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Hotel Monaco, San Francisco

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At a Glance

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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Hotel Monaco, San Francisco Review

A cheery 1910 Beaux-Arts facade and snappily dressed doormen welcome you into a lobby 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. After a major renovation by designer Andrea Dawson, the Monaco and its notable style has jumped up a notch. Individually cut, multicolored wallpaper stripes down bedroom walls accent bold pillows and furnishings straight out of a globetrekker's collection—think evil eye–etched curtains and aluminum-wrapped armoires. Outer rooms feature bay-window seats overlooking the bustling theater district. 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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 501 Geary St., Union Sq., San Francisco, CA 94102 | Map It
  • Phone: 415/292–0100; 866/622–5284
  • Website:
  • Location: Union Square

    Hotel Details

  • 181 rooms, 20 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
Updated: 05-02-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    Hotel Monaco

    Superb staff. Rooms and public areas were nicely decorated. Wine reception was lacking as far as hors d'oeuvres are concerned(pretzels, REALLY?) Parking more expensive than New York. Old TVs. No bedding choice other than duvees which I hate. You will freeze or burn up - no other option.

    by Bill44, 9/24/12

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