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Clift Hotel San Francisco
Ranked #74 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

stayed at the clift for business in january as part of a SF/LA/san diego/las vegas trip. started with a new company so i tried to watch the expenses and got a great rate on kayak for under 200 per night.

hotel is in the union square area, so it is near some good shopping and food. unfortunately the area also has a lot of vagrants around but that is also SF in general so i am certainly not singling it out here.

the hotel has a great scene in the bar and i would highly recommend checking it out for that alone. good crowd, very hip, and some cool wall art that changes as time goes on.

check-in was easy though i arrived around midnight on a wed so the valet was a little slow in getting to me. at 50/night, i was hoping it was a little more responsive.

room was small and no frills but i did have a nice view from the 15th floor. decor was funky and cool, with lots of mirrors and curtains...sort of a bordello thing.

restaurant served a good breakfast buffet so i recommend that.

it is a cool boutique hotel. it isn't the four seasons and doesn't try to be.

for hip, it is good.

i would stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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CliftFOM, Front Office Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2013

Hey Andergtr,

Thanks for taking the time to review us. I am happy your stay was comfortable. I am pleased to read you enjoyed and appreciated the redwood room. Our hotel bar is top 15 hotel bars in the world and I completely agree, it is remarkable!

Please come again soon.

Ian

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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CliftFOM, Front Office Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2013

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Had a 3 night visit on way back from NZ and found the hotel to be well placed , convenient and comfortable.
Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Room was clean and quiet and a kettle was provided for me on request.
It has a lively bar in the evenings with locals calling after work even though drinks were on the expensive side.
Airport shuttle was organised for me at a reasonable rate .
Modern quirky hotel housed in an old building close to Union Square.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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CliftFOM, Front Office Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2013

Hello Travelhero1000,

Thanks for the great review and I have to agree with everything you said! We are in a great location and a very unique property. Our hotel since its earliest days back in the early 1900's has always been a landmark representing San Francisco's highest mark of elegance!

All the best,

Ian

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

This is my second stay for work at the Clift. The last time, 3 years ago, I was in a standard room. They are tiny. But if you're staying for work, that's not the end of the world. This time, I was upgraded to a deluxe room which was a lovely size. As my stay was almost 3 weeks, this was ideal.
The Clift is in a fantastic location. I've stayed in several hotels close by but I love the convenience here to shops, museums and so on. The food is good and the lobby is lovely.
An issue I have (which is a problem with so many hotels today) is that I had a 3 device limit when using the wifi. I have 4 but was using 3 so that's fine, but in this day and age, if you're staying at somewhere like the Clift and you're not alone, a 3 device limit is going to be a restriction. Particularly if you work from the room. Not a huge problem, obviously, but a niggle.

There's a Walmart and liquor store nearby for any basics and I ate at Jasper's and Le Colonial (yum) nearby.

Stayed: February 2013
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CliftFOM, Front Office Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2013

Hello Emer T,

Thanks for your great review of us. We are so happy you enjoyed yourself, even if you were here on business. Please be sure to book with us next time you visit San Francisco, and just as an FYI, the internet is good for ALL of your devices, at the same cost!

Thanks again,

Ian

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed here back in sept it was the last leg of our honeymoon. We were overwhelmed when we arrived to the beautiful modern decor in the lobby and up to the lifts. Check in was good so far so good. We had payed approx 180-200 english pound per night so this was the most expensive of our hotels. The room was very small for a superior double. The bathroom was so small my husband had to step into the bath to shut the bathroom door behind him. I could just get in to the bath but my husband couldnt. The walls were paper thin as we were there on fri sat sun evenings the room next door must have had about 5 people in there until 6am after calling reception twice they came and knocked on next door to tell them to be quiet which lasted approx 5 mins until the music was turned back on. We didnt really stay in the hotel much as san fran is a lovely city and so much to see and do so it didnt ruin our stay there. I would recommend hotel but not on a weekend or for the rates we payed.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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CliftFOM, Front Office Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2013

Hey Nikkne,

Thank you for the review. I am happy you found the service to be great but I am so sorry about the issues you brought up. This is one of the older hotels in SF and when they built this, bathroom size was not an issue at hand. If you would not mind calling the hotel to discuss your stay, that would be great, as I would love the opportunity to prove to you that we offer an extraordinary product and experience here at Clift.

Sincerely,

Ian

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great hotel! Stylish, convenient and well priced. The staff offers great customer service. While the rooms are small, I found it to be very comfortable. The Clift is fast becoming my go-to hotel when I'm in San Fran for work.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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CliftFOM, Front Office Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2013

Hey MKBLOOM,

Thanks for the great review and I am happy our world class service stood out! Please continue to visit and if you have yet to try the restaurant or bar, give those a try next time..

Sincerely,

Ian

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Hotel is very modern, clean, and also kind of retro. Rooms are spacious and fun with the mirrors and furniture... The bathrooms, carpet, and window blinds in room could use some revamping.... Room service was quick and good....Food wasnt over the top though... Lobby and common spaces are dimly lit and have tons of fun chairs that make great photo opps. Redroom room drinks are ok. I got a Moscow Mule, and it was not good at all, but i think they are better known for other drinks. Atmosphere at the Redwood Room is pretty cool, pretty people on the stroll, typical scene. Great location of hotel and within walking distance to shopping of Union Sq. Have fuN!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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CliftFOM, Front Office Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2013

Hey Lucasntheoc,

Thanks for the positive review! Please come visit soon!

All the best,

Ian

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Address: 495 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-1222
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#27 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#40 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#42 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#64 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: $186 - $487 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Clift Hotel San Francisco 4*
Number of rooms: 372
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An inspired fusion of old-world hotel elegance with distinctly contemporary energy and glamour, the nearly century-old CLIFT’s modern and daring sense of diversity perfectly captures the city’s spirit. Steps from Union Square shopping and the legendary Nob Hill, CLIFT is perfectly located for sightseeing, shopping and socializing. Designed by Philippe Starck, the soaring lobby contains one of the most eclectic furniture collections in all of California ... more   less 
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