San Francisco Marriott Hotel

, San Francisco, United States
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San Francisco Marriott Hotel

4 star

Rooms: 1498

55 Fourth Street - San Francisco - California - 94103 - United States Hotel Website | | 415 896 1600
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Great mid-range stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
I just returned from a 5 night stay at the SF Marriott. Here are my thoughts:

Location:
Pro:
The location worked out well. We walked to SBC park (get the garlic fries) and union square. If you are so-inclined you can walk many other places, union square (very close), china-town (pretty close), and north beach (not as close). The walks can be tough, given all of the hills. If you dont want to walk you can take the F-line street car to fishermans wharf/embarcadero for $1.25. Most cab rides to local attractions atr 6-10 dollars. Market street is a 5 min walk, and from there you can get a cable car ($3) or the MUNI( $1.25).

Con:
If you want to walk to a lot of nightlife you wont be able to do it here, at least that I was able to find.

Rooms:
Pro:
The rooms were clean, and served their purpose. There was a lot to see in SF, so I was only in the room at night for sleep. The staff was always helpful, and the rooms cleaned well. I didnt have the problem with noise that others experienced.
Cons:
It was a long walk from the elevator to my room, I guess this is due to the large size of the hotel. I was on the 8th floor and there is a lot of street noise. I think there is a nearby firestation that uses 4th street, so I was woken at least once on most nights by fire engines.

Dining:
As you would expect in-hotel dining is pricey, and I did not eat much in the hotel. The view bar is a worth a stop for some drinks. The breakfast buffet was good and quick. Mels diner is a block away and has great breakfast - although probably not as healthy as the buffet). The attached sports bar is a great place to grab a beer. The conceirge had great recomendations (Trattoria contadina is a great find - need reservations).

Strike:
The Marriott was not on strike when I was there.

All in all it turned out to be a good value. I payed a bit less than 100 a night through an expedia fare. It may not be as ornate as some of the higher-end hotels around town, but I was happy, and it left a lot more money in my pocket for exploring the city.

Disappointing

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel has a rather impersonal feel to it. It's like staying in an enormous dormitory.

I expected noise from the street, but I couldn't believe it when I could also hear half of the conversations from the room next door.

I ate at the Garden Terrace restaurant - the service was almost nonexistent. Expect to pay about $10 for a bowl of cereal and a bagel.

If you're in San Francisco on business and someone else is paying for the room, then it's probably alright. But for $180 per night, I expected a much nicer experience. I could have stayed at the Best Western for half of that price, and I probably would have been just as happy, if not happier.

five days

from A TripAdvisor Member
We recently spent five days in the hotel, my two children and I, aged 18 and 12. The staff were very friendly and helpful and assisted at all times. The concierge arranged to get some football tickets for the Falcons game and the seats she got were good. We ate out most of the time as the hotel was very busy with convention folk. Across the street, Annabelle's Bar and Bistro, had a good atmosphere at the weekend and the food was really good, the early evening menu having a good choice and being well priced. A late evening beer for me yielded some good conversations with friendly locals and out of towners like myself.
The hotel rooms were ok and well cleaned but not inspiring. The views from the top floor were great and worth a look. The staff though I could not fault and that goes a long long way.
The location of the hotel was excellent and we took the BART in from SFO airport which was less than $5 each and it dropped us virtually on the doorstep. The five days were well spent and the hotel was a good base. At night there was lots going on around the hotel area but we never felt the least bit threatened or intimidated. The museum of modern art was fabulous and only a couple of minutes walk, the kids loved it, as did I.
The city itself was a real treat and the weather was fantastic. We did the usual things such as Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge and these lived up to reputation. The local shopping was really good and my twelve year old daughter made the most of it. In addition my wife, who stayed at home, gained a nice watch as a present when we got home.
We'll go back and certainly consider the hotel as our first choice. It was a really good location. Incidentally we got a great deal off Expedia UK at about $99 US per night for a room. All in all a winner.

Better bring ear muffs

from A TripAdvisor Member
Very nice hotel with many features. It does function as a convention hotel. But the rooms! They are small and the hotel floors are huge. It took me a good minute walk just to get to the elevator. And the worst is the noise! You can hear everything from the people next door to anyone in the hallway. And of course forget about sleeping in as it being a convention hotel you hear the water running in the adjacent room early in the morning when it is shower time.

