No matter where you live whether it’s a big city or a small town, odds are there will always be secret gems of hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, bars, or theaters. I am convinced even the most random, tiny places have something great to offer. (This belief likely comes from my post college obsession with watching Diners, Drive-in, and Dives on the Food Network). Of course, having a big city as my backyard, it’s pretty easy to stumble across an amazing place I have yet to explore. The more I look around, the more I find, and the Palace Hotel was just that!
I had heard about the Palace Hotel but didn’t realize how close it was to where I work. One day, while wandering around during lunch, I stumbled upon this gorgeous place and since, I find myself there often times midday when I am overworked, stressed, or in desperate need for a change of scenery. I literally feel like Lady Mary from Downton Abbey or Samantha from American Girl (haha) whenever I’m there. With the high ceilings, gorgeous furnishings, intricate tile and window work, and the absolutely stunning chandeliers, I am transported instantly somewhere else. It is the absolute perfect place to have afternoon tea, stay for a classy bachelorette party, have lunch, or go to for a conference. If San Francisco wasn’t home, this would be my dream stay!
The Palace Hotel was built in the 1800s and most of the décor, furnishings, and details are telling of the Victorian era of its hay day. It has gone through some renovations, particularly after the Earthquake of 1906 yet a large part of the details among the hotel are originals including the tile work and the ceilings. *I literally felt like I was walking through art during the entire tour! Did I mention that?! They took me on a TOUR! Thanks Renee! :o)
The current décor upholds the roots of the Palace Hotel with Victorian and travel themes infused in the furniture, rooms, and even hardware. There is absolutely a spirit of refinery throughout and it is a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of the very modern, now-techy city that surrounds it.
What’s more, they have brunch, high tea (my favorite), and live music! I’ll have to check it out and get back to you all about it but I can say that I did have a some tea while talking to Renee and it was delicious so I have no doubt everything else would follow suit!
If ever you are downtown in San Francisco, or need a place to stay, this is it! And if you booked somewhere else and are wandering around the Financial District, definitely come take a peak inside. That lobby is enough to make you swoon!