We stayed in the Hotel Monaco over Christmas and found the staff cheerful, engaging and helpful at every turn. In the welcoming, fireside public spaces and in the rooms, the decor is a little bit Alice, but it is more lively and lush than overwhelming. We chose a small suite which was a very comfortable size with a separate living room, but my mother's room was a bit small and over-stuffed with large furniture and no drawers into which she could unpack. She was comfortable however, because we could share the living room through a connecting door. Her canopy bed was a nice touch too.
The Monaco is located between the upscale Union Square and the downscale Tenderloin, so expect to see a mix of high-life and low-life on the streets. It is convenient to the Theatre District, transit, shopping and museums like SFMOMA.
The evening wine reception is a nice touch, and unlike most luxury hotels which charge a fortune for internet, you can get free Wi-Fi if you join their loyalty program. Parking fees in the city are not for the faint of heart, but you can save a little money by using a self-park garage around the block. Their brasserie Grand Cafe is upscale, hip and beautiful, but beware the slowest brunch in the world.
- 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