Clift San Francisco

495 Geary St., San Francisco, California, 94102, USA

The entrance here is so nondescript, you could walk right past without a hint of what's inside—a seriously sexy hotel, the brainchild of entrepreneur Ian Schrager and artist-designer Philippe Starck, where spacious rooms sport translucent orange Plexiglas tables, high ceilings, and two huge "infinity" wall mirrors. A mix of hipsters, music-industry types, and celebrities flock to the moody, dramatically illuminated lobby, dominated by a gigantic Napoleonic chair that could accommodate Shaquille O'Neal, with room to spare. This theatrical staging is enhanced by surreal seating options like a leather love seat with buffalo tusks, all surrounding a floor-to-ceiling, pitch-black fireplace. The art-deco Redwood Room bar, paneled with wood from a 2,000-year-old tree, is known for its beautiful clientele.


  • good rates compared to similar top-tier hotels in San Francisco
  • surreal, moody interior design
  • ideal location for shopping and theaters
  • close to public transportation
  • discreet and helpful staff


  • some guests note thin walls
  • street noise (book on upper floors to avoid)


Phones: 415-775–4700 | 800-606–6090


337 rooms, 26 suites
Rate Includes: No meals