San Francisco Marriott Marquis
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We were up early on chilly, drizzly, San Francisco Sunday morning. The plan was to beat the crowds to the historic cable car turnaround point at the bottom of Powell Street to take the scenic ride up to Fisherman's Wharf past the famous zig-zags of Lombard …
Our first full day in California. Still a bit jet-lagged we kicked off with a huge breakfast at The Grove just near the hotel. We drove over to Golden Gate Park and to the California Academy of Sciences. We loved it! We spent a few happy hours wandering around the aquarium and sauntering through the rainforest. We chilled out in front of the …
Another big day ahead, we could only kick off in one way - with another feast of a breakfast. Mel's diner this time for some traditional Americana. Jukebox selector at the table, super-sized pancakes, eggs any style - the works.
Suitably nourished we headed up to Fisherman's Wharf on one of the old trams that trundle up Market Street. The …
We're off - nearly a false start though. We got as far as Kingston where I thought I'd count the passports - one, two and three - one less than the number of people. Oops, u-turn and we're on our way back home. A more fraught journey than planned, but we made it to foggy San Francisco. Got to the hotel a bit tired and hungry, there was only one solution - burgers in bed. A real taste of the USA.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSan Francisco Marriott Marquis
I was pleasantly surprised when I checked into the Marriott Marquis. This was the chosen venue for a workshop I'm attending so I booked my room thru the link. The Hotel is extremely well placed in downtown San Francisco and within walking distance to a lot of activities. The hotel staff are very friendly and helpful; the room is very comfortable. I've only spent the one night so far, another 4 nights booked, but I had a great night's sleep. My only criticism (and disappointment) is the lack of a kettle. A pod coffee machine is provided (no teabags) and paper cups - this seems to be the usual offering in San Francisco as I've read of this complaint by other reviewers for other hotels. Other than this, everything else is great. I would recommend the hotel for the friendly staff, it's location,and the ambience.The exterior of the building is very unique and easily identifiable in the San Francisco cityscape. I'm loving San Francisco.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews San Francisco Marriott Marquis
If large, anonymous hotels with standard equipment placed in non-descript rooms encased in thin plaster walls is your thing - this is the perfect place for you! Well, in all fairness, it's not all THAT bad, but I found out that San Francisco is all about the neighborhoods and boutique hotels. Granted, you may not find them as easily on Hotels or Expedia (or get them assigned through Priceline or Hotwire), but you'll have a much more authentic San Francisco experience at a boutique hotel. Having said that, if you prefer large, run-of-the-mill chain hotels, the Marriott will not disappoint you.
When we arrived at the Marriott, the consolidator who made the (paid) reservation put one person, not three with an extra bed in the reservation! Although they were not obligated to, the hotel managed to put us in a junior suite with a refrigerator after we waited an hour or so. They even gave us a welcome basket of food. Even the cots were comfortable. I would stay there again, and recommend them highly.
Booked through priceline...great room, fantastic hotel. Very nice amenities and dining options. Totally remodeled now.
Great deal for a 4-star hotel
Went to Priceline and made a bid for $70 for a four star hotel in the Union Square area and got the Marriott! Great location (across from the Metreon, Moscone Center and walking distance to shops and Chinatown), rooms were roomy and the king size bed was very comfortable (lots of pillows and down comforters). Parking is $38 + tax.
The concierge had maps for shopping and restaurants that are close by.
I highly recommend Roy's, an upscale polynesian fusian restaurant that has a fixed menu for $30. It includes an appetizer, entree and dessert.
Excellent food and service.
Excellent service at the Marriott - a must stay hotel
I stayed at this Marriott when I was in town for a conference in November. I have to say, this was one of the nicest experiences I had in a hotel. This hotel is worlds above the Westin St. Francis in the same city. The service was excellent from check in to housekeeping, concierge, and bell hop. Unlike the Westin St. Francis, this hotel does not nickle and dime you to death. The fitness center is free to hotel guests at the Marriott and is quite good. At the Westin, the fitness center was $10 per use. The hotel staff was very cooperative in finding me a room that suited my taste. I waited a couple of hours for it to be ready but it was exactly what I requested and well worth the wait. I highly recommend this hotel.
I stayed 3 nights in this hotel with a promo rate of $99/night. I asked for a renovated room on a high floor and got it on floor 29. BTW, I've got no status with Marriott. The check-in was very pleasant but I was surprised to find there was no coffee maker! No problem, I called housekeeping and a coffee maker was promptly delivered. The room itself is quite average in look and size. Location is extremely convenient and just off Market so the "shadier" people aren't in your face as soon as you get out of the hotel. 4 stars for the hotel (mainly for the service), 5 stars for the location. 4 stars overall.
Just finished a three night stay at the SF Marriott. I specifically took a room rate which put me on a upper level floor (31 of 39). I don't know if this also gave me a larger/nicer room as well. But this room was recently remodeled and is probably the nicest room I have ever stayed in. It's also the largest non-suite room I ever had. The view was quite nice, the bathroom large, bed quite comfortable and the bathroom amenities were upscale. Restaurant food is pretty good and the breakfast buffett is also above average. Surprisingly, given that SF is an expensive city and this is a premier hotel, the food prices were quite reasonable. Unless you need a car, you can take BART from SFO and get off at the Powell STreet station - hotel is a two minute walk from there.
Nice rooms & views, great location...
This is a big (39 floors) hotel often filled with conventioners, but it was very nice for a leisure stay as well. When checking in I asked for a high floor with a nice view, and a newly renovated room (room renovations are not all done yet). The room I was given on the 30th floor was nicely decorated, the bathroom was well appointed, the bedding was very comfortable, and the view was great. Unfortunately, no coffee maker or fridge in room. Location is very convenient. I got the room on Priceline.com and they accepted my bid for a 4 star hotel for only $62 a night!!!! This was my first time trying Priceline and I would certainly recommend it--particularly if you're familiar with the place you're going to. I was not treated any differently at the hotel, and as I pointed out, I was given a new room with a view just for asking.
Big hotel that works
The San Francisco Marriot is a very large hotel but I found that everything worked very well when I stayed here. The room was what I had expected and I was always treated well. The bar on the top floor has the most stunning views of the San Francisco bay and is well worth the expensive drinks...
Great location and bargain w/package
Although the rooms are typical Marriott, the hotel is superlative. The location is in the heart of downtown San Francisco -- and most importantly, within a few minutes' walk of all modes of public transportation inc. cable cars. The staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. The breakfast buffet, although $15, provides unbelievable choices ranging from prociutto to lox, from omlettes to fresh fruit, and will satisfy whatever taste you have. We stayed there as part of an Expedia package and that's the way to do it if you want a bargain -- the cost must have been around $125 per night for two people for a $400+ room.