$143 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jan 6, 2015 Check-out: Jan 9, 2015

Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
501 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.2
out of 5
64 reviews
Fun, Unique Hotel in Great Location

The room was so fun and uniquely decorated - also very comfortable. We also loved the complimentary... See full review

  • Jess13
  • Nov 19, 2014
Good stuff

Great Staff! The hotel was clean and nice, The location was great but the staff was best of all. See full review

  • Traceh
  • Nov 10, 2014
Award-winning Californian hospitality meets classic French chic

Step into another world upon entering the upmarket elegance of the Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel. This Beaux Arts building was built in 1910 and infused with charm Business and fitness centers keep the hotel thoroughly modern, as do its credentials as a Green/Sustainable Property. This winning combination of style and service has earned the Monaco San Francisco a place on the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List of the best places in the world to stay.

3 Reasons To Stay:
  • A short walk to the Theater and Financial districts
  • On the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List of places to stay
  • Business and fitness centers 
Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel Rooms

Exquisite frescoes and a huge fireplace grace the main lobby of the Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel, which greets guests with an imposing painting of the Celestial Lady. Offering some of the finest luxury accommodation in San Francisco, the Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel, has a choice of 201 guest rooms, of which 35 are suites. Beautifully decorated with patterned or striped wallpaper, Chinoiserie furnishings and antique-style armoires, the sense of belonging to another, more elegant era is prevalent throughout the entire hotel. Bedrooms are equipped to an indulgent, comfortable standard, providing king beds, sofas and Jacuzzis, as well as marble bathrooms stocked with Aveda toiletries. Wireless Internet access is available in the rooms (fees apply) but also can be accessed free in the lobby. Eco-friendly products, recycling facilities and energy-efficient light bulbs are a feature of all Kimpton hotels, so expect to find these as standard. Guests attend daily wine receptions that take place in the sophisticated atmosphere of the Living Room, where the hotel hosts daily coffee mornings.

Things To Do:
  • Transamerica Redwood Park (1.2 mi/1.9 km)
  • Financial District (1.5 mi/2.5 km)
  • Fisherman's Wharf (2.3 mi/3.7 km)
Business
  • 24-hour business center
    • Policies and Fees
      The Grande Cafe restaurant will be closed starting 30 July due to renovation that is expected to be included on 31 Oct 2014. During this period, the hotel will offer free continental breakfast (pastries and fruits) to all guests.

      This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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      Reviewer score 3.9 out of 5
      Reviewer score 4.5 out of 5

      Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel Rooms

      Acc Dbl/Dbl Rm Roll in Shwr
      2 Dbl Bd Accsbl Tub Comm Features Avail
      Junior Suite
      Junior Suite 380 square feet with one king bed sofa bed, iHome
      Double Double Deluxe Room
      Double Double Deluxe Room 250 square feet iHome New Bigelow Luxury Bath amenities
      Deluxe Suite
      380 square feet one king bed and sofa bed.
      Accessible Junior Suite
      380 square feet with one king bed iHome and New Bigelow Luxury bath amenities
      Queen Room
      1 Queen bed, 225 square feet
      King Deluxe Room
      250 square feet with a king bed iHome, New Bigelow Luxury bath amenities.
      Monte Carlo Suite
      525 square feet with one king bed jacuzzi and New Bigelow Luxury bath amenities.
      Mediterranean Spa Suite
      Mediterranean Spa Suite 625 square feet with one king bed sofa bed and jacuzzi
      Queen Deluxe Room
      250 square feet one queen bed iHome New Bigelow Luxury bath amenities.

      Amenities

      • WiFi
      • Airport shuttle
      General
      Air conditioned
      Pet friendly
      Elevators
      24 hour security
      Dining
      Continental breakfast
      Restaurant
      Meal plan - continental
      Services
      24 hour front desk
      Business center
      Maid service
      Concierge desk
      ATM/Cash machine
      Security
      Wake-up service
      In-Room Safe
      Meeting/Banquet facilities
      Porters
      Conference facilities
      Audio visual equipment
      Conference suite
      Internet
      WiFi
      Transportation
      Airport shuttle
      Parking
      Valet parking
      Accessibility
      Handicapped rooms/facilities
      Accessible facilities
      Accessible rooms
      Room
      DVD player
      Television with cable
      Radio
      Cordless phone
      Safe
      Phone with speaker
      Telephone
      AM/FM alarm clock
      Desk with lamp
      Mini bar
      Hairdryer in room
      Turndown service
      In room movies
      Temperature control
      Electronic door locks
      Iron
      Ironing board
      Sprinklers in rooms

      Nearby points of interest

      • Kertesz Gallery: 0.2 mi
      • Union Square: 0.3 mi
      • Grace Cathedral: 0.4 mi
      • Toomey Tourell Gallery: 0.4 mi
      • St Patrick's Church: 0.5 mi
      • Civic Centre: 0.5 mi
      • Old St Mary's Cathedral: 0.5 mi
      • Cable Car Museum: 0.6 mi
      • Don Soker Gallery: 0.6 mi
      • Cartoon Art Museum: 0.6 mi
      • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 0.6 mi
      • Moscone Center: 0.6 mi
      • SoMa: 0.6 mi
      • San Francisco City Hall: 0.7 mi
      • 871 Fine Arts: 0.7 mi
      • Kertesz Gallery: 0.2 mi
      • Union Square: 0.3 mi
      • Grace Cathedral: 0.4 mi
      • Toomey Tourell Gallery: 0.4 mi
      • St Patrick's Church: 0.5 mi
      • Civic Centre: 0.5 mi
      • Old St Mary's Cathedral: 0.5 mi
      • Cable Car Museum: 0.6 mi
      • Don Soker Gallery: 0.6 mi
      • Cartoon Art Museum: 0.6 mi
      • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 0.6 mi
      • Moscone Center: 0.6 mi
      • SoMa: 0.6 mi
      • San Francisco City Hall: 0.7 mi
      • 871 Fine Arts: 0.7 mi
      • Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption: 0.7 mi
      • Chinatown: 0.8 mi
      • Transamerica Pyramid: 0.8 mi
      • San Francisco Symphony: 0.8 mi
      • Octagon House: 0.8 mi
      • Haas Lilienthal House: 0.9 mi
      • Pioneer's Monument: 0.9 mi
      • Lafayette Park: 0.9 mi
      • Konko Church of San Francisco: 0.9 mi
      • Japantown: 1 mi
      • Japan Center: 1 mi
      • Coit Tower: 1.1 mi
      • Ferry Building: 1.2 mi
      • ATT Park: 1.2 mi
      • Lombard Street: 1.3 mi
      • Ghirardelli Square: 1.4 mi
      • Port of San Francisco: 1.4 mi
      • Wax Museum Entertainment Complex: 1.5 mi
      • Aquarium of the Bay: 1.5 mi
      • Underwater World: 1.5 mi
      • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum: 1.5 mi
      • San Francisco Experience: 1.5 mi
      • Pier 39: 1.5 mi
      • Hyde Street Pier: 1.5 mi
      • Wyland Gallery: 1.6 mi
      • Musee Mecanique: 1.6 mi
      • Mission Dolores: 1.7 mi
      • Mission Delores: 1.8 mi
      • Mission Cliffs Rock Climbing Center: 1.8 mi
      • Walter Adams Gallery: 1.9 mi

      Hotel Policies

      Check-in:
      03:00 PM
      Check-out:
      12:00 PM

      Terms and conditions

      Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

      The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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      Guest Reviews (64)

      Ratings and reviews for Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel

      Overall score

      4.2 / 5
      5.01.0
      64 out of 64
      Amenities:
      4.3
      Room cleanliness:
      4.7
      Hotel staff:
      4.6
      Room comfort:
      4.4
      Location:
      4.5
      Value:
      4.1

      98% would recommend to a friend.

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      Review of Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel

      Reviewer score

      5
      5.01.0
      Miles C.
      Business
      San Diego, CA
      Jan 31, 2010

      Hotel Monaco, San Francisco Review

      A great hotel; superb service, great accomodations, friendly staff, Grand Cafe has wonderful food, and they really go out of their way to make you feel welcome. We'll return!!

      Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
      Amenities:
      5
      Room cleanliness:
      5
      Hotel staff:
      5
      Room comfort:
      5
      Location:
      5
      Value:
      5
      Trip purpose:

      Business

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      Reviewer score

      5
      5.01.0
      wannabeworld traveler
      Business
      williamsburg, va
      Jan 28, 2010

      lovely hotel, great city

      we stay at the monaco whenever we can when we're in SF, it's always a pleasure: gracious staff, delightful decor and pleasant bar

      Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
      Amenities:
      5
      Room cleanliness:
      5
      Hotel staff:
      5
      Room comfort:
      5
      Location:
      5
      Value:
      4
      Trip purpose:

      Business

      Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

      Scala's Bistro for the frito misto,the Rotunda for the poke and the view

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      Reviewer score

      5
      5.01.0
      Anonymous
      Business
      Porterville, CA
      Jan 3, 2010

      Wicked Trip

      We had a wonderful stay and would go back in a minute! The entire staff that we dealt with could not have been friendlier or more accommodating. This hotel definitely deserves its four star rating.

      Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
      Amenities:
      5
      Room cleanliness:
      5
      Hotel staff:
      5
      Room comfort:
      5
      Location:
      5
      Value:
      5
      Trip purpose:

      Business

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      Reviewer score

      4
      5.01.0
      Travel Far
      Business
      San Diego, Ca
      Dec 30, 2009

      Cool place to stay near Union Square

      Good size rooms with unique decoration and furnishing style. NIce touches were the bathrobes and slippers. A friendly staff was great. The cafe located on the property was very nice place for breakfast.

      Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
      Amenities:
      4
      Room cleanliness:
      4
      Hotel staff:
      4
      Room comfort:
      4
      Location:
      4
      Value:
      4
      Trip purpose:

      Business

      Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

      All the Union Square shops are just a few minutes away.

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      Reviewer score

      4
      5.01.0
      e-girl
      Business
      Honolulu, Hawaii
      Dec 28, 2009

      Clean, courteous, cute character

      As we all know, first impressions are key. We got dropped off by the folks and the Valet went out of his way to make us feel welcomed; even helping us look for cheaper parking. His attentive service was genuine. At first glance, the hotel's atmosphere was a mix of 1920's flapper and couture decadence. We loved that they had complementary hot chocolate in the lobby next to a roaring fire from 2-4p and a free wine reception later that evening. The room we had was small but, chic and super clean; which was a welcome retreat from the grimy SF streets. Comfy, clean bed, great ammenities in the bathroom (make-up mirror, hair dryer, etc). Loved the Aveda toiletries. I'm just bummed that our room didn't have a mini-fridge. The restaurant downstairs, The Grand, although having tasty food, service lacked finese and basic courtesies that I would have expected from all the touted accolades. Besides that, we would definitely stay here again.

      Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
      Amenities:
      4
      Room cleanliness:
      5
      Hotel staff:
      5
      Room comfort:
      5
      Location:
      3
      Value:
      4
      Trip purpose:

      Business

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      Reviewer score

      5
      5.01.0
      Anonymous
      Business
      Virginia
      Dec 19, 2009

      Great staff great location

      room was small but perfect with canopy bed, great toiletries. Afternoon wine reception featured interesting wines in the living room, with Wii and fireplace. Staff were attentive,not intrusive, and very helpful, will definitely return to this hotel!

      Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
      Amenities:
      5
      Room cleanliness:
      5
      Hotel staff:
      5
      Room comfort:
      5
      Location:
      5
      Value:
      5
      Trip purpose:

      Business

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      Review of Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel

      Reviewer score

      5
      5.01.0
      Susan B-K
      Business
      Chicago
      Dec 9, 2009

      Hooked on the Monaco!

      We got off to a great start at the Monaco, arriving after 10pm and starved. The bellhop, [...], pointed us in the direction of his favorite Thai restaurant and boy did that hit the spot! The service never waned after that. While our room was small and was supposedly an upgrade, we loved the location, the staff, and the fun decor of the Monaco. On our last day we enjoyed the afternoon hot chocolate served in the lounge off the lobby. My only complaint was that the room was advertised as including L'Occitane shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. I was really looking forward to that and saw it as as small luxury--one that would make this vacation away from our three kids even more relaxing. So I was a little disappointed to find Aveda products. So much for my DIY French spa. But that was the only issue I had with the hotel. I would stay here again and seek out other Kimpton hotels for future trips.

      Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
      Amenities:
      3
      Room cleanliness:
      5
      Hotel staff:
      5
      Room comfort:
      5
      Location:
      5
      Value:
      5
      Trip purpose:

      Business

      Dining tip: In Hotel

      The hotel's restaurant was divine and the type of place that people would seek out even if they're not staying at the hotel. The Grand Cafe is fine dining at its best. You can't beat the decor or the service. We had brunch here on our last day but wish we had passed up the greasy Greek diner on our first morning and had chosen the Grand Cafe instead.

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      Reviewer score

      4
      5.01.0
      Anonymous
      Business
      Boston, MA
      Oct 12, 2009

      Good hotel

      A great base to use for sightseeing. Very close to the start of 2 cable car lines and other sources of public transportation. Rooms are small but nice and clean and well stocked.

      Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
      Amenities:
      5
      Room cleanliness:
      5
      Hotel staff:
      5
      Room comfort:
      5
      Location:
      5
      Value:
      4
      Trip purpose:

      Business

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      Review of Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel

      Reviewer score

      4
      5.01.0
      Anonymous
      Business
      Colorado
      Oct 5, 2009

      Hotel Monaco is great!

      The hotel was great. Our room was decorated nicely, clean and the bed was very comfortable. The hotel staff was extremely nice and willing to help with any questions about the city. The breakfast at the grand cafe was excellent too!

      Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
      Amenities:
      4
      Room cleanliness:
      4
      Hotel staff:
      4
      Room comfort:
      4
      Location:
      4
      Value:
      4
      Trip purpose:

      Business

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      Review of Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel

      Reviewer score

      4
      5.01.0
      Anthony Lambert
      Business
      New York City
      Oct 1, 2009

      Monaco - San Francisco

      Choose hotel for location, design and dining rooms. Was pleased on most accounts but found the housekeeping of design elements--beds, sofas, tables off center from mirrors and pictures in rooms and lobbies--very disconcerting to an interior designer (me). Need a designer to go through and freshen up the placement of furniture and design elements--cleaning staff and guests are pushing furniture and lighting around and upsetting the design balance the hotel has tried to hard to achieve. Dining rooms were appreciated and one of the reasons we chose The Monaco. Wait staff was very good but food quality was quite mediocre.

      Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
      Amenities:
      4
      Room cleanliness:
      4
      Hotel staff:
      4
      Room comfort:
      4
      Location:
      3
      Value:
      3
      Trip purpose:

      Business

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