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Monarch Hotel

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This hotel was cheap. And that's about all it's got going for it. It's located on the bad side of town, the building is extremely old, and there are literally no amenities. The bed was clean so it was acceptable. Not somewhere I'd ever stay again.

The staff was polite and the hotel was clean, it was just very very old. Definitely due for a renovation. The worst part was the neighborhood. It is on one edge of Tenderloin, so there were homeless people, filth and open drug use on the streets.

Spacious rooms and the staff was very friendly and helpful but the rooms were not clean. The carpets were dusty.

Friendly staff. The room was clean, but needed detailing and a refresh. The toilet didn't flush properly. I didn't feel comfortable taking a bath in the tub. The closet stunk.

small rooms , no mirror in room only bathroom. Pictures can be deceiving!

Cleaning staff never left proper towels, washcloths, etc. had to go to front desk to get each day. Not enough staff for check in / out. Sketchy neighborhood. But for a cheap place to stay... It works.

No wifi in the room, car park is too expensive. Many homeless people around.

Hotel is fair, we just had not researched the TENDERLOIN district. As we found out, there's an overwhelming amount of homeless folks directly across the street and all over the Tenderloin area. They appear to be drinking and who knows what else. Not judging anything or anyone, just stating a fact.

I would not recommend this place. For the amount of money you pay it was a disappointing place to stay at. When you first walk in you are hit with this order. The place smelled like a dirty diaper. The elevator is old and slow. The walls are thin so you hear everything. However for the room rate that I paid, its one of the better priced places where you get your own bathroom.

Hotel is nice but bathroom is small. Not fancy but clean and comfortable. Neighborhood is on the edge of nice areas and somewhat questionable sections. Basically every type of food is available within a few blocks of the hotel. Solid option depending on price of other places and what area you would prefer to stay in.

The Monarch Hotel has old world charm! The hotel is well maintained, charming, and very clean. The neighborhood isn't the best, but we didn't have any issues. One Uber driver we encountered told us not to walk in the neighborhood after dark. Again, we didn't have any issues. The hotel itself is fun, quaint, and comfy. The staff was professional and courteous.

Hotel is decent and clean. Staff very good. Hotel is close to everything by bus. I felt safe inside the hotel. The problem is the neighborhood. It is the Tenderloin. Big homeless camps of people laying on the sidewalk at all hours, day and night. Street begging, peddling, trash, garbage, defecation, and that smell. Disable people both disfigured and living in their own filth all around the hotel. Also witness and heard Gangster problems, including a lot of bad temper behavior, screaming, fighting, and one execution at 100 feet from hotel entrance. (yes, half naked, on his knees, hands tied behind his back, receiving pronouncement of judgment and punishment.) You can stay at this hotel IF you are a single male, mature, have your guard up, vigilant at all times, can push people aside gently when blocked, say nothing to bystanders, deal with bad temper homeless, and truly understand life on the streets involving sickness, filth, vulgarity and death. All on display for you at this location.

I called all morning to check on my reservation and no one answered the phone when we arrived at the hotel when we arrived there where people sitting outside doing drugs. there is no parking available, the room smelled like urine, there was dry blood on the sheets,and the headboard was broken . There were only 2 sockets in the room with a power strip connected to it and no sockets in the bathroom. The room was way too small for it to have double beds .after 5 minutes We decided not stay and when we tried to cancel and leave the manager told us we still had to pay the full price which was $168.00 and they also took a deposit of $50.00. IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE AND YOUR MONEY ABSOLUTLY DO NOT STAY AT THE MONARCH IN SAN FRANSISCO

The location was really suitable for a sight-seeing trip. Staff was very helpful.

Only complaint is that it smelled really musty. Mainly in the lobby though. It's an older building. Location was good, good value. Ample parking nearby. Room was tiny. If you just want a clean place to sleep for a fair price, it's perfect.

The hotel was in an OK location, although it may seem sketchy at first overall it is pretty close to nearby attractions. However, i did not like that the room did not have a refrigerator, the shower head did not work and the toilet didn't work. When I called to let the front desk know about the toilet issues he said do you need a plunger, was i supposed to fix the toilet? . Also, you have to pay for parking which is $40. I think that the room price is way over what the hotel offers. The last straw was that there was no continental breakfast. So if you want a smelly room, with no amenities, and no parking then you are better off at a hostel, but if you want to give your money away stay here. Also, the only good thing i liked was the distance from a local crepe place.

this hotel was great. Great location and staff. but the only I hated was everytime you had a guest you had to go down stair and get them.

The hotel was located in alright area close by China town shopping which made it easy to get around hotel isn't bad for the price.

Interesting convo with front desk but overall great experience

Had a really nice stay at the Monarch Hotel. Don't let the negative reviews fool you. I was kind of expecting the worst, but I was pleasantly surprised. Staff was extremely helpful -- the day we checked out they help our bags for us in a locked room, so we could roam around the city without our luggage. They also called and reserved a shuttle for us to the airport. The room was great, clean, and comfortable. We ran a half marathon and we needed to have good rest the night before and after, and it was great! The TV had HBO (I was so stoked on this...don't have it at home). They didn't have awesome hotel soaps or lotions or anything...but I didn't go in with the assumption that they would. The neighborhood is a bit sketch, but it's San Francisco people. 15 minutes walking to Union Square. Public transportation was right around the corner, as well as some diners and drug stores to buy snack and food. I was excited about this hotel after our stay, and will definitely be coming back!

1015 Geary St San Francisco CA

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Louise Davies Symphony Hall
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Concierge services
  • 24-hour front desk

Located in Downtown San Francisco, Monarch Hotel is a leisurely stroll from popular sights such as Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Louise Davies Symphony Hall. This 101-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi, coffee/tea in a common area, and concierge services. It's in central San Francisco and also close to Lombard Street and University of San Francisco.


Rooms

All 101 rooms provide ceiling fans, phones, and ironing boards. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Desks are also included.


Property features

Monarch Hotel offers free WiFi in public areas and coffee in a common area. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with concierge services and luggage storage.

Room options

Standard Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Monarch Hotel

Everyone (13) Couples (3) Business (1) Family (4) Friends (3) Other (6)
3

you get what you pay for

Everyone

This hotel was cheap. And that's about all it's got going for it. It's located on the bad side of town, the building is extremely old, and there are literally no amenities. The bed was clean so it was acceptable. Not somewhere I'd ever stay again.

By on May 3, 2017

3

decent, cheap, bad location

Everyone

The staff was polite and the hotel was clean, it was just very very old. Definitely due for a renovation. The worst part was the neighborhood. It is on one edge of Tenderloin, so there were homeless people, filth and open drug use on the streets.

By on Apr 7, 2017

3

nice hotel with friendly staff

Everyone

Spacious rooms and the staff was very friendly and helpful but the rooms were not clean. The carpets were dusty.

By , from Reno on Mar 10, 2017

2
Everyone

Friendly staff. The room was clean, but needed detailing and a refresh. The toilet didn't flush properly. I didn't feel comfortable taking a bath in the tub. The closet stunk.

By on Oct 29, 2016

2

never again

Everyone

small rooms , no mirror in room only bathroom. Pictures can be deceiving!

By , from modesto, ca on Oct 19, 2016

3

it works

Everyone

Cleaning staff never left proper towels, washcloths, etc. had to go to front desk to get each day. Not enough staff for check in / out. Sketchy neighborhood. But for a cheap place to stay... It works.

By on Aug 3, 2016

1

three nights in this hotel

Everyone

No wifi in the room, car park is too expensive. Many homeless people around.

By on Jul 31, 2016

3

ok hotel- rough area

Everyone

Hotel is fair, we just had not researched the TENDERLOIN district. As we found out, there's an overwhelming amount of homeless folks directly across the street and all over the Tenderloin area. They appear to be drinking and who knows what else. Not judging anything or anyone, just stating a fact.

By , from Houston on Jul 16, 2016

1

affordable by sf standards

Everyone

I would not recommend this place. For the amount of money you pay it was a disappointing place to stay at. When you first walk in you are hit with this order. The place smelled like a dirty diaper. The elevator is old and slow. The walls are thin so you hear everything. However for the room rate that I paid, its one of the better priced places where you get your own bathroom.

By on Jun 4, 2016

3

neighborhood

Everyone

Hotel is nice but bathroom is small. Not fancy but clean and comfortable. Neighborhood is on the edge of nice areas and somewhat questionable sections. Basically every type of food is available within a few blocks of the hotel. Solid option depending on price of other places and what area you would prefer to stay in.

By , from chicago on May 20, 2016