What We Love
- The vintage wooden bar in the Redwood Room
- A striking 35-foot fireplace warms the lobby
- Cable car and BART stops are five blocks away
What To Know
- The hotel has a sexy, upbeat vibe
- Reservations are recommended for the Redwood Room, which can be swamped on Friday and Saturday nights
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
When it opened nearly a century ago, the Clift immediately earned acclaim as one of the West’s most opulent hotels, and a larger-than-life makeover by Philippe Starck kept this 372-room study in swank towering above San Francisco’s iconic Union Square. Whimsical, surrealist-inspired furnishings (as well as an original table designed by Salvador Dalí) fill the wonderfully bizarre lobby, along with chairs by Midcentury Modern luminaries Ray and Charles Eames.
Bed and Bath
In the guestrooms, Murano glass lamps lend sparkle to the soothing lavender, ivory and tangerine color scheme. Rooms come in a variety of sizes and configurations, from small standard rooms to rangier studios to downright spacious deluxe suites (925 square feet). But all rooms have a luxe vibe, with 400-thread-count sheets, Merino wool blankets and furniture upholstered in velvet and leather. Malin + Goetz products add an aromatherapy element to the serene spa-like bathrooms.
Past meets present in the sexy Redwood Room, a riot of Art Deco opulence and Starck-provided drama, from the towering back-lit bar to the digital art flashing on the plasma screens. For a quieter drink, sink into a cushy velvet sofa in the Living Room lounge off the lobby, or sample the farm-fresh breakfast fare at the Velvet Room restaurant, which debuted in summer 2010. There’s no spa, but guests can request massages and treatments in their rooms.
In the Area
Score one of the hotel’s free bikes and pedal across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito (10 miles). Stop for drinks on Bar Bocce’s patio, which has gorgeous views of Tiburon and the bay, before taking the ferry back to San Francisco. A few blocks away, SoMa (South of Market) buzzes with industrial-chic nightclubs, music venues such as Slims, and retro-divey bars like Butter. During the day you can explore the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Cartoon Art Museum (started with funds from Charles Schulz) or catch a game at the waterfront AT&T Park, home of the Giants.
How to Get There
The lobby and the bar is cool, but dark and not very inviting at daytime. The rooms are small and look like the 90`s with old bathrooms. I had a problem with my room and was moved - but not upgraded. Friendly staff, but nothing special.
Trendy and classy hotel, with a special art-touch on the lobby furniture. Great area to hang out and enjoy a drink and relax. The hotel is high priced for the amount of room space and level of luxury, but then again all is too high priced in San Francisco. Great Sat night bar. Clean.
Location is central but there’s tons of homeless and oddballs walking the streets immediately outside the front doors. We cabbed everywhere after dark. Not sure if it’s just the ‘core’ of SF by Union Square that’s sketchy but it’s not a nice neighbourhood to stay in.
The Hotel is actually pretty plain with Art Deco style. It would work well if the hotel was cleaner. They just really need to change the carpets in the place. Like all the carpets. It’s an old building, I get it. But you can definitely update the carpet. I wouldn’t walk on it barefoot. The room had fun mirrors in it and the bed was comfortable. The room was tiny however.
I kind of felt the only thing going for the Clift was the lobby bar. It may have been a good hotel at some point, since friends had recommended it. But those days are past. There’s definitely some energy and action each night on a weekend at the lobby bar. All in all, I’d probably stay somewhere else and pop in for a cocktail at the lobby bar next time.
I stayed with my daughter for two nights at this great hotel. The location was perfect and we were able to walk out and around town easily. The decor presents many things that draw the eye blending an old world yet edgy modern vibe at the same time. Staff was very very courteous and the rooms were nicely appointed. I slept very very well!
My wife and I went to San Fran for a conference. It was out first time there. the location of the hotel turned out to be ideal. We could walk to most things. Lots of things to do around. A trolley was one block away. The staff was very friendly. The decor was cool. Room service was fast and hot. The room was clean with a big Samsung TV. Would rec and stay at again.