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Union Square330 m
Lombard Street1.79 km
Oracle Park2.05 km
Fisherman's Wharf2.19 km
Pier 392.39 km
Exploratorium3.76 km
Alcatraz Island4.52 km
California Academy Of Sciences5.14 km
Golden Gate Park6.22 km
Golden Gate Bridge6.87 km
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San Francisco Art Exchange50 m
Curran Theater70 m
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August Hall150 m
Christopher Clark Fine Art170 m
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The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel

495 Geary Street, San Francisco Downtown, San Francisco (CA), United States, 94102 - See map
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Excellent cleanliness
8.6 rating for cleanliness
Excellent comfort
8.4 room quality and comfort
Excellent service
8.4 rating for service
Exceptional reputation
Recommended by 80% of guests

The hotel bar (Red Room) is awesome, good drinks and good food.

JOEL | December 5, 2018

The reception by the front desk staff was phenomenal!

Ron | November 9, 2018

Nice hotel, comfortable with well-decorated rooms.

FERNANDO | October 31, 2018

Amenities are good and common areas are stylish.

FERNANDO | October 31, 2018

We are comfortable and enjoy this place.

Gabriel | December 30, 2018

  • 390 meters to public transportation

  • Located in heart of San Francisco (CA)

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

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Value for money7.8
Distance to city center0.3 Miles
Location rating9.0
Nearest airportSan Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Distance to airport19.1 km

Rooms available at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel

8.4
Excellent
Room comfort & quality
One Bedroom Suite
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  • Non-smoking
  • 1 double bed
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  • 1 king bed
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Deluxe King
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  • 1 king bed
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Executive King
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DOUBLE KING BED ONE BEDROOM SUITE
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    Studio King ADA Roll-In Shower
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      Romantic Room
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      What people love about The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel

      • 9.2
        Exceptional
        Staff 

        "The staff blew us away here, always extremely friendly and helpful."

        Melinda

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        October 5, 2018

      • 10.0
        Exceptional

        "I recommended 2 other friends in our group to stay here as well."

        Lori

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        August 13, 2018

      • 9.6
        Exceptional

        "The Clift is a cool hotel, older style with modern decor."

        Julie

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        January 27, 2018

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      8.4/10
      Location score
      9.0/10
      Cleanliness score
      8.6/10
      Service score
      8.4/10
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      Overall rating:
      8.2
      Excellent
      322 reviews
      Cleanliness
      8.6
      Facilities
      7.6
      Location
      9.0
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      What travelers say they love:
      had just been camping in Yosemite for 3 days, so the upgrade...
      Lori from Thailand
      Group
      More about The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel

      More about The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel

      Ingenious hotel management, beautiful design, and cool and seductive architecture make this property a renowned hotel. The The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel is impressive from the cool, dark atmosphere of the lobby to the purples and deep reds of the bedroom, making for a sexy, modern, and appealing atmosphere. Excellent for young couples and the professional crowd, the property is stylish from top to bottom. For the business crowd, have your meeting in style. With cool minimalist design, catered reception, and an elegant professionalism that comes out at every corner, you'll impress your clients. For a late-night drink, stop by the lounge bar. An exclusive lesson in class and pristine beauty, combined with a brilliant drink selection, is enough to help anyone unwind.

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      Most talked about facilities

      Housekeeping
      18 mentions
      Internet
      7 mentions
      Breakfast
      3 mentions
      Food & Dining
      1 mention

      What they offer

      9.2
      Exceptional

      "The main bar area was beautiful too, great for an unwind at ..."

