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Clift Hotel San Francisco
Ranked #72 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

We stayed at this hotel for a quick one night stay in San Fran. We were centrally located and used cabs to get around. Nice room, not too small. We had the basic room, not a suite or anything but the king bed was ample and the closet large. Bathroom a little small but that is to be expected. Tub did not drain fast enough so the water puddled in the tub during a shower.
We arrived half a day earlier then expected bc I changed our flights but they graciously held our bags so we could explore the city. Then we headed to Sonoma for the weekend and they held our bags on Sunday until it was time to head to the airport.
Very accommodating staff.
The bar was thumping at 11pm on a Thursday but we didn't hear a peep in our room on the 4th floor when we headed upstairs. Beds were very comfortable and I slept like a baby. Street noise didn't bother me, but it was our first night over from the east coast so, i probably could have slept on the expressway.
Hotel does have ac which was nice for air circulation, didn't need it for temp control. Doesn't look like the windows open.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

We recently stayed here with our daughter and her family for a quick getaway. Very pleased with hotel. Towels and bedding were the best we've had in a while, better then Fairmont and Palace which we have also stayed! Perfect location, convenient walking distance to Union Square and Market Street. WE caught the Muni which brought us directly to AT&T for a giants game and back again all for a couple dollars each way, What fun. Friendly staff at the hotel also.

Room Tip: Nice city view from top floors.
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Clift_Manager, Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2014

Thank you for choosing Clift as the hotel for your family getaway to lovely San Francisco. Our close proximity to major attractions like Union Square and AT&T Park is just one of the many ways we are able to enhance any Bay Area vacation. Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay with us, we greatly appreciate it and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed July 9, 2014

Overall was very happy with our stay in this hotel. The location is great, walking distance to just about anything you want to do and see.
The staff were all friendly, professional and helpful. Nice attitudes all around.
The hotel itself is very cool with an interesting lobby and knock out bar. All very hip and sexy!

The room itself was fine - smallish but nice. King bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in - pure luxury! Unfortunately, despite the lovely bed, the room temp cannot be really controlled (there is a thermostat which is basically "warm" or "cool" but the cool never got anyway cool enough for a good sleep) and being on the 11th floor, the window of course couldn't open.

The downside was feeling nickeled and dimed - although we didn't have a car, the valet parking is apparently over $50 and there was no free in-room Wi-Fi. You could sign in for free once per day from the lobby ... that was just bothersome.

Overall, would recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Janet R
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

We got this deal through “Express Deals”. Yes we saved some money on room but we spend it on valley parking… Hotel is conveniently located just block away from Union Square but we missed it twice bc there was no sign on the bldg. The reception area was nice and hip but to dark. We got junior suite on 4th floor. I’m just to noise so it did not bother me. Room, even though spacious did not feel “worm” or “welcoming”. Bathroom was small and it needed to be upgraded. Plus for nice soaps, shampoo and towels. Staff was friendly and helpful. One thing that surprised me was when we were coming back in the evening there was security guy standing by elevators asking us for room key… Over all it’s nice place. Would I stay there again? Maybe for one or two nights but not for a whole week.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank justnka
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Clift_Manager, Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review regarding our hotel. Our hotel design is very unique in regards to our decor in our lobby and rooms. This may result in some rooms having more space than others and some rooms will have smaller bathrooms. Thank you again for providing us with your feedback. We take all of our guest feedback seriously. We do look forward to having you stay with us again.

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Reviewed July 8, 2014

I stayed at The Clift for 3 nights and I could not have been happier using this hotel as my base in SF. The location is amazing, about 300 yards walk to Union Square (where all the high end shops are) and so many great local restaurants. The decor at The Clift is wonderful, lots of dark wood and high ceilings. The one thing I love about Morgans Group Hotels is that they use modern furnishings in old buildings, in my mind an interesting an alternative combination. Our room was fantastic and spacious with a seperate dressing area and lounge.The winner at this hotel was the Redwood Room Bar and The Velvet Room Restaurant, both offered real knock out food (try the wagyu tartare) and cocktails, there signature martini could strip paint (just the way I like it). A special thanks to Ken and his team for arranging my reservation and all the staff at the bar, restaurant and particularly the concierge deserve a special mention. I have never known a concierge to listen as well as the ones at The Clift, their recommendations were so spot on.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

We got a really good deal online to find our hotel in SF. We basically got something called "Express Deal" which is where you select the star of hotel you would like and the area you would like and they let you guarantee this with the best price. We selected 4* and in San Francisco, the deal guaranteed 4* and promised in the Union Square area. Perfect. In total for three nights it cost us a total of $485, Valet parking was very expensive.. an absolute rip off, and so we parked our car in a 24 hour car park around the corner.. I think the valet parking should be included, it was in our other hotel in Vegas.
Once we paid, we got the details of Clift hotel and it looked very nice online.
The hotel is very welcoming, the guys on the door were very helpful. They couldn't actually find our reservation for about 10 minutes but all was good in the end after they called reservations. Reception is large and trendy, very professional. There is a large log fire, its lovely to have a drink in the evening in front of. It's clearly a preference for a lot of people, we saw lots of business people coming in and out for meetings and even a wedding.
The room was comfortable and clean, lovely view of the city out of the window, air con and nice bathroom details, plenty of towels and nice soaps.
Would definitely recommend Clift! Lovely!

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Stayed for one night in a king deluxe room. I was actually a little nervous after reading some of the negative reviews, but it was fine. Although the lobby is very dark, our room was very bright (big window, light colors). The bed was super comfy. The bathroom was really small, but fine. I was worried about the noise based on previous reviews, but it really wasn't a problem. Front desk service was great, as was the bar service. The complaints are - the tub drain couldn't keep up with the water pressure and the window in our room was slightly off track so it didn't close all the way. Overall though it was a pleasant one night stay.

Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Princeza
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Additional Information about Clift Hotel San Francisco

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
#41 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#49 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#64 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: $217 - $655 (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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