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Clift San Francisco

  • 495 Geary St. Map It
  • Union Sq.
  • Clubby Atmosphere
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  • 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

Updated 05/02/2013

Fodor's Review

The entrance is so nondescript here, you could walk right past it without a hint of what's inside, and that's exactly how the clientle—a mix of hipsters, music-industry types, and celebrities—like it; hiding behind what is a seriously sexy hotel, the brainchild of entrepreneur Ian Schrager and artist-designer Philippe Starck. A moody, dramatically illuminated lobby is 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. Spacious rooms—as light as the lobby is darkly intriguing—have translucent orange Plexiglas tables, high ceilings, flat-screen TVs, and two huge "infinity" wall mirrors. Some visitors have remarked on the thin walls and advise booking a room on an upper-level floor to avoid street noise. The art-deco Redwood Room bar, paneled with wood from a 2,000-year-old tree, is known for its beautiful clientele. Asia de Cuba restaurant prepares an artful fusion of Asian and Latino cuisines.

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Hotel Information


495 Geary St., San Francisco, California, 94102, United States

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415-775–4700; 800-606–6090

Hotel Details:

  • 337 rooms, 26 suites
  • Rate includes No meals

Updated 05/02/2013

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