Before You Go

  • Up to two children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • The property allows pets in specific rooms only and has other pet restrictions (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in or checkout.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 18 and USD 150 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 15.99 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for in-room high-speed Internet (wired): USD 15.99 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 8.00 per hour (rates may vary)
  • Fee for high-speed Internet (wired) in public areas: USD 8 per hour (rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 16.00 per person (one way)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 59.28 to 72.96 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 75.00 per accommodation, per night
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.
Mandatory Fees and Taxes

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:

  • All citizens of Uruguay will be charged the national value-added tax November to April. However, business travelers from firms in Uruguay will be charged the value-added tax year round.
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Enjoyed This
(6 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Palace Hotel, San Francisco (Starwood) (part of Historic Hotels of America) over the past 15 months.
5.0 Ambiance
4.3 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money

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