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History

The History of The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco

Built in 1926, The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco features neo-gothic architecture and a seven-story corner sign, creating a film-noir feel that transports guests back to the era of Sam Spade and Femme Fatales. Now newly renovated, The Pickwick Hotel retains its beautiful vintage style along with a twist of modern luxury 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 as the first hotel property opened by the corporation.

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

Some trivia for the literary buffs: The Pickwick Hotel was featured in one of San Francisco’s most beloved novels: Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon!

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

In the heart of it all, the Pickwick Hotel San Francisco is a boutique hotel with updated rooms and a rich history. Stay for the charm, location, free wifi and updated rooms and leave with a little piece of San Francisco history.