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Hotel Highlights

  • Crisp, contemporary style
  • Downtown location
  • Gallery's worth of original artwork

Overview

Have your eco-friendly shopping totes at the ready: Hotel G San Francisco is perfectly placed for a whirlwind weekend of power shopping, gallery gazing and high-end grazing. This classic 1909 hotel building has a history of hosting travellers, and, following an extensive makeover – perked-up period details, industrial-chic interiors and walls adorned gallery-style with original artwork – it’s ready to welcome the next generation of urban adventurers.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

153, including 30 suites.

Check–out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $179.00, excluding tax at 16.32 per cent.

More details

Rates are room only.

Also

If on the hunt for a truly memorable keepsake, consider that abstract portrait hanging in your room or the landscape painting you've been admiring in the lobby. The hotel has partnered with Creativity Explored, a non-profit arts centre for developmentally disabled adults, and most of the artwork adorning the walls is for sale ( for a good cause, too).

At the hotel

Fitness centre, valet parking, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Tivoli clock radio, minibar, Nespresso coffee maker, gourmet teas and Bigelow bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Fancy a room with a view? Request to stay on a higher floor to spy on the pretty patchwork of neighbourhoods below. The Great King room, with its cosy divan and solid writing desk, offers a perch or two for plotting out the day over a cup of java.

Packing tips

Get hip to the city’s eco-friendly trend (plastic shopping bags have been banned), and BYOT (bring your own tote) for your haul of locally made souvenirs.

Also

A number of rooms have been adapted for mobility-impaired guests, as well as rooms equipped with visual and Braille aids for vision or hearing-impaired guests.

Children

Welcome, but not especially catered to; a rollaway bed can be added to the Great King and Greatest King room types.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Klyde Cafe & Wine Bar is an all-day eatery with an extensive menu of American-French bistro fare. Sheet-white tin ceilings, sage green walls and floors in a confetti of black-and-white tile give the comforting feel of a diner, well, one slinging charcuterie platters, mussels in a bacon cream sauce and a serious wine list. 

Hotel Bar

It would be difficult not to become a regular at the Parisian-leaning bar counter tucked in the back of the cafe – pop in for a glass of champagne or a late-night cheeseburger. 

Last orders

Klyde is open from 6am to 12 midnight daily.

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Dress code

The weather constantly shifts here, so your best bet is layers a la mode: a chic hand-knit cowl, cashmere sweater and your best denim jeans.

Top table

Nab one of the street-facing window seats and watch the world hustle by as you nosh.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Power shoppers will be in heaven in the surrounding Union Square area – best known for high-end department stores like the San Francisco institution Gump’s and Nordstom (with a not-to-be-missed shoe department). 

The area is also plum for art lovers, too. You’re just a few blocks away from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (+1 415 978 2700) featuring diverse, contemporary visual and performance art. Near the landmark San Francisco City Hall, wander through the Asian Art Museum (+1 415 581 3500) considered the best and most innovative museum specialising in Asian art in the country. Of course, with vibrant graffiti and murals at every turn, you don’t actually have to step inside a museum to see wow-worthy works of art, instead, sign up with Precita Eyes Muralists for docent-led walking tours of murals in several neighbourhoods.  

For local treats, make your way down Market Street to the Ferry Building Marketplace (+1 415 983 8030). Stock up on provisions – cured meats, locally made cheese, pastries – for a picnic or to take on the ferry to Sausalito, or indulge in a gourmet meal at one of the many acclaimed restaurants and cafés. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the city’s best farmers market takes over the plazas around the building. 

Local restaurants

Have appetite, will travel? Then track down Off the Grid’s roaming pack of gourmet food trucks that make their way around the city to various markets for lunch and dinner.  Check the website for that day’s location and you'll soon be snacking on everything from Turkish meatballs to Asian-inspired tacos. 

If you wandered down to the Ferry Building to poke around the markets, stop by Slanted Door (+1 415 861 8032) for a proper sit down lunch or dinner in the dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and beautiful bay views.  James Beard nominated chef Charles Phan takes traditional Vietnamese dishes ­and gives them a modern twist using locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. 

Head a mile down Geary towards the Fillmore District to State Bird Provisions (+1 415 795 1272), an unassuming storefront with a Michelin star to its name (wihich is a nod to California’s state bird, the quail). Offerings frequently change on the small plates menu, but might include these savoury bites: duck liver mousse, pork belly grape salad and namesake-inspired plates such as cast iron quail eggs with green olive salsa verde. 

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Upscale Union Square

Hotel G San Francisco

386 Geary Street, San Francisco, California 94102, United States

Located in downtown San Francisco, Hotel G is one block from Union Square and an easy stroll to shops, museums and restaurants in the bordering Chinatown, Tenderloin and Nob Hill neighbourhoods.

Planes

San Francisco International Airport (www.flysfo.com) is 14 miles south of the hotel and the city centre. Most major airlines operate direct, daily flights in and out of SFO. Oakland International Airport (www.oaklandairport.com) – 20 miles away is also another option.

Trains

The BART (Bay Area rapid transit, bart.gov) is the city’s rail transit system, and connects the city with the East Bay and both SFO and OAK airports’ domestic and international terminals. The Powell St stop is just four blocks from the hotel. If exploring the Peninsula beyond the city centre, Caltrain (caltrain.com) is the best way to get around

Automobiles

Between the BART, taxis and leg-shaping uphill walks, you could easily do without a car. However, if keen to explore Marin or wine country, you’ll want to rent some wheels. Valet parking is available, but nearly as steep as the city inclines: $45 per night for standard cars and $65 per night for oversized cars.

Other

Get out on the water with a ferry ride from San Francisco Bay Ferry (www.sanfranciscobayferry.com), making stops at nine area terminals.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in San Francisco and unpacked their Freda Salvador ankle boots and Blue Bottle coffee beans, a full account of their luxury urban break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here'…
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Hotel G San Francisco

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in San Francisco and unpacked their Freda Salvador ankle boots and Blue Bottle coffee beans, a full account of their luxury urban break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside/postcard from Hotel G San Francisco…

Getting quickly up to speed (and, in this case, up those hills) in an urban hub beckoning you to wander its electric enclaves requires a perfectly placed and comfortable home base. We’d prefer it to be a stylish of-the-moment spot, too. The Hotel G San Francisco – a saunter from locally raved about hotpots, checking all the high-design boxes (poured concrete surfaces, bespoke wall paper, custom furnishings) – is all that. 

It’s true that the two-year renovation has this 13-storey brick apartment-style pile fronting like the spiffiest new kid on the block, but this boutique hotel in no newbie. Rising from the rubble following the 1906 earthquake and originally built as a hotel, this place has long been a home-from-home in the City by the Bay. 

The Hotel G puts you in the heart of the city worth leaving your heart behind for, and all with Instagram-ready interiors. As for those infamous inclines… prepare to get friendly with the stair-climber at the gym in advance of this adventure. Your glutes will thank us...

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