      Melinda

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      October 5, 2018

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      Nearest essentials

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      Food and dining

      Restaurants on site

      Velvet Room
      Cuisine:American
      Menu:Buffet

      Nearby restaurants

      American cuisine
      American cuisine
      Velvet Room at Cliff Hotel
      20 m American
      David's Delicatessen & Restaurant
      40 m American, Delicatessen
      Olympic Flame Cafe
      100 m American, Cafe, Diner
      Asian cuisine
      Asian cuisine
      Coco Bang
      80 m Asian, Korean
      Chabaa Thai Cuisine
      100 m Asian, Thai
      King of Thai
      100 m Asian, Thai
      Cafe
      Cafe
      Gallery Cafe Live
      110 m Cafe, Contemporary
      Joy's Place
      110 m Cafe
      mangos cafe
      120 m Cafe, Mexican

      What's nearby

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      Reviews of The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel from real guests

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      Agoda Reviews (322)Booking.com Reviews (1047)
      8.2
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      10
      Cleanliness8.6
      Facilities7.6
      Location9.0
      Room comfort and quality8.4
      Service8.4
      Value for money7.8
      High score for San Francisco (CA)
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      9+ Exceptional (67)
      8-9 Excellent (57)
      7-8 Very Good (52)
      6-7 Good (14)
      <6 Below Expectation (23)
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      Mar - May (49)
      Jun - Aug (71)
      Sep - Nov (54)
      Dec - Feb (39)
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      8.3
      Excellent
      Gail from Singapore
      Group
      Stayed 1 night in June 2014

      Pleasant hotel, well designed, good staff”

      Location, friendly staff, clean chic room design

      I had a really pleasant stay here- didn't stay for long since we only needed it for 1 day, but i'd highly recommend this hotel for travelers to SF wanting a fuss free and comfortable stay. Staff were friendly and helpful. The location of the hotel made shopping super convenient, and the room was tastefully designed. Overall i really enjoyed the decor of the place.

      Reviewed June 30, 2014
      10.0
      Exceptional
      michal from Israel
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 3 nights in April 2014

      best hotel i was in US”

      service design comfortable bed

      great great hotel.the staff were amazing they gave me free wifi although wasnt included in my original fare.you can walk to all major attractions and the shopping area. there is very good bar in the hotel. the room was very quiet. i love that hotel.

      Reviewed April 08, 2014
      8.0
      Excellent
      David from Canada
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in December 2012

      Nice hotel in the middle of the city”

      Awesome nightlife at the bar

      Great hotel, got a good deal on agoda. Only problem that there was a long line to check in and the hotel really didn't do anything about it. Rooms are clean and cool. The bar/restaurant downstairs is a very happening spot so you don't have to leave your hotel literally to go out.

      Reviewed January 02, 2013
      9.6
      Exceptional
      JOEL from United States
      Couple
      Deluxe King
      Stayed 4 nights in November 2018

      Nice Location”

      Pros - Hotel is in the middle of downtown, just a 5 minute walk to Union square and a $10 lyft ride to fisherman's wharf. The hotel bar (Red Room) is awesome, good drinks and good food. Walgreens is across the street and if you use the car share app Maven, the pick up location is right next door. We used it to rent a car for the day to go to Muir woods.

      Reviewed December 05, 2018
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Ron from United States
      Business traveler
      Deluxe King
      Stayed 4 nights in November 2018

      My new home in San Francisco”

      Been going to the Clift for years but last weekend was the first time I ever stayed. The reception by the front desk staff was phenomenal! They took care of me from the moment I arrived until the moment I left. Special shout out to Heather, Barbara and Jing - made my stay extra fun! I Stay groovy

      Reviewed November 09, 2018
      8.0
      Excellent
      FERNANDO from United States
      Business traveler
      Deluxe King
      Stayed 2 nights in October 2018

      Good hotel close to restaurants and bars”

      Nice hotel, comfortable with well-decorated rooms. Amenities are good and common areas are stylish. The Velvet Room is a really nice place to have a drink and the hotel is close to a bunch of restaurants and bars. Valet parking is expensive taking into account there are two parking garages less than a block away at a much lower price. Staff is friendly.

