The 1906 landmark Palace stands as a monument to turn-of-the-century grandeur, aglow with 100-year-old Austrian crystal chandeliers. Cushy (if staid) accommodations cater to expense-account travelers but prices drop on weekends. Even if you're not staying here, see the opulent Garden Court, one of Northern California's most beautiful rooms, and sip tea beneath a translucent glass ceiling.

There's also a spa; kids love the big pool.