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
I loved my experience at Hotel Triton! My work trips to San Francisco have a high amount of pressure due to the sales goals, planning, and lack of sleep. My expectation for professional ettique is high due to the luxury expectation, I provide for my Luxury Clients. My territory currently includes 48 stores so any brief, informative hotel welcoming helps my experience be much more inviting and plesant.
Alex was very helpful during my check-in process. Very Professional, knowledge, gave me quick answers the Hotel Accommodations including: Wifi Access, Gym Location, Coffee Offers and $5 Coupon Vouchers. We talked about business opportunities for the Hotel, since I am responsible for some luxury retailers in Union Square.
Although my trip was sweet and short, Warren was efficient and helpful during my check-out. We discussed how I enjoyed every meticulous detail of the hotel Interior Design, including the cut-out hole from the shower door to sink table. I felt like I was walking through an Art Musuem, even the luggage racks had a beautiful design.
Thank you Hotel Triton, I will see you back in October. Maybe, even sooner!
We arrived here late (10pmish) after a long flight from the UK with two young children. We had booked in advance and it was clear we needed two additional beds for our two children. The reservation was for 2 adults and 2 children. When we checked in we were informed that there were no beds and so they had some put them in as we were entering our room. We had to rearrange ourselves as we wouldn’t have actually been able to move around if we had kept them plonked in as they were. We purposely booked a larger room for this purpose but was told our room would be a squeeze. After our manoeuvring it wasn’t too bad. The lobby is beautiful but doesn’t follow through the rest of the hotel. Our room was a bit tired although the bathroom looked as if it was new. Beds were comfy though.The air con was inefficient and it was quite warm in our room. There are building works going on next door and our room faced on to it but actually that didn’t interrupt us. The air con was very loud so that may have helped. No assistance was offered either with our bags. The location however was great. Right next to China Town too which we visited for some delicious food.
This hotels lobby area is great. Very stylish, music playing and a nice smell. The room was fine, a good size, comfy bed and great size tv. The safe was very high up (my boyfriend is 6 foot and could barely see in it to check it was empty when we left). Wardrobe has very little coat hangers. Good amenities - cotton buds, make up wipes, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and soap. A shower cap was needed. The shower and bathroom is nice, modern and clean. The room was cleaned to a good standard. A fault with this hotel is the smell in the room - it wasn’t an unclean smell but it just smelt musky and we noticed all of our clothes smelt of it when we left. The main fault is the noisiness. It literally sounded like we were on a motorway between 9pm- midnight. Rubbish men, cars going fast down the road, skateboards etc. Noise is fine and especially at that time, but it was honestly so loud and constant too. The windows must be very thin.
I stayed at Hotel Triton since I did not want to battle the Pride crowd on Bart Sunday morning. Boy, was I glad I did! Check in was quick and easy. Mario and Francisco were there to assist me with my check. Super nice fellows and full of great dinner suggestions!!
My King sized bed was that of dreams, so comfy and plush!! I also enjoyed using the Chromecast Technology in the bedrooms when I couldn't find anything on TV to watch. It wasn't long before I was fast asleep and rested for the day ahead of me.
Check out was a quick process, as well. Warren and Luis were very considerate, asking how I enjoyed my room and my stay. They helped me with my luggage, which the hotel allows you to leave if you have late night travel plans.
I made sure to let the front desk managers, Alex and Belal, know that I would definitely be back to visit!
This is the third year I've stayed at the Triton Hotel for an annual business conference that my company has in San Francisco every year. Last year and this year were exceptional due to the amazing front desk staff. Warren, Luis, and Belal are absolutely wonderful and always provide the utmost customer service for every hotel guest that stays there!
Warren recognized me immediately when I came the first day to check in, and made sure I could check in early into a room that was ready since I had arrived sooner than anticipated and I was exhausted after a long flight. Luis was really wonderful in letting me know of all the new changes at the hotel (including wine happy hour!!). And Belal was always prompt in making sure I received whatever I requested when I would call the front desk (extra pillows, towels, more amenities).
There was a new person named Brittinee who was very sweet and also made sure my stay was comfortable. She always had a smile on her face and handled every guest with ease and made sure we all were taken care of. One of my best friends who visited me at the hotel while in town for a few days mentioned how friendly the staff was as well and they were impressed at the overall experience.
Please don't lose this team. They have made the past two trips absolutely fantastic!