The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, a member of
Starwood’s The Luxury Collection, has completed an extensive US$
40 million renovation.
The hotel’s 556 guestrooms,
including 55 suites, reflect a modern sophistication, complemented
by original design elements, including elegant crown moldings that
frame wrought-iron windows and solid oak doors adorned with brass
Dark wood furnishings, mixed metals, and
artistic lighting juxtapose a fresh color palette of midnight
blue, charcoal, dove grey and plum textiles to create an
exquisitely layered look.
Former icons of industry, politics, innovation,
aviation and cinema – who called The Palace their San Francisco
home – inspired the guestroom design.
For instance, trim lines,
stitching and tailored bed frames recall the details of men’s
suiting and speak to the custom-made clothing worn by former
guests such as Andrew Carnegie. Complementing the design of the
space, feminine details are introduced in the drapery and
upholstery, inspired by the sultry elegance of Sophia Loren.
Nightstands are inspired by vintage travel trunks, like those
carried by Amelia Earhart, with stitched leather details and
Several grand suites have been introduced to the
hotel following the renovation, including the Royal Suite and the
The Royal Suite spans almost 1,000 square feet with
city views from curved windows that hug the corner of
the suite’s living room. Meticulous architectural details,
including an intricately carved marble fireplace, give the suite
character and balance the palette of pale blue, plum
and ivory textiles and furnishings throughout.
State Suite is designed to feel like an elegant San Francisco
apartment with natural light that streams through large windows,
classically-inspired contemporary furnishings, hardwood floors,
lush custom-made area rugs throughout every room and a serene
spa-like bath that completes this city retreat.
In addition to the introduction of several new
specialty suites, the hotel’s renowned Presidential Suite has also
Lined with expansive windows, the six-room suite
wraps around the northwest corner of the hotel’s eighth floor,
overlooking Market Street. The Presidential Suite’s luxurious
bedroom is adorned in neutral tones and ocean blues alongside a
large marble bath featuring a glass enclosed rain shower and spa tub. A spacious living room and formal dining
room – each with original carved fireplaces, authentic
architectural detail, and vintage chandeliers – are
appointed with classically inspired, contemporary furnishings and
a baby grand piano. The suite also features a media room, kitchen,
and guest bath, completing the feeling of a private residence in a
cosmopolitan city setting.
“Entertaining generations of San Francisco’s
most innovative social set, from Thomas Edison and Henry Ford to
the tech titans of today, The Palace Hotel endures as the city’s
most captivating destination,” said Hoyt H. Harper II, Global
Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “A new age
of contemporary glamour has debuted at this beloved address, and
the renovation of The Palace Hotel reinforces The Luxury
Collection brand’s commitment to investing in our landmark hotels
and to growing our global portfolio in destinations that our
guests are clamouring to explore.”
The Garden Court
Situated under soaring archways and coved
sky-lit ceilings, San Francisco’s treasured Garden Court has been
renovated to reveal two separate dining experiences.
In front of
the sweeping court, The GC Lounge infuses contemporary glamour to
the hotel’s rich heritage with tufted banquettes, speakeasy
seating, and a sleek communal table offering discreet technology.
Inspired by the paned glass ceiling, bronze paneled screens with
antique mirror accents create an intimate and residential feel.
One of San Francisco’s most storied meeting places, The
Garden Court remains the jewel of The Palace Hotel.
dining room is nestled amidst gilded Ionic columns, a magnificent
glass dome ceiling and historic Austrian crystal chandeliers
complemented by contemporary design and locally sourced cuisine. Plum, ivory, charcoal and dove grey hues
continue in The Garden Court and GC Lounge, blending the subdued
palette used throughout the hotel.
The Pied Piper, named after the prized Maxfield
Parrish painting that takes pride of place, has been a favored
meeting spot for more than a century. Just as industrialists of
the past brokered secret deals amongst the deeply grained wood
paneling, the pioneers of today’s digital revolution share ideas
and swap stories over expertly blended artisanal cocktails.
A hidden gem in San Francisco, the fourth floor
of The Palace Hotel is home to an indoor pool situated
under the restored, soaring sky-lit ceiling, which opens the space
to natural light and showcases the San Francisco cityscape. The
neutral palette, stone tile and spa-like design elements create an
oasis in the middle of the bustling city.
Following the renovation, the fitness center now
spans 3,000 square feet and boasts floor-to-ceiling windows
looking out to the hotel’s swimming pool as well as a new cardio
training room, spin bikes and cutting-edge exercise equipment from
The men’s and women’s lounges now feature luxurious
marble bath areas, spa showers, fresh design elements and large
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