During our visit in San Francisco, we were advised it is not a particularly economically priced city by American standards. We certainly experienced this expense at the Monaco Hotel. Our Queen Deluxe room was quiet (being at the back of the hotel) but it certainly wasn’t spacious or luxurious like in the website photos! And the Grand Cafe did not seem especially “value for money” either.
The Monaco Hotel was originally an Art Deco building but our room was decorated in pale green and yellow striped wallpaper, plus a navy blue and cream striped canopy over the bed, with dark wood furniture and white bed linen. The bathroom was wallpapered in narrow stripes of raspberry pink and gold – all very eye watering. Our bed was a proper double and very comfortable to sleep on. The feather pillows were quickly swapped for firmer (foam) pillows when asked. The large writing desk had discrete electrical outlets that we didn’t find until our second last day unfortunately. The bathroom outlet was only for electric shavers. The shower head was over a shallow (child size) bath, with good water pressure but at night the hot water took an extraordinarily long length of time to come through.
Our main problem with the room was there was no floor space to store our two medium sized suitcases. A single traveller might be able to empty one suitcase into the single 3-drawer bedside cabinet plus walk-in robe (with its limited number of hangers provided). Unfortunately the walk-in robe also held the room’s safe so further limiting the storage space plus the lighting was so low in the room overall we would never have been able to sort through our clothing in a suitcase if we could have placed one in the walk-in robe.
The service from all staff was super friendly and efficient. We didn’t partake of the free wine hour in the afternoons, the morning coffee bar, nor the Spa, so can’t offer a comment on these. The Business Centre charged $6 per 15 minutes for use of the computers plus nearly $2 per B&W page to print, although airline checkin was offered free of charge. Location wise: the Monaco is only 2 blocks from Union Square which is better for business travellers and serious shoppers. Tourists may prefer to stay closer to Fishermans’ Wharf for the attractions and cheaper eateries there.
- 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:
- Kimpton San Francisco
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