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“From darkness to light...” 4 of 5 stars
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Clift Hotel San Francisco
Ranked #64 of 233 Hotels in San Francisco
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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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“From darkness to light...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

At first as one walks into the lobby the Clift seems "fashionably dark" and it takes the eyes a while to adjust. The three elevators (one red, one green, one blue) are similarly dark, but our room (416) was elegantly bright and fresh, being a corner room with windows on two walls.

A couple of minutes walk along Geary to Union Square makes for about as central as you'll get.

Having previously stayed at the Handlry I'd probably choose the Clift next time.

Remarkably knowledgeable staff, one of the nicest cocktail bars I've seen, set in a majestic historic hall, and a great breakfast too.

Only downside, expensive WiFi in the room, and the automatic adding of a gratuity for breakfast - otherwise, clean and peaceful, well situated and once your eyes settle, a classy lobby where the WiFi is free, but slow.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Besides the completely arrogant and uncooperative staff, the hotel used a mistake by Priceline to force an extra $100 for a roll out bed.

I travel a lot and I've seen many hotels. This one is by far the rudest. The staff need to be retrained to understand that customers expect hospitality.

In my opinion, stay away from this style over hospitality hotel.

Stayed July 2014
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Clift_Manager, Front Office Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Guest satisfaction is our top priority at Clift and we pride ourselves on offering customer service that goes beyond the typical hotel experience. We strive to personalize our interactions to the individual guest's needs and take feedback that suggests we have done otherwise very seriously. I am truly sorry that any additional fees you incurred during your stay left you feeling that the Hotel Staff were anything but helpful and caring.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

The room was pretty and clean. The hotel staff were very nice. Nice sized bathroom and comfortable bed. For the money, it was nice but not outstanding. Good location, walk anywhere from here in the city.

Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

The Clift hotel is are short walk from everything in Union Square and is right next to several theaters . Nice rooms and great service and a fun bar area . There is also a great little sandwich place right across the street

Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We'd had drinks with friends before in this joint's exquisite bar, but had never stayed here until this past Sunday night. Following a destination wedding weekend that had us in the beautiful wine-and-redwoods milieu of Mendocino County, the quirkily luxurious Clift was exactly the counterpoint we needed. Everyone, and I do mean everyone we encountered on staff seemed utterly delighted that we'd chosen to stay here. Checkin was effortless. Our corner room with city views in two directions could not have been better. We loved the minimalist-yet-luxe decor, the subtle colors, the whimsy. The bed was heavenly. The water pressure in the shower, even more heavenly. Put all this in a location only steps from the pleasures of Union Square and Nob Hill, and you have a place that beckons return. Oh, and the complimentary morning coffee equals bliss in a paper cup!

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Clift_Manager, Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for our hotel. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to being your hotel of choice the next time your in San Francisco.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Had one great night at this hotel in SF. Had a Jr suite and it was awesome. Spacious, great lay out, comfortable bed, sitting room, desk, great lighting. Really enjoyed my stay. It was a little noisy outside being that I was only on the 4th floor but you're in SF and there is a club downstairs so it kind of makes sense.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Clift_Manager, Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Thank you for your kind words in regards to our hotel. Were extremely happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to having you with us again.
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Lovely hotel, lovely staff. The hotel is very well situated. The room service is very well priced with American size portions so don't over order! My only criticism is it is like a coffin! Very dark, which is a shame as it is lovely inside. Many Europeans we spoke to said the same. You don't want to sit in the lobby without a torch!

Stayed July 2014
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Clift_Manager, Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review in regards to our hotel. Our hotel design and decor is very unique. We look forward to having you stay with us again.
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Property: Clift Hotel San Francisco
Address: 495 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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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
#37 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#49 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#52 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#64 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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