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The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel
Ranked #46 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

This hotel is centrally located, just near Union Square and Market St. The BART subway (Powell St) is close by and the Moscone Conference center is about half a mile on foot.
There are plenty of shops, restaurants, banks and pharmacies surrounding the hotel, plus parking garages and a couple of car rental companies.

Although in a busy area, I didn't hear any outside noise with rooms clean, comfortable and quiet. They were spacious with en-suite bathrooms (something many San Francisco central hotels don't have as standard).

The wifi was fast and reliable - free when you signed up for their rewards program. The minibar was well stocked and they had a good list of complimentary products (toothpaste, deodorant, coffee) that the staff brought to my room very promptly. My only wish was to have a coffee marker in the room as standard so I could've made tea/coffee at my convenience.

The hotel did serve complimentary tea/coffee and fruit/pastries in the morning and offered a wine hour in the evening which was an added bonus! I didn't use the gym facilities but having a yoga mat and yoga/pilates TV channel in the room was excellent.

The staff were all very friendly, polite and professional. I will definitely stay again if I return to SF.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled on business
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Hotel_Monaco_GM, General Manager at The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Dear Victoria R,
I am happy to hear you had such a nice visit with us. We think our room are well insulated from noise, but some people are more sensitive than others. Overall, I am thrilled that you would stay with us, again. Let us know in advance of your arrival and we can have a coffee maker in your room.
Best,
Jason

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Many thanks to the staff at Hotel Monaco, especially Marisa and Eddie for making our stay so enjoyable. As requested, there were rose petals scattered around the room and it looked even better than I thought it would!! We knew there wouldn't be a restaurant/bar coming in, so that was no big deal, and motivated us to check out more eating establishments. The Waterbar was a great place to celebrate our anniversary, but we found a little gem called Nob Hill Cafe that had the BEST bread and pasta I've had in a long time.

Room Tip: Choose a suite
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank AnnaV_4
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Hotel_Monaco_GM, General Manager at The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2014

Dear AnnaV_4,
We are so happy to hear you had a perfect anniversary. And thank you for the kind words about Marisa and Eddie. They loved being part of your perfect stay.
Best,
Jason

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

We blew a lot of credit card points to book the Hotel Monaco for two nights (and parking our car cost us a whopping fifty bucks a day), but after more than a week on the road, the Hotel Monaco was a cool, quiet, opulent respite for two road-weary travelers.

It’s smack in the middle of the action around Union Station, with convenient connections to streetcars and other public transportation in easy walking distance. If you stay there anytime soon, be aware their popular restaurant is closed — so there’s no room service, and breakfast is limited to fruit, cereals, and “Bagels a la Sysco.”

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled 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 reviewResponded 19 August 2014

Dear MadebyMark,
I am glad to hear you enjoyed your stay overall. And we are sorry for the inconvenience of not having our restaurant open during your stay. We have a few more months to go, but we think it will be worth it.
Thanks,
Jason

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Nice little hotel in the busy and 'cool' area of town - well placed for getting around and seeing things. Furnished nicely and quite a quirky feel. Beware on arrival that the main valet man inside is a real grump! Looked insulted to even be serving us! The reception staff were lovely though and very helpful. We got a nice room - spacious, comfy and clean. The biggest disappointment was that they had no restaurant and therefore no breakfast or room service at all (and we were only informed this by a generic email a few days before we arrived). They put up a 'makeshift buffet breakfast' which is a joke and consists of a few stale pastries which you are strictly only allowed one of per person (and there is a woman manning this like a hawk!)...should really be giving you a discount for this. The hotel was very busy and wasn't in a great area - if you walked ANY further south than the hotel (literally 1 street) you're in a very dodgy area - lots of hobos and drugs. If we returned we would definitely stay slightly further north - there's a lovely Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton slightly further north - much safer area.

Room Tip: We asked for a quiet room and got a room at the back of the hotel on the 6th floor - no view but nic...
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled 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 reviewResponded 19 August 2014

Dear Imogen K,
We have been trying to publicize as much as possible that our restaurant is closed and it will be until January 2015. As you mentioned, we do not have room service, available, since we do not have a kitchen to make the food. We thought we would offer our guests a little snack before they headed out for the day. Unfortunately, if we leave it unattended, it all disappears rather quickly. We want to make sure everyone get something.
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Jason

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Very nice hotel with friendly helpful staff. The free wine social hour was fun and the room we had was quiet nicely furnished and a good size. My only gripe was the restaurant & Bar area being under renovation meant no proper breakfast or nightcaps without having to go outside.

Yes, there are a LOT of homeless in San Francisco and there are quite a few in the area around the hotel but they are around ALL the hotels in the area and generally left us alone

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Hotel_Monaco_GM, General Manager at The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2014

Dear AtlantinHaggis,
We are sorry to hear the lack of a restaurant and bar made your experience “not perfect.” We hope you will consider booking with us next year when we will have a brand new restaurant and bar. Then, we can give you the perfect stay.
Best,
Jason

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Kuddos to Austin, Ethan and Jonathan for making our family's first visit to San Fransisco outstanding. From dining recommendations - Fish and Farm and Jaspers - to navigating the city, they were super helpful. The Monaco staff even helped us resolve a rental car challenge.
Overall, the hotel was beautiful, rooms were just as pictured and clean, too. Wifi worked well, breakfast with the tickets was a bit cheesy though. Great location as it's just a few blocks from Union Station.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Hotel_Monaco_GM, General Manager at The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2014

Dear Danielle C,
Thank you for mentioning Austin, Ethan and Johnathan as people who made your stay outstanding. We hope that you will come back to see us on a future family vacation.
Best,
Jason

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Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

The lobby and rooms in this Hotel Monaco are quite nice. Just two things to note. 1) the hotel restaurant is currently undergoing renovations. They offer fruit and pastries but you have to use tickets. Seems Kind of tacky for a relatively nice hotel. 2) the location isn't the best. There were numerous vagrants in the area. Be prepared to use a taxi or car service to get to the better parts of the city.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled on business
Thank WCDeb
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Hotel_Monaco_GM, General Manager at The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2014

Dear WCDeb,
Yes, our restaurant is under renovation until January of 2015. Until then, we do not have a restaurant or bar or any room service options available. There are a plethora of options we can recommend within walking distance. Overall, we can’t wait for our restaurant to reopen.
Thanks,
Jason

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Additional Information about 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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Region: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#28 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: £153 - £541 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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