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The History of The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco

The Pickwick Corporation was originally founded in 1915 as a San Diego­-based stagecoach company called Limited Imperial Valley Stage Line. The company was acquired by new owners and the name was soon changed to Pickwick Stage Lines.Built in 1926, The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco features neo­gothic architecture and a seven-story corner sign, creating a film ­noir feel with a twist of modern luxury in the lobby and guest rooms. Guests at the Pickwick Hotel San Francisco are only a short distance from some of San Francisco’s most popular attractions including 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.

Today, A Few Facts about Our Historic San Francisco Hotel’s Past

  • The Pickwick Hotel was built in 1926
  • The Pickwick Corporation included the Pickwick Airlines, Pickwick Nitecoaches, Pickwick Broadcasting, Pickwick Terminals, Pickwick Hotels and Golden State Hotel Company.
  • In 1926, the Motor Transit company joined forces with two West Coast operations, the Pickwick Lines and the Pioneer Yelloway System, to form the Northland Transportation Corporation a.k.a. “the Greyhound Lines.” The running dog is first used as the company’s logo.
  • The Pickwick Hotel is mentioned in the classic mystery “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett.