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“More Fun than the Big Chains” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Monaco San Francisco - a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   501 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102   |  
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Ranked #28 of 233 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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New York City, New York
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38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
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“More Fun than the Big Chains”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Enjoyed my stay here very much as I knew I would after staying in some other Kimpton properties. Room was small but nice, public areas were cozy (be sure to check out the space at the back of the lobby--it's beautiful), restaurant was quite good, staff were friendly. Wine hour was fun but be sure to fill up before the hour ends as they don't waste any time breaking it down. And I would suggest that if wine hour gets moved downstairs because of an event, some chairs be provided. It's an easy walk to Union Square although it's on the border of an iffy-edgy neighorhood. I was attending a conference at a big chain hotel nearby but am so glad I stayed at a place with some personality.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Cleanliness
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Reno, Nevada, United States
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We booked this hotel to have a larger room (mediterranean suite) and save a little instead of booking 2 rooms at another hotel. Ended up being same cost. They charge $67/day for valet parking, and next closest cheapest parking is $57. It is absolutely ridiculous. Ended up being nearly $500/day, when we were quoted $325.00. Room service food was terrible, although restaurant downstairs looked nice. Cost us $115.00 for a few sandwiches and desserts, everything came up cold and seemed to have sat there forever before being delivered. Lobby is beautiful, location is good. However, there are a lot of homeless people making a lot of noise every night between midnight and 3 am. Will never stay here again. Very disappointed. Cost us as much as when we stayed at the Ritz!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

My wife, son and mother-in-law did a 3 day stay at Thanksgiving. This was our first time to stay at this hotel. We picked it because is was very affordable, but the value and beauty if this hotel stood out. The room size is about average, but they are beautiful and comfortable rooms. There is the traditional complimentary cocktail hour in the evening, which we loved. They also bring out a Wii for the kids during this cocktail hour so the adults could enjoy themselves.

Lots of places to eat close to the hotel. The attached restaurant is pretty good too. Careful (Be vigilant) if you go out wandering in the neighboring Tenderloin district.

A great place to stay and we would go back for sure!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Pros: convenient location (5 minutes from Union square), extremely attentive doormen (always very nice and helpful, they were outstanding), clean, gorgeous decor, wifi/room/lobby free, comfy living rooms on 1st floor

Cons: very tinny room (438), poor breakfast choices (no buffet)

Besides the 2 cons everything is great (check my reviews) and I highly recommend this hotel.
The doormen were outstanding always very welcoming and helpful (more than the staff in the check-in area). They made me enjoy my stay even more.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I was going to San Francisco to run the Nike Women's 1/2 marathon and needed a hotel. My friends were at various hotels near Union Square, but a friend mentioned Hotel Monaco and it was within my budget, so I booked it. Very convenient to everywhere in the city. Walked everywhere. Check in was easy and the staff was more than helpful and friendly. I believe it's dog friendly too...which made me like it even more as I was missing my dogs back home. The rooms are small but very well decorated and the beds are comfortable, room was clean and quiet. Loved the hotel bathrobes as they are leopard print..quite fun. Loved the wine tasting happy hour for hotel guests as it gave samples of the local wines nearby. And...they had free 10 min chair massages to introduce you to the spa downstairs.

For me, the best part of this hotel was during race day, the hotel was a block from my start corral and even better was that the bus drop off after the race was in front of my hotel. My friends said they would stay there for any future races.

The food in the restaurant downstairs was really great and we had a few meals there. Close to shopping and transportation. When I go back, I'll stay there again.

Overall a really good find.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I really enjoy this hotel. I have stayed there several times. The rooms are small but very nice with nice amenities and interesting decor. The staff is always very friendly with wonderful suggestions for places to eat and visit. It is in the Theater District which is close enough to walk to Union Square. I love the hosted wine happy hour - it is a nice touch to start your evening.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Antioch, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

While rooms are a little small, the overall hotel is great with very nice amenities and imprecable service. Nice litte extras when you sign up for the frequent stayer program and you can always ask for a nice room with a view.

Great place with a lot of class in San Fran!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 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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Address: 501 Geary St, 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 Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#21 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#21 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#30 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#34 Green Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Monaco San Francisco - a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 201
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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