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
Stayed for 3 nights was upgraded to a suite at no extra cost ,they even waived the resort fee! friendly staff nice bar / restaurant. Excellent location near to Union Square .Great restaurants and bars locally . Throughly recommended fantastic place to stay.
My sister and I stayed at the Marker for 4 nights for a girls trip. It was a great boutique style hotel. The room we got with a queen bed was spacious enough for all of our stuff, the bed was comfortable and we requested and received extra very comfortable pillows. There is an amenity fee of $29 a day, we feel that we used that by having a few coffees every morning (5-10am) and few glasses of wine at wine hour (5-6pm). The sitting areas are very comfortable with a very relaxing vibe, a few of the nights there was live music during the wine hour.
The location was great, we easily walked to the shops in union square and we took a daily trek through the hills up nob hill and to Fishermans Wharf (a workout). Or we took Ubers around instead of renting a car.
We ate a few meals at the restaurant Tratto that is connected and every meal was delicious!
I would stay here again!
It was one of the worst experience for me. I checked in, locked my door and went to sleep. I woke up to some sound at my door and came to see that there was a man (staff engineer) installing a door stopper inside my room! He was working inside my room while I was sleeping. He immediately left. I called the concierge and they said I should have put a “no disturbed” sign on my door. Why would anyone enter my room if I just checked in? The sign would be put up if in the morning I don’t want room service. As a female, this experience was a violation of my personal space and I felt unsafe.
They don’t have a door chain or door guard. I locked the door but staff could still enter with their key.
Not sure what else to say. Many new staff. Hotel seemed understaffed. Had problems with valet, check-in and check-out. Rooms are still nice and clean. Staff is really trying - just seems like the management is doing a terrible job with retention and hiring enough people. I've stayed here many many times over the last decade. Sadly I think this trip will be my last.
Stayed for 3 nights on a 3 week long trip and this was easily the best hotel experience.
Location was superb, central to pretty much every downtown attraction, and buses run nearby and conveniently to other places.
Happy hour wine was wonderful, gym was adequate, check in was smooth, housekeeping excellent.
Do not miss this gem of a place