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Hotel Triton

Hotel Triton, Union Square

At a Glance

    Pros

  • attentive service
  • refreshingly funky atmosphere
  • hip arty environs
  • good location

    Cons

  • rooms and baths are on the small side

Fodorite Reviews

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Hotel Triton Review

A spirit of fun has taken up full-time residence in this Kimpton property, which has a youngish, superfriendly staff, pink- and blue-neon elevators, and a colorful psychedelic lobby mural depicting the San Francisco art and music scene—think flower power mixed with Andy Warhol. Playful furniture includes a green-and-gold metallic couch and striped carpeting, a whimsical and far-out setting for free morning coffee and tea, fresh afternoon cookies, evening wine events, and the on-call tarot reader. Smallish colorful rooms boast Chinese dragons stenciled over excerpts of Beat literature, striking yellow headboards, vintage chairs, and chalkboard doors donned with quotes from famed writers. The ultimate effect is a hybrid of San Francisco influences. Sinks are positioned outside the bathrooms, European style. The four celebrity-themed suites provide whimsy and decadence with panache—favorites include the Jerry Garcia room and The Häagen-Dazs "Sweet Suite," with a fridge full of ice cream. A 24-hour yoga channel will help you find that elusive path to inner peace.

    Hotel Details

  • 133 rooms, 7 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
Updated: 07-24-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    Hotel Triton Review

    The Triton is in a great location and with its spirited decor, can be a lot of fun. However, the actual rooms can be claustrophibicly small and are a bit run down of late. While still a good choice, The Triton could use a facelift.

    by TC, 11/24/09
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    My favorite hotel in my favorite city

    From the moment the valet greets you as you pull up to the moment he hands you back the keys after you check out, this hotel is top notch. Service is accommodating, attentive and personalized. I have stayed here over 30 times, each stay lasting one week. Each time, I feel like royalty. The location is perfect - just outside the gate to Chinatown, and one block from Union Square.

    The rooms, while small. are lavish and well-appointed. The staff go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable.

    I thoroughly enjoy each and every visit, and very much look forward to my next visit.

    by KWL, 3/9/08
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    We don't stay anywhere else...

    I'm from the City, and my boyfriend and I have stayed at lots of hotels there over the last twelve years. Since about five years ago, though, the Hotel Triton has become the ONLY place we stay in San Francisco. We LOVE it! We go up at least once a year, usually for a week-long conference. The location, just outside of the Chinatown gate, couldn't be more convenient. We both enjoy the funky atmosphere and find it refreshing. It's funny how we always manage to find ourselves back at the hotel when they bring out the fresh-baked cookies (3p and 8p! White chocolate ones are the best!). I love to hang out in the lobby, sipping wine and having my fortune told during the hotel's complimentary wine tasting (starts at 5p!). The rooms are tpyical-size for a boutique hotel in San Francisco: space in the City is limited, and rooms are rarely suites. (If you want a giant room, stay at the Donatello.)However, the decor is fun, the bed is SUPER-comfy, and I always feel like I'm coming home when I walk in the front door. The staff are awesome, accomodating to the point of bending over backwards, and attentive. The only reason I gave the room a "4" is because the air conditioner (which works great) always takes me a few minutes to get used to. Otherwise, if you're up for some funk, fun, and a really comfortable place to use as your home base in the City, I hope you give the Triton a try!

    by tpoc, 5/17/07

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