Fodor's Expert Review The Marker, San Francisco

501 Geary St., San Francisco, California 94102, United States See on Map

Behind a cheery 1910 Beaux-Arts facade, the former Monaco Hotel's new persona as The Marker has elevated its style a notch. Guests appreciate the hotel's staff for its "attention to detail."

YOU SHOULD KNOW Don't be shocked by the added $22 "amenity fee" each night, which covers Wi-Fi, the fitness center and bike use.

room

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.

The Marker
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The Marker
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The Marker
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The Marker
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bathroom

Bathrooms feature granite countertops lined with Jonathan Adler bath amenities.

The Marker
Photo: The Marker

lobby

The vaulted lobby is dominated by a French inglenook fireplace, ceilings painted with whimsical murals, and a stunning marble staircase. The sitting area allows guests to enjoy morning coffee by the fireplace, catch up on email, or play a game of chess with a new friend.

The Marker
Photo: The Marker
The Marker
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The Marker
Photo: The Marker

spa

The hotel can arrange in-room massage treatments for an additional fee.

gym

The 24-hour fitness center is small but sufficient for those needing to keep up their work out routines.

dining

The on-site restaurant Tratto Restaurant and Bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the light-filled space overlooking the bustle outside. Favorite menu items include pizza and house-made limoncello.

Tratto inside The Marker
Photo: Tratto inside The Marker
Tratto inside The Marker
Photo: Tratto inside The Marker
Tratto inside The Marker
Photo: Tratto inside The Marker
Bar inside Tratto
Photo: Bar inside Tratto

drinking

The hotel offers a nightly wine hour for all guests. Tratto Restaurant and Bar's happy hour boasts a nice selection of cocktails and wine to warm travelers on those chilly evenings.

Bar inside Tratto
Photo: Bar inside Tratto

LOCATION

Getting Around

Valet parking rates are steep. Most travelers don't bother with wheels and instead explore Union Square, the Tenderloin, SoMa, Chinatown and the Financial District by foot. Muni buses and trains stop nearby, connecting travelers with Fisherman's Wharf, the Mission, beaches, and Golden Gate Park. Hop on the BART train at Powell Street Station to access the Oakland and San Francisco airports.

Restaurants

Warm up with a big bowl of ramen at Katana Ya (2-minute walk). Shwarma, hummus, and dolmas inspire locals to line up at The Halal Guys (2-minute walk).

Bars

Sip whiskey with local literary stars at Hotel Rex's Library Bar (6-minute walk). Enjoy a sampling of California's best Cabernet and Chardonnay at the Press Club (11-minute walk).

WHY WE LIKE IT

Grand, opulent, but accessible, a youthful spirit has been injected into this historic building to inspire a playfulness in these design-minded rooms.

QUICK FACTS

Business, Pet Friendly, Service, Trendy, Views
192 rooms 16 suites
Breakfast Yes, for a fee
Lunch Yes, for a fee
Dinner Yes, for a fee
Bar Yes
Room Service Yes
$$
Gym
Yes
Valet Parking
Yes

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 415-292–0100; 866-622–5284

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