Taj Campton Place
What We Love
- Well-stocked mini bars and 24 hour in-room dining
- The pen-air exercise room
- Dining at the two-Michelin-star restaurant
What To Know
- Rooms can be a bit smaller than others in the area
- Most rooms have views of Union Square
- Baby-sitting services are available
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
This turn-of-the-century building boasts 5-star status, its own two-Michelin-star restaurant, and a convenient location just a half-block from the bustle of Union Square. Rooms have soft lighting and neutral tones, for an elegant and comfortable environment that feels more like a regal home than a hotel. Chandeliers are studded along ceilings throughout the hotel, along with gilded mirrors and rich cream-colored curtains that frame views of the city. Request a room with a view of Union Square, especially if you visit during winter when the plaza is decked out in festive decorations. The hotel’s Campton Place Restaurant draws travelers and locals for a its upmarket Cal-Indian cuisine courtesy of chef Srijith Gopinathan, the first Indian chef in the U.S. to receive a Michelin star. It’s no surprise why: his dishes, like curried cauliflower with turmeric, pull from his South Indian heritage, while the ingredients are sourced from Northern California’s best farms.
In the Area
As one of San Francisco’s most centrally located hotels, the city is at your doorstep. Union Square, San Francisco’s brand name shopping mecca, sits just a half-block from your room. Two blocks away is the Dragon Gate—the entrance to Chinatown. Enter at Grant Street, the neighborhood’s most colorful street, which is lined with tea and gift shops and adorned with Chinese lanterns. Book a table at Sons and Daughters, an intimate California fine dining experience, for a special occasion. Nearby is MKT Restaurant and Bar, which serves some of the best steaks in town. Stroll down to the Embarcadero waterfront in the morning for a walk along the water and breakfast and coffee at the iconic Ferry Building Marketplace.
How to Get There
The staff at the Taj Campton Place is so nice and very helpful. The rooms are nicely appointed and clean, the bed was very comfortable, and the location is excellent for downtown shopping. The Taj is my preferred hotel when I'm visiting San Francisco.
Stayed here for two nights before flying back to England and couldn't have been happier,good reception from friendly and o helpful staff and when shown to our room my wife was pleased on size and amenities.
The location is great just off of Union Square was perfect for shopping and dining all within walking distance,with Macy's and Sacs as well as many others,but if you don't wish to leave the hotel it boast a 2 Michelin restaurant great for breakfast and dinner.
We stayed at this hotel last weekend when we were in San Francisco for a wedding. Everything about this hotel is great. The front desk manager, Amir, did a wonderful job ensuring that all our needs were met. He made some great restaurant recommendations and was very helpful during our entire stay.
From the start to the end we were extremely satisfied with the hotel staff, room and thier excellent service. Not a single thing went wrong. Very helpful and freindly staff. I would be definetely stay thier on my next visit
I was really looking forward to my visit to the Taj, but was disappointed. When I arrived, the young woman at the front desk was polite, but not warm and welcoming. It seemed that it was a busier check-in time, so i can see why she rattled through things quickly. Some of the front desk staff (including another woman at check out when I left) did not really offer that personal touch that i had expected. While on the topic , the front desk manager (I didn't get his name) was fantastic and took care of things quickly.
After checking in, i went to my room (# 604). I was given the priceline room, between the elevators and the ice. I walked in and went to the window, which had a dark back alley/ventilation view. The room was small, dark, and depressing. I went back down to the front desk, and the front desk manager helped me out. I asked for something available, he said there were no other rooms on higher floors available to me, and gave me another room i think was 612. It had a slight view of Union Square, if you looked hard to the right.
Anyway I couldn't quite grasp how this was a 5* hotel. I asked another guy at the front desk (not the supervisor), who was quick to point out that the hotel featured a 2-star Michelin restaurant and the hotel was rated as such by the staff at Frommers (i don't think they stayed in either of my rooms), but i really didn't see the amenities there, except for the nice turndown (but no chocolate? what gives?) and the very nice robe. The patio gym is tiny, and I didn't notice a spa or anything. I did however like the orchids by the elevators.
I really didn't expect the $30 (plus tax) "facilities charge" for (free?) wi-fi, water in the rooms, and coffee/muffins in the lobby (which is available to anyone sitting in the lobby). The woman at the front desk said there was nothing she could do about that charge but the front desk manager came out and saved the day (he knew I was a PIA at this point) and told her to waive the fee.