Design Destination: Luxury Reinvented For Today At The Palace Hotel In San FranciscoAuthor:Abigail Stone
There’s something about a weekend in San Francisco that invites sensory indulgence. Its innovative cuisine is legendary: Lolo, Flour + Water, Burma Superstar, Rintaro, Outerlands, Kusakabe, Commonwealth, and Benu are some of the spots that should be on your list. Its beauty is a feast for the eyes; it’s been called “The Paris of the West.” The trolley cars, more than quaint reminders of the city’s history, are workhorses, weaving together its many unique neighborhoods, encouraging on-foot exploration of its architecture, attractions, and shops. The Palace Hotel, located in the center of it all, just off Union Square, matches the city’s magical combination of past and present.
Established in 1875 and recently reimagined by Beatrice Girelli of Indidesign, an award-winning Los Angeles-based firm specializing in luxury hospitality design, the hotel’s new look draws on its glamorous history while its many amenities anchor it firmly in the future. The white Beaux Arts building, accented by wrought iron filigree, sets the stage for a luxurious experience from the moment you enter.
Inside, the wide corridors, with their thick carpets, punctuated by heavy oak doors, their brass monogrammed knobs shining, are a visual promise of quiet.
The rooms, from the Grand Deluxe Suite to the Superior Suite and Junior Suite, have been decorated with custom furnishings. Outfitted in soothing shades of midnight blue, charcoal, dove grey, and plum, their trim picked out in a glossy white, they exude a subdued elegance. Marble baths, spa showers and large, backlit mirrors continue this theme into the gracious bathrooms.
Public amenties are equally breathtaking. A skylight, the focal point of the 60′ x 20′ pool, opens the space to natural light and showcases the San Francisco cityscape. The fitness center has been enlarged to include a cardio training room, free weights, spin bikes, and a floor exercise area and equipment from LifeFitness. And, the Garden Court, long considered the jewel in the hotel’s crown, will be updated with the plum, ivory, charcoal and dove grey palette used throughout the hotel. However, the Garden Court renovation won’t be complete until August 2015 (the photo below is shown before renovation is complete).
For more information, explore The Palace Hotel’s website.