My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Monaco last year for the first time when it was one of the recommended hotels during the Modern Language Convention. This year, instead of going to the Modern Language Convention and having the opportunity to try another interesting hotel in Philadelphia, we decided to return to the Hotel Monaco. It was just that good and we had to see it they could maintain those standards. Not only were they maintained, but in my estimation, they were enhanced.
The hotel is just so cozy and comfortable, especially with the fireplace. Although the rooms can be small, they are quite well appointed. Last year I had opportunity to stay in both a smaller queen bed room and then a beautiful larger king bed room, but this year I just stayed in a smaller room and it was quite fine.
As comfortable as they hotel is, the strongest suit has to be the warm, accommodating staff. Actually, one should have very few needs while staying at the Monaco, but it comforting to sense that the staff is receptive. At the Monaco, it would be much easier to attempt to highlight someone who might not be doing a fabulous job, as opposed to listing the people who are wonderful because virtually everyone you encounter is worthy of positive notice. I must mention, though, that I remember Francess and Tim R.A. Now fondly from last year and must note that it speaks well of the hotel that they maintain such fine employees. Also Jian's positive nature and helpfulness really stood out as well.
I did notice that the previous reviewer mentioned appreciation about the Monaco being a dog friendly hotel. Actually I am not a dog person, particularly not a big dog person. Unlike last year, when there were no dogs and, as far as pets, all I heard about was the fact that goldfish are available to keep in the room, this year big dogs seemed to be ubiquitous and I could envision most of the owner's wearing invisible versions of the "dogs are the new kids" t-shirts. Even the dog business, though, does not deter me. This hotel is the best and I hope I am able to return again next year.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kimpton San Francisco
- Hotel Monaco San Francisco