Hotel Monaco, San Francisco

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

Behind a cheery 1910 Beaux-Arts facade and snappily dressed doormen, a major renovation has raised the Monaco's notable style a notch, and individually cut, multicolored, striped wallpaper on bedroom walls accent bold pillows and furnishings straight out of a globetrekker's collection. Outer rooms feature bay-window seats overlooking the bustling theater district, and the lobby is dominated by a French inglenook fireplace, vaulted ceilings painted with whimsical murals of hot-air balloons, a marble staircase, and a large metal baobab tree dedicated to hotelier Bill Kimpton. If you didn't bring a pet, request a "companion goldfish." Guests have cheered the hotel's staff for its "amazing service" and "attention to detail" and praised the Grand Café and Bar, which serves French/Californian cuisine. Take advantage of complimentary access to the recently redone Spa, where you can soak, steam, or bake to your heart's content from 6 am to 10 pm. The hotel offers free coffee, tea, and wine at various times throughout the day.


  • amazing service
  • stylish
  • full of character
  • near theater district


  • close to the Tenderloin
  • some discount-rate rooms are small


Phones: 415-292–0100 | 866-622–5284


181 rooms, 20 suites
Rate Includes: No meals