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
Great value. A Joie de Vivre hotel, less expensive than the others in San Francisco, possibly because the rooms are a little smaller than typical. Nicely decorated, spotless, comfortable room. Unlimited in & out valet parking so convenient. Easy to get to, an advantage in San Francisco. Centrally located, grocery store & Walgreens across the street, multiple good restaurants within one block. Union square several blocks away. On site restaurant, Tratto, was excellent. Will definitely stay here again.
The room was very nice and clean.
However, I felt that the room was overprized for general standards, but maybe not for SF standards. Especially, the unexpected fees of about 50 dollars for two nights gave a bad surprise. In turn, I felt bad about not having any more cash to tip the person that took care of our luggage on departure day.
I liked the shampoo and soap.
Very spacious and comfortable rooms
Pity service provided by front of house staff poor. Distinctly average bar/restaurant
The latter really let down what is a cosy, distinct hotel with lots of character.
We spent one night and everything was fine. The mattress was not as good as ours at home, but everything was clean and our stay was pleasant. Having stayed in the area on previous trips to the city, we were surprised at the increased homelessness and helplessness. Hopefully these problems are being addressed.
my recommendation for a city trip to SFO, having a conference at Moscone Center and spending some days in the centre of SFO. perfect service with a very friendly team, perfect location, restaurant and bar is great for breakfast and dinner