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Palace Hotel

Palace Hotel San Francisco

2 New Montgomery Street

San Francisco, California 94105

Written by Jeff Heath
Originally built in 1875 for $5 million, the Palace Hotel has long been considered one of the world's grandest hotels. Famous guests of the Palace Hotel include Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Mark Twain, John David Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Barbara Bush, Bob and Elizabeth Dole, and Hillary Clinton. A $160 million restoration of this luxury 553-room
hotel in 1991 keeps the dignitaries coming.

Marble columns, vaulted ceilings, ornate gold leaf sconces, stained glass and Austrian leaded crystal chandeliers are complemented by original art pieces located throughout the Palace Hotel. Maxfield Parrish's mural, "The Pied Piper of Hamlin," is valued at $2.5 million and hangs in the Pied Piper Bar that adjoins Maxfield's, the hotel's casual restaurant.

Palace Hotel Location

Located in the heart of San Francisco's financial district, the Palace Hotel is one-half block from shopping, one block from the Entertainment District, two blocks from the convention center, five blocks from the
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Theater District and ten blocks from the government district. The subway's Montgomery Street BART station is next door. The Golden Gate Bridge is approximately three miles away, while 3Com/Candlestick Park and the San Francisco International Airport are both a 20- minute drive. The wineries of Napa Valley are 65 minutes away.

Palace Hotel Accommodations

The hotel's 553 rooms include 34 suites. Guest rooms feature bathrooms with marble vanity, tiled flooring, hair dryer, magnifying mirror, telephone and deluxe amenities. Hotel rooms have individually-controlled heat
and air conditioning units, refrigerators, safe deposit boxes, a fax machines, Web-TV, telephones with custom message, conference call and voice mail.

Palace Hotel Suites

The Palace Hotel has 29 one and two-bedroom suites and four grand suites. The Ambassador Suite, the Chancellor's Suite, the Governor's Suite and the Presidential Suite include original fireplaces (local fire code prevents their use), marble vanity with deluxe bathroom amenities and a Jacuzzi.

Palace Hotel Dining and Entertainment

The hotel has three restaurants. The Garden Court, the hotel's formal restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea. Maxfield's serves classic American fare for lunch and dinner. Adjoining Maxfield's is the Pied Piper Bar,
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selected as one of the world's top 7 bars by Esquire Magazine. Authentic Japanese cuisine is served in Kyo-Ya.

Additional Facilities

The hotel has a full-service business center; a fitness center with a whirlpool, sauna and sky lit 3-lane lap pool and 45,000 sq. ft. of banquet facilities. The hotel's three ballrooms are named: The Grand, The Ralston and The Gold.
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