      Reviewed October 31, 2018
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Melinda from Australia
      Family with young children
      Stayed 3 nights in September 2018

      Great hotel with amazing staff”

      The staff blew us away here, always extremely friendly and helpful. The location was pretty good, easy walk to Union Square and plenty of restaurants nearby. We originally thought we wanted to stay in Fisherman’s Wharf area but upon arrival realised that this location was far better with more options. Plus a Walgreens right across the road. The room was huge with a large sitting area and the two double beds. Plenty of space for a family of four. The main bar area was beautiful too, great for an unwind at end of day.

      Reviewed October 05, 2018
      5.6
      mark from United States
      Family with young children
      Junior Suite King
      Stayed 4 nights in December 2018

      Family”

      Seen better days. Right on the edge of the Tenderloin. Highlight/lowlight was being accosted by a prostitute on New Years Eve in front of my 14 year old daughter in the elevator.

      Reviewed May 18, 2019
      9.6
      Exceptional
      daye from South Korea
      Group
      Stayed 2 nights in April 2018

      satisfied”

      very nice

      Reviewed March 19, 2019
      4.8
      rebecca
      Family with teens
      Deluxe King
      Stayed 1 night in April 2019

      Acceptable”

      The hallways and rooms are worn. Ceilings, parts of furniture were dirty in our room. The carpet was worn. Located in a touristy area of San Fran. The interior is also outdated. Staff was very nice and bathroom products were great though.

      Reviewed April 27, 2019
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Lori from Thailand
      Group
      Stayed 1 night in June 2018

      Wonderful Place! My 4th Stay”

      It;s great to be back at the Clift. I recommended 2 other friends in our group to stay here as well. they had a huge room. The lovely gal at the reception kindly upgraded my sister & I to the super super stylish 1-bedroom suite. This was amazing and we were celebrating my sister's upcoming wedding... and had just been camping in Yosemite for 3 days, so the upgrade was much appreciated! It was nice to have the staff look after us when we mentioned the special occasion.

      Reviewed August 13, 2018
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Ann from United States
      Group
      Deluxe King
      Stayed 3 nights in August 2018

      Exceptional”

      This hotel is centrally located and a great place to stay in San Francisco. The modern decor is very attractive and the rooms are spacious and very clean. The bar, which is Art Deco and still maintains many original details from the 1930s, is beautiful and a wonderful place to have a drink. The hotel staff is helpful and friendly. I’d definitely stay here again.

      Reviewed August 10, 2018
      8.0
      Excellent
      EUNG from South Korea
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 2 nights in May 2017

      What a nice hotel~!”

      1) Location is really good. The hotel is located near Union Square. 2) The room is clean. 3) I like the bicycle rental service. (maybe only for first comer & only for a day) 4) the entire atmosphere is artistic, stylish, and manish.

      Reviewed May 24, 2017
      7.6
      Very good
      Fredrik from Sweden
      Family with young children
      Stayed 3 nights in April 2017

      Large studio cave”

      We booked a large studio with a separate sitting area. The room had only one window in the sitting area and the rest of the room lacked natural light. It was like living in a cave. Mirrors had been put up on all walls in recognition of the lack of light. The furniture felt cheap and worn. The bathroom was very small with a mini-bathtub with a combined shower. Overall the room was no more than 3 stars. The hotel itself feels like a worn/ out hotel which needed substantial refurbishment but only had a light touch up - repainted walls and new lighting. There is a Facilitices charge of usd 28 per day. This is in addition to anthing booked on Agoda. Given the price of the rooms I would recommend another hotel.

      Reviewed April 17, 2017

      Thank you for taking the time to share comments about your recent stay. We are sorry to hear that your stay did not meet your expectations. Rest assured that your experience does not reflect our commitment to providing each and every guest with a memorable visit from arrival to departure. Please know that should appointed accommodations not be satisfactory for any reason, we are happy to provide alternatives, as based upon availability. We sincerely hope you will give us the opportunity to host you on your next visit to San Francisco.

