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Marines Memorial Club Hotel
Ranked #14 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
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Boise, Idaho
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“Our Favorite Place to Stay In San Francisco!”
Reviewed October 19, 2011

We've been members of the Club for many years and have had many wonderful vacations while staying there. The Staff are all exceptional, from top to bottom! The rooms are always comfortable and nicely appointed. We always have everything we need while staying there. The complementary breakfast each morning is always so very good and dinners in the restaurant are terrific, including the views from the top of this grand hotel! This place is the BEST!!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

I read the many positive reviews before booking and wasn’t disappointed. Our 2 rooms were clean and well equipped. We missed the happy hour on our first day but didn’t make that mistake again; great company with a fantastic view, and live music! Breakfast was substantial. Our tours during the day, and trips out for dinner were made easy by the central location. And after check out we picked up our Avis car from just around the corner.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed October 12, 2011

We recently stayed at this hotel for a friend's wedding.
Unsure of what to expect with "The Marine Club" - we were a little hesitant about staying here.

I'm happy to report, we were pleasantly surprised! Perfectly situated in San Francisco's busy tourist area of Union Square, this hotel was only a short walk (downhill!) to many tourist attractions: shopping, cable cars and more important, the public transport systems (BART and MUNI) at Powell St. There was a fun bar (The White Horse) two doors down, a liquor store right next door and a Walgreens, a short walk away; all necessities when booking a hotel in my opinion.

The boutique hotel has a small lobby, but is quite large once inside. The hotel is a memorial to past Marine service and a service to current Marines; so the hotel is a Marine museum and we saw many Marines (past and present) on the premises.

Our standard room was small; but very clean with all the standard hotel amenities. Our friends were staying in the Deluxe rooms and Suites; which were both VERY spacious; so if being able to spread out is important to you; I would opt for a Deluxe room. The (Bridal) Suite was enormous with a full sized living room, separate bedroom and separate bath area/toilette area. Definitely worth it for a special occasion.

Included in our standard room rate, we received complimentary full buffet breakfast and "happy hour" cocktails. Both were fabulous. The breakfast buffet was traditional breakfast buffet with eggs, sausages, French toast etc. with all kinds of breads, pastries and fruit, coffee tea and juice. The happy hour from 4-6 included complimentary beer, wine and cocktails and was such a generous amenity. Worth the price of the room, right there!

As the hotel is geared at the service community; as expected, there are many older couples and families staying here; so don't expect partying in the halls (or if it was going on, we didn't see it/hear it). My friend also hosted her wedding here; and I can say that the cocktail area and dining room were spacious and very classically beautiful.

The service we experienced at the front desk, dining’s rooms and event staff were absolutely lovely.

However, because this is a boutique hotel; expect to call for reservations (and make note of your own confirmation numbers; no email confirmation here); and expect the front desk to get a little busy, we called several times to no answer; but the staff themselves are absolutely fabulous.

Also, I advise booking early, as this place sells out very quickly!

Room Tip: I would ask for a view of the street, if possible. Our view was a brick wall :)
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Twisp, Washington
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

This hotel had it all! The beds were comfortable and the rooms were immaculate. Very well kept. The morning buffet breakfast was awesome. I would definately recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

So many of the big chain hotels are in the same area.. all are pricey but the MMC is a totally Not-for-Profit operation and very reasonably priced. For any one who has a USMC connection, they will completely enjoy the hotel's memorabilia and museum. For those w/o connection to USMC, they'll enjoy the full breakfast buffet, professional servers and the best FREE happy hour for guests each nite. Free happy hour too! Leave a nice tip since the servers are really good and that's their living! There is a gym for guests too although I didn't get to it. Its a big ragged on the edges but quite acceptable and again.. (small bathrooms) but you cannot beat the location on Sutter and Powell. Nob Hill is one direction, Chinatown and Union Hill in another direction, cable cars are everywhere and the dining everywhere is terrific. Best news.. all the profit goes to maintaining the memorial and hotel and various USMC charities. Very accommodating for physically disabled

Room Tip: Its a busy street so if you are noise sensitive, perhaps stay higher??
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

The hotel was gorgeous from the foyer to the rooms. Every night we had complimentary cocktails on the top floor with great views of the city and a piano player. In the morning we enjoyed a wonderful buffet breakfast also on the top floor. It was the best ever!!!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

Stayed here for a week during a conference. At first, I wasn't impressed but as the week went on, I became a fan of this place. Favorite thing was the FREE hot breakfast buffet every morning. Wait staff was very attentive. You just need to leave a tip. Additionally there is a FREE happy hour in the evening, again, only tip required. The room was spacious and the hotel itself, is convenient to lots of shopping, restaurants, and many modes of transportation. Only 2 negatives - 1. Requested a wake-up call and never received it. 2. Don't expect the bell man to help you get a taxi. He basically told me I had to get one myself. So i walked about 3 blocks

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Marines Memorial Club Hotel
Address: 609 Sutter St, 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 Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#24 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#24 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#30 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Marines Memorial Club Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel is located next to Union Square and San Francisco's iconic cable cars; walking distance to Chinatown, art galleries, museums and the best shopping district in the city. Built in the 1920's in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, this historic 138 room hotel is fully renovated with comfortable air conditioned guestrooms and suites. Free wireless, robes, wall safes, cable TV and a full service health club with indoor swimming pool located on site. Rooftop restaurant and bar overlooking downtown and Union Square. Live piano music Tuesday through Saturday nights. ... more   less 
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