Union Square, San Francisco, California, United States of America
At a Glance
Located within two block of Union Square
The hosted wine hour is a lovely welcome at the end of you day
An understated design-led hotel offering a blend of location and style
Colourful bedrooms create a vibrant and fun atmosphere
One of the most affordable well located hotels for couples and families
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San Francisco is a year-round destination but has a cool maritime climate. In the summer, the city’s famous fog rolls in mornings and evenings, creating a misty chill in the air. Spring sees the end of the rainy season, and the city’s pretty-in-pink cherry blossom trees dot the landscape. In Autumn Indian Summer comes to San Francisco, bringing warm, dry days with plenty of sunshine. The very best time of year is August to October when temperatures are at their highest and days are often sunny.
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A vibrant San Francisco boutique hotel, The Marker offers a blend of French architecture and bright whimsical decor. Located close to Union Square and the Theatre District its an ideal base for exploring San Francisco.
The Marker, formerly Hotel Monaco, is a remodelled 1910 Beaux Arts building with plenty of atmosphere, thanks to an ethereal, fun lobby with a two-story French inglenook fireplace. The guest rooms follow suit with canopy beds, Asian-inspired armoires, bamboo writing desks, lively stripes, and vibrant colours.
The hotel's close proximity to Union Square makes it an ideal base from which to discover San Francisco whether you want to go shopping, sight seeing, to the theatre or to dine out. The knowledgeable and helpful concierge service are on hand to assist you with your planning. The Grand Café Brasserie and Bar serves regional French cuisine with a hint of Californian.
Guest rooms, although not particularly large are stylish, practical and comfortable. The décor is colourful with striped walls and bold fabrics creating a fun atmosphere. The tasteful rooms are equipped with flatscreen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The hotel has 200 rooms and suites. Entry level guest rooms come with king, queen or two double beds and are just 250 sq feet offering a small but comfortable base from which to explore San Francisco. Guests looking for more comfort on an extended stay should opt for a Junior Suite or for additional footage and a sleeper-sofa bed a Deluxe, Monte Carlo or Mediterranean Suite.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Hotel Monaco and they are well accommodated with special kids welcome packs, a list of child friendly activities in the area and child size dressing gowns. Cribs, high chairs, booster seats and child safety kits can all be provided. There are children's menus in the restaurant and a babysitting service for an extra charge. You can also hire equipment such as pushchairs and scooters.
The Grand Café Brasserie is the main restaurant at Hotel Monaco. Dine on a French menu an elegant dining room serving seasonal French dishes with Californian touch. The Grand Café Bar is popular amongst locals and guests alike, especially during happy hour and as a venue for a pre or post theatre beverage and bite to eat. With its fabulous zinc bar, wood burning oven and raw bar it has a fun atmosphere to enjoy a cocktail or two and a light dish.
The Spa at Hotel Monaco offers a varied menu of therapies and treatments. The spa features a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, private massage and facial rooms, highly skilled estheticians and massage therapists, organic and eco-friendly Kerstin Florian products and luxurious bath robes.
San Francisco, the West Coast’s unpretentious culture capital offers world-class restaurants, including 17 Michelin-starred eateries within city limits, as well as museums and shopping. San Francisco is incredibly easy to navigate by foot, bicycle, bus, trolley or taxi. It’s also a gateway to the nearby wine country of the Napa Valley and Sonoma.
In downtown San Francisco you can browse art galleries, visit bustling Chinatown, go to the Jazz quarter, visit the Academy of Sciences for the planetarium and aquarium, get a handle on the geography by climbing one of the city’s famed hills or take the cable car, go shopping in the fashion epi-center Union Square, board a bay cruise at Fisherman’s Wharf to take it all in from the water or book ahead to visit Alcatraz Island, take a stroll across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and lunch in charming Sausalito.
Catch a Baseball Game
Sports fan or not, you can't help but enjoy the ballpark; it's an experience so quintessentially American. Chow down on dogs and beer, hear the barrel organ fire up the crowd and cry "Outta Sight" as a 'homer' is hit.
Cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito
Hire a bike and cycle over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge from Fisherman's Wharf to charming Sausalito, perched on the hillside between the Bay and the Marin Headlands, or for the really energetic keep pedalling to Tiburon for lunch at Sam's!
Explore Alcatraz Island
Yes it’s touristy, but it’s hard not to be excited as you ride across the choppy waters of San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island. Along with a historical prison tour, Alcatraz offers a working lighthouse, tide pools, a fort, gardens and epic city views.
Feel small among the Redwoods
Getting into the redwood forest has been likened to visiting a great cathedral. The redwood forests of cool northern California are a reminder that we are just passing through. Easiest to access are Muir Woods near San Francisco.
North Beach Food Tour
Join this 3-hour tour that explores the Italian restaurant scene and Barbary coast. Visit hidden tunnels where booze was brought during prohibition and the coast's oldest pizza oven. Small group tour with 4 stops.
Pier 39 - Sealions and Submarines
Ever since fisherman first hauled out of Pier 39, sea lions have bellyflopped on the docks. More marine life can be seen at the Aquarium of the Bay, while street performers, fairground rides and an array of boat trips on the Bay thrill visitors.
Location & directions
Union Square, San Francisco, California, United States of America
Hotel Monaco is located just two blocks from Union Square and ideally centred for all you want to do and see in the downtown San Francisco area. The lively streets of Chinatown, award-winning theatres, classic cable car and shopping boutiques are all nearby.
How to get there
11-hour 15-minute direct flight from London to San Francisco, with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. The drive from the airport to Hotel Monaco is approx 50-minutes.
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