Palace Hotel


Ralston commissioned an architect to study Europe's finest hotels and make them pale in comparison. To finance his dream and its $5 million price tag, he exhausted his banking empire. Just weeks before the Palace's grand opening, he was told the Bank of California would close. The next day, Ralston's body was found floating in the San Francisco Bay. His partner, Senator William Sharon, was undeterred in fostering the dream.

Centrally located downtown, adjacent to the Financial District, the Palace is walking distance to Union Square, the Cable Cars, the Embarcadero, Chinatown, the Moscone Convention Center, Pac Bell Park, Sony Metreon, Yerba Buena Park, SF Museum of Modern Art, and the Theater District.

The Palace's 552 guest rooms have been newly restored with the latest in modern luxury with traditional mahogany furnishings and updated fixtures. All rooms have 14' ceilings and windows that open for fresh air.  Guest rooms feature individually-controlled air conditioning and heating units, safe deposit boxes, refrigerators and hook-ups for personal computers and facsimile machines. 




  • Cocktail Lounge 
  • 3 Restaurants
  • Room Service
  • Air-conditioning in rooms / public areas
  • Cable TV
  • Children's Facilities
  • Concierge
  • Cribs Available
  • Handicapped Facilities
  • Mini Bar in room
  • In-room Movies
  • Refrigerator in room 
  • Laundry Facilities 
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms available
  • Car Parking (Self) Cost $ 30.00/day
  • Rollaway bed available
  • Safety Deposit Box Free
  • Shops on premises
  • Exercise Room / Equipment (Gym)
  • Whirlpool / Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Pool - Indoor
  • Sauna 
  • Baby Sitting Facilities


Located on the fourth floor, the Palace's beautiful health club features a sky lit swimming pool, whirlpool, full service Spa, sauna and fitness center. 

The Business Center provides secretarial services such as photocopying, package shipping and handling, and facsimile receipt and transmittal, as well as computer, audio visual, translation and notary public services.


Garden Court

Crowned by a stained glass dome and shimmering chandeliers, the hotels former carriage entrance is now recognized as one of the world's most beautiful dining rooms--The Garden Court.

As sunlight illuminates the dome, one feels as if they are sitting in a garden atrium, albeit one with elegant chandeliers, lush greenery and towering marble columns. This world famous restaurant provides an elegant setting for breakfast, lunch, Saturday afternoon tea or Sunday brunch. Open daily.

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