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Palace Hotel/Downtown

Pros: Classy and historic, indoor pool
Cons: A bit faded
Best For: Downtown location, tea in the Garden Court

The Palace Hotel in San Francisco opened for business in 1875 and rivaled the grand hotels of Europe. Gutted by fire in the 1906 Earthquake, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1909. The Garden Court was originally the opulent carriage entrance. Though she might be a little rough around the edges, and not as high-tech as some, this is a classic. Make a reservation for the Palace Hotel Historic Tour and Lunch, even if you are a local. $19.09 Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday only.
Noteworthy: President Warren Harding died here in 1923, while still in office.
Nice Touch: Every window actually opens to let in fresh air.
Must See: Maxfield Parrish mural in the Pied Piper Bar
Fascinating History of the hotel:
Palace Hotel San Francisco
Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, 94105
Palace Hotel Burns in San Francisco
The Palace Hotel Burning 1906