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The Marker San Francisco, A Joie de Vivre Hotel
Ranked #40 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
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80 reviews
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“Wonderful big hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 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, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 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, travelled as a couple
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san jose, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 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, travelled on business
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 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, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 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, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2008

This is a small boutique hotel, lovely reception, service and sitting room.
The standard queen rooms are nice, but quite small. I upgraded to a junior suite which was more spacious.
Pet friendly thing freaked me out a bit, I thought I might see dogs and cats everywhere, but it was fine, just like any other hotel, didn't see any pets during my week here.
Good location, near union square. All in all, can't complain about this place at all.
The restaurant is beautifully presented, but pricey and small meals.

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2008

We stayed at this hotel for four nights. The Union Square location is good for tourists, as it’s central and close to visitor information, transit, restaurants and shopping. This Kimpton hotel is decorated in an Art Deco style, which is fun and different, and their theme is “sophisticated world travel”, with books in the room and items for purchase related to that theme. There is a complimentary wine and massage hour each evening, which we did not take advantage of so cannot comment on. The restaurant in the hotel is fairly high end, and we actually went down the street to another Kimpton hotel for a more casual environment for breakfasts and brunches.

The rooms are small, like all hotels in San Francisco, but the bathroom was a decent size. The bed was comfortable, with a nice duvet rather than the typical sheets and blankets. We requested a quiet room at the end of the hall, and though we could hear the TV of the room beside us at times, it wasn’t bad, and there was no traffic noise. The only real negative about the room was the lack of light; there was only 1 potlight and 1 lamp in the room, which made it difficult to read at night.

The only other negative we experienced was when we were leaving the hotel. The doorman told us a cab to the airport would cost $42, and for just $3 more ($45) we could utilize the hotel’s car and driver. Fortunately we knew that a cab would cost closer to $35 and therefore declined the offer. It’s only a $7 difference, but we felt it was misleading.

  • Liked — great location, boutique hotel a nice change from the corporate chains
  • Disliked — small rooms
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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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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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:
#26 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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