Clift San Francisco Hotel
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Charmed by Clift Hotel
I stayed at the Clift March 23-27, 2003, and loved this hotel. I received a great rate through Expedia, and was delighted to find a hotel that had interesting, funky decor, comfy rooms, and friendly staff. The food at the restaurant was excellent, and my somewhat offbeat requests of the concierge were met in a timely and professional manner. Oh, and did I mention the beds! Ultra comfortable, with great linens, fantastic pillows, and a cashmere throw perfect for TV watching. A few negatives were the noises from other rooms, and the small tubs in the bathrooms. The roomservice menu was fairly pricey, but the food delivered was interesting in presentation and delicious! I would recommend this hotel for any one under 50 (or over 50 and open minded), looking for more than the average chain hotel, but not quite up to Four Seasons stuffiness and price. Nice touches are the candles lit throughout the property each evening, and the romantic alcoves, perfect for a quiet conversation and glass of wine.
Awful stay @ Clift Hotel
The Clift hotel was AWFUL. On friday 3/13/03, I was awakened @ 3 AM to drunken moaning of a man. After he finished himself off, he started banging on my door inserting his key card. He passed out, falling into the door. I immediately phoned the front desk. Security arrived and assisted the nude man to his room. THey told me "go back to sleep and don't worry about this". One could except this is one stays @ a flea bag $30/night hotel. Certainly NOT @ a hotel of a higher quality (and price!) such as the Clift bills itself. THe day manager reported the drunken man was extremely apologetic. I did get 50% off the room rate that evening. THe day manager giggled while telling me "it does make for a good story". I do NOT think it is funny. Do NOT stay @ the Clift Hotel. The events of that night were unacceptable. THe cavalier attitude of the hotel management was even more unbelievable.
Only for one nite stands
3 nites Mar 11 -13,2003 . Rooms are danish modern with no drawers to put clothing items into. Beds great, Showers great. Baths small. Large rooms. Walls thin. Can hear folks in next room talking on phones and doing lots of things in bed! One of the doormen commented "We are in the entertainment business!" Lots of very young (20-30) crowd come to the bar for some "action". Great pick up place. Decor is dark and sound is loud! Not appealing to the over 40 crowd. Would not recommed to my friends.
Make a reservation across the street
The service at The Clift was as cold and icy as the color of the walls. No one smiled, no one had any information, no one offered to open the front door! The rooms & public areas are visually appealing, but the inner lobby area is very dark. It's supposed to be a hip place to stay, it's more like a neighborhood attraction. Book a cozy room for yourself into the Hotel Monaco next door they offer guests a goldfish in a bowl with more personality than the staff at the Clift. Pop in for a look, you'll be treated the same way as the guests...everyone will ignore you!
leave it to "hip" hotelier Ian Schrager to destroy a beautiful hotel that 4 Seasons unfortunately pulledo out of years ago...
Pretty people check you in barely able to say pronounce "concierge"...that i can deal with...
The decor is atrocious from the moment you "find" the door...Dracula would love this place...
It's a shame - cheap looking too...STAY AWAY...
Go to Compton Place or Ritz Carlton...
Loved the Clift
The Clift Hotel is an excellent boutique hotel. It was meant to be fun, hip, modern, and young. If you are from a small town (e.g. Nashville, Omaha) or even from the Suburbs, you will probably experience some culture shock, and not like it at all. If you are from a big city and a young professional from San Francisco (the actual city of San Francisco, not Oakland, not San Jose or San Mateo), New York (manhattan), Los Angeles (west LA area) , London (west end), Paris, Rome, Chicago (northside), Boston (beacon hill) and Miami. You will not only like it, but love the Clift Hotel. One last thing, the Redwood Room is an absolute San Francisco treasure and absolutly beautiful.