      Responded April 28, 2017
      The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
      6.4
      Good
      Paul from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Stayed 3 nights in March 2017

      Near the interesting bits of town....”

      If you can get a deep discount this is not a bad spot. Don't expect great views, but the rooms are big and the beds comfy. You can hear though the walls, but it's not too bad. Beware you are on the edge of Tenderloin, but you do not get hassled by folks. Downside was a $22 daily fee that was not mentioned in the reservation. I will follow up on this when I have time.

      Reviewed March 25, 2017

      Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback.  The quality of your stay is important to us and we hope to have the opportunity to demonstrate just what makes Clift so special should you choose to visit us again.

      Responded March 28, 2017
      The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
      8.3
      Excellent
      Wendy from Australia
      Couple
      Stayed 3 nights in September 2015

      Great Location, Great Comfort”

      Location. Comfort of room, bed and gym.

      Everything was great except staff. Staff weren't as friendly/helpful and did not genuinely care about guests. For the price we paid we were disappointed with the minimal friendliness and poor follow through with requests.

      Reviewed October 04, 2015
      8.7
      Excellent
      Tugba from Turkey
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 4 nights in May 2015

      Staff and design hard to beat, location is superb”

      Staff, atmosphere and beds

      Everything is/was amazing. As soon as i walked in, was taken by surprise. The atmosphere at the lobby area is just so cool. Fireplace is a nice touch, love the dark colours and almost dark ambiance. Our room was huge, beds are one of the bests ever (mind you i travel a lot and know many hotel beds, these are real good) loved the big windows allowing lotsa day light, lilac colour, mirrors and lamps all are amazing. My brother thought bathroom was worn out and too tiny compared to size of our room, i personally didnt mind neither the size nor the conditions BUT the walls??? The walls are a joke! Paper thin even thinner than this if possible! Our room was next to service elevator, lotsa distruption to sleep everytime in use basically, and next door u hear everything if they cough, sneeze, flush that is how thin the walls are! I'll still say i'd stay there again regardless, staff is one big reason and yes Stark always been one of my faves and yes i love the design and location was too convenient as we shopped till we drop, could do quick stop overs for a quick rest and go back to shop more. Look over the walls and am sure u wont regret your stay.

      Reviewed May 28, 2015
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Martin from Indonesia
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 8 nights in August 2014

      Nice Hotel in San Francisco”

      Location, Cleanliness, Spacious

      I attended a conference in San Francisco. I picked this hotel because of the location. Surprisingly, besides the location the room is very clean and quite spacious. Good sized bed and free internet at lobby are another plus points for me. I definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to stay near San Francisco city center. Thank you.

      Reviewed September 03, 2014
      8.7
      Excellent
      Ferdian from Indonesia
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 5 nights in June 2014

      A nice boutique hotel experience”

      Location, Design, Cleanliness

      Location is the key - being close to Union Square where I could find places for shopping and eating was a very plus point. This hotel also features boutique feels with nice design (I love the mirrors), although the room was no really big. Another plus point was good selections of bathroom products; however, they missed to provide other simple things such as in-room slippers, coffee/tea maker (some hotels provide Nespresso coffee machine and free capsules), and the most important one they have no free in-room wifi connection while most hotels provide for free.

      Reviewed July 08, 2014
      8.7
      Excellent
      neema from United States
      Couple
      Stayed 2 nights in October 2013

      Great Hotel; Great Value; Great Staff”

      Staff, Location, Trendy

      We enjoyed our stay at the Clift. The staff was very friendly and the rooms were clean. Its a trendy hotel with a nice restaurant and bar inside. Its very centrally located to shops and restaurants but on the border of a not so good area ( easy to avoid ). The only criticism was the bathroom; it was small and the shower drain was slow. The bath products on the other hand were top quality and smelled great!

      Reviewed October 30, 2013
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