When the Palace Hotel was born in 1875, San Franciscans had seen nothing like it. It was not only the city's first luxury hotel — it also made headlines around the globe for being the world's largest.

This year, the Palace Hotel adds another milestone to its glittering history. It might have the gravitas of the past to help it stand out in the saturated tourism market, but time is a double-edged sword and brings with it non-negotiable demands for restoration and renovation. 

Palace Hotel

After a multi-million-dollar renovation, the hotel is now ready to welcome guests into its opulent abode. Despite updating its 556 rooms and suites with contemporary touches, you'll find plenty of the hotel's old world charms still very much intact: Soaring 11-foot ceilings, solid oak doors, leather tufted headboards, and generous marble bathrooms all underscore the adage that old is indeed gold. 

Palace Hotel San Francisco

Even if you're not staying for the night, the hotel's main dining room, The Garden Court, should be on your bucket list when you're in town. The grand two-story space is crowned with a domed glass ceiling speckled with Austrian crystal chandeliers and intricate ironwork. It's the perfect setting for afternoon tea, one complete with fine China and silver service, no less. If you truly wish to indulge, the hotel's most luxurious afternoon tea set comes with caviar and two glasses of Veuve Clicquot on top of the usual tea sandwiches and scones.  

Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Tel: (415) 512 1111