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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Room was on the 5th floor which was clean and tidy. We loved the fact you could opt out of Maid Service in return for a $5 daily voucher.
The 5-6 O'Clock entertainment with complimentary wine was fantastic as was the complimentary drinks vouchers to the bar supplied by the Concierge Benjie G who was very friendly, informative and extremely helpful. Thank you Benjie G.
On the positive side the hotel is pleasant with helpful staff. It’s close to Union Square where you can catch one of the nicest cable car routes in the city down to Pier 39 or the other end of the Pier area.
On the negative side we arrived and were told that there wasn’t any breakfast but they could do tea and coffee. It would have been more helpful if they could have given us some alternatives. As it turns out there’s a good diner one block down which does huge breakfasts. The other thing to note is that we were warned not to wonder too far in a certain direction as there is a homeless shelter near by that had been closed (or was closed at night) and that it wasn’t a great area.
The room seemed clean enough. That said I did give the TV remote a wipe and the cloth was black with grime.
If you’re coming here on holiday the location is OK for restaurants but to get to Pier 39 area you’re looking at a queue and a $7 per person fair each way for a cable car (plus queues) or a $10-13 Uber.
In summary it was nice enough but I think I’d want to stay closer to the coast if I was coming back to SF.
Very good hotel, at 5th floor the street noise was acceptable. Very good service. Restaurant correct but noisy. A lot of homeless people in the neighborhood, it is so sad. The city is dirty. Very good place for shopping.