What We Love
- Location: Adjacent to Chinatown's Dragon Gate and a stumble away from Union Square shopping and North Beach bar-hopping
- Playful design and service with a sense of humor and a touch of modern kitsch
- Free snacks and drinks throughout the day, including a daily wine hour from 5 to 6 p.m.
- WiFi is free with a free Kimpton InTouch membership
- Read more about what to see and do in San Francisco and Big Sur in our magazine section
What To Know
- Built in 1912, the renovated hotel shows its age in narrow hallways, intimate rooms and thin walls that can pick up outside noise
- Parking is a challenge; opt for the hotel's valet service with in-and-out privileges for $58, or park yourself at the Sutter Stockton Garage around the corner
- Elevator music carries to adjacent rooms on each floor
- Window air-conditioning units are loud
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Pass through double wooden doors into the light-filled lobby, where a combustion of sunny yellows, vibrant blues and wild greens assemble a dizzy dual-level wall mural, and metallic tufted loungers mimic shimmering gold pillars and a tile-trimmed gas fireplace. The design motif throughout the hotel is playful, trendy and anything but quiet.
Bed and Bath
What the hotel lacks in size — rooms start at 120 square feet — it makes up for in character. Two intimate, mood-lit elevators play Talking Heads as they escort you among the seven floors. The 140 guestrooms carry on the fun vibe with curvaceous yellow headboards, sea foam–green wainscoting, black-and-white scripted wallpaper, writeable surfaces and windows that open and offer street or courtyard views. The playful vibe is also evident in the celebrity suites, such as Kathy Griffin’s D-List Suite, a 300-square-foot modern space of black leather, leopard-print and mirrored walls with a shadowbox displaying Griffin’s shoe and an autographed glamour shot.
Although the on-site fitness center is small, you won’t need to spend much time there after a day of walking around San Francisco’s peaks. But when you do, you can have your pick of state-of-the-art equipment 24/7, as well as a free yoga mat to use in the privacy of your room. Feeling peckish? Room service comes courtesy of the adjacent Café de la Presse, which serves traditional French bistro fare. And at 5 p.m. each day you can wind down at the lobby’s free wine hour — a Kimpton staple.
In the Area
Pass through the neighboring Dragon Gate to enter the world’s largest Chinatown outside Asia; there are myriad markets, shops and top-notch Chinese eateries like Great Eastern Restaurant, where President Obama gets his dim sum fix. Walk two shakes of a martini tumbler in any direction downtown and you’ll stumble upon a hip artisanal cocktail spot like North Beach’s 15 Romolo, Nob Hill’s speakeasy-style Bourbon & Branch and Union Square’s all-organic Millennium. For a quintessential San Francisco look, hike up to the North Beach boutique AB Fits, which features custom denim and handcrafted men’s and women’s pieces by local designers. Then follow the steady procession of Union Square shoppers to the south end of Powell Street for high-end retailers including Betsey Johnson, Marc Jacobs and Vera Wang. Check out some of the city’s best photo displays at the Embarcadero’s pop-up Pier 24 gallery and Mark di Suvero’s painted steel installation at Crissy Field, which are part of SFMoMA‘s satellite On the Go exhibits.
How to Get There
There was too much noise, I could not rest the hours I needed. The front desk people were not friendly, except for one girl (she was the only one who was kind and answered my questions). The air conditioning did not work, neither did the TV. I reported it several times and it was not attended efficiently.
I booked a 3 day stay the this hotel. During my stay the key stopped working. When I went to the front desk I was told the key was deactivated because when I checked in my CC wasn't swiped properly. I think this is odd because I did notice that there was a pending charge the first night I checked in so something happened with my CC at check in. The hotel made a decision to de activate my key instead of just calling me or leaving a message in my room, The reason this was a issue for me was that I was having a medical issue and couldn't access my medication. There is no reason to use this hotel with many other options in SF
I recently stayed for 5 days on a business trip. The hotel was clean, no frills, and a small-ish room that is typical for SF. The service was really strong, in particular Warren from the front desk, who tried going above and beyond to ensure I had everything I needed. I'd stay again.
Pleased with the location and cleanliness of the room and hotel. The room was cozy but comfortable and quiet. Staff were friendly and helpful. Great location, close to Chinatown and Union Square without being in the thick of it.
Booked here for an overnight stay as I was seeing a concert at the Bill Graham which was just a 10 minute drive away! Triton was very convenient being close to everything especially Union Square where me and my friends went the next day. The room itself had a really nice presentation and also had a nice view of the streets of SF outside our window. I want to thank Warren for helping me out with the booking and also giving us directions around the city. Overall me and my friends had a great time and will book here again! Thank you Triton for a nice weekend.