If you happen to be in San Francisco, and see a balloon with a golden key heading your way, then you might want to hold on to the key. The Golden Key will open the doors to a free 3-night stay in the Presidential Suite at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, along with dinner and breakfast for two.
That’s because the Palace, one of the most luxurious and historic hotels in San Francisco, is celebrating it’s centennial anniversary this year, having reopened on Dec 15, 1909 after a massive renovation and patchup in the wake of the great earthquake of 1906.
Exactly 100 years ago today, a golden key was taken to the roof, attached to five colorful gas-filled balloons and sent skyward. The plan was for the key to float out over the Pacific Ocean. But the winds changed and the key headed toward Oakland.
So now they’re recreating history by ‘redoing’ the balloon gig. If you can make it there today, you can gather in front of the Palace Hotel, street level, on New Montgomery and Stevenson to view the launch of the gold key.
There’s also a ‘Gold Key Anniversary’ special in the hotel’s bar from 3:00 PM on December 15, 2009. Guests can enjoy a Sirloin Burger & a Beer for just $19.09. The Golden Key will be launched between 3-4 pm on Dec 15, 2009.
The Hotel offers 553 guest rooms, including 34 suites – 30 one and two-bedroom suites, the Ambassador Suite, the Chancellor’s Suite, the Governor’s Suite and the Presidential Suite. You also get an indoor heated swimming pool, 3 restaurants and a fitness center.
Photo courtesy Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Info: 2 New Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA 94105; (415) 512-1111; www.sfpalace.com/