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“Sense of slightly faded grandeur” 4 of 5 stars
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Palace Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (South Beach)   |  
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13 hotel reviews
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“Sense of slightly faded grandeur”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Caveat: I stayed here during Dreamforce, one of the huge tech conferences that San Francisco has the pleasure(?) or hosting. So, my views may be a little coloured by the crowds and high costs associated with such peak times.

The Palace Hotel is situated right in the middle of Market St, and is perfect for getting around the Financial District. There are restaurants, bars, cafes aplenty, and easy access to cabs, buses cable cars... you can't go wrong in that respect. However, if I was travelling as a tourist I'd try to find somewhere in an area with a little more character -- it's very business-focused around here.

The interior is reminiscent of a bygone, glorious past. This isn't a criticism -- it creates a rather grand atmosphere. The front desk staff were very helpful, and I was left in no doubt regarding the options open to me. Again,my room left me feeling that this hotel must have once been the height of glamour: it was a little small, the bathroom wasn't exactly state of the art, and I struggled to get the iron to remove creases from my shirts. But overall it was perfectly serviceable for a business trip and probably rather more comfortable than I'm used to on business travel.

I can't recall the name of the bar / restaurant but it was very good. The cocktails take a little while to arrive but that's because they are made properly. Worth the wait, and the extra price.

The room price was very high but I suspect that was down to the conference being in town. That said, the location probably means they can usually command a higher than average rate.

Those describing it as 'grand' and 'classic' have it pretty much spot-on. It's got bundles of character and great service -- just don't be surprised when it's not quite at the standards of more modern hotels.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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38 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

San Francisco classic. It's been around forever and gas been regularly and very well brought up to date. Convenient to Moscone Center,Union Square, BART, almost everything in downtown San Francisco. Ak for upper floor, have breakfast in Garden Court.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PalaceHotelSF, Guest Relations Manager at Palace Hotel, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. We strive to provide our guests with a historically beautiful hotel while still offering modern conveniences. Thank you for sharing our convenient location with our future Global Explorers.
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Stayed here on business. It has one of the best rooms I have been in staying in the city, though it was spendy. Spacious, luxurious room, comfortable bed, and good service.

Stayed on third floor but still had surprising amount of noise from the hustle and bustle of the city. Not too bad though.

The duck confit macaroni and cheese is delicious and so rich you will want to share it.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Modesto, California
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

The Palace Hotel is a gorgeous old hotel in a perfect location of San Francisco. The entrance is off of Market. The Garden Court is breathtaking as you walk in. The Bart station is right outside the door which is very convenient. The rooms are spacious and the bathrooms have been recently updated. The Christmas decorations are just beautiful.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PalaceHotelSF, Guest Relations Manager at Palace Hotel, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
Thank you for sharing our first holiday review! We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed the holiday decorations; doesn’t it just bring so much happiness to the hotel? Thank you for sharing our convenient location with our future Global Explorers. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Happy Holidays.
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Harrisburg, Pa.
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

I thouroughly enjoyed this beautiful hotel. From the minute you walk in the lobby
you are surrounded by beauty. My room was in the front of the hotel but did not
experience noise from the street. It is steps from the train station which connects
you to the airport. It is a bit on the expensive side but most everything in SF is.
Would definitely stay there again. Concierge very helpful in finding great restaurant.
It is also only few blocks from cable car stop.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

I was actually uncomfortable stating here because the room furnishings were so old Alan's misty and (seemingly) dirty. A sad thing for a grand old hotel. Still, a great location and beautiful dining room.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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PalaceHotelSF, Guest Relations Manager at Palace Hotel, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
We are displeased to hear that you did not have the stay we strive to provide our guests. Comments like yours help us determine where renovation monies should be spent, so we are very thankful for the feedback. Thank you again and we do hope you will allow us the opportunity to show you what a stay at the Palace Hotel should feel like.
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Boca Raton, Florida
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43 hotel reviews
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156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is a classic San Francisco hotel that is over 135 years old. It is well located on Market St near Union Square, but not as close as Westin or Hyatt. But it is closer to Ferry Bldg. The BART is directly outside the side entrance. Short walk to Yerba Buena & SFMOMA museums. Quick check in & express check out. Had a minor problem that was expertly corrected by Fabricio Bermani, the front desk mgr, who provided us w/ drinks in bar while it is was fixed. Staff were friendly, courteous & ready to help. Free WiFi in lobby, but $15/day in room! Sunday jazz brunch in the deservedly famous Garden Court is expensive, but amazing, and it is after all, 2 meals. It is not your average hotel brunch. Rooms are small, but adequately appointed & clean.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > South Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in San Francisco
#23 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#34 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#35 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#36 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 552
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Palace Hotel is a Luxury Collection Hotel in San Francisco near Chinatown, Union Square, Financial District, and Moscone Convention Center. We have elegant accommodations and opulent meeting space ... more   less 
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