An inspired fusion of old-world glamour, distinctive energy and Design.
The Clift is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in January 2020. More info here: https://www.sonesta.com/us/california/san-francisco/clift-royal-sonesta-hotel.
Style: Luxury, Historic, Arty
Service: Very friendly, approachable and fun. Provided a lot of insight and information about the hotel to ensure the best experience possible.
Facilities: The reception staff of the Clift are there 24/7 for all your needs. There are also plenty of chairs, paintings, art and a fireplace in the lobby for you to relax and feel at home (be sure to look underneath the big chair). The living room is also another place for you to chill out, have a drink and get lost in the surrounding art. Then there’s the famous Redroom bar, which has something on almost every night but is busy Thursday through Sunday. Lucky for hotel guests we don’t have to line up to get in! Be sure to try one of their signature cocktails. The is also a bee sanctuary on the roof, several meeting rooms and a fully equipped gym.
Wi-Fi: Free super-speed Wi-Fi
Location: SAN FRANCISCO, DOWNTOWN (Near Union Square)
Price: Prices range varying on which room you are in, starting from $200 USD for the Deluxe King – up to $459 USD per night for the private apartment.
The hotel offers several categories of rooms with different sizes. Available room options are; Deluxe King, Preferred Guest Rooms, Studio Guest Room, One Bedroom Suite, Deluxe One Bedroom Suite and a Private Apartment.
All rooms have comfort and modern décor and deluxe bedding that ensures a restful night’s sleep. Other Amenities include minibar, workspace/desk, flat-screen TV, Complimentary newspaper, Philippe Starck designed custom furniture, pillow-top beds, 300 thread count percale bedding down duvets and imported Merino wool throw overs, premium toiletries, robes, living rooms, dining tables, bathroom and dressing area, room service, city views, in-room safe.
The Living Room
The Velvet Room
The Redwood Room
The One Bedroom Suite
Summary of The Clift Hotel
When we first arrived at the Clift hotel and were blown away by the actual size of the building, located on the corners of Geary St and Taylor St, The Clift sure does stand out from neighbour buildings. We were greeted by hotel staff who opened the two sets of large glass doors for us which led us into the lobby. The lobby at the Clift says it all, designed by Philippe Starck you feel as if you’re in a museum with incredible pieces of furniture like the giant-sized armchair or the sofa crafted by animal horns surrounded by gat concrete walls illuminated with mood lighting and a warm fireplace. Attached to the lobby is the living room which has incredibly comfy leather sofas to give guests somewhere to sit-down relax and take in the impressive art that surrounds them. Free Tea and coffee is also served in the living room in the mornings.
The famous Redroom Bar is also adjacent to the lobby, it includes a beautifully restored wood-panelled bar which features velvet sofas and art that creates a jazz vibe. The Redroom is known by many for its amazing craft cocktails and cool art, we enjoyed a jasmine martini on arrival and were lucky enough to see the bar in action as patrons lined up to get into the bustling bar.
Leading away from the main lobby area we followed the interesting chairs and art around to the lift lobby, which also had a great vibe about it complete with intimate mood lighting. When we got to level 10 we followed the purple corridors to our room, we were greeted with some macaroons and drinks as well as a nice welcome note. We had a One Bedroom suite which offers a formal dining room, perfect for entertaining and beautifully crafted furniture including a custom king sleigh bed. It’s all open planned living with an easy flow from room to room. Leading from the living room there is a luxurious marble and chrome bathroom with deluxe toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, hand wash and moisturiser as well as hairdryers and bathrobes. Our room also had incredible views of the San Francisco city skyline.
The Clift is located in the heart of San Francisco next to union square and a short walk to Chinatown. The historic Curran Theatre is next-door as well so make sure you check to see if any shows are on. There is an abundance of fine restaurants close by and shops including most major department stores. Be sure to get our and explore this amazing city and if you need any tips the friendly staff at the Clift can help.