Le Meridien San Francisco
What We Love
- The sleek, window-lined library, ideal for either dusk or daytime lounging
- On site childcare services
- On-point business services include a secretarial service, a business center, and a foreign currency exchange
- Bay views in some rooms
- Connected to the historic Bentley Reserve conference center by a sky bridge
What To Know
- Rooms are fairly basic: quiet and functional
- Valet parking is available—for a price
- In-room WiFi is available at an additional charge
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Le Meridien straddles the line between classic comfort and sophisticated chic with topnotch amenities and a staff of suited-up Les Clefs d’Or concierges that make for a smooth trip regardless of your reason for visiting. With sleek modern design (think soft lighting, neutral tones, and subtle pops of color) complimented by ample business amenities, this Financial District high-rise is the ideal hotel for business travelers—or those who just want to be in the middle of the action. Upstairs, 360 contemporary rooms offer a lavish place for R&R, with views overlooking either the San Francisco Bay or the sparkling city skyline and iconic Transamerica Pyramid. Some rooms have balconies and windows that open, ideal for those wanting fresh morning air or a sunrise view. It’s location in the heart of the Financial District means nothing is too far away, from the Moscone Center to the Bentley Reserve, hopping happy hour bars, and top-notch San Francisco restaurants. Although perching yourself at the hotel’s Park Grill is also an admirable option: the popular restaurant serves classic American cuisine (pastrami sandwiches; fresh pastas; San Francisco specialities like cioppino) with an outdoor terrace, while Bar 333 shakes up classic cocktails and conversations in a social atmosphere every evening until midnight.
In the Area
San Francisco’s thriving bar scene, world-class conference centers, and best restaurants are in the neighborhood. Check out Leo’s Oyster Bar for high-end seafood like baked oysters and caviar with craft cocktails in a trendy-yet-retro fern-filled space, or Michael Mina, a classic elegant power lunch hub lead by the celebrity chef. Many of the city’s landmarks are also within walking distance, making it easy to weave sightseeing into any busy schedule—from Union Square to the San Francisco Ferry Building to Coit Tower. And its location is strategically positioned at the nexus of three great walkable neighborhoods: the Embarcadero, North Beach, and Chinatown.
How to Get There
This hotel is perfect for a fun weekend away. Staying in San Francisco’s financial district on a weekend is a great way to stay in a four or five star hotel for half the price of the weekday or business rate. Le Meridien has become one of our go to hotels for a weekend away. What sets it apart from some of the others in its class is the staff. Nihad at the front desk always makes us feel welcome and is a great resource for hotel and city information. He is friendly and professional, which makes checking in and out a joy! We stay in San Francisco at 2-3 weekends a month.
Having stayed at this hotel a couple of years ago we thought it was a safe bet for a night in SF.
It was ok. Hugely expensive for what it is. We had a car which they valet parked - no mention of the $62 charge at time of parking.
The room was ok. Minimal toiletries. Overall very underwhelming and didn’t feel like the classy hotel we stayed at before.
This hotel has a great location near many restaurants in both directions. The room was spacious and very modern, with a large corner window that provided a great view. Above the bed was a giant map of San Francisco, which I though was cool. In addition, the bed had both hard and soft pillows that I could choose each night. However, I wished the room had brighter lights, I did not like the peppermint shampoo or conditioner, and the electrical outlets were so loose that my phone charger fell out one night. Despite the minor problems, I would stay here again.
We started out unable to find someone to help us with our bags on check in. It appeared nobody was interested, as we were in the unloading area. I had to walk up and ask one of the bell hops standing around to please help us.
The next issue was that we were on a “supposed” group discount for a wedding. However, when we checked either advanced purchase or AAA, they were both cheaper. The hotel told the groom they would fix this, but they never did. We unfortunately got busy and forgot to change to the cheaper rate. It’s not every day that a hotel marks rooms up and gouges groups..
Because of the above deal, apparently the larger room/suite we paid to upgrade into was not eligible for points, despite it not actually being a discount at all. I wrote the “Starwood Preferred Guest” program and got the most generic and unthoughtful response possible, basically pointing me to their fine print section 2.1 that says discount rooms are not available for points.
After being a “Gold” status with Marriott/SPG, it makes me realize that perhaps their corporate culture is such that they just don’t care. That’s what this whole experience felt like.
To be fair, only some of this experience was related to this specific hotel itself, whereas some was the parent company.
The room was fine enough, though considering we paid top dollar for the upgraded room with a view, (again, under the auspices of it being a discount) it should have been.
I can’t recommend this hotel based on the overall experience I described, as well as the lack of anyone wishing to correct the experiences based on the feedback I presented.
The trip started a bit rocky, we went to CA for a music festival booked 3 months ago for a double bed suite. Everything was eventually sold out and b/c our flight was delayed we didn't arrive till 3am. They gave our room away and said we had an upgrade. Wasn't really an upgrade bc it only had 1 bed (supposed to have a pull out couch-not an upgrade) and it was the handicap room. The desk clerk did give us breakfast vouchers for our stay due to the mix up (and the key didn't work so he had to take us up). He said to speak to the Curtis the front desk manager. Curtis was FANTASTIC! very helpful. said we could pack our bags and housekeeping would move us to another room. When we came back that evening at 11pm we were told we did NOT have a room change and they were sold out, but we still had our King room available. Tecla was the evening manager and understood the mix up, apparently housekeeping knew about the luggage, but didn't know where to take it. Tecla was FANTASTIC also. She allowed us to oder dinner to the room with out charge. Next morning we saw Curtis again, who appologized for the mix up and helped us with transportation to the concert and b/c it was my birthday he sent us up a nice little welcome gift.
While dining at the Park Grille we had great servers, Ernesto, Edmond (I think).
While at check out there were a few charges on the account were not supposed to be on the bill and Cindy, the Front Desk Manager was FANTASTIC. We discussed the situation, she was already aware of some of the issues and she didn't bat an eyelash while adjusting our bill to the correct amount.
Overall, the room was very nice, although I would have preferred not to be in a handicap room. The bed was very comfortable. Housekeeping was very good.
A very special thanks to the management: Curtis, Tecla and Cindy and our servers, Ernesto and Edison!