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The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel
Ranked #38 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
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Orlando, Florida
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“Enjoyed it! Join the afternoon free drink hour, and refreshing water”
Reviewed June 5, 2014

Great location near Union Square and public transportation. The room had a cool modern feel, with free wifi as well. Every afternoon there is a fun happy hour to enjoy, and refreshing cucumber water all the time, no need to buy bottled water. Really love the Kimpton way, we have stayed at 3 in 3 different cities so far.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

This Kimpton hotel is absolutely top notch. The staff are friendly, the property is well kept and up to date, and the hotel bar/restaurant is quite good. We stayed in a King Deluxe room and found it spacious, even by San Francisco standards. The Union Square area is rife with upmarket "designer" hotels that charge too much money for too little comfort. Our stay at the Monaco was a delight, and the price was fair as well. I would stay here again with no hesitations.

Room Tip: 7th floor is top floor. Due to location next to taller buildings there are not many views to be had.
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Green Features: The recycle bin located in the room is a nice touch, though it could use some more obvious markings. It is difficult to distinguish from the regular waste bin.
  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hotel_Monaco_GM, General Manager at The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Dear FrequentFlyerFred,
Thank you for the endorsement. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. And despite our ever increasing rates, I am happy to hear you found us a good value.
You are absolutely correct that due to the other buildings around us, we really don’t have any “views.” You have to be up a lot higher than 7 floors to get above most of the buildings around us.
We hope you will “frequent” us, again.
Best,
Jason
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Mission Viejo, California, United States
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

Stayed here for a one night business trip. The room though typical size in the city, is small by typical hotel standards. The fixtures and finishes in the room are very nice, updated and beautiful. The room and hotel overall are updated and very comfortable and free use of a bike is always cool in the city! Kiimpton hotel service is always impeccable and this hotel is no exception. Great place!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Hotel_Monaco_GM, General Manager at The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Dear John T,
I am so happy to hear we lived up to your high expectations that were set at other Kimpton hotels.
Please come back and see us for more than one night the next time. Then, you can check out some of our other features like our spa.
Best,
Jason
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

We visited the hotel during Memorial Day weekend. We liked the hotel, but thought the staff was different. They seemed flustered and not very welcoming. When we got there the staff seemed a little overwhelmed (I think probably because it was busy). We asked if there was an early check in and they said that the cleaning staff was still working on it and they would call us when our room was ready. We checked in our bags and decided to wander around the city while we waited. At 4 pm we went back to see if our room was ready, since check in time was 3 pm and we didn't receive a phone call. We asked a different front desk associate and she apologized that no one called. They said that they were just busy. She gave us free drink tickets for their bar for the inconvenience, but then told us that they give them to everyone anyways.

Our room was small, but that is to be expected for a boutique hotel. It was decorated cute and was clean. The hotel gives you free wifi if you sign up for their membership and says that they can provide things like phone chargers if you forget them. The hotel also has a restaurant that you can eat at and wine hour with free wine. It is a nice hotel for couples; it has a romantic feel to it.

The location is about a 5 min walk to union square. It is good for using the public transportation, however it seemed to be on the border of the touristy union square, nob hill and some homeless shelters and a soup kitchen so be careful you are walking in the right direction.

Pros:
- Cute hotel
- Clean
- Free Wifi
- Free wine hour
- nice location

Cons:
- staff felt rushed like we unconvinced them
- location (be careful what streets you are walking down- on the border of union square, nob hill and homeless shelters/soup kitchen)

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

Very nice hotel in a great location near Union Square. The staff are all super friendly, and the restaurant/bar are also great. Free wifi which is a plus in hotels in San Francisco. There was a nice wine reception when we arrived. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hotel_Monaco_GM, General Manager at The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Dear CynthiaH1978,
Thanks for recommending us. That is the sincerest form of flattery.
Best,
Jason
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Yakima, Washington
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

A warm greeting every time we walked by the front desk made my sister and I feel at home, and the hotel décor is fun, arty, and unique. The staff helped with restaurant recommendations and directions--always with a smile and a quick wit. We loved the location and the hotel was a good value for a big city. Yes, our window faced a tall brick building which gave the hotel a four star rating in my book, but all things considered, I'd definitely stay here again. Good service, ambience, and amenities--a delightful four days in the city. (written by Richard's wife)

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Hotel_Monaco_GM, General Manager at The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Dear Richard M’s wife,
We always like it when guests can stay with a little longer, so we can get to know them better. I am glad you were able to experience our hospitality.
Please bring your sister back for another visit soon.
Best,
Jason
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

My husband and I stayed here in the summer of 2011, which apparently is before they renovated. The room we had was beautiful, I wouldn't have expected they'd be renovating in the next few years. We found the staff very friendly and helpful (except in the restaurant-- the bartender was a drag, but that was three years ago).

The location is great...IF you turn right out of the hotel towards Union Square. DO NOT venture left up Geary Street into the Tenderloin, especially after dark. Seriously, I wish I were kidding. That aside, I would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hotel_Monaco_GM, General Manager at The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Dear EmK339,
If I am reading your review correctly, you stayed with us over 3 years ago. A lot has changed in San Francisco over the past three years. Yes, we renovated all of our rooms just one year ago. We think they look great. You can see the pictures on our website. And there have been a lot of bars and restaurants that have opened up to the left of the hotel on Geary Street. I hope you can come back and experience the changes.
Best,
Jason
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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:
#25 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#30 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#32 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#35 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#51 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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