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“Exellent location” 4 of 5 stars
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Clift Hotel San Francisco
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   495 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102   |  
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Ranked #88 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
Warsaw, Poland
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Exellent location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The biggest adventage of the Clift Hotel is its location - right by Union Square and its very welcoming and friendly staff. My room was spacious and clean, however, bathroom was tiny. The bar downstirs is great. It was full till late night hours while other places near the hotel were quite empty. I have to say that interior desgn is quite unusal some people may like it, some people won't but its It is a fusion of an old hotel and contemporary, glamour interiors. Too bad you can easily tell that the hotel is old... In the end I would recommend this place for its great spot and very helpful staff - which is more important to me than perfect interiors.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CliftFOM, Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Hi,

I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Clift. The location is perfect for walking and exploring San Francisco and I am pleased to hear the service you received was helpful and satisfactory.

The Redwood Room is definitely a place to visit and explore and the drink menu options are tasty and delicious.

We hope you consider staying at the Clift the next time you are in San Francisco.

Cheers,
Pam
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I recently stayed at the hotel with two other friends during the Nike Women's Marathon weekend. First impression of the hotel was great. The lobby was amazing minus the reception staff. Then up to the room........... well the room was completely opposite of the lobby. Out date, small and worn down. The rooms definitely need to be upgraded to match the lobby. Yes, maybe you don't care about the interior design of the rooms but when you pay $250 for a room you expect something nice. There are better hotels near Union Sq for this price.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms facing Geary st.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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CliftFOM, Front Office Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
I am surprised to hear that our staff did not live up to expectations. Our staff is generally known as the highlight of most stays. I hope you will return soon so we can attempt to provide a new experience for you and make up for your initial impression.
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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My wife and I recently stayed here during our wedding and loved loved it. Our photographers were in heaven with all the dramatic lighting and modern furniture. The rooms were very large (studio and loft rooms) and had ample room to get ready for the big day. Staff was very help full. I called down to the front desk to ask if anyone knew how to tie a bow tie and after asking all of their staff and not finding anyone they slid a printout under the door with instructions... very thoughtful and above and beyond service.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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CliftFOM, Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Hello,

Thank you for your positive feedback regarding your stay during your wedding weekend! I am happy to hear that you received the assistance you requested in tying a tie - these things are definitely important! I am also pleased to hear that the service you received was satisfactory - we pride ourselves on our customer service!

I hope you consider staying with us the next time you need a hotel in San Francisco.

Cheers,
Pam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We spent the first 5 nights of our Honeymoon in California at this hotel and absolutely loved it. When we checked in we were told we had been upgraded to a Junior Suite as we were on Honeymoon which was the icing on the cake! The lobby of the hotel is really modern and sets the tone for the whole hotel. Our room was lovely, clean, spacious and modern and couldn't fault it. The bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in! Could not recommend this hotel more highly. Location is spot on too!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CliftFOM, Front Office Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Congratulations! And thank you for allowing our Hotel to be a part of such an important moment in your lives. We love it when people chose Clift for their special occasions because it gives us the opportunity to create a lasting memory. We also love to throw in things like a bottle of champagne to start of the stay or a complimentary upgrade to ensure the space will be perfect for your important moments. Hope to see you again soon!
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Pros:
- convenient location near Union Square
- very friendly staff
- reasonable price
Cons:
- somewhat old, could use renovation
- relatively small rooms
- noisy (windows do not isolate sound)
- ugly pseudo-chic ambiance

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CliftFOM, Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Hi,

I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Clift. We pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and I am happy to hear you received it.

We hope you decide to stay at the Clift the next time you are in San Francisco!

Cheers,
Pam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The Clift is just a few minutes from Union Square, so the location could not be better. The room was reallly comfortable and pretty quite for a city centre hotel. The lobby and bar are very dark and I personally found them not inviting. There's a Lori's Diner just round the corner - highly recommended for breakfast.

Room Tip: Our room looked onto another room's window - if you want a view, you need to ask.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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CliftFOM, Front Office Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
So happy to hear that Clift was everything you needed it to be! Our location is one of many great reasons that travelers chose us and I'm happy that it was the gateway to your exploration of the city.
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Very nice location near Union Square. Clean and modern. Decent Internet connection. Nice but somehow modest design and thus not as "boutique" as one would be led to believe. The very dark atmosphere in the lobby and elevators was also a bit disappointing.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CliftFOM, Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Hi,

I am sorry to hear you did not enjoy the decor of the lobby. The next time you stay at the Clift, you should visit the Redwood Room - It is a lively bar with great music and has moving pictures on the walls.

Cheers,
Pam
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Address: 495 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#35 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#63 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#64 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#74 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Clift Hotel San Francisco 4*
Number of rooms: 372
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An inspired fusion of old-world hotel elegance with distinctly contemporary energy and glamour, the nearly century-old CLIFT’s modern and daring sense of diversity perfectly captures the city’s spirit. Steps from Union Square shopping and the legendary Nob Hill, CLIFT is perfectly located for sightseeing, shopping and socializing. Designed by Philippe Starck, the soaring lobby contains one of the most eclectic furniture collections in all of California ... more   less 
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