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Deal: Luxury and savings (rooms from $250) at landmark San Francisco hotel

The landmark Palace Hotel in San Francisco recently added a contemporary vibe to its early 20th century self -- and invites Californians to see the new look at a discounted rate.

The renovation at the luxury hotel, which dates to 1909 (the 1875 original burned down after the 1906 earthquake), adds modern amenities and colors of plum, charcoal, ivory and gray. The idea was to update the hotel while remaining true to its Beaux Arts roots.

Some changes: The famed glass-domed Garden Court dining area now sports a GC Lounge, and the indoor pool topped by a restored skylight has been redone too.

The deal: To get this deal, you must show a valid California ID when you arrive to confirm that your are a resident.

For a limited time, superior rooms are discounted to $250 a night excluding tax. The price is good for stays Thursdays through Sundays. You also receive free parking and cocktails for two at the hotel's Pied Piper Bar, which takes its name for the room's fabulous mural by artist Maxfield Parrish.

Use the link sfpalace.com/mypalace to find this deal online or call to make a reservation.

When: Plan to go soon because the offer is good only through August.

Tested: I checked availability for Aug. 7 to 9 and found a superior room for the Californians-only rate of $250 a night, excluding tax.

Here's how the savings stack up: The lowest-priced room I could find on the same dates cost $329 a night plus tax. You save an extra $59.28 a day for parking ($72.96 a day for over-sized vehicles) and cocktails that run about $14 each.

Bottom line: If you're in the market for a luxury stay and a bit of San Francisco history, the Palace Hotel discount will save you a bundle.

Info: The Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco; (415) 512-1111

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