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
Did not like this hotel - quite old-fashioned. Price/value not correct I think. Very small bathrooms. No room service. Moreover the menu for the restaurant in the room was outdated. Wifi very slow. Could not connect first and receptionist did not help but just gave me a number that I had to call to get it fixed.
Hairdryer did not work in the morning and took them over 20 minutes to bring a new one... Very poor service overall...
Very nice Hotel central location near Union Square. On Geary Street which runs all the way to the Highway One South bound. Street opposite hotel takes you up the hilly climbs (they will get you out of breath !) through to Nob Hill area which is beautiful.
The hotel was in a perfect location close to union square. The beds were very comfortable and the rooms clean although we did not have a lot of water pressure in the shower. The evening complimentary wine bar was a nice added surprise with live music. In the morning there was coffee and tea available for the guests. The staff was very nice and accommodating. Overall I would stay again in the future.
The hotel is in a great location. Staff was friendly and the rooms were very comfortable. It has been renovated and the rooms are very modern, but the history of the building is still there which is awesome. thanks!
Staff were courteous but not overly enthusiastic. Check in took longer than anticipated...only 1 person checking guests in. Location is quiet however flanking tenderloin area. Overall was good experience as it was what we were looking for....quiet and away from bustle of union square yet still just 3 mins walk away and hotel has good size room.