San Francisco , United States

Palihotel San Francisco

Price per night from$221.67

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD221.67), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Revamped Victorian


Heart of Union Square

Palihotel San Francisco is a classic city-charmer, with characterful Victorian architecture, a modern outlook and a hard-to-beat location in the thick of things, near Chinatown. Style-wise, rooms riff on an upbeat, California theme, all honey hues, sunny accents and mood-boosting extras, from Smeg fridges and Nespresso machines to bespoke furniture and artworks. Laid-back staff keep things casual; the sociable second-floor restaurant, Fisher Loft, keeps guests well fed and watered. For all the Fidos out there who are reading this hopefully, good news, pals: wannabe guests with four legs, a tail and irreproachable manners are very welcome.

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Need to know


82, including 14 suites.


11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £114.14 ($154), including tax at 14 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 1% per room per night on check-out and an additional government tax of 1.25% per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates don’t usually include breakfast and the hotel has gone cashless, so you'll need to pay by card.


If you’re a fan of Palihotel San Francisco, check out its Smith-approved brethren, including Palihotel Melrose, Palihotel Seattle, Palihotel Culver City and Palihotel West Village.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: a TV, desk, air-conditioning, Smeg minibar and Palisociety bath products and bathrobes.

Our favourite rooms

From the Queen rooms up, they all sparkle with star factor, thanks to the thoughtful in-room extras: bespoke artworks, Smeg fridges, Nespresso machines, snuggly bathrobes and Instagram-worthy interiors. In keeping with Palihotel traditions, each room is decorated with a decorative cushion: for the San Francisco outpost, it’s a cutesy basketball-shaped number.

Packing tips

Bring layers in case Karl (the city’s famous fog) is making his presence felt; plus shoes you can pootle up and down hills in.


The hotel welcomes wheelchair users, and has wide corridors, adapted rooms and bigger-than-usual bathrooms.


Canine companions can come too, for a $125 fee. The hotel helpfully provides water and food bowls, toys, beds, a city guide for pet-owners and disposable bags for pit-stops during walkies. See more pet-friendly hotels in San Francisco .


Little Smiths can come too, but the hotel is designed with adults in mind.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Hunker down in comfy booth seats and don’t go anywhere soon.

Dress Code

Think: artful layering. Bring easy, breezy numbers that suit the city’s changeable weather and mirror the hotel’s casual cool.

Hotel restaurant

High-ceilinged, floral-wallpapered Fisher Loft is a chilled-out spot on the second floor for breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails and anything in between. The hotel is still firming up its menus, fresh for 2020: watch this space…

Hotel bar

Doubling up as a lobby lounge, and flowing through from Fisher Loft restaurant, the bar is your port of call for stylish drinks and leisurely lounging. In-room Smeg fridges are helpfully stocked with beer, wine and soft drinks.

Last orders

Breakfast is available between 7am and 9am.


Photos Palihotel San Francisco location
Palihotel San Francisco
417 Stockton St
San Francisco
United States

Palihotel San Francisco enjoys a central location, a short walk from the city’s best in art, culture, restaurants and shopping.


San Francisco International Airport is a 25-minute drive away, served by carriers such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United, Delta and more.


Powell Street Station is a five-minute drive away, on – you’ve guessed it – Powell Street. It’s served by the Bay Area Rapid Transit, which connects San Francisco and Oakland with urban and suburban areas in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Mateo counties. You can also catch the train here from the airport.


The hotel is in central San Fran, but Berkeley is the next city along, under 20 minutes away by car. There’s a self-parking garage close by, with spaces available for $30–$50. It’s well worth bringing a wagon for day trips to beautiful beaches, peaceful forests, Yosemite National Park and more.


This is the city of apps, so hitch a techy ride with Uber or Lift.

Worth getting out of bed for

Thanks to its enviable Union Square locale, Palihotel San Francisco puts you right at the heart of the city’s action. 

Get your art fix at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (aka SFMOMA), one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the United States. SFMOMA is home to works by artists from around the world, including Frida Kahlo, Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol and Julie Mehretu. Go for a wander in the outdoor sculpture garden, admire the 30-foot-high living wall, refuel in one of three eateries and soak up the incredible views — all right in the heart of the city (). Swap art for science at the dazzling California Academy of Science, which houses a planetarium, aquarium, rainforest and natural-history museum under a living roof. Feast your eyes on the Greco-Roman splendour of the iconic Palace of Fine Arts, whose charms include a rotunda and colonnades, gorgeous grounds, a lagoon, and a spacious exhibition centre and theatre. Originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition, the venue now cameos as a venue, hosting weddings, galas and other city shindigs. Ponder how the mighty are fallen by visiting the Adolph Sutro-designed Sutro Baths, which occupy one of the most beautiful settings in San Francisco. Once the world’s largest indoor swimming establishment, accommodating 10,000 people at one time and offering 20,000 bathing suits and 40,000 towels for rent, they’re now an eerie ruin. Go for a stroll and admire kooky, crooked Lombard Street, which has eight hairpin turns to its name.

Come face to face with San Fran’s sobering penitential past by visiting the island of Alcatraz, aka the Rock, which was once a fort, a military prison and a maximum-security federal penitentiary. In 1969, the Indians of All Tribes occupied Alcatraz for 19 months, in the name of freedom and Native American civil rights.


Local restaurants

Arrive hungry at Yank Sing on Spear Street, which dishes up more than 100 types of dim sum. Keeping with tradition, it eschews menus for food trolleys manned by obliging servers in dashing white shirts and red aprons. Popular choices include sweet rice dumplings, har gau, pork sui mye and Peking duck. Mister Jiu’s occupies a handsome heritage building on Waverley Place, serving ambitious Cantonese fare pepped up with modern Californian influences. The dapper dining room deserves a mention, as do its stellar views. Don’t be deceived by the name: Absinthe offers a lot more than the dangerous green stuff. In fact, this French-style brasserie at 398 Hayes Street excels at Gallic classics such as onion soup, oysters, steak tartare and coq au vin. If you like your food endorsed by the Michelin Guide, pay Spruce in Presidio Heights a visit. The chefs work directly with the farmers at SMIP Ranch, a private farm in the hills above Woodside that proudly grows organic, hyper-seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs. Expect fancy, fine-dining cuisine that shines a spotlight on Mother Nature. 


Local bars

Fans of drinking tequila and mezcal cocktails, playing pool and eating tortilla chips paired with habanero salsa will fit right in at Peacekeeper, which is helmed by a team of prolific restaurateurs.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this city-slicker hotel in America and unpacked their San Fran coffee and Chinatown fortune cookies, a full account of their Californian break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Palihotel San Francisco

When it comes to San Fran adventures, Palihotel San Francisco is a hard host to beat. Fun-loving, sociable, young-at-heart (despite that storied Victorian architecture) and great with people, Palihotel can’t help but give off pally vibes. Then there’s its ideal location, which puts you at the heart of buzzing Union Square, a stroll from colourful, aromatic Chinatown (cue Peking-duck feasts galore) and many of the city’s cultural calling cards. Rooms are a sunny Cali vision of apricot and honey hues, with the kind of extras worth smoasting about or name-dropping in a postcard; we’re talking snack-packed Smeg fridges, Nespresso machines and covetable artworks and furniture. You don’t even have to venture out to get your culinary fix, since Fisher Loft is on hand to help you begin and end the day in gourmet style, offering up generous breakfasts, delicious dinners and tipples worth toasting. 


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