The Marker San Francisco, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
What We Love
- Elegant, inviting Art Nouveau lobby with playful frescoes and a living room with a large fireplace
- Nightly, free wine reception invites you to ease into the San Francisco evening with other guests
- Union Square’s shops and BART stop are just a few blocks from the hotel
- Pets are pampered throughout their stays with a dog or cat bed, food bowl and little toy
- The new BDK pub dishes up creative American cuisine and crafty cocktails
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What To Know
- Previously known as Hotel Monaco
- Space is at a premium in San Francisco, so rooms average just 200–275 square feet
- This is an urban area, so rooms can be noisy for the uninitiated
- A few blocks west is the Tenderloin District, which has a reputation of being a bit rough; keep east toward Union Square
- Travelers with a more conservative style may not go for the brightly-hued room decor
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The theme at The Marker San Francisco is 1920s travel. An indie, worldly vibe extends to all corners of the hotel, particularly the Art Nouveau lobby, which features high ceilings, a front desk made to look like an antique steamer trunk and a grand staircase with an ethereal painting of an angelic being rising to the heavens. Our favorite lounging spot is the living room, with burgundy crushed-velvet couches and a giant fireplace.
Bed and Bath
The hotel has a playful personality with classy yet cozy digs. The 201 rooms and suites are a mix of funky and functional: wallpaper in thick stripes of primary colors, consistently strong WiFi and flat-screens, and very comfortable beds piled with soft comforters.
The spa is all about organic and natural products — we love the deep-tissue massage with sunflower oil (that’s good enough to drizzle on a salad) and the fragrant chamomile bath and body rub. Fido is welcome here, and if you have pet envy, borrow a goldfish that you can keep during your stay. Indulge in creative American fare at BDK, the hotel’s newly opened pub. Mouthwatering dishes include Dungeness crab beignets, pickle brined fried chicken thighs and Thai coconut red curry popcorn. Eat up.
In the Area
Yes, San Francisco has punishing hills, but cruising around on two wheels is still one of the best ways to get a feel for the city and to explore its greenery, including Golden Gate Park, which is crisscrossed with trails. Rent a bike at City Cycle. Union Square is lined with chic department stores and shops from Armani to Yves St Laurent, but for more unique finds, explore the side streets: Wilkes Bashford, a San Francisco original, sells unique (though admittedly pricey) threads by local and international designers. Swing Night brings out the gents in fedoras and dames in cherry-red lipstick at Bimbo’s 365 Club, which dates back to 1931. Walk the aisles of City Lights in North Beach for a glimpse into San Francisco’s famous beat literary history, and then get a cocktail at Tosca Café on Columbus Avenue, where there’s opera and Sinatra on the jukebox.
How to Get There
I enjoyed my stay here. It was for a business trip, and it was a comfortable stay.The location is pretty close to a BART station, and is walking distance to Chinatown and Union Square. There are groceries stores across the street - a nice convenience.
Wow what a fabulous hotel!! Exceptional staff and service and they have this amazing happy hour where they serve wine and there’s local talent doing a short set! Last night it was the acapella group Pitch
The rooms are clean and fine and the decor is gorgeous and the location is fantastic!!
This is a beautiful, old building that has been updated from a furnishings and decor perspective but it's still an old building.
We were on the 6th floor and could hear people and traffic on the street.
The worst part, though, was that we could hear what I think was old plumbing from a neighboring room. It sounded like a jackhammer every time someone flushed the toilet. This kept us up and woke us up. When I called about it the front desk acted surprised and was going to check into it which they did. They sent up two different workmen who both said they would look into it later. When I spoke to the folks at the front desk about it when we checked out, they said they were going to check into it. They still acted as if no one else had ever mentioned this which was a bit surprising. This is not a noise one can ignore. They ended up comp'ing the valet car fee which was nice.
The folks at the front desk are really nice and helpful. The decor is beautiful and just what I like. The room, though, was a it odd in that the TV was flat against the wall that was perpendicular to the bed with no seating opposite it...just the door. There was a loveseat but that faced the bed...once again perpendicular to the TV.
I won't be staying at this hotel again. I booked through Hotel Tonight (first time using it) and got a great rate but I'd rather pay more and stay at a more modern property.
I have been meaning to write a review for some time now. I stayed back in December 2017 and we had such a great time. The staff was friendly and our room was very comfortable. The concierge is one of the biggest assets to the property. He really went above and beyond for my family. He made it feel like we were home. He arranged tours for us and gave my son and niece a toy from a treasure box. My recommendation is to have an attentive front door - it was difficult to haul my suitcase with a then 2yr old and a 5yr old. Also, there wasn't much options for kids at the restaurant. The location is great and we were able to walk to nearby shops and tours. The room was clean and comfortable.
We found the service and greeting at the hotel very welcoming. Enjoyed the wine and music each evening. The position of the hotel close to Union Square is great and all shopping areas are very close. We would stay here again