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The Ramada Plaza Hotel echoes the graciousness of turn-of-the-century San Francisco. Austrian crystal chandeliers, beautiful marble, Tiffany glass, and rare Janesero paneling adorn the sumptuous grand lobby.

Originally named Hotel Whitcomb after wealthy San Franciscan A.C. Whitcomb, the Ramada Plaza Hotel threads the city's history as deeply as the 1906 earthquake altered the destiny of the yet unbuilt hotel.

During the post-earthquake reconstruction period of 1910, city architects Wright, Rushforth, and Cahil were drawing plans for the new hotel. The proposed site, directly facing the Civic Center, attracted the attention of city leaders who needed a temporary City Hall while the original was being rebuilt. Inspired by a sense of civic pride, the administrators of the Whitcomb Estate agreed to have their hotel used as City Hall.

The architects of Hotel Whitcomb used all of their ingenuity to effect a compromise between the original and secondary plans. Hotel Whitcomb served as the seat of government for San Francisco from 1912-1915.

The words "City Hall" are still faintly etched above the main entrance. The jail cells are still intact in the basement of the hotel. The mayor's office, once located on the mezzanine level, now serves as the administrative offices. Guests stay on the remaining floors of the hotel that were once occupied by other government officials, including judges for the Superior Court.

Officially opening its doors as Hotel Whitcomb in 1916, the hotel soon became the place to see and be seen. Concerts were broadcast nationwide from the Whitcomb Ballroom. The hotel still boasts the largest original parquet dance floor in the city.

While appearing at the nearby opera house and theaters, opera stars and actors have made the hotel their home.

Through the years, the Ramada Plaza Hotel International has undergone various renovations and upgrades to maintain its level of elegance, while remaining true to the gracious traditions that embody its spirit.


"I love this city. If I'm elected, I'll move the White House to San Francisco."
--Robert Kennedy

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