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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The San Francisco Palace Hotel


The Bay Bridge is less iconic than the Golden Gate to San Francisco, but I can't help getting excited no matter which route I take into the city if I have been away for awhile.



The call box ruined my shot from the car window, but c'est la vie!




Today we are destination Market Street and the famous Palace Hotel.




Resurrected after the earthquake and fire at the turn of the last century, the hotel has also been somewhat lately restored and is as breathtaking as ever. But my visits are always about the Pied Piper Bar and the Garden Court Restaurant.





It's hard to get a bad meal in San Francisco, but for me the Palace Hotel is not about the food, which is crazy expensive.



It's about the visual treat instead. Its history, unforgettable beauty, and inspiration.





Enter the promenade on Market Street and the hall will lead you straight through to the other side. But first you will encounter the Pied Piper Bar. So named because of the painted mural by Maxfield Parrish.












Famous for his dreamy subjects and colors, especially that "Parrish blue" sky, Maxfield Parrish was the most successful commercial artist of his time. The hotel is located downtown in the business district, and the bar caters to the business crowd. If you want to try something from the grill, the truffle fries are
the rave. Bring LOTS of cash.






But the main entrance holds the most enchantment where fresh flowers always adorn the marble topped table to greet guests.







At center is the lush and opulent Garden Court which a hundred years ago accommodated horse drawn carriages dropping off guests.



Now you merely enjoy a fabulous meal beneath the glass dome ceiling.
















Purple can be the only suitable color for a Palace.


Table service is elegant and simple.




Afternoon tea, a tad more indulgent. . . .


















The Palace Hotel has catered to Kings and Queens, and famous visiting celebrities from Mark Twain to modern Presidents. And now,  you and me. I hope you enjoyed the visit!

Ciao! for now!
Jacqueline


17 comments:

Katie said...

How fabulous!

Ozma of Odds said...

...wow! there is so much inspirational detail here:)
~ what a fabulous visit!
xo, Rosemary

ANNE said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! I lived in SF for 20 years, and went for lunch at the Garden Court a few times. Also loved the Mark Hopkins bar and the Neiman Marcus (formerly City of Paris) tea room. Thank you for the lovely memory trip!

Olga said...

Hi Jacqueline,
I love San Francisco so much! But I haven't visited it for so long now even though I only live an hour away. Next time I go there, I will definitely visit the Palace Hotel. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures and telling us about that gorgeous place.

janice15 said...

I have lived in San Francisco all my life and are on of those less unfortunate people..I think it is a wonderful place everything in its elegants. I love the beautiful things you and the history you showed and gave..thank you for sharing a part I never saw...Janice.

Marlis said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Love the opulence and the antiques in the place. Just wondering if you had tea? Have fun.. I love San Fransisco! I left my heart.....

xo marlis

once in a blue moon said...

oh that was delightful! i live close to the city and never go i am such a country girl, but the garden courty may be worth the trip to get citified!

RobinfromCA said...

Beautiful photos! I live south of The City but haven't visited the Garden Court for years. I may have to plan a trip up there for something other than a Giants game! Thanks for sharing your fun time!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

These are drop dead beautiful photos. WOW. I'm assuming you took them and they are fantastic.

Bella said...

Hey J,
Thanks for taking me along, stunningly beautiful, the lighting and that ceiling, pure elegance at its best!! Gorgeous!!
Hugs,
Bella

Sarah said...

San Francisco ~ one of my favorite destinations. Have a grand time!
Thanks for sharing the images. What an elegant hotel.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Thanks for taking me along, I've never been! Such gorgeous lighting and I love the glass ceiling! Just beautiful!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

how divine!!!

under spanish moss said...

Gorgeous!!!!!We must visit this place one day very soon. Lovely pictures, thank you for the tour.
XO
Angela & Renee

Gwendolyn said...

hat a devine place! Love those chandeliers.
Blessings~

a designer + a contractor said...

Amazing!!! So gorgeous.... San Francisco has been on our "to do" list for a while now, and now there's one more reason to visit! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa & Chuck

A Cottage Muse said...

Oh my, I think I would feel like a princess if I visited there, it is just stunning!

Looking at this post with my daughter and she says it reminds her of The Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World!

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