$40 million renovation for the The Palace Hotel, San Francisco


The Palace Hotel, San Francisco has completed an extensive $40 million renovation. The iconic hotel now features redesigned guestrooms and reimagined public spaces, including the famed Garden Court.

The Palace Hotel, known for over a century as the arbiter of San Francisco style and society, was once at the center of America’s first Golden Age of Travel, which inspired the interior re-design of the hotel led by Beatrice Girelli of indidesign. 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 monogrammed knobs. Dark wood furnishings, mixed metals, and artistic lighting juxtapose a fresh color palette of midnight blue, charcoal, dove grey and plum textiles.

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. 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 chrome accents.

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Several grand suites have been introduced to the hotel following the renovation, including the Royal Suite and the State Suite. The Royal Suite spans almost 1,000 square feet with breathtaking city views from curved windows that hug the corner of the suite’s living room. Meticulous architectural details, including a carved marble fireplace, give the suite character and balance the palette of pale blue, plum and ivory textiles and furnishings throughout. Similarly, the 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 been refreshed. 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, spa tub, and exquisite amenities. A spacious living room and formal dining room – each with original carved fireplaces, authentic architectural detail, and vintage chandeliers – are beautifully 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 combined with nice coffee.

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.

San Francisco’s most storied meeting place, The Garden Court remains the jewel of The Palace Hotel. The 120-seat dining room is nestled amidst gilded Ionic columns, a magnificent glass dome ceiling and historic Austrian crystal chandeliers complemented by contemporary design, locally sourced cuisine and impeccable service. 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 LifeFitness. The men’s and women’s lounges now feature marble bath areas, spa showers, fresh design elements and large back-lit mirrors.

The Palace Hotel is part of The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts and is owned by Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts.