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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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Niceville, Florida
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“wonderful place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014

we stayed Valentine's Weekend 2014. Had wonderful meal at the Grand Cafe on Valentines night. They were completely booked but we had made reservations, so worked out fine. Loved the morning coffee, tea and hot chocolate available in lobby downstairs, as well as evening wine hour. Close walk to Union Square and shopping. Room was very lovely, not large,but compared to rooms in other large cities it was fine. Room service and maid service was excellent. Enjoyed the spa area. I agree that the panhandlers were out there every day, would be less comfortable if a single women walking at night, but as a couple with another couple it was fine.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

I stayed here as a single female for four nights on business. As always Kimpton service shined from the moment I checked in to the moment I headed out to catch Bart to the airport. The room was not huge but well organized. The towels and robes were a little warm and it was disappointing that they no longer used Aveda products.

I've stayed at all but one of the Kimptons in SF. I prefer the Sir Francis Drake, Harbor Court and the Prescott. This is due in large part to the location. The Monaco is just one block further south and one block further west from Union Sq. then is truly comfortable for a single woman after dark. The pan handlers are very aggressive.

The only other negative is the restaurant--The Grand Cafe. Beautiful design but below average food and awful service.

Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

This would be a great hotel for couples traveling to San Fran. Close to great cafés and union square, BART and cable car.

As is always a prerequisite for me - a good gym was paramount and I was happy. Wide range of equipment, well maintained and not ever full.
I also had an AMAZING massage in the spa.

The only thing I would say is that as a female traveling alone, I would recommend staying one block closer to union square. It was just a little too close to the creepy tenderloin.
I'd also love to see the restaurant understand and cater to gluten intolerant guests!
Otherwise a good visit

Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

We had a fantastic five night stay in mid March at this well-located and appointed hotel. We checked in late (after midnight) , and the man behind the desk happily helped us order a pizza from a spot just down the road.

Our king room (518) was bright, clean, and comfortable, and decorated in the normal whimsical style of a Monaco- which we love. The window seat was cool, too!
We had very positive interactions with staff such as Lauren (who happily arranged a special birthday amenity for my husband, at my request), Benjy, and Jackson, and others, who very obviously know and love the city of San Francisco. They were happy to answer our millions of questions, and to point us in the right direction.

The location of the hotel makes it a great place to start from. Everything we wanted to see was within a 30 or 40 minute walk, a quick cab ride, or a quick ride on what appeared to be very well laid-out and frequent public transportation. There is also a great store right across the street, selling all kinds of snacks and beer, etc. and it's open late. There are tons of places to shop nearby- but we skipped that because the weather was so nice!

There was some street noise, so I'd bring earplugs if that kind of thing bothers you.
I'd say here again in a second. It was chill, the people were really fantastic, and 5 great sleeps.

Room Tip: Ask for a window seat! (But bring earplugs if street noise bothers you)
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

We chose Hotel Monaco because of its location, near enough to Union Square but away from the crowds. Our room on the third floor was spacious, clean and met all our needs. Housekeeping were brilliant, our room cleaned when requested and always to a high standard. The staff are polite and very helpful. In short nothing to complain about. We had a continental breakfast included in our rate, which was just right to set you up for the day. Leaving room to enjoy lunches at the Ferry Building or any number of good places to eat. Would stay here again.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

We stayed at the Monaco for five days in early march. It was our third visit to this Kimpton property. The hotel is absolutely outstanding in virtually every respect. Everything you would expect from a hotel of this caliber. Especially the staff, who at every level is extremely competent and gracious. Our "Kimpton moment" came when Lauren, on very short notice, made all arrangements for a rental car which we picked up three blocks from the hotel and returned five days later at SFO after a road trip to Lake Tahoe. Lauren negotiated a terrific rate with no drop-off fee. Well done Lauren.
We visit San Francisco often and have stayed at many other hotels in the city. Going forward, we will only stay at the Monaco.

Room Tip: Rooms are all good. Only real choice is king or queen.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

Stayed at Hotel Monaco and the stay was exceptional as always. Rooms were comfortable and the location was ideal for walking to Chinatown, Union Square and a short drive over the hill to the wharf. Pier 7 skateboarding locations just minutes away. Complimentary wine and back massage was a nice touch. Workout facility and spa was very nice. Definitely will return when back in town. What a great stay.

Room Tip: higher floor less ground noise.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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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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