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“A gem of a hotel in Sam Francisco”

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The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel
Ranked #40 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
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Moscow, Russia
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“A gem of a hotel in Sam Francisco”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

First time we have stayed here but for sure we will be back.
As usual we put our trust in Tripadvisor and we came up trumps with The Monaco. As soon as our taxi dropped us off we knew we had made the right decision. The staff were the most welcoming we have experienced in a major city for a long time.
We booked a deluxe room and we were given 716 on the top floor, not much of a view but incredibly quite. Very convenient for everything ,just a couple of blocks from Union Square.
The concierge on duty for most of our stay was very helpful and suggested a great little restaurant Kim Than which is a 5 minute walk up Geary St.
Some very nice touches like the complimentary wine and cheese hour .
The Grand Cafe on site restaurant is great fun and a wonderful decor .
The hotel is also pet friendly.
This will be our base for any future visits to San Francisco!

Room Tip: We stayed in 716 which was very quite
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Oakville, Ontario Canada
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

Stayed this past week for two nights at the Monaco having discovered the Kimpton chain last fall. Excellent location, close to Union Square, the cable cars and many good restaurants. The hotel room was small, but beautifully appointed, and comfortable bed. Happy hour was wonderful and so was the citrus water in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi is a good savings in the San Fran area hotels.
Would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

Very hip. Room was a bit small, but definitely a good value for a short stay! Mini bar was cool. Decor was cool. There was a chalkboard in the room which would be cool, but I don't really know what the purpose was. The bathroom was probably the best part. Well equipped. No view from the window though.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

Female business traveler stayed for 3 nights for a conference.
Pros:
Fun environment
Excellent staff
Good food
Fairly central location in downtown San Fran.

Cons:
$52 a day parking
Bathrobes need to be replaced

I'll be back for a pleasure trip in the future.

Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights starting our California honeymoon. It was great. Clean room with excellent service throughout hotel. Complementary champagne also kicked off our special trip and was very much appreciated.
Very good coffee in the morning to!

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Fresno, CA
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

I always appreciate Kimpton's excellent value and customer service and Hotel Monaco was no exception. The room was large by downtown SFO standards and the décor added to the roomy feel. Housekeeping was not as thorough as I would have liked but overall the rooms and public areas are very well kept and do not look worn. A very nice restoration of a historic building; not just paint over the rust like many properties. WiFi signal and speed were excellent (10+ Mbps) from our 6th floor room.

As usual, I found the Kimpton staff members to be well-trained, friendly, and accommodating of our every request.

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Reviewed April 12, 2014

I stayed in this hotel from 4/9-4/11 2014, and was upgraded as I checked-in (great start!). I received an amazing room - the best I ever had, with 2 big rooms - a living room and a sleeping room. The living room was very spacious, with a big window - looking at the street. I had one issue in the bathroom that was instantly fix (great friendly staff) - with a bath tub (that gets into a jacuzzi mode) as well as a regular shower - seriously, it's the best experience I ever had, and really felt the luxury: the bath tub was actually great after hiking, and gave great relaxation.

The location was great as it's located really close to Union Square - which is really easy to get around at.

I hope that I could stay again in this hotel - it was the best experience ever.

Room Tip: 5th floor and up isn't noisy - even when facing the street
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Property: The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel
Address: 501 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (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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