The Palace Hotel has a long history as a landmark in San Francisco. Originally opened in 1875, then rebuilt in 1909, the Palace Hotel was the largest hotel in the world when it made its debut. Now part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection, the Palace Hotel is wrapping up a multi-million dollar renovation that lasted eight months. This was the first big refurbishment for the hotel in decades (the last major overhaul was in 1989, when the hotel closed for two years).
The hotel has already unveiled the fruits of the first phase of the renovation, which included all guestrooms, the fitness center, and the glass-domed indoor pool. The makeover preserved historic details- like the rooms’ wood doors and wall paneling (1909)- but added sleek, contemporary décor and all the modern creature comforts, like large plasma TVs and marble bathrooms with rain showers. The second phase, focusing on upgrades to the public areas, including the Lobby and Garden Court, is expected to be completed this month.