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“A San Francisco treat”

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The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel
Ranked #40 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
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“A San Francisco treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

My wife, son and mother-in-law did a 3 day stay at Thanksgiving. This was our first time to stay at this hotel. We picked it because is was very affordable, but the value and beauty if this hotel stood out. The room size is about average, but they are beautiful and comfortable rooms. There is the traditional complimentary cocktail hour in the evening, which we loved. They also bring out a Wii for the kids during this cocktail hour so the adults could enjoy themselves.

Lots of places to eat close to the hotel. The attached restaurant is pretty good too. Careful (Be vigilant) if you go out wandering in the neighboring Tenderloin district.

A great place to stay and we would go back for sure!

  • Stayed November 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Pros: convenient location (5 minutes from Union square), extremely attentive doormen (always very nice and helpful, they were outstanding), clean, gorgeous decor, wifi/room/lobby free, comfy living rooms on 1st floor

Cons: very tinny room (438), poor breakfast choices (no buffet)

Besides the 2 cons everything is great (check my reviews) and I highly recommend this hotel.
The doormen were outstanding always very welcoming and helpful (more than the staff in the check-in area). They made me enjoy my stay even more.

  • Stayed January 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

I was going to San Francisco to run the Nike Women's 1/2 marathon and needed a hotel. My friends were at various hotels near Union Square, but a friend mentioned Hotel Monaco and it was within my budget, so I booked it. Very convenient to everywhere in the city. Walked everywhere. Check in was easy and the staff was more than helpful and friendly. I believe it's dog friendly too...which made me like it even more as I was missing my dogs back home. The rooms are small but very well decorated and the beds are comfortable, room was clean and quiet. Loved the hotel bathrobes as they are leopard print..quite fun. Loved the wine tasting happy hour for hotel guests as it gave samples of the local wines nearby. And...they had free 10 min chair massages to introduce you to the spa downstairs.

For me, the best part of this hotel was during race day, the hotel was a block from my start corral and even better was that the bus drop off after the race was in front of my hotel. My friends said they would stay there for any future races.

The food in the restaurant downstairs was really great and we had a few meals there. Close to shopping and transportation. When I go back, I'll stay there again.

Overall a really good find.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

I really enjoy this hotel. I have stayed there several times. The rooms are small but very nice with nice amenities and interesting decor. The staff is always very friendly with wonderful suggestions for places to eat and visit. It is in the Theater District which is close enough to walk to Union Square. I love the hosted wine happy hour - it is a nice touch to start your evening.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

While rooms are a little small, the overall hotel is great with very nice amenities and imprecable service. Nice litte extras when you sign up for the frequent stayer program and you can always ask for a nice room with a view.

Great place with a lot of class in San Fran!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

i had the pleasure of going to sf for a quick weekend trip for a wedding. i made the reservation last minute and ended up at the monaco. nice hotel. centrally located. in fact i have been at the restaurant a few times. the food was good. but most importantly again the hotel is very well located. as for the hotel itself and the amenities, i would categorize it as above average. nothing incredible. one thing i have to say is that many of the things around the hotel are actually very original. neat artwork. neat and creative furniture. the price is not great but then again nothing in san francisco is really great. i would definitely consider the hotel again. one thing i would watch out for is the parking fees. here and in most of san francisco, they are ridiculous.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

I'm a regular Kimpton customer - love their service and the fact that they are dog friendly hotels. Monaco is located very close to Union Square, Curran theater etc and is a nice, clean, safe place to be. Love the decor, the hosted wine hour and friendly staff. Lots of good food close by. Valet parking is very pricey so look for alternate parking near by. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel

Property: The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel
Address: 501 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1640 (Formerly Hotel Monaco San Francisco - a Kimpton Hotel)
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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 Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#30 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#32 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#35 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#52 Green Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 208
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Housed in a turn-of-the-century building in the heart of downtown San Francisco, The Marker, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, is located just steps away from the historic beauty of Union Square. Distinct among San Francisco's lifestyle hotels, the signature warmth permeates the property from the service to the design of the interiors. Surrounded by the city's top theaters, restaurants, museums and shops, the urban boutique hotel features 208 newly renovated, vibrant and stylish guestrooms. The Marker celebrates the vibrancy of the city and the dynamism of its guests through innovative programming and thoughtful service. Guests can enjoy thoughtful special amenities including unlimited PressReader access for the digital newsstand, bicycle rentals to explore the city, in-room spa services and more. The lobby living room's plush, over-sized couches and curated local activations beckon guests to stay a while and soak in the comfortable, social atmosphere while unique programs, steeped in local authenticity, connect guests to the best of the destination. In addition, guests can enjoy the hotel's new dining concept, Tratto, a spirited bar-driven restaurant serving rustic Italian fare with modern sensibilities and casual, communal-style dining. ... more   less 
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