From the antique fainting couches in the lobby to the plus-size Jacuzzis in many of the guest rooms, the Pfister is a luxurious blend of 19th-century beauty and 21st-century comforts.
The Pfister trumpets its fine art offerings, and rightfully so. Built in 1893, the hotel holds an immense collection of Victorian pieces highlighting oil paintings. (A hotly contested Artist in Residence program draws submissions from emerging painters, sculptors and fiber artists across the country.) The rich, warm interior color scheme—lots of sunset crimsons, oranges and yellows—exudes the ornate grace of a Victorian millionaire’s parlor, and service at the check-in desk is excellent. If you arrive during a peak period and have to wait in line, basking in the artful luxury of your surroundings makes cooling your heels much less annoying.
Rooms reflect the charm of the hotel with upscale creature comforts like overstuffed couches, marble fireplaces, king-size beds piled high with quilts and pillows, and bathrooms accented by gold-plated fixtures. Rates start at $199; many package deals are available to let guests take advantage of on-site spa services and area attractions.