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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 #26 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2004

Stayed at Hotel Monaco on August 17 and 18th. We had a non/smoking double deluxe room on the 6th floor and although the room was small, as other reviewers have mentioned, they are VERY clean, comfortable and decorated nicely. Housekeeping provided fresh towels and a nightly turndown along with the Aveda bath products replenished. I felt pampered. The 5pm wine and cheese reception is pleasant and for a suggested donation you can receive a shoulder/neck message or a tarot card reading. Arrive early for sign up.

The hotel is convenient to Union and also the BART station at Powell. Traveled quite easily from SFO on the BART and walked everywhere. Just plan ahead and have your map ready. We checked out the lobbies of the other Kimpton hotels we came upon, but glad we picked the Monaco. Someone always greeted us when we left for the day or for dinner and when we returned.

The best place by far to have breakfast is at Dottie’s True Blue Cafe, right around the corner of the hotel. Yes, you do enter the beginnings of the Tenderloin district and there are a few frightening homeless people, etc. However, exit the hotel left and walk around the corner (Jones Street) it's just down a few doors down. This place is a gem and the food was awesome. I cant’ say it enough.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2004

This is our third trip to the Hotel Monaco in San Francisco. Most folks think small equals bad in a hotel room, but the charming queen canopy bed in Cynthia Rowley's delightfully inspired decor fashions this tiny room into the coziest romantic bed we've met in the world. Stuffed with pillows, luscious bedding and even lit inside the canopy, this bed is a special place we look forward to seeing again and again. We've stayed at other Kimpton properties and even larger rooms and suites at this one, but none compare to the surprise and intimacy of this gem. The giggle is the hotel's playful sense of self such as the pet-for-a-night goldfish or the way we feel in this room.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2004

I'm a fan of the DC Kimpton hotels. Compared to the groove of Helix and Rouge, the Monaco felt a bit tame, but I liked it nevertheless.

The room was small but I liked the kitschy/comfy decor and the small nice touches such as the yoga basket. The Tenderloin district around the hotel is a bit sketchy though.

Would they incorporate a complimentary European-style continental breakfast (the room service breakfast was OK but overpriced), I'd truly feel in hotel heaven here. America needs more hotels like these...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2004

Just returned from two fantastic nights at the Monaco! The Suite we were in was on the sixth floor and was very spacious for San Francisco standards and the Jacuzzi tub was HUGE!!! Fits two easily. The decor is beautiful. The free wine hour starting at 5 pm is a perfect place to unwind from a busy day of sightseeing. The location is good (two blocks from Union Square and Cable Cars). Staff is Over the Top great. Name recognition almost scary. Will return for sure.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2004

Stayed July 20-24. This hotel does not measure up to other Kimpton hotels where we have stayed. We had to ask where the fitness/spa were located and never did see a concierge desk. The exercise facilities were crowded into a small space and the hot tub was way too hot. The rooms were nice, definitely very clean, but except for a few exceptions of a housekeeper, bellman, and desk clerk, staff not very hospitable or welcoming. The hotel was very nice but did not feel welcome as we have at other Kimpton hotels. The hotel did give us a free upgrade, which was fortunate, because otherwise the room would have been too small. This wasn't a bad experience, just not up to our expectations for a Kimpton hotel. I would try a different hotel when next in San Fran--maybe Orchard or Serrano or Villa Florence. Restaurants were very nice but service not a priority at this hotel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2004

stayed here last year feel guilty to have taken so long to write a review as this hotel deserves some praise!I took my wife and two children.Room was good size,decor and facilities (inc Goldfish) were excellent. Ate in the restaurant downstairs wonderful atmosphere,great service and food.Staff friendly,We enjoyed the free wine tasting ,tarot card reading and masseuse in the Lobby .All very laid back and Californian.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2004

This is a magical hotel. The public rooms are amazing, the service friendly and helpful, and the little extras (including the prt goldfish) make it that bit special. Our room was comfortable and cosy. I would highly recommend this hotel, we would definitely stay here again.

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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
#22 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#24 Romantic 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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