I stayed there last week (2nd week in Oct. 2002). I have to say though it was quite neat looking in decor, it was a little overly trendy. From the lobby to the rooms, the halls and common areas are all dimly lite. I'm sure this is to create an atmosphere, but it was a little too dark for my taste. The rooms also have TERRIBLE noise isolation from room to room. There was about 12 of us that all had their own rooms and no one had anything good to say about that. You could hear everything from casual conversation to typical TV noise, etc... . For the price of the rooms I don't think that I've ever stayed at a place with that bad of "noise isolation". It does look quite cool, though.
I stayed at The Clift in Sept '02 and thought the hotel was great. The service was friendly and accomodating.....no attitude what so ever! I must have come and go several times a day each time the valet had to get my car....always with a smile. The door guys and valets there are such cuties!!
Trendy Looks Don't Make a Great Hotel
Whoever designed the rooms at the Clift gave little thought to the comfort of the guests who pay to stay there. We recently stayed in a suite at the hotel for a week. O.K. - put a dang sign on the hotel so people can find it. Next, the lobby - so incredibly dark, that we kept bumping into the furniture and walls. The suite - large, but adorned with the most impracticle, uncomfortable furniture imaginable. We had two largish suitcases of clothes (we were here for a ten day stay)and when we tried to unpack, discovered that in its quest for the aesthetic, the hotel designer had failed to equip the room with any bureaus whatosever. We asked for a bureau to be sent to the room, the hotel obliged by sending 2 small plastic cubes the size of milk crates. We ended up stacking our clothes on top of the completely superfluous large dining room table for the rest of our stay. Service - pretty good -the staff was young, beautiful and polite - not particularly skilled at hotel service, but polite. It took three calls to get a bucket of ice to the room. The bathroom was ridiculously small for such a large room. The bed was comfortable and had nice linens (which the hotel will be glad to sell you).
Horrible Attitude! At the Clift
If you want to be treat rudely with the worst attitude ever - go to the Clift Hotel in San Francisco. The front door staff discriminate again who they will allow in the front doors. Payoffs when you pull up in front helps your admittance to the Redwood Room. If the front door guy feels like you are worthy. Skip it! There are plenty of other great places to spend your time and money, where you will be treated much better.
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It's 4:13am and I'm wide awake in The Clift hotel room 1401 trying to figure out what next. I'm due in a cab at 8:45am to go to Santa Clara and meet a Venture Capital firm called Andreesen Horowitz who have lined up about fifteen fintech companies to come and talk to us. Not only is that going to be fascinating in and of itself but the culture …
... explore the wine country! We stopped at Café Aquatica in Jenner, which is on the Russian River, for a quick pre-wine snack and hot drink. Our first stop was at Arista winery. Gorgeous location with cute pond and picnic tables but I didn’t love the wine. Our next stop was at the Windsor Vineyards tasting room in Healdsburg. The wine was really good and now Matt and I will be getting a few deliveries each year… We grabbed a quick snack at The ...
... to thinking that - or not caring if - this is acceptable behavior?" And while you're pondering this, said person finishes, pulls up his pants and walks off down the street.
We were a bit shell shocked as the clerk (who I got the impression was quite used to this kind of occurrence) came out to let us know the cab should arrive soon. It did, and we were on our way to Pier 33. We were a bit early for our reserved ...
... one. Considering we got home at midnight, that would not have been favourable. It was completely awesome, however, to be met at the front door of the house at midnight by Lisa's family with a bottle of champagne and some left over wedding cake. Quite the midnight snack.
Tomorrow (well, today now) will be a 10-12 hour drive down the Californian coast. Should be fun, but will be long. We will be sure to upload some photos and update the blog as soon as we get a ...
... already some rowdy kiwi's there!
On Thursday we walked around downtown a little and then took a bus out to the Golden Gate Bridge. It is quite impressive up close - the towers are huge! We walked halfway across and back again.
Today we went out to Alcatraz. This is only a short ferry ride from San Fran. An audio tour is included in the price so you wander around and listen. It is narrated by former prisoners and officers that worked there. Very interesting ...