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Marines Memorial Club Hotel
609 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1017   |  
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Ranked #17 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
Woking, UK
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12 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great hotel, great service, highly recommended.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

We stayed here for 3 days in September 2011. We had a great stay and can't really fault this place. From arrival, everything went smoothly. We had room 612 which was a double room, very comfortable. All mod cons, including: hairdryer, toiletries provided, plenty of towels, small fridge, safe, coffee maker, free wifi, lots of pillows and a very comfortable bed, pay movies, air conditioning and fan. Water and ice available down the hall.

Breakfast was great - all the food you could wish for. One morning there were lots of men in uniform (what with this being a place with military links), so nice eye-candy for the ladies! All the staff are very courteous. They don't mind you taking away anything you can't eat or getting a take away breakfast or extra cup of coffee before you go. In fact, there are paper cups and carry-out boxes especially for this purpose.

In the afternoon there is a free 2 hour happy hour which we indulged in every day! This is a brilliant perk and we found out some great tips of places to go from the bar staff.

The business centre is good. It has 4 computers and a couple of printers. This was useful for us as we managed to book hotels for the rest of our trip using this facility. There is also a little garden terrace off the business centre which is a nice place to sit on a sunny afternoon.

We didn't use the sports facilities but they are extensive - pool with 3 lanes, lots of gym equipment. It seemed quite busy around tea time as the gym is also open to non-residents.

We didn't use the restaurant either but I heard good things about it from other people who we chatted to at happy hour.

The concierge is also really helpful.

The hotel is well placed for all the sites. We took the cable car one block away up to Fisherman's Whart to get the Alcatraz and it's a short walk from the hotel to Union Square. We also walked to Chinatown on a couple of evenings and this is a relatively easy walk (not uphill!). We also walked from the Powell St BART when we first arrived. A very friendly local gave us directions. I think it is 5 or 6 blocks from the BART station up Powell.

I really like this place and would recommend it to anyone visiting San Francisco.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

This is a very nice and quiet hotel. It is close to Union Square and the Hyde./Powell Streets trolley and in walking distance to Chinatown. The staff was very friendly and helpful with recommendations. The complimentary breakfast buffet was excellent and they had free cocktails and snacks from 4PM to 6PM. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

We've been members of the Club for many years and have had many wonderful vacations while staying there. The Staff are all exceptional, from top to bottom! The rooms are always comfortable and nicely appointed. We always have everything we need while staying there. The complementary breakfast each morning is always so very good and dinners in the restaurant are terrific, including the views from the top of this grand hotel! This place is the BEST!!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

I read the many positive reviews before booking and wasn’t disappointed. Our 2 rooms were clean and well equipped. We missed the happy hour on our first day but didn’t make that mistake again; great company with a fantastic view, and live music! Breakfast was substantial. Our tours during the day, and trips out for dinner were made easy by the central location. And after check out we picked up our Avis car from just around the corner.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

We recently stayed at this hotel for a friend's wedding.
Unsure of what to expect with "The Marine Club" - we were a little hesitant about staying here.

I'm happy to report, we were pleasantly surprised! Perfectly situated in San Francisco's busy tourist area of Union Square, this hotel was only a short walk (downhill!) to many tourist attractions: shopping, cable cars and more important, the public transport systems (BART and MUNI) at Powell St. There was a fun bar (The White Horse) two doors down, a liquor store right next door and a Walgreens, a short walk away; all necessities when booking a hotel in my opinion.

The boutique hotel has a small lobby, but is quite large once inside. The hotel is a memorial to past Marine service and a service to current Marines; so the hotel is a Marine museum and we saw many Marines (past and present) on the premises.

Our standard room was small; but very clean with all the standard hotel amenities. Our friends were staying in the Deluxe rooms and Suites; which were both VERY spacious; so if being able to spread out is important to you; I would opt for a Deluxe room. The (Bridal) Suite was enormous with a full sized living room, separate bedroom and separate bath area/toilette area. Definitely worth it for a special occasion.

Included in our standard room rate, we received complimentary full buffet breakfast and "happy hour" cocktails. Both were fabulous. The breakfast buffet was traditional breakfast buffet with eggs, sausages, French toast etc. with all kinds of breads, pastries and fruit, coffee tea and juice. The happy hour from 4-6 included complimentary beer, wine and cocktails and was such a generous amenity. Worth the price of the room, right there!

As the hotel is geared at the service community; as expected, there are many older couples and families staying here; so don't expect partying in the halls (or if it was going on, we didn't see it/hear it). My friend also hosted her wedding here; and I can say that the cocktail area and dining room were spacious and very classically beautiful.

The service we experienced at the front desk, dining’s rooms and event staff were absolutely lovely.

However, because this is a boutique hotel; expect to call for reservations (and make note of your own confirmation numbers; no email confirmation here); and expect the front desk to get a little busy, we called several times to no answer; but the staff themselves are absolutely fabulous.

Also, I advise booking early, as this place sells out very quickly!

Room Tip: I would ask for a view of the street, if possible. Our view was a brick wall :)
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Twisp, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

This hotel had it all! The beds were comfortable and the rooms were immaculate. Very well kept. The morning buffet breakfast was awesome. I would definately recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC
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51 reviews 51 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

So many of the big chain hotels are in the same area.. all are pricey but the MMC is a totally Not-for-Profit operation and very reasonably priced. For any one who has a USMC connection, they will completely enjoy the hotel's memorabilia and museum. For those w/o connection to USMC, they'll enjoy the full breakfast buffet, professional servers and the best FREE happy hour for guests each nite. Free happy hour too! Leave a nice tip since the servers are really good and that's their living! There is a gym for guests too although I didn't get to it. Its a big ragged on the edges but quite acceptable and again.. (small bathrooms) but you cannot beat the location on Sutter and Powell. Nob Hill is one direction, Chinatown and Union Hill in another direction, cable cars are everywhere and the dining everywhere is terrific. Best news.. all the profit goes to maintaining the memorial and hotel and various USMC charities. Very accommodating for physically disabled

Room Tip: Its a busy street so if you are noise sensitive, perhaps stay higher??
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 609 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1017
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#19 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#24 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#43 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel is just off Union Square and the cable car next to art galleries and museums. Built in the 1920's the 138 room hotel is fully renovated with comfortable air conditioned guestrooms and suites. Free wireless, robes, wall safes, on demand movies, cable TV and breakfast for two included in the rates and 2 hour cocktail party nightly in the 12th floor steakhouse restaurant and lounge. ... more   less 
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