This was my third stay at the Monaco within the last couple of years. I usually have a layover in San Francisco on a yearly r-t-w trip to/from Asia. I’ve stayed in several hotels in SF over the years and in this price range, the Monaco has proven to be my favorite boutique hotel in the area by far.
To start, the lobbies are just lovely. Small, intimate, two fireplaces, art deco feel; for a small hotel, it’s very elegant and welcoming. The porters/concierge are excellent and happy to help no matter what the request. The front desk staff is enthusiastic, helpful, professional and efficient. I had several questions about check-out, parking, etc. which were promptly answered (as did a couple other people checking in—one lady wanted to be far away from pets and her room was changed to a no-pet floor; another wanted a certain p.c. set up that the hotel could not provide as the entire hotel uses wi-fi now, so she was directed to the business center after a few calls to the tech staff were made—quick and impressive).
The rooms are not particularly large (I was staying in the basic queen room this time), but they are charming, well designed, cozy and intimate. I liked the bathroom set up, as well as furry bathrobes and socks provided during the stay. The beds are very comfortable and duvet/linens/pillows wonderfully sink-in-able. As a Kimpton member, I received the $10 voucher for the mini bar (a nice touch) and there was a US$ 30 discount on a massage which I did not use. I was on the 7th floor in an internal room (no view) and it was very quiet; perhaps my room had been remodeled as it was very clean and tasteful.
I love the fact that the hotel is pet friendly and more than once while having a glass of wine during the daily 5-6pm wine hour (again, a very nice touch), I’ve been surrounded by beloved four-paw companions who welcome some petting (which is meaningful for many of us who travel and have to leave our own pets behind). I do wish the Kimptons would stop the goldfish pet offering—although perhaps not ultimately cruel, I doubt the little fishbowls are well aerated and being moved about from room to room is ultimately not in the fishes’ best interest (as one reviewer noted, the fish delivered to her room died…..if such an offering is to continue, I suggest replacing real fish with little automatic plastic fish…amusing and more humane….).
Coffee offered in the lobby in the mornings is nice, as is the fresh fruit water throughout the day. The location, as well noted by other reviews, is not the best, but I’ve found that San Francisco in general is full of homeless/pan handlers, so it didn’t feel much different within the hotel’s vicinity. I walked for over an hour to get to shopping area I enjoy (Union Street) and although I passed by many homeless/pan handlers, I did not feel threatened at any time; just sad. I didn’t eat in the hotel, but did get a glass of wine/dessert one night from the hotel restaurant to enjoy in front of the fire; heaven! I really enjoy my stays at the Monaco and will stay again in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award-winning Hotel Monaco San Francisco provides old-world hospitality in an eclectic, luxurious environment. The lobby's dramatic spaciousness, whimsical frescoed ceiling and delightful "Tree of Life" sculpture are instantly engaging. Situated next to the celebrated Grand Cafe Brasserie and Bar, and within easy walking distance of Union Square, San Francisco's famed Chinatown, the Financial District, Moscone Convention Center and many top-notch theaters, restaurants and shops, Hotel Monaco offers an unparalleled experience for a memorable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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