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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


  •  Bar
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Art Deco glamour by way of Philippe Starck modernism, with a buzzing bar and market-fresh fare

The Look

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

495 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States


4.0 Very Good 3905 Reviews
a real place to rest your tired walking feet
Reviewed 4 hours ago

I am surprised by this hotel. when I booked this I based it on the price and also pictures posted. there are more features hen you visit than what is in their website. the front desk for one, had the most friendliest people you have ever met. they know you are tired coming in and they made sure you will be welcomed properly. no cookies but just a room where you will rest for sure. you need to register and be a member so you can enjoy the wifi upgrade and even a room upgrade. we had a great room with the view of the other nice hotel and plenty of light in the morning. the bar is also interesting. the people behind the bar might not looked that friendly but the room sure is buzzing. do take a look at the pictures...the eyes are moving. we just stared at the pictures the whole time. very interesting and quite relaxing to just sit there.
Nelson the doorman is absolutely a gentleman. he made sure that we got our uber guy to wait since the driver ended up driving to the next street. Nelson, you are great. I hope they all appreciate you.
if I needed to complain, it will be housekeeping, they just leave one role of toilet paper. if you needed more, you need to call.

Girls Trip
Reviewed 16 hours ago

First I just want to say that I’ve always been infatuated with this place because it was always a HOT SPOT whenever I visited!!

THE BAD... was outdated furniture and bad color combinations added with a toilet way too close to the vanity and paint chips missing from the tub!!

THE UGLY... DO NOT valet at this place!! $60 gets u convenience unless u don’t mind the very short 2 block walk to an awesome parking garage that’s $25!!

THE GOOD... Is the customer service and the location!! Besides a slip up on our bill with the sur charge and the comp of the $10 daily allowance everything was excellent!! Right across the street from a liquor store, or a couple blocks away from great food and shopping, or a couple of blocks to the BART station that can take u anywhere in the vicinity for cheap!! I really enjoyed my stay besides the hiccups!!

Hotel Was Lovely
Reviewed 7 days ago

I would highly recommend staying at this hotel. Right in the heart of the city. Close to walking distance to most shops and restaurants. When I arrived here, I got upgraded to a suite (which was really nice). I couldn't have been happier staying here. Room service is available and the staff are more than helpful to fulfill any requests. So happy I stayed here for my birthday. I would come back in the future.

bad cost benefit
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel is in a very busy area.The room we stayed was big, clean and with a lot of light. But noise.. Furnitures were very cheap. It seemed they want to uo date the hotel but without cis. So it looked just like a make up. Not a real change. Front desk were always busy. Romme service rude. Restaurant very busy and not a lot of choices. Breakfast were very cosy for what they offered. No one help us with the lounge or any type of help. Very bad cost benefit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

- Hotel is extremly poorly kept.

- Old hotel with very thin walls. Did not a good nights sleep.

- Poorly trained front desk

-Rooms smelled.

- Uncomfortable beds.

-Hotel is very worn and shows.

- Redwood room is filled with garbage on the floor. Poorly kept enviroment.

- Poor music selection in Redwood room bar. Could be classy but sounds like an 18+ nightclub.