Our luxurious San Francisco staycation – a review and photo tour of the iconic Palace Hotel rooms and the Pied Piper in downtown SF.
If there’s a place that defines luxury in San Francisco, I think it’s the Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco. Pat and I had the chance to sneak away to the Palace Hotel last month for a romantic staycation, to celebrate our four-year wedding anniversary.
One of the most recognizable portions of the hotel is the Garden Court. It’s truly iconic. They serve high tea here every weekend. If you’ve been following for a while, you may remember when I shared my Palace Hotel High Tea experience. It doesn’t really get prettier than bite-sized desserts in this setting:
The Palace Hotel renovated their rooms a couple of years ago and what an upgrade the new decor is! Our suite had the perfect balance of preserved original details with the chic and modern furnishings – total design crush.
I generally hate taking photos of bathrooms, but I couldn’t help myself in this massive bathroom with gorgeous grey marble. That tub is just unreal.
And the views from our room! Truly some of the best in downtown San Francisco.
Why can’t every day life be like this?
We started the night with a glass of wine in our room and then headed downstairs to for dinner and cocktails in their newly renovated Pied Piper Bar.
The restaurant gets its name from the massive painting of the Pied Piper that hangs over the bar. Originally hung in 1909, the painting has some fun history. The artist actually painted himself as the Pied Piper. Also in the painting are his son, his wife…and his mistress! Scandalous!
The Pied Piper menu features some great California classics like oysters and truffle fries, with some fun additions like poke and curry.
The 28-day aged New York strip is so tender and juicy. It was definitely our favorite thing on the menu.
They also have an extensive cocktail and spirits menu, including their signature cocktail – The Last Cocktail. It’s made with gin, lemon and pear juice and Prosecco, and my favorite part – rosemary syrup.
A few words of advice. Do not skip dessert.
No romantic staycation is complete without breakfast in bed.
Did you think those slim hairless legs are mine? Nope, I just married a cyclist. Back off ladies.
Whether you’re a San Francisco local looking for a romantic staycation or want to experience the best of the city when visiting from out-of-town, The Palace Hotel is where it’s at.
The Palace Hotel & Pied Piper
2 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105