The location is great, right next to Union Station and next to the city's transporation systems. But I am sure there are better hotels that can muffle the noise.

Great hotel but pricy parking

from lejeff
Awesome hotel. Got a room on priceline for $100 in the middle of August. This is a gorgeous hotel. But beware, the valet parking for your car is an outrageous $45

Awesome Marriott

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had a great experience while staying at the San Francisco Marriott. The location is awesome! The rooms beautifully decorated and the bedding so cozy. The beds were just a little too small (my husband is 6'3 and am 5 ft. and we were a little too close for sleeping in the double beds it was hard to move, they are just a tad bit small, I'd prefer the queen size).
They have Starbucks coffee downstairs and it is easy to get anywhere in the city. Public transportation, great restaurants and entertainment is all at your disposal and all within blocks. The service was good. The View Bar upstairs had an awesome view of the entire city. My only complaint was the price of the drinks were high. The fitness center was excellent and it had a great equipment, a wonderful pool and spa. We truly enjoyed our stay at this great facility and would definetly come back again.

I fell in love with it

from A TripAdvisor Member
Booking a vacation through Expedia I got the San Francisco Marriot, I didn't expect then what I discovered in arriving. This hotel is EXCELLENT but, on top of that, its location is AWESOME, we were able to go walking only a short distance to almost every place we wanted to visit and to the public transportation we needed for the rest. By the way, SF public transportation is the best I've seen. If you're in a hurry to go somewhere early in the morning, Mel's Diner just around the corner of Mission and 5th, very efficient staff and ecellent food, is the place for you.

They say taupe is very soothing.

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed here using Marriott Rewards points and reserved a basic room. Upon check-in I was upgraded to an “Executive King” so the room was noticeably larger than a typical room.

Overall, this is a perfectly nice hotel to stay in but you can never escape the feeling that this is a big chain hotel and that it caters primarily to business travelers. While it clean and modern it is also somewhat bland, as if they are trying to appeal to a very wide audience and don't want to offend anyone. The colors never stray far from neutral.

Lobby:
The lobby is attractive although nondescript. In fact, I really don't remember the decor at all. Almost one entire wall is a desk for check-in. Elevators are in the rear and are divided into low, medium, and high-rise banks thus waits are minimal. In the middle are escalators to the atrium, which houses various, drinking and dining establishments.

Room: Due to an upgrade, our midrise room was enormous and appeared to be very recently renovated. Everything looked (and smelled) brand new. The decor was less bland than the rest of the hotel. It can be best described as corporate. The colors were subdued but you definitely got the impression that the room was designed by someone with ability. Furniture, wall coverings, bedding, etc. complemented each other well.

The room was L shaped and divided into sitting and sleeping areas. The sitting area consisted of two couches and a coffee table arranged before a large cabinet that housed a large television. To the side was a wet bar consisting of a sink over a small empty refrigerator (not a minibar). The bedroom area consisted of a very comfortable king bed and another large television. Linens and blankets appeared new. In between the two areas were a large dresser and a desk with phone and data ports for Internet. The closet was of decent size. The bathroom was slightly larger than a typical hotel bathroom but did not have a separate toilet and sink areas, which would have been appreciated. There was a full length mirror outside of the bathroom. Rooms have cable TV, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. For a fee, there is high speed Internet and there are packages of Internet and unlimited calls.

Service: The service reflected a typical large chain hotel. The employees give the impression that this is just a job to them. They don’t seem to have chosen the hospitality business. For example, doormen helped us out of our cab and unload our luggage. He directed us inside to check in and told us when we were done our luggage would be inside by the desk and we could give them our room number so it could brought up to our room. While we were waiting on line we could see out the doors and could see that our luggage was sitting on the sidewalk unattended. Minutes went by. Finally, one of us went outside and asked to have the bags brought in. The doorman told us he forgot about our bags. The Marriott is not in a bad part of town but San Francisco does have its share of the seedier element and I easily could imagine one or more bags being stolen.

Another example is the concierge desk. Several employees at the concierge desk directed us to neighborhood establishments for quick meals and they seemed to immediately grasp what we were looking for. But when we made what we thought was a simple request for a few plastic cups for a champagne toast for our own wedding in Golden Gate Park we were told to go ask the restaurant staff or go to Walgreen’s. First, in a hotel this size with huge conference facilities there must have been plastic cups somewhere. Second, it should not have been our job to track down the right person to ask. I can understand if the concierge doesn’t know the answer to every question but they should know someone who does. It felt like any effort beyond dispensing information was too much.

Pool and Fitness Center:
The hotel has a decent size fitness center on the fourth floor with treadmills, stationary bikes, and Nautilus. There are plenty of televisions to help you pass the time during your workout. There are beverages for sale near the desk at the entrance. The locker rooms, also on the fourth floor, have sauna and steam rooms (single sex). Be aware that there is a $5 charge to use a locker. As with the guest rooms, everything was clean and well maintained. Towels were provided. A nice touch was the cloths in ice water outside of the sauna and steam room.

One flight up is the 15-meter pool and a large hot tub. There is access to an outdoor seating area for sun bathing.

Dining and Drinking:
There is a restaurant in the atrium, the Garden Terrace, as well as a bar, The Atrium. We did not visit either establishment. There is a bar on the 39th floor of the hotel called the View, which we did visit. Again, this is a typical large city hotel bar. It was crowded and not terribly pleasant. The bland décor extended up here as well. There was live music that was entirely too loud and not very good. I may be getting older but there is a time and a place for loud music that requires you to scream to be heard. It seems out of place here since everything else seems geared to the business traveler. The view is not terribly good either. From one side you see just the low-rise buildings (or their lights) of SoMa and the Mission. On the other side you can see some of the financial district. The problem is that the seating in the corners lacks large windows. The enormous arched windows you can see at the top of the building from outside are in the middle of the building. Because of the way the building is situated these views do not point in the most picturesque direction. Oh well. It was so crowded that getting near the windows was near impossible anyway.

San Francisco has so many great restaurants I suggest you get out and explore. If you need a quick breakfast there is a Mel's Diner on Mission Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets.

Other:
The main entrance is on Fourth Street, just south of Market Street so it is convenient to the Moscone Center, SFMoMA, etc. It is about 3 blocks south of Union Square so it is within easy walking distance of the Union Square shopping district as well as the Financial District. There is an entrance to the Powell Street BART station at the corner of Fourth and Market. There is a large multiplex movie theater in the Metreon one block south of the hotel (Mission and Fourth Streets). There is also a Hertz car rental at the hotel and there is parking in a garage under the hotel.

Nothing special

from A TripAdvisor Member
Staff was very accommodating and friendly. Rooms clean but VERY small & non descript considering this hotels rating & price. About 1 blk to San Francisco shopping center and close (by close I mean within 3-4 blocks) to the theater and cable cars. Parking is $43.00 (incl tax & unlimited in & out privileges) per day. Lot across street is $20 a day (no tax) but in & out privileges at additional cost. Every concierge employee (6) recommended the same restaurant. I suspect the hotel is being paid to recommend it. It was not good. I have stayed at lower rated hotels in the city at a lower cost. They had larger rooms that were much nicer. We would not stay there again.

Good choice

from Pir8guy
We got a fabulous deal thru Priceline. Sure, if I was going to pay over $200 there would be other choices, but for $60 we were thrilled. Very nice, large rooms with VERY comfortable beds. We had a 28th floor room with a nice view. The public areas are very nice. There's a small Starbucks coffee stand in the lobby with was handy.
The location is good, about a 2-3 minute walk to the cable car turn around at the bottom of Powell.
The Meteron is right behind the hotel, as is a small park. It's a good walk to North Beach, but, hey, San Francisco is a walkin' town! Overall, very satisfied.

Top Local Tips for San Francisco

Bellman over concierge ALWAYS When staying at a busy hotel try to ask the bellman for a few recommendations for dinner/shopping/activities before you start with the concierge. It's highly common for concierge staff to get garnished by certain companies for their referrals and many recommend only those companies, regardless of actual service and value.

SFO Weather San Francisco's weather is sometimes really nice and on the other hand it can be rainy. Check the weather forecast prior to your visit. When I was there in December 2006 it rained almost every day but not for long than poured at night.

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  • Address: 55 Fourth Street - San Francisco - California - 94103 - United States
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