Hotel Palomar San Francisco, A Kimpton Hotel

12 Fourth Street | San Francisco, CA 94103 [See Map]
#13 in Best San Francisco Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1443 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 202 rooms, 9 floors
Primary View(s) City center
Style Traditional
Best For Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

Housed in a circa-1900s building in downtown San Francisco, The Hotel Palomar contains 202 rooms and suites all outfitted with iHome stereos with iPod docking stations, down comforters and pillows, Etro bath products and a companion goldfish (by request). And although the room decor may not be as quirky as it is in other Kimpton properties, visitors are complimentary of the hotel's sophisticated atmosphere. Guests especially enjoy this hotel's nightly wine reception and farm-to-table New American fare dished up at Dirty Habit — just be sure to make a reservation, as this eatery is popular with visitors and locals alike. And best of all, members of the Kimpton Karma program can receive perks at this property, like complimentary Wi-Fi access.

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Critic Reviews


“Favored by celebrities, this lair on the top five floors of the green-tile 1908 Pacific Place Building offers a luxurious oasis above the busiest part of town, where spacious rooms offer muted alligator-pattern carpeting, drapes with bold taupe-and-cream stripes, and sleek furniture echoing a 1930s sensibility.”


“Funky, bold, and bright, Hotel Palomar puts an artsy spin on luxury.”


“At a Kimpton hotel, like this one, you get a lot for your money in the way of service and personality. ... The hotel itself was remodeled in 2014, which gave the lobby a facelift complete with an elegant chandelier, art deco touches, modern art, and a new home for the adorable, sleepy chocolate Labrador on staff.”
Award: Frommer's Highly Recommended

Other Awards:
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1443 guests have reviewed the Hotel Palomar San Francisco, A Kimpton Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 1443 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

The Palomar is located in downtown San Francisco, amid the hustle and bustle of the city. It's just two blocks south of the numerous restaurants and shops at Union Square and two blocks west of the Yerba Buena Gardens and Center for the Arts.

  • Less than a mile south of San Francisco's Chinatown
  • Multiple public transportation options nearby, including cable car stop, bus stop and BART stop
  • About 2 miles south of Fisherman's Wharf
  • About 15 miles north of San Francisco International Airport

  • 24-hour valet parking ($48)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

With rich colors and playful prints on the walls and furniture, the rooms are both fun and sophisticated. Guests can choose a room that looks down on the busy city streets below or one that looks out onto the hotel's Zen Garden. Standard room amenities include a flat-screen TV, an honor bar, a work desk and two bathrobes.

  • Companion goldfish delivered to your room for the duration of your stay upon request
  • Wi-Fi available for $12.99 per 24 hours; free for rewards members
  • Complimentary morning coffee or tea service
  • "Tall Rooms" available with longer beds for taller travelers

Standard room size:

300 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


Dirty Habit is a restaurant and bar located on the fifth floor of the hotel. The restaurant boasts an upscale dining room and heated outdoor patio. The cocktail-focused menu features seasonal small plates that are meant for sharing.

  • Open for breakfast and dinner only
  • Complimentary wine hour daily from 5 to 6 p.m.

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast



The hotel does not have a spa facility, but does offer in-room spa services including massages and body treatments.

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna



The fifth-floor fitness center overlooks the hotel's Zen Garden and features cardio equipment and weight-training machines as well as free weights. Each cardio station comes equipped with a personal TV. The hotel offers free guided runs on weekdays at 7 a.m. The hotel also lends complimentary bicycles for exploring the city on two wheels.

  • Fresh towels, water and headsets provided
  • Gym open 24 hours a day

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (free)
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs (free)
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


With 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space, the Palomar can host groups of up to 175 people. The spaces include boardrooms as well as the 1,374-square-foot Stillhouse room which can accommodate up to 125 for a standing reception. The hotel offers catering as well as meeting and event concept consultation.

  • Audiovisual equipment available

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The Palomar welcomes pets with no size restrictions or extra fees. Each pet will get complimentary treats and toys, a pet bed, food and a water bowl.

  • Special pet package includes one night stay in a deluxe room, dog friendly neighborhood guide and doggie bed
  • Hotel has a director of pet relations — Maverick, a Labrador retriever

  • Pets allowed (free)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting



Located in the heart of the city, the Palomar hosts San Francisco rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions. The hotel offers cocktail hours for up to 100 guests

  • Catering can be provided from the on-site restaurant, Dirty Habit
  • Only one wedding event allowed at the hotel at a time
  • Guest block room rates available

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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