Hotel Monaco San Francisco - a Kimpton Hotel
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... the Cal Train station. I dashed for a few moments because I thought I would miss the train. Turned out that train was leaving later.
When I was riding the train, I received a call from my dad. He was checking up on me and he was surprised to hear that I saw San Francisco by myself. Despite living in Beijing for a year, my dad still worries about me being by myself. I am glad that my dad cares about me deeply.
Once I got to my stop, Mohini ...
... also see some Princess crew walking off the ship, presumably to get things working / oversee jobs etc in the terminal
We showered and dressed and went to breakfast in the dining room around 6.45am. We thought we were early and were surprised to see so many people there. We sat ate light - no last-meal-on-this-cruise for us - we wanted to make sure we were out of the dining room ASAP just in case the ship was cleared early. We need not ...
... something small from there instead. We ordered and waited for our food and it was 10pm by the time we got back to our hostel! We ate in our room and stayed in for the rest of the night although it took a while to go to sleep thanks to the noisy neighbours! We slept in a lot of Sunday and slowly got up and ready before walking down to union square where there were too many people! As it was almost Christmas, the streets were packed of people! We went into lots ...
... of all places! The school is truly a living example of the Lasallian tradition. Since getting back from Yosemite, I've spent a day on a bike seeing all the sites and I'd strongly recommend this, however do plan your trip around the hills. By the end of the day I was cursing them and spent the next day pretty sore. I'd strongly recommend a bike ride of the bridge to Vista Point, which is just a lookout but it is really worth it. The ride is easy and there ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Monaco San Francisco - a Kimpton Hotel
Being avid travelers, we have stayed in many hotels in the US and Europe. Since we have stayed at the Hotel Monaco, we have compared every hotel to the HM. Nothing compares to it! It was such a memorable hotel with lots of personality. They have modern amenities, bring your CDs! It was definitely a great stay and I do recommend it to my own friends and families!
Great hotel and great location - near Union Square. The Monaco is a fun & friendly place to stay but don't pay the extra for a view unless you also want the sounds of the city. Do visit Alcatraz, hire a car and do the 49 mile drive which gives you a broader flavour for SF but don't bother with Fisherman's Wharf unless you like the whole Tourist Trap thing. For food and drink there are so many good choices. Every breakfast diner was great. Sandwiches on the run for lunch are good value and you can have ANYTHING you want and eat anywhere (try a picnic in one of the many parks). Dinner in Chinatown was a bit disappointing as it wasn't as busy on a Saturday night in June as we expected so not much buzz. For a great meal though, Postrio was expensive but worth every cent. For a cheaper but entertaining meal try the Daily Grill near Union Square and sit at the bar where the grumpy bartender is everything you could expect. Smokers beware, smoking within less than 25 feet from some buildings is illegal. There are 3 cigar clubs in the city though so hunt them out for local company and good coffe (there is one on Montgomery Street). Also the beggars can be intimidating and a nuisance, ignore them and keep your wits about you (as in any big city).
Loved the Monaco
Just got back from a 6 day stay at the Monaco. The staff was great, very warm, friendly and helpful. The room was a little small but very comfortable. The nightly wine and cheese tasting was a nice way to meet other guest and the neck/back massage helped cap off a busy day. I'm looking forward to my next visit to SF and would gladly stay here again.
Hotel Monaco is Very Good
Was at the Hotel Monaco from 5/16-5/21/03. I found the service to be excellent. The 7th floor room was small as anticipated with unique decorating. The queen bed was extremely comfortable with a down comfortable. No view, just other room shades. The staff was accomodating and personal. Good Union Square location. Nice lobby and "living room" with complementary wine and cheese from 5-6. Decent restaurant, rather limited room service choices for lunch and dinner. I would definitely stay here again.
Stay AWAY from here!
This hotel was misrepresented to me as having two queen sized beds in the room I rented. I was told by the front desk that all rooms have either two double beds or a king bed and a fold out couch after I arrived, paid and signed a waiver to stay the entire stay or else forfeit an additional $100. The staff is totally unaccomodating, and our deluxe room faces a brick wall. The neighborhood is questionable as well. Quite a contrast to the Hotel Monaco Chicago which is a very nice property.
Very friendly staff and the room was very clean & it was very quiet in the room. It is also located central to many tourist attractions.
Monaco rated #1, so we went and were sorry!
Advice online that monaco is the best/paid top dollar, got a small room with a view of nothing but a brick walled hotel, noisy geary street traffic all hours, small bathroom....nothing special, very overrated. so sorry to spend all that money, many other hotels we visited would be far superior. No service at the desk, concierge, seems like 20 somethings with attitude are running the place.
Best Hotel in San Francisco
Truly loved this stylish hotel. The service staff was friendly and anticipated my every need. When I left it felt like I was leaving family. Will always return.
Pampering with Style
This charming hotel is my new standard for luxury. It offers all the comforts expected in high-end hotel, but with enormous style, character and warmth. No cookie cutter rooms here!
American in Montreal
It's worth staying here just for the fresh, warm cookies at noon and 6:00. Although I was surprised at how small the room was, the hotel made up for it with the little extras. I asked them to send a coffee maker to the room, but never used it because of the Starbucks coffee available every morning and the warm tea available every afternoon in the common room. It is also worth resting your feet at the hotel from 5:00-6:00. The nightly wine and cheese tasting included and neck/back massage that makes a long day of walking seem far away. There was even a fortune teller when we were there. The staff were young, helpful and fun. We stayed 3 nights and I would happily stay there again.