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The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel
Ranked #38 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
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“Charming Boutique Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2004

Just returned from an overnite to San Francisco. Having travelled previously to this great city in the past, we had always stayed at one of the larger hotel chains, the Hilton, Hyatt, Four Seasons, Marriott, Pan Pacific, Mark Hopkins, etc.... Saw this hotel in a travel magazine, looked charming and after reading the mostly positive reviews, decided it was worth a try for one night. The property far exceeded our expectations and I am sure we will return again soon. Since we are from San Diego, we have the opportunity to return often. One other important feature that made this property especially attractive at this time is a labor strike that is affecting all the major hotel chains in the city, so we were very happy not to be in the midst of all that mess! The Monaco's guest services was excellent, the amenities were very comfortable, jacuzzi in our Jr. Suite, soft linens and comforter, even a little goldfish named Ariel. Very, very pleasant stay. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2004

My husband and I, after a rigorous search for a hotel in San Francisco decided to stay at the Hotel Monaco. We absolutely loved it! The staff was great and was all around pleasurable. When we return to San Francisco, we will definitely stay at the Hotel Monaco!!!

  • Stayed October 2004
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2004

First ever visit at a Kimpton Hotel. I did lots of research as was trying to find a happy medium hotel that would please our friends who are used to staying at Four Seasons and the Ritz and ourselves who like hotels with a story! Although the rooms are indeed small (but who is in their room while staying in San Francisco?) the common areas have character and charm. Our 6 star friends now find the lobbies of Hyatts/Marriots/ and such sterile and cold after a stay at the Hotel Monaco. The 5:00 wine bash allows you to visit, trade stories, gather information from other guests who have interesting lives. We received a great tip from a lady who was in the original Beach Blanket Babylon when it first started. She suggested dinner at Caps Corner after the show. We thought we were going for great food but ended up eating and drinking with the cast after the show! It was a great surprise!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2004

We have had a wonderful experience each and every time we stay. The staff is very accommodating and knowledgeable about the area. They have great recommendations for attractions, activities & restaurants that are slightly off the beaten path.

The Area Director of Individual Travel has gone above and beyond expectation time and time again. Assisting us with all of our needs, down to the very last detail. We feel confident that the Monaco will always ensure that all of our needs are met and everything is perfect.

I am very pleased with the Monaco and would highly recommend it! You know you are in good hands when you are not just another guest to the hotel you are a new found friend of the Kimpton Family.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2004

My husband and I purchased the hotel stay from Hotwire.com. After making the purchase, found some reviews that mentioned that the hotel was alright or the person had a negative experience; worried for 3 months that I had made a mistake selecting this hotel. That was until we arrived at our room stepped in and fell in love. The room was beautifully decorated, and very clean. If a pet had stayed in it before us, we did not smell it. The Aveda products were cool. We enjoyed the pet goldfish “Pia”.

The hotel staff was very nice and always greeted us or inquired about our day. The doormen are the best, always cheerful and helped us explore S.F. Hotel in a great location: close to the trolleys, Union Square, the theaters and art galleries. We will definitely stay here again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2004

For a quick, luxurious getaway, I loved the Hotel Monaco! Very plush, great service and they even give you a little goldfish in a glass bowl to keep during your stay and take home! They have wine tasting in the evening and the atmosphere is elegant and upbeat. There's a beautiful big fireplace in the lobby to curl up in front of on a chilly San Francisco evening, and you just can't beat the location, right around the corner from Union Square! Definitely try their cafe downstairs, but don't forget to try David's Delicatessen, too, for amazing blintzes across the street on Geary (I swear I don't work there, I just love the place!). Hotel Monaco is worth the money for a quick weekend or even longer!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2004

My husband and I first stayed at the Monaco in July of this year as the fortuitous result of a Priceline bid. We had expected to get a room in a more corporate type of hotel like the Hyatt or Hilton so we were absolutely thrilled to end up here. Last week, we returned to San Francisco on a business/pleasure trip and paid the going rate to stay at The Clift Hotel. We were so disappointed with that that we checked out early and moved back into the Monaco.

The Hotel Monaco is as warm in its hospitality as it is in its decor. Service here is formal but not stuffy: the staff are courteous, professional and have a sense of humour. The door men are real characters who always greet you as you enter and leave, and leap energetically into the street to flag down a passing cab.

I feel really pampered here, with the warm cookies at check in, the complimentary wine and cheese hour every evening, the luxurious spa and your own pet goldfish to keep you company in your room.

Yes, the rooms are a little small, but they are so beautifully and individually decorated that it really doesn't matter.

The public rooms are sumptuous - the fireplace and the painted ceilings in the lobby are particularly stunning. The Grand Cafe boasts wonderful French fare at reasonable prices and is perhaps one of the most magnificent dining rooms in the city. The Petit Cafe has delicious cheap food and is a fun bar for after dinner drinks. It's just a shame that it closes so early during the week - by 11pm.

This is not a cheap hotel but then no hotel of this class is in San Francisco and it certainly represents much better value than its next door neighbour, The Clift. Unlike some other reviewers, I haven't stayed in any other Klimpton Hotels so I can't compare, but do I think The Hotel Monaco in San Francisco stands on its own merits.

  • Stayed July 2004
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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:
#25 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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