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Clift Hotel San Francisco
Ranked #72 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

As with many hotels of its type, there is a lot of emphasis on style, especially in common areas of the hotel. Reception is cool, bar is even cooler. Staff is hip and well trained. Valet parking is easy. It's all designed for the "wow you're staying THERE!" effect.

The "price" of all the design in the common areas is rather small rooms. They have all the basics, sure, and comfortable enough in all respects, but don't expect to have much space up there. Still, if you're here for a party or just as a couple, the rooms are fine. Would start to get annoying if staying longer than a couple of nights.

Overall, fair price for a very good standard hotel in a decent location. You could do much worse.

Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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john f, Front Office Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, 30 September 2012
TheGlobalFinn,

Thank you for awesome TA review! We appreciate you recognizing the "WOW" factor and the you are right, "you could do much worse"!

I hope the next time you book you will consider reaching out to me first!

Best,

John
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

I have stayed at The Clift a number of times and will never get tired of it. The staff is friendly and attentive. Matthew always takes great care of us! He is awesome. The redwood room is always buzzing with a great vibe. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. The beds comfortable. The only negative was the water pressure in the shower, it seemed off. I would highly recommend and stay each time when in San Francisco.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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john f, Front Office Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, 30 September 2012
AmandaAlicia,

Thank you for taking the time to fill out a TripAdvisor review! We're so happy that this is your favorite place and we are looking forward to many more visits from you!

Also, thank you for recognizing Matthew, our Hotel Manager. He's an amazing leader and inspires all of the staff to live the core values!

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John
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

Stayed 3 nights in one of the Deluxe King rooms. Hotel was nice, the room was fairly dated though. Staff was extremely nice and we enjoyed getting drinks down in the Redwood Room. Nothing really bad about this place...the hotel is in a great location (Union Square) and it is comparable to the Westin across the street. If you prefer a boutique hotel, this place is it.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

We have been wanting to stay here for ages and have been in the bar many times, so were excited about this stay. Check in was smooth and the lobby itself is really cool, very chic. Then we reached the room and were immediately disappointed - yes, it was only a standard room, but for the price and the expectation, the room was small and pokey, the furniture looked old and run down and the bathroom had standing room for 1 person only, so we had to take turns to get ready. It was clean though, although the noise from the street below woke me up once or twice.

Wanted to like it so much...what made things worse is that the Velvet Room was closed for renovation, so we couldn't even have a drink at our favorite bar.

We have stayed in other places in Union Square area and, sadly, we would not come back here to stay, definitely for drinks though

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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CliftFOM, Front Office Manager at Clift Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, 19 April 2013
Hello Tonitone,

I am so disappointed about the review. I am happy you enjoy the Redwood Room and you love the lobby, but I am terribly sorry about your room. Did you happen to mention this to anyone during your stay? We would have loved the opportunity to go above and beyond to make sure you felt comfortable. Please visit soon.

Sincerely,

Ian
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

We stayed here for two nights in late July 2012 and checking in late (10pm) on a Saturday night found ourselves on the 2nd floor right above the cool bar/club beneath, which is like having a subwoofer strapped under your bed. We are a young-ish couple so we partied down stairs for a while but after a long drive it is quite annoying having music pimping (vibrating until 2am) both nights. This itself is not so bad as we were after a cool hotel anyway.

The good:Good location (few homeless people around still, though but thats SF) cool bar, trendy feel/decor. Service was solid throughout.

The bad: $57 per day valet parking, no water, wireless that is slower than my first modem i bought in 1995(they made up for this by removing from bill, but still this is SF!!). Room is on the small side, as is the bathroom.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Clift Hotel San Francisco

Property: Clift Hotel San Francisco
Address: 495 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-1222
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#27 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#40 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#42 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#49 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#64 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price range (per night): ₹ 14,803 - ₹ 31,933
Hotel Class:4 star — Clift Hotel San Francisco 4*
Number of rooms: 372
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An inspired fusion of old-world hotel elegance with distinctly contemporary energy and glamour, the nearly century-old CLIFT’s modern and daring sense of diversity perfectly captures the city’s spirit. Steps from Union Square shopping and the legendary Nob Hill, CLIFT is perfectly located for sightseeing, shopping and socializing. Designed by Philippe Starck, the soaring lobby contains one of the most eclectic furniture collections in all of California ... more   less 
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