A reborn classic in San Francisco
177 Rooms / 15 Suites
Set in San Francisco's Financial District, The Galleria Park Hotel’s building has housed a hotel for more than 100 years. In its past life as the Occidental Hotel, it was a favorite of Mark Twain, who wrote about it in his novel Roughing It. The chic boutique property remains the most historic in brand Joie de Vivre’s collection.
But thanks to a modern 2014 renovation, the hotel has a posh Hollywood Regency appeal that extends to the cozy guest rooms. Up-to-date features include flat-screen TVs, a business center and a compact gym. What hasn't changed over the years is The Galleria Park's proximity to where all the action is. It's a short walk from public transit, as well as luxury department stores, boutiques, high-end restaurants and attractions, including museums, the Ferry Building, Chinatown and theaters (a must-do: sign up for the architecture tour that’s free to guests; it starts in the hotel lobby). The Galleria Park is an ideal home away from home for business travelers who want to enjoy the city or adults on a getaway.
The Galleria Park Hotel is at the foot of the Financial District, a prime business center that's also one of the best places to stay if you like to be out on the town. It's dotted with craft cocktail bars such as Rickhouse, and noted restaurants like Michael Mina's RN74 and Tyler Florence's Wayfare Tavern.
Shoppers will be in heaven, with emporiums like Nordstrom, Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus along with boutiques by Bulgari and Bottega Veneta just a few blocks away. You're also an easy walk or ride to the Ferry Building, the Exploratorium, Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf.
From the rooms to the lobby, The Galleria Park Hotel has the feeling of a private club or pied-à-terre in the city. The intimate lobby is done in a Hollywood Regency style with silvery pale blue and slate velvet seating, mercury glass and lots of metallic flourishes that give it a glow. It makes an inviting place to sit with a map and figure out your route for the day or enjoy the complimentary wine hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. That same luxurious feeling extends to the compact guest rooms, which are filled with rich velvets and textured fabrics in shades of deep purple, pale green and gray.
Guest rooms at the San Francisco hotel are cozy, but they include everything you'll need for a pleasant evening. Make yourself coffee, tea or a cocktail at the little wet bar in the corner that holds a Nespresso machine. Slip into one of the downy robes or under the Frette linens and put your iPod on the bedside dock to relax with some of your favorite music. Otherwise, text guest services for anything you may need or catch up on email via the complimentary Wi-Fi (business travelers may opt to rent one of the hotel’s personal MiFi hotspots).
And though the marble bathroom is small, with a shower built into the corner, it's stocked with a generous collection of toiletries by Lather. From the bamboo-lemongrass body wash to the gentle face soap to the yuzu-bergamot cream rinse, everything the California-based body and skin care company makes is made from natural ingredients and scented with essential oils.
The Food and Wine
While you'll find a mini-bar with chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, as well as popular spirits like Bombay Sapphire gin, the real place to go for a cocktail is Gaspar Brasserie. It's next door to the hotel and connected by a lobby passageway, so you don't have to step outside. The menu will delight Francophiles with expertly executed dishes like croque monsieur, steak frites and, of course, crème caramel. And notable restaurants, including The Slanted Door, One Market and Saison with its exquisite tasting menus, are a short distance away.
Another place to go for a nightcap is the Legacy Room. The hotel re-created its original speakeasy with Art Deco wallpaper lined with memorabilia and coffered metallic ceilings. Then end your evening with some fresh air and take a walk in the garden terrace.