The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel

495 Geary Street, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Union Square

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18
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  • Rooms17.5
  • Public Spaces18
  • Service18
  • Overall18
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Hotel Description

Once San Francisco’s grandest old-fashioned luxury hotel, the century-old Clift underwent a thorough re-imagining at the hands of Philippe Starck, who has transformed its faded Victorian elegance into its nearest modern equivalent — all black, ivory and steely grey, with rich textures in hardwood, velvet and leather, it’s the last word in hyper-modern boutique decadence.

Hints of the hotel’s Art Deco heritage remain, from the choice of furnishings in the surrealist-inspired lobby to the noir-ish lighting effects throughout. The famous Redwood Room was the focus of the original Clift, and it’s still here in all its wood-paneled splendor, decked out in some of Starck’s most serious lounge furniture. And the adjacent Velvet Room restaurant is hardly less dramatic, draped with, yes, massive red velvet curtains and lit with hand-blown Murano glass lamps.

Guest rooms are stylish, but not precious — they’re sedate, almost monochrome, with accents in soft lavenders and greys, amplifying the effects of the natural light. Bathrooms are smallish, but clever, and the living spaces are spacious, many with astonishing views; the Clift is a high enough building to make for some spectacular sightlines.

It’s a bit of a scene, but that’s a large part of the appeal for the people who make up the Clift’s clientele. This is Starck at his most elegant, and his eye for a well-placed surprise only deepens this place’s mystique. It would seem there’s some mileage yet left to be wrung from this partnership.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 372 Rooms
  • Style: Cutting-Edge
  • Atmosphere: Happening

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • Bar
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Pet Friendly
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wi-fi (charges apply)

Need to Know

Valet parking is available for 58 USD per day plus 14% occupancy tax (67 USD per day for oversized vehicles). Facility Fee includes: Standard in room WiFi- 10MB upload/download for up to 4 devices ($17.95 value) $10.00 USD Credit per day per room in Velvet Room, Living Room and Redwood Room (Must be consumed on a daily basis and may not be rolled over to the following day) Coffee and tea available each morning in the lobby Local, 1-800, and long distance phone calls within the United States included Unlimited use of the 24 hour Fitness Center

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • Bar
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Pet Friendly
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wi-fi (charges apply)

Need to Know

Valet parking is available for 58 USD per day plus 14% occupancy tax (67 USD per day for oversized vehicles). Facility Fee includes: Standard in room WiFi- 10MB upload/download for up to 4 devices ($17.95 value) $10.00 USD Credit per day per room in Velvet Room, Living Room and Redwood Room (Must be consumed on a daily basis and may not be rolled over to the following day) Coffee and tea available each morning in the lobby Local, 1-800, and long distance phone calls within the United States included Unlimited use of the 24 hour Fitness Center

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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