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The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel
Ranked #38 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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Orange County, CA
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2009

Staff was friendly and helpful. The property is very nice but the rooms are very small, in fact, smallest hotel room I've ever experienced anywhere in the world! Nice restaurant and bar. The hotel also has a great location within walking distance to many of the sights of San Francisco. The only fault I could identify is the lack of parking. There is NO hotel parking. The hotel offers valet and parks around the corner at a parking garage. The fee to park my "oversize" vehicle would have been $64.00 per day. I found parking around the corner for $30.00 and I self parked.

  • Liked — Quality
  • Disliked — Lack of parking
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank OCtravel_9
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gpinetti, Director of Guest Services at The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, May 5, 2009
Dear OCtravel,
Thank you so much for staying with us here at the Hotel Monaco and the review you have given us! I am glad to see that you enjoyed your stay and want to offer my apologies that you ended up in one of our smaller room types. We do offer a wide variety of suites as well.

Again, thank you for taking the time to give us the scores that you did and the positive comments about our staff. We look forward to the next time you are back in San Francisco!

Greg Pinetti
Director of Guest Services
Hotel Monaco-San Francisco
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2009

I'd definitely recommend this place! While the rate was not cheap, this place was nice. The rooms are pretty small but nicely decorated. They upgraded our room for free upon check-in and sent up a little gift basket and I have no idea why, possibly because I called ahead to ask for a nice room being that we were starting a romantic getaway weekend here. The valet parking ended up being worth it ($36 per day) due to the unlimited in/out privileges. In the evenings there's a free appetizer and wine reception which was excellent.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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gpinetti, Director of Guest Services at The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, May 5, 2009
Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for staying with us here at the Hotel Monaco and the positive review you have given us! I am glad to see that you enjoyed your romantic getaway and that you were able to join us during our Wine Reception!

Again, thank you for taking the time to give us the high scores that you did. We look forward to the next time you are back in San Francisco!

Greg Pinetti
Director of Guest Services
Hotel Monaco-San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2008

The Monaco is a very well run, wonderfully decorated Hotel in the center of SF. It is big and therefore a bit impersonal, but it has all amenities and the rooms are in an excellent condition. It is a bit pricey but worth the money if you can afford it.

  • Liked — interior in art deco style
  • Disliked — price
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank worldtravelBerlin
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Houston, TX
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2008

My wife I and appreciated the courtesy of the front-desk staff, the helpfulness of the bell people, and the well decorated, clean room.

We'll definitely stay here when coming to SF again.

  • Liked — Comfortable bed
  • Disliked — None
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank tdvHouston
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san jose, CA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2008

This Hotel was very warm & friendly from the time we got to the front door. The customer service was great. We enjoyed the coffee/Tea in the morning and the evening wine reception with piano and massage was such a treat after a long day of business. The rooms were very nice and the beds very comfortable. Can't wait to return

  • Liked — Great Customer Service from all, wine reception
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank janineleone
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Northern Ireland
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87 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2008

Impressive reception, nice boutique style decor...
Greeted by fairly rude receptionist after a long flight so i wasn't too impressed at first. Had read the rooms can be small, but actually couldn't stay in the standard double room I booked, so after the first 15 mins in the room, I rang reception and paid for an upgrade.
No sauna/steam-room/jacuzzi as they were updating it. Any pros?.. Yes, it is close to Union Sq, the restaurant is really nice and reasonably priced too. Some nice touches like free wine in the afternoons in the fire-light salon. Just make sure you book a suite instead of a standard room, as it was much roomier!

  • Liked — location, location, location
  • Disliked — small rooms, bad greeting
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Gypsyking09
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Collingwood, Canada
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39 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2008

My husband and I stayed at this Hotel for the American College of Surgeons meeting.

We truly enjoyed this Hotel over other ones we have stayed at in the past, due to the following.

Excellent location.
Shops/drugstore, etc all near by if you need anything
Staff were friendly
Rooms were nicely decorated..small, but efficient
I love the small touches in a Boutique type hotel. Evening wine and cheese reception, massages, tarrot reading, etc....lets people mingle.
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  • Liked — Location and little touches to make you feel at home
  • Disliked — small rooms, no view from our particular room
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank StephanieinOntario
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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)
Phone Number:
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 Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#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): $$$
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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