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History of The Pickwick Hotel

Welcome to the official blog of The Pickwick Hotel! We look forward to sharing San Francisco stories, recommendations and tips with you, our valued guests.  We’ll get started by sharing a history of the hotel. Be on the lookout for upcoming posts on some of our favorite places to visit while in San Francisco, one of the world’s best cities!

The Pickwick Hotel, San FranciscoA little history of our hotel: built in 1926, The Pickwick Hotel features neo-gothic architecture and a seven-story corner sign, creating a film-noire feel that transports guests back to era of Sam Spade and Femme Fatales.  Currently undergoing renovations, The Pickwick Hotel retains its beautiful vintage style in the lobby and guest rooms.

The Pickwick Corporation was originally founded as Limited Imperial Valley Stage Line in 1915—a San Diego-based stagecoach company. The company’s name was soon changed to Pickwick Stage Lines.

In 1926, The Pickwick Corporation—under new ownership—expanded the business to include hotel accommodations, with our hotel in downtown San Francisco being the first hotel property opened by the corporation.

In 1929, Pickwick Stages officially merged with Greyhound Lines, their logo being the running greyhound dog the bus line is still famous for today.

Dashiell Hammett

If the façade of the hotel seems familiar, that might be because it was featured in one of San Francisco’s most beloved novels—Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon.

Today, guests at The Pickwick Hotel are walking distance from the Westfield Mall, Powell Street, Mint Plaza, Yerba Buena Gardens, the Ferry Building, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, numerous restaurants and so much more.

In coming posts we’ll explore some of our favorite places to visit in San Francisco. Do you have a favorite landmark or restaurant in San Francisco? Let us know in the comments section below!

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