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
Thank you to Luis, Britt, Alex, Sinnga and the rest of the staff at Hotel Triton. I spent 5-night combining business and pleasure. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. The lobby is very comfortable and inviting. The room was clean and had everything we needed. I really appreciate when the staff goes above and beyond to be helpful and equally important, FRIENDLY!. (especially in a big city like SF) Thank you again... I hope to return soon.
We celebrated the first night of our honey moon at the Hotel Triton en route to Cuba!
In general the hotel was wonderful, really cool interior, great location, wonderful staff.
We were greeted with champagne in our room and upgraded due to our honey moon which was a lovely touch.
The only downside is when we arrived in San Fran airport after travelling from Australia, we received an email saying that our reservation had been cancelled. We had obviously been without Wifi for the better part of 15 hrs and so had no idea what had happened and became very stressed! We decided to just show up at the hotel and hope for the best.
When we arrived we had a very helpful staff member rectify the issue quickly and apologise (a well as bribe us with chocolate lol) - there was some issue regarding which card the room had been booked on, easily fixed in person - but to not have an email prior to cancellation saying "if you do not blah blah your room will be cancelled" and instead just having an email of "your reservation has been cancelled" is a pretty poor practice, and especially stressful for international travellers!
Other than that our experience was great and would definitely recommend this hotel. The rooms are smaller than expected but clean and tidy, and the location is well worth it.
Thanks for having us!
Lizzy + Georgia
Can't say enough great things! The hotel is clean and modern looking- located in a great area. Really appreciate them putting a bottle of champagne in our room for our honeymoon. Very nice touch. Thanks!