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
Stayed 5 days during OOW2019.
The hotel was covered in plastic due to a major renovation. In fact, the following day after check out, the hotel will close for a few months.
It's an older hotel with older smaller rooms but plenty of charm.
From the 5° you can hear the sirens of the first responders, as well as other urban sounds.
Breakfast was great! Breakfast starts at 06:30.
We did not have a chance drink at the bar. Wish we did, it’s beautiful and known for its good drinksand friendly bartenders.
During my stay at the Clift, they were in the midst of a heavy makeover. The rooms are extremely dated. The nicest part of the hotel is its bar. There was heavy construction noise pretty early in the morning. I wouldn't stay here until they've completed their renovations.
Viited the Bar at the Clift on a recent business trip to SF. Apparently, the bar is made from just one redwood tree. Ask the bar staff to put the plasma on to display the portraits of the couples - who's eyes follow you around the room.