Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco,USA
花园阁餐厅见证了旧金山这座城市的历史。1919 年，伍德罗威尔逊总统于此举办过两场午宴以支持《凡尔赛公约》。1945 年，庆祝联合国大会开幕的盛大国宴在此举行。旧金山历史上最富创新精神的社会名流，比如马斯爱迪生，亨利福特，都曾是餐厅的座上宾。花园阁餐厅也是众多美国民众订婚节日聚会开派对和庆典的理想之所，穿过花园阁餐厅的金色拱门是很多人共同的美好回忆。
如今，人们还像往常一样，来上一杯Market Gimlet或Buona Vita鸡尾酒，配牛肉汉堡新鲜牡蛎或松露薯条，一边喝酒一遍打量这幅百年杰作。
Among the 17 Luxury Collection hotels in America, The Palace Hotel San Francisco, built in 1875, burned down in 1906 earthquake and reconstructed over the ruin in 1909, stands out for its incredible history. Inside this centuryold hotel, the Garden Court Restaurant and Pied Piper Bar are the jewels on the crown, famed and well favoured for the unforgettable dining experience.
The Garden Court Restaurant one of the World’s most beautiful restaurants
The Garden Court restaurant used to be the courtyard of Palace hotel. Before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, horsedrawn carriages would come into the building and guests were dropped off here to keep the shoes clean. As part of the reconstruction in 1909, millions of dollars were spent to crown the whole area by a stainedglass dome of height no ordinary restaurant would compare, creating an extraordinary space for the Garden Court.
Measuring 33.5 m long by 26 m wide, the restaurant could accommodate 120 people. Massive Grecian marble Ionic columns spread on both sides, the room is further enhanced by the finest Austrian crystal chandeliers pouring from spacious glass dome. In a renovation project in 2015, a GC Lounge was created at front end to inject a sense of modern comfort to the restaurant’s original elegance.
Since its debut in 1909, this famed venue had witnessed the history of the city. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson hosted two luncheons here in support of the Versailles Treaty, while the banquet celebrating the opening of the United Nations was held here in 1945. The most creative celebrities in history like Tomas Edison and Henry Ford once were guests here and it holds many memories for those who have passed through its gilded archways. Shared stories of engagements, holiday gatherings, fabulous parties, and fond childhood celebrations make The Garden Court a truly magical place.
Pied Piper Bar one of the World’s Seven Greatest Bars
Voted one of the World’s Seven Greatest Bars, the Pied Piper bar’s original 1909 mosaic tile flooring and renovated mahogany bar provide patrons with the classic ambience of historic San Francisco.
The famous Maxfield Parrish painting Pied Piper dated back to 1909 and gave name to this bar. The 4.9 by 1.8 meter, 110 kg mural was removed on March 23, 2013 for sale at a planned auction, which was anticipated to bring up to five million dollars. In the light of strong public opposition to its removal, however, the painting was cleaned, restored, and returned to the bar where it was rehung with considerable fanfare on August 22, 2013.
Today, like always, people would order a glass of cocktail like Market Gimlet or Buona Vita, with sirloin burger, fresh oysters or truffle fries, and rest eyes on this centuryold masterpiece.