$194 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Nov 16, 2014 Check-out: Nov 17, 2014

Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
501 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.2
out of 5
61 reviews
Love this hotel!

Clean and comfy room. Extremely helpful/knowledgable and gracious staff. In town for one night for... See full review

  • AggieMom
  • Jun 15, 2014
Great location and staff

Brought my girlfreind here to celebrate her birthday for the weekend. Staff was extremely helpful... See full review

  • texasandy
  • Feb 11, 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.

      Hotel Map

      37.7866 -122.4118
      Nearby airports
      San Francisco International Airport, (SFO), 14.00, MI, N; Oakland International Airport, (OAK), 21.00, MI, N; San Jose International Airport, (SJC), 45.70, MI, NW;
      Area description
      City Center

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      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
      • Nob Hill: 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
      • 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
      • Nob Hill: 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

      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 (61)

      Ratings and reviews for Monaco San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel

      Overall score

      4.2 / 5
      5.01.0
      61 out of 61
      Amenities:
      4.2
      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

      4
      5.01.0
      Working windsurfer
      Business
      San Francisco
      Dec 15, 2010

      morning coffee by the fireplace

      The hotel was traditional and charming - right downtown near lots of small shops and, my favorite, a neighborhood diner. The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Wall Street Journal were on the table by the complimentary morning coffee in a very comfortable lounge -- very pleasant start to the morning. I took a cup of fresh coffee down the street to the classic breakfast diner (cash only with a friendly waitress) for a great start to a hard-working day.

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

      Business

      Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

      very charming local diner right down the street

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      Reviewer score

      4
      5.01.0
      Anonymous
      Business
      Lubbock, TX
      Nov 9, 2010

      Nice atmosphere

      Great location for shopping and dining. If you aren't up for walking to attractions there are several other transportation options close by. The restaurants within walking distance were good (Fino especially)! The room was comfy but on the small side.

      Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
      Amenities:
      4
      Room cleanliness:
      5
      Hotel staff:
      4
      Room comfort:
      4
      Location:
      5
      Value:
      2
      Trip purpose:

      Business

      Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

      Ride bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito! Great experience!

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      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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      Reviewer score

      4
      5.01.0
      Anonymous
      Business
      New Haven, CT
      May 7, 2008

      Somewhat eclectic with personality

      This hotel would be well located and that the rooms would be small. This proved to be true - but the hotel is well placed - staff are very helpful and this was a welcome change to the impersonal chains. Monarch Maverick Director of Pet Relations is a lovely chocolate lab who wears a brown robe and greets pets (and other guests) in the lobby with a worldly yawn - since the theme of the hotel is to be international and cosmopolitan. The Grand Cafe is a wonderful restaurant which we enjoyed so much that we ate three meals there during a 2 day stay.

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

      Business

      Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

      Very well located for shopping and theater

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      Reviewer score

      4
      5.01.0
      Anonymous
      Business
      Tucson, AZ
      May 11, 2010

      SF Hotel

      Wonderful staff and loved the am coffee and pm wine. Allowed us to share ideas and conversation with other guests and made the stay much more pleasant.

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

      Business

      Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

      Eat at the La Coloniale restaurant that was recommended to us...fabulous food and ambiance!!!

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      Reviewer score

      4
      5.01.0
      Gail and Frank
      Business
      Merrick, NY
      Nov 15, 2010

      Beautiful Hotel - tiny little space.

      A typical Kimpton Hotel - elegant and well managed, but maybe too hip for its own good. Easy check in/check out, but I didn't feel anyone had a handle on the city - from getting a cab to giving proper directions. Use Google and you'll get everywhere. Front desk seemed to handle the job of concierge - not a great idea. The room was as small as any I have ever stayed in, but I have to say, it was beautiful, functional and quiet - the most important. Don't look for a clock to shine in the middle of the night - the light does not work on the ipod friendly clockradio. Bathroom was perfect, from "real" blowdryer to Aveda shampoo/soap. Location could be better - not near to wharf - close to Union Square. Overall, I loved the privacy, quiet well appointed room and know that I could've purchased a larger room - just didn't know how small 234 sq ft was. Lastly, no one tells you how wonderful the restaurant is in the hotel - very impressed!

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

      Business

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      Reviewer score

      4
      5.01.0
      Fun-filled person with lots of interests
      Business
      Menlo Park, CA
      Mar 5, 2010

      Unbeatable location for the price

      The hotel room was small but the overall ambience of the hotel facility was wonderful. The location was in the theater district and Union Square which made it very enjoyable and easy walking.

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

      Business

      Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

      For women take proper shoes for walking up and down hills. San Francisco is known for hills. Better to walk to destination if you can as parking can be expensive.

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      Reviewer score

      4
      5.01.0
      Yombe
      Business
      Dallas, TX
      May 3, 2011

      Friendly staff, clean & comfortable room

      Good location within easy walking distance to Union Square, Chinatown. Free coffee bar in AM & free wine reception in PM, with fun appearances by the resident-canines, Lucy (a calm black pug) and Oliver (a stately Golden Retriever), along with free chair massages! NY Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Wall Street Journal for the taking. Don't miss brunch at Cavallo Point (Sausalito), dinner at Foreign Cinema (outside @ old b&w movies playing), the de Young Museum, the Asian Art Museum, SF MOMA, Chinatown, Lombard Street, the Ferry Building, the Painted Lady houses, and, of course, the trolley.

      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

      Xanadu Gallery on Maiden Lane near Union Square. A fabulous ethnographic art gallery (African, Pre-Columbian, Eastern Indian, etc.) housed in a fabulous Frank Lloyd Wright building. Extensive collections of textiles, jewelry, sculpture, and books with knowledgeable staff.

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      Reviewer score

      4
      5.01.0
      Anonymous
      Business
      Columbia, MO
      May 8, 2009

      Very nice stay

      We had a very enjoyable stay. All of the staff were very helpful and friendly. The service was more personal than in many larger hotels where I have stayed. When we checked in, the lady at the front desk asked what brought us to San Francisco. We are a gay couple, and told her that we were celebrating our anniversary. She congratulated us, and made us feel completely welcome. We really appreciated that. The room was a little smaller than I expected, but nicely decorated, very clean, and comfortable. We had an interior room, with the window facing an air shaft. No view, but there was no street noise, so it was quiet, which is important to us. The location just two blocks from Union Square is very convenient if you want to stay in the shopping, theater, and convention districts.

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

      Business

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      Reviewer score

      4
      5.01.0
      Pinky Malone
      Business
      Michigan
      Jul 14, 2014

      Very nice accommodations and location

      Excellent! Good service. Helpful guest services. Overnight parking is expensive at $52 a night. No complimentary continental breakfast, only coffee and tea.

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

      Business

      Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

      In middle of theater district. Walk to best shopping venues in San Francisco only a few blocks away. Walk to Chinatown, about five blocks. Surrounded by food and entertainment